Rubber Duck Race For Nonprofits

Happy New Years to our Nonprofit Partners!  As 2017 comes to a close and you are thinking about resolutions for next year, spend some time thinking about some rubber duck race resolutions for 2018.  We have compiled a list of resolutions that you can review and if any resonate with you, plan on incorporating them in your duck race planning.

Rubber Duck Race Resolutions for 2018
  • Create a team sales kit to help increase team participation and encourage teams to meet their goals. One idea is to take an Adopt a Duck Reusable Bag and fill it with duck adoption papers and duck merchandise. In the team sales guide include sample emails, social media posts and sales tips.  GAME has several different team sales guides you can use as an example.
  • Increase online duck adoption sales by 20%.
  • Create a What a Duck Can Do image illustrating how duck adoptions benefit your nonprofit. For example, a $5.00 duck adoption will provide a full day of nutritious meals and snacks for a child in a shelter.  GAME has some examples from other racers or we can help you create an image.
  • Produce a video to give a better visual representation of your duck race.
  • Have your duck mascot schedule “Quacky” visits with your sponsors and then post those images on social media. Make sure to tag your sponsors in the posts!
  • Contact another duck racer to learn more about their organization and duck race and exchange ideas. GAME can assist you with putting you in touch with someone.
  • Add a new prize for your duck race.
  • Board Member Challenge – Give 20 adoption papers to board members and challenge them to return all 20 completed.
  • Bring a racing duck with you when you are traveling and post pictures of your travels with your duck. You can use the pictures to promote your duck race such as Where’s Quacky to help increase engagement.
  • Have regularly scheduled duck race meetings to help keep everyone on track. Schedule a breakfast or lunch meeting where everyone gets together and gives updates on their various roles.
  • Get your duck mascot on TV or have Quacky help with the weather forecast.
  • Secure one new sponsor for your duck race.
  • Add a new children’s activity for race day.
  • Before the ducks get picked up for the next race, ensure that the ducks are clean and that the totes are arranged properly on the pallets.

If you have any resolutions that you would like to add to the list, please share them with us on Facebook!  We are wishing all of our nonprofit partners a ducktacular 2018 Rubber Duck Race Season!

Our Rubber Duck Racer Spotlight on Tampa, FL this month features our nonprofit partner, Kiwanis Club of Tampa who raced for the first time in 2017.  They surpassed their original goal of 5,000 ducks and ended up ordering more ducks!

Organization Name: Kiwanis Club of Tampa

Years Racing with GAME: 2017 was our first year

Head Duck: Amanda Malinowski

Tell us a little bit about your organization and why you are racing Rubber Ducks: The Kiwanis Club of Tampa has been serving children in the Tampa community since 1919. We were looking for a new fundraiser that was fun, family-oriented, and would invite the community to join in on the fun and learn more about our organization.

Tampa Duck Race
Duck Adoption Display at a Bank Sponsor

What is your favorite part of planning a Rubber Duck Race: Thinking, talking and working with ducks all the time was so fun!

The Incredible Duck Race
Kiwanis Club of Tampa Members

Do you have any duck race tips you would share with a first time racer? Put some thought into post race activities. We didn’t plan well for all the follow up activities that needed to happen after the race. Activities such as getting in touch with winners, thanking sponsors, and posting updates on our website and social media.

How do you keep your race fresh and new year after year? This was our first year, but we already have plans next year to make the race lane bigger and add more ducks! We will be also improving on our food offerings and entertainment.

What is something some people might not know about your organization and/or Rubber Duck Race? People don’t know that our organization also partners with other local nonprofits. We would love to have more partnerships for our duck race too!

The Incredible Duck Race
What A Duck Can Do

What are some organizational goals you are trying to achieve with your Rubber Duck Race? We are hoping to eventually raise $50,000 for our duck race. Our goal is also to leverage the race to help with more media exposure so we can get more people familiar with our organization.

 Favorite phrase or quote? Be the change you want to see in the world.

 Favorite Ducktionary Phrase? Why did the duck cross the road? Because he wasn’t a chicken!

The 2017 duck race season ends with two races this weekend in Glendale, California and Jasper, Georgia.  A total of 23,000 ducks are racing!

13th Annual Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash
Duck Race
Ducks in raceway

Who:  Kiwanis Club of Glendale

The Kiwanis Club of Glendale is racing for their 13th year in 2017.  Duck race proceeds benefit numerous youth-oriented non-profits, programs, activites and schools throughout the city of Glendale and other communities of Los Angeles County.  Every single adopted duck helps improve the lives of children, senior citizens and veterans in the community.

Where: Lake Glendale at Verdugo Park.

When: October 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PDT.

Highlights: The Duck Splash has a Halloween theme this year.  Quacktivities include food, games and entertainment.  What makes the race in Glendale unique is the man-made course called Lake Glendale that is created every year.  A total of 18,000 ducks will be racing in Lake Glendale for a chance at some fantastic prizes.

Prizes:  The first place winner goes home with $10,000 cash.  The 2nd and 3rd place winners go home with $1,000 cash and the 4th and 5th place winners will receive $500 each.

