Rubber Duck Race For Nonprofits

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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:

  1. “Kids Don’t Float” life jacket loaner stands that provide US Coast Guard approved lifejackets on beaches throughout Collier County
  2. Swimming lessons for a child including transportation from preschool to an aquatic facility
  3. Educating children/parents/teachers through water safety presentations
  4. 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.

  1. Parade Float

    Graham Duck Derby
    Photo Credit: Graham Duck Derby
  2. Quacky Santa
    Community Assistance Center Duck Race
    Quacky Santa in The Woodlands, TX

    3. Elf on the Shelf

    Elf On The Shelf Ducks
    Photo Credit: Coastal Duck Derby

    4. Santa Duck

    5. String of Derby Lights

    Duck race fundraiser
    Photo Credit: The Great Naples Duck Race

Duck season may be over but the holidays are a great time to show your duck partners your appreciation! Wish your sponsors, adopters and potential donors for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with a custom image and note.

Other great ideas are to drop off a duck feather along with a Thanksgiving message or duck-o-rate a derby duck with paint and faux feathers like our friends at Youth Emergency Services & Shelter did last year!

Happy Thanksgiving from your GAME family. We hope you have a great holiday!

 

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!

The ducks are making their way back to sunny, Tampa, Florida for their 2nd duck race this Saturday! Last year, the Kiwanis Club of Tampa ‘s inaugural The Incredible Duck Race exceeded their original goal of 5,000 ducks and sold just over 7,400. This year, they have set a goal of 10,000 ducks to raise more money for The Tampa Kiwanis Club Foundation. The foundation supports local programs such as youth leadership, reading rooms, accessibility ramps, etc.

The festivities are between 10:00 am-12:00 pm and it’s free to the public!  The event will feature family-friendly games, food trucks, and entertainment. Then stick around to watch the ducks make a splash in the Hillsborough River and see which three lucky ducks win cash prizes! First place winner takes home $5,000.

For more information about The Incredible Duck race or adopt a duck of your very own, go to www.TampaDuckRace.com!

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

It’s the final countdown for the first ever Zoom Duck Derby and Walk! The event will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay in Ohio. The fun begins at 8:00 a.m. with a wellness walk followed by the Zoom Duck Derby at 9:00 a.m. where 5,000 rubber ducks will splash into the lazy river and race to the finish line. There are some exciting prizes for the winners including $5,000 in cash. If you haven’t adopted a duck yet there’s still time! Visit www.zoomduckderby.com to adopt a duck online. All proceeds from the event benefit The Alpha Group of Delaware, a nonprofit that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Examples of these services include work training, community employment, supportive living, and transportation. To read more about The Alpha Group please visit https://www.alphagroup.net.

We have over 70,000 ducks racing to kick off May so it is another busy weekend of duck races!

1st Annual Houston Duck Derby

Houston Duck Derby

Who: Clear Lake Christian School

Clear Lake Christian School was founded in 1993 with the purpose of equipping students both academically and spiritually.  Their mission is to develop students into deeply-rooted life-long learners, proficient communicators and productive leaders of society by providing high quality spiritual, social and academic opportunities.

Where: Clear Lake Christian School in Houston, Texas

When:  Friday May 4, 2018. The ducks will launch at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

Highlights: The community will enjoy watching 5,000 ducks race down a man made water slide for some great prizes including a $500 Visa Gift Card, an iPad, season passes to Schlitterbahn and an Amazon Echo.  Adopt a Duck, Inspire a Future!

Racer Website: www.houstonduckderby.com

Reedy River Duck Derby

Reedy River Duck Derby

WhoRotary Club of Greenville Evening

Returning for their 14th year, the Rotary Club is racing 10,000 ducks for multiple nonprofit organizations in Greenville, SC. Nonprofits include: Shriners Hospital for Children, Mauldin Miracle League, the Carolina Youth Symphony and more!

Where: Reedy River Falls Park in Greenville, SC

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT.  The ducks launch at 2:30 p.m.

Highlights: There will be games, children’s activities, entertainment, and exhibits from local artists. Prizes include an Embassy Suites Golf Resort Weekend Package, $1500 cash, and groceries for a year from Publix!

Racer Website: www.reedyriverduckderby.com

11th Annual YESS Duck Derby

YESS Duck Derby

Who: Youth Emergency Services & Shelter

As Iowa’s largest provider of emergency services for youth, newborn through age 17, YESS touches the lives of more than 2,000 children per year through a range of programs designed to keep kids safe and help families thrive.

Where: Jordan Creek Town Center in Des Moines, IA

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 at noon CDT.  Ducks launch at 2:00 p.m.

Highlights:   The community can enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment, activity booths, inflatables, photos with Quacky, and food samples from the restaurants in the Jordan Creek shopping center, all at no cost!

At approximately 2:00 p.m. a total of 36,000 yellow duckies will dive into the water to win one of ten prizes. This year’s prizes include a Landscaping Makeover, a Microsoft Prize Package and the Grand Prize winner receives $10,000 in cash!

Racer Website: www.yessduckderby.org

20th Annual Rubber Duck Derby

Rubber Duck Derby

Who: Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier

The Boys and & Girls Clubs of Lanier help youths participate in the “Youth of the Year” leadership program, provides school supplies, provide healthy snacks, and more for the club!

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park in Gainesville, GA

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from noon to 3:00 p.m. EDT.  The Duck Fest is from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Highlights: Family and friends can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with live music from Stereotype, food and drinks. The highlight will be watching a total of 21,000 ducks splash into the lake and swim for first place!   This year’s prizes include a Diamond Solitaire,  Four Adventure Tour Passes through Canopy Tours and the quickest duck across the finish line will win the grand prize of $10,000 cash!

Racer Website:  www.rubberduckderby.com

3rd Annual Tired Dog Rescue Duck Derby

e Duck Derby on May 5, 2018

Who: Tired Dog Rescue

Tired Dog Rescue’s was founded in 2008 to help the huge population of abandoned, abused and neglected dogs along the Gulf Coast.  The dogs they take in receive all the medical care they need regardless of the cost and they ensure they are adopted into loving homes through their 100% volunteer based foster program.   Tire Dog also assists low-income families along the Gulf Coast with food and/or medical care for their pets as long as funds are available.

Where: Gulf Islands Waterpark

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CDT

Highlights:  A total of 5,000 ducks will race at the Waterpark for an afternoon filled with music, a silent auction, raffles, food, and door prize giveaways! Adopt a Duck. Save a Life. It’s all about cash for the winners and the Grand Prize winner goes home with $1,000 cash!  The second through fifth place winners will also receive cash.

Racer Website: www.tiredddogrescueduckderby.com

It’s one of our biggest weekends of ducks racing and we have a total of 96,000 ducks racing at the end of April.  Check out the details about each duck race!

Omega Nu Ducky Derby

Omega Nu Ducky Derby Poster

Who: Omega Nu

Omega Nu has been serving Santa Cruz County since 1903 through charitable events, scholarships, and community service.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Duck Derby goes directly back to the community.

Where: Friendship Gardens at Harvey West Park

When:  Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. PDT

Highlights: The Santa Cruz community will join together in Friendship Gardens at Harvey West Park to enjoy a fun-filled day of activities for children and adults. In addition, there will be food, carnival games, live music, and local entertainment! This unique race features a custom-built course a total of 12,000 rubber ducks will race in with several heats throughout the afternoon. This duck race features hundreds of prizes with gift certificates to local businesses in Santa Cruz! Adopt a Duck and Help a Community today!

Racer Website: www.duckyderbysantacruz.org

The Arc Montgomery County Duck Festival

The ARC Montgomery County Duck Festival

WhoThe Arc Montgomery County

For almost 60 years, The Arc has supported children, youth, adults seniors and families affected by disabilities like autism and Down syndrome by providing child care, work skills, training, employment, community living services, respite care and advocacy.

Where: Veteran’s Plaza, Downtown Silver Spring

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – noon EDT.

Highlights: Race fans can enjoy free activities and entertainment that is fun for the whole family featuring carnival-style games and photo opportunities with Quacky. A diver will swim through 7,000 rubber ducks, plucking out a special few to win prizes for their adoptive families! The Grand Prize winner wins $1,000 cash and the second place winner will go home with $750.  Third place wins $500.  One lucky duck may win a million dollars!

Racer Website: www.thearcducks.org 

24th Annual Ducks for Bucks Benefit Race

Ducks for Bucks Adoption Table

Who: Kiwanis Club of Fremont

The Kiwanis Club of Fremont was founded in 1955 and is an active and vibrant service club assisting the local Tri-City community.  They partner with multiple nonprofits within the community to adopt 7,000 ducks for their causes. Nonprofit selling organizations include schools, various youth organizations and clubs, churches, and adult & family service groups. Nearly $16,000 was paid out in 2017 to local charities and nonprofits!

Where: Fremont, CA at Elizabeth Lake

When: Saturday, April 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. PDT

Highlights:  This race involves the community by allowing any nonprofit to participate and earn money for their organizations! Family games begin at 11:00 a.m. and the ducks race at 1:00 p.m.

Some lucky duck adopter will win the great grand prize of a car of their choice, from any dealer in the Fremont Auto Mall up to a $30,000 purchase.  Other prizes include a grand prize of $2,000 cash, a Wellness package, and a weekend stay and fine dining package.

Racer Website: www.ducks4bucks.org

15th Annual Ken-Ducky Derby in Louisville

Ken-Ducky Derby

Who: Harbor House of Louisville

At Harbor House, their vision for the future is formed by the needs and dreams of the participants they serve.  In implementing their mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through employment, self-determination, education and community building opportunities, they are continuously leveraging limited resources in new and creative ways while staying at the forefront of positive trends.

Where: River Road in Louisville

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018. The ducks launch at 6:00 p.m.

Highlights: A total of 40,000 ducks will move from water to dry land this year.  The community can enjoy live music, face painting and family friendly activities   The first place grand prize winner drives home in a brand new 2018 Dodge Ram Truck provided by Swope Family of Dealerships.  Adopt a Duck, Win a Truck! Second and third place winners walk away with cash prizes and every duck in the race has a chance to win one million dollars.

Racer Website: www.ducktruck.org

KinderMourn Hope Floats Duck Race

Hope Floats Duck Race

Who:  Kindermourn

Kindermourn provides hope for bereaved parents, grieving children and teens by offering support and counseling programs and empowering the community to effectively assist those who have suffered an unthinkable loss.

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. EDT.  The ducks race at 3:30 p.m.

Highlights: Our final race of the weekend a total of 35,000 ducks are racing in the rapids at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.  One lucky duck is going home with $2,500 cash.

This duck race also features a team competition so make sure to Adopt your Duck under the right team name or start a team of your own! Adopt ducks and float hope!

Racer Website: http://duckrace.com/charlotte

Rubber ducks are fun and your duck race promotions should be too!  Check out these ideas for some fun ways to promote your rubber duck race.

Duck Balloon Selfie Contest

Encourage people in your community to take a duck selfie with your duck balloon using a hashtag.  People who post pictures on social media are entered into a weekly drawing. The Exchange Club of Walla Walla had fun with this contest.

ways to promote your rubber duck race
Exchange Club of Walla Walla Duck Selfie Contest
Name Your Duck Mascot Contest

Post an image of your duck race balloon and ask your fans to post in the comments suggestions for your duck mascot name like our partner The Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge did.  The name with the most likes wins a duck adoption and prize pack!

Fun ways to promote your rubber duck race
Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge – Name our duck mascot contest
Track Duck Adoptions

Create a fun duck adoption tracker at your office to create excitement about your race such as our nonprofit partner, Center for Prevention of Abuse, did for their duck race.  Have employees participate in a “duckorating” contest and award a prize to the winner.

Fun ideas to promote your rubber duck race
Center for Prevention of Abuse Duck Adoption Tracker
Duck Hunt for Kids

Our nonprofit partner, Clear Lake Christian School, recently had a duck hunt for their kindergarten through 5th graders!  Students won fun prizes such as sunglasses and T-shirts.

Houston Duck Derby
Clear Lake Christian School Duck Hunt
Keep Teams Updated about Duck Sales

Post weekly updates to keep teams updated about their team sales to create some fun team competition such as this example from our nonprofit partner, Harbor House of Louisville.

Ken-Ducky Derby
Top 5 Teams Update for the Ken-Ducky Derby
Push Last Minute Duck Adoptions

Our nonprofit partner, Kids in Distress, posted this image on their Instagram page with the amount of ducks that were left to adopt and how those ducks could help their programs.

KID Duck Fest Derby
Kids in Distress Still Ducks Left

Share with us any fun ideas you have used to promote your duck race and we will feature them on our Facebook and Instagram Page.

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