When Pamela Smith purchased a ticket for the Lions Club of Logan’s annual Rubber Ducky Race, she didn’t really think she was going to be the big winner.
On Sept. 18, however she went home with the grand prize of $1,000.
“I can’t believe this is real,” said Smith, when presented with a check for the amount at the Lions Club’s meeting that Tuesday evening.
Ironically, Smith, who is a Medical Lab Technician for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s prestigious Allied Health Program, has quite a few friends in the club, most of whom she knew through work, such as Lions President Chuck Puckett and longtime Lions member Anne McCormick.
“I let this girl practice on me,” McCormick said of her friend and longtime coworker.
Smith said she had purchased the winning ticket when she went to see the Aracoma Story Inc.’s performance of the Johnny Cash musical play “Ring of Fire.” Lions members often take up tickets and assist the public with parking at the play.
“I will definitely be buying tickets for this event in the future,” said Smith. “I never won anything like this before. The only thing I ever won in fact was tickets to Lowes Motor Speedway.”
President Puckett said it had been a good year for the Lions. Earlier in the evening the club received a check for $250 from The Aracoma Story Inc. for helping this past summer. “We split the work with our friends in the Kiwanis,” Puckett noted.
In other Lions news, members were saddened at the recent passing of longtime Lions member Gerald Bradford. The gentle giant was an active member of the club for a very long time and he first made his mark in Logan County as an outstanding athlete.
“He will definitely be missed,” Tom Aguirre said.