Racer Website:

1st Annual Great 515 Duck Derby
Duck Derby
Duck Race Volunteers

Who: Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia

This is the first Duck Derby for the Boys & Girls Club!  Founded in 2005, the Boys & Girls Club of North Georgia serves the youth of Pickens and Gilmer Counties.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia provide safe places for children to learn and grow and provide hope and opportunity for all youth who enter their doors.

Where: Cartecay River Experience in Ellijay, Georgia

When: October 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT. The ducks launch at noon.

Highlights: A total of 5,000 rubber ducks will be released into the Cartecay River and race to the finish line.

Prizes:  The grand prize winner goes home with $2,500 cash.  The 2nd place winner will experience a weekend vacation package for two and 3rd place wins a 60″ flat screen TV.  Duck fans have the opportunity to win many more prizes.

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The ducks are headed to Santa Clarita, CA this weekend for the 15th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival benefiting Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers.

15th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival

Who: Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc.

Samuel Dixon Family Health Center enhances wellness by providing quality outpatient health care services and programs, health education, and community resources in the Santa Clarita Valley.  Their goal is to ensure that all Santa Clarita Valley residents have access to affordable, quality health care, with special emphasis aimed at uninsured or under-insured residents.

Where: Santa Clarita, CA at Bridgeport Park (Valencia)

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT.

Highlights: This free, family festival kicks off with a man-made “pond” and raceway! Several race heats will occur throughout the day with 5,000 rubber ducks  racing to compete for the top prizes.  The event includes a food court area with gourmet food trucks, and a stage filled with local talent and performers.  For the kids there is a rock climbing wall, face painting, bounce houses, games and activities.  People attending the event can put their name in for raffle prizes!

Prizes: It’s all about the cash for this ducktacular event! The top three winning ducks go home with either $500, $1,500, or $2,500!

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We have a total of 50,000 rubber ducks racing to start October. Ducks are racing in Wilmington, Delaware and Kennewick, Washington.

29th Annual Mid-Columbia Duck Race
Mid-Columbia Duck Race
Mid-Columbia Duck Race Raceway

Who: Tri-Cities Rotary

The Mid-Columbia Duck Race is a cooperative fundraising event for the six Rotary clubs of the Tri-Cities.  The six clubs include: Columbia Center, Columbia Valley Daybreak, Pasco-Kennewick, Richland, Richland Riverside and Tri-Cities Sunrise.  Over $2 million has been raised in the 29 years since the duck race’s inception.

Where: Columbia Park in Kennewick, Washington

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017. Ducks race at noon PDT.

Highlights:  Hosted by the Tri-Cities Rotary, duck race fans can enjoy vendors, food, bounce houses and more!  A total of 40,000 rubber ducks will splash down at Columbia Park in Kennewick and race in the Columbia River. Over 40 prizes are given away including the grand prize of a 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE AWD.

The clubs split the profits from the Duck Race and donate to elected charities and nonprofits!

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Delaware Humane Association’s 4th Annual Rubber Duck Race

50,000 rubber ducks racing to start October - Wilmington, DE

Who: Delaware Humane Association

Founded in 1957, the Delaware Humane Association is a premiere no-kill nonprofit animal care and adoption center serving a four-state area. DHA provides temporary shelter for homeless cats and dogs, affordable spay/neuter services, pet adoptions, and more.

Where: Wilmington, DE at Brandywine Town Center Fountain

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. EDT – Ducks race at 2:30 p.m.

Highlights: Back for its fourth year, this duck race helps homeless cats and dogs in the area. Proceeds from every duck feeds a cat or dog for a day.  Race festivities include music, a “tail” gating party at Red Robin, contests and prizes from Camp Bow Wow, facepainting, a moonbounce, photo opportunities with the mascot “Splash” and more!

Prizes: The first four ducks out of 10,000 to reach the finish line win great prizes for their duck adopters. Prizes include $2,500 in cash, (4) one-day Hopper Passes to Walt Disney World and a week stay in Orlando, Florida, a $1,000 in Shop Rite Gift Cards and a long weekend stay in Ocean City, Maryland.  All ducks are automatically registered for a chance to win $25,000 during the race.

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We have a total of 5,000 rubber ducks racing in the Tired Dog Rescue Duck Derby this weekend.  Learn how to get your ducks in a row for this quacky event!

2nd Annual Tired Dog Rescue Duck Derby

Who: Tired Dog Rescue

The ducks are heading to Gulfport this weekend!  Tired Dog Rescue’s mission is to rescue neglected, abandoned and abused dogs in the Gulfport, Mississippi area.  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: Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi, MS

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CDT

Highlights:  Join the fun for an afternoon filled with a silent auction, food,  kid’s activities, raffles and giveaways! Learn about all the dogs available for adoption (or foster) and all the wonderful work the volunteers at Tired Dog Rescue are all about! Adopt a Duck. Save a Life.

Prizes: 5,000 ducks will be swimming for some Quacktastic cash prizes: $1,500, $1,000 and $500!

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The ducks haven’t stopped swimming and  we have ducks racing in Las Vