Crisis Intervention Services of Coastal Horizons took a fun and different approach in securing new sponsorships for the 2019 duck season. With the focus on securing their $500 Corporate Duck sponsorships, they invited small, local businesses and hosted a wine & cheese night.
A 3-hour event turned into more than $5,000 in sponsorships along with 6 restaurants agreeing to sell ducks!
The 2nd race of the season happens this Saturday on March 9th! 35,000 rubber ducks will make a splash in Fort Lauderdale, FL for the 13th Annual KID Duck Fest Derby! The quacktivities happen from 12-3 PM at Esplanade Park for family-friendly activities. Adopt a duck and enter for a chance to win $10,000!
All proceeds benefit Kids In Distress who’s mission is to prevent child abuse, preserve the family, and treat children who have been abused and neglected.
To adopt a duck or learn more about Kids In Distress, check out: 2019 Duck Fest Derby
Is your nonprofit looking for a unique event to take your fundraising to the next level? Consider adding a duck race to your fundraising plans! A rubber duck race allows your nonprofit to break away from the same old fundraisers allowing for a broader reach of your organization’s message.
What is a Rubber Duck Race?
A duck race is a fundraising event that allows your nonprofit and community to come together by allowing members of your community to “adopt” a rubber duck for $5. Adopted ducks are then dropped into a waterway and race to the finish line to win prizes for their adoptive parents.
Planning a Rubber Duck Race
- Timeline: A rubber duck race is a signature fundraising event. We recommend you start to plan at least 7-9 months prior to your race date.
- Volunteers: A successful rubber duck race can’t happen without the help of committed volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include duck adoptions, logistics support, tagging party, and more! We consult with our nonprofit racers on ways they can recruit volunteers for their rubber duck race.
- Sponsors: The most important component of a rubber duck race is securing sponsorships. You should be able to say that 100% of every duck adoption is going directly to your organization. Our fundraising team helps each client with sponsorship design that is customized to allow them to secure big bucks for their racing ducks!
- Logistics: You actually don’t need a water source to launch ducks! Besides typical raceways such as rivers and lakes, GAME has experience with a variety of other raceway types.
Promoting a Rubber Duck Race
- Social Media: Social media is just one of the tools you can use to encourage duck adoptions. GAME consults with our nonprofit partners on ways to use social media to promote their race.
- Media Support: You will want to secure media coverage for your event. Media support gives your event more credibility and publicity and saves your nonprofit money on advertising.
- Promotional Ideas: In addition to promoting your duck race on social media, there are different promotional ideas you can implement. We consult with you on ideas that you can use to get the community quacking about your event!
- Mobile-Friendly Software: All of our partners get access to our mobile-friendly software, which was created and optimized especially for duck races.
GAME is Your Rubber Duck Race Partner
Let our fundraising professionals provide you with the necessary tools to run a successful rubber duck race. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (800) 779-RACE.
This weekend, our ducks are kicking off the 2019 season in Naples, Florida! The Great Naples Duck Race is raising funds as well as awareness to keep kids safe around water. Hosted by NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition, the organization partners with agencies throughout Collier County to improve the health and safety of children in the community.
A few of their efforts to keep young kids safe around water include:
- “Kids Don’t Float” life jacket loaner stands that provide US Coast Guard approved lifejackets on beaches throughout Collier County
- Swimming lessons for a child including transportation from preschool to an aquatic facility
- Educating children/parents/teachers through water safety presentations
- Providing door/window alarms for families to help prevent young children from wandering into the pool/canal/lake
You can still join the flock and adopt your duck for $10- with a goal of 10,000 ducks to race! 1st place duck will take home $10,000 along with other other QUACK-tastic prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.
If you’re in the Naples area, you don’t want to miss out on this incredible event and their cause! The Great Naples Duck Race is happening this Saturday, February 2nd from 4 pm- 7 pm.
Adopt A Duck: The Great Naples Duck Race
For More Information on Water Safety & More: NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition
Although it’s the off-season for our ducks, they have been quite busy making holiday appearances. If you have a duck race coming up, holiday-related events/posts are a great way to incorporate ducks to get the community excited. Here are some fun ways our racers have used ducks throughout the holiday season.
- Parade Float
- Quacky Santa
3. Elf on the Shelf
4. Santa Duck
5. String of Derby Lights
All ducks are on deck for the 24th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta this weekend in Cincinnati, OH! 180,000 of our ducks (yes, you read right, nearly 200k ducks) will be dropped in the Ohio River to raise money for Freestore Foodbank. Freestore Foodbank provides emergency food and services to children and families with an ultimate goal of creating stability and self-reliance for those in crisis. If all ducks are adopted by this Sunday, this will mark the 5th consecutive year the event has raised over $1 million to fight hunger in their community. If that isn’t incredible, we don’t know what is!
To put things in perspective, here is a breakdown of what a duck or flock of ducks does for the organization:
- $5 = One duck and equates to 15 meals
- $25 = “Big Quack” – Five ducks, plus one free and equates to 75 meals
- $50 = “Bob’s Quack Pack” – Ten ducks, plus two free and equates to 150 meals
- $100 – “Flock of Ducks” – Twenty ducks, plus four free and equates to 300 meals
The festivities begin on Sunday, at 2 pm and one lucky duck will win a 2018 Honda Accord and possibly $1 million if their duck is the KEMBA Million Dollar Duck!
If you’re in the Cincinnati area, you don’t want to miss this QUACK-tacular event to help raise money to fight hunger! Adopt a duck or sign up to volunteer and see for yourself what it looks like to see 180,000 rubber ducks make a splash!
Tomorrow, 60,000 rubber ducks will make a splash in Downtown Chicago for the 13th Annual Chicago Ducky Derby! The duck race has been a staple fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois and raised over $300,000 last year for their athletes. All proceeds benefit more than 23,000 athletes and approximately 20,000 Young Athletes across Illinois, to allow the athletes to participate in the Winter and Summer Special Olympics games at no cost to them and their families.
One lucky duck will take home a 2018 Chevy Equinox along with other great prizes for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. If you’re in the Chicago area, it’s not too late to adopt your duck! Go to www.chicagoduckrace.com and secure your spot in the race with one duck for $5 or a flock of ducks (24) for $100!
The quacktivities begin tomorrow, August 9th at The Wrigley building at 9:00 am and the splashdown for the derby is at 1:00 pm.
For more information about Special Olympics and their incredible athletes, visit: www.soill.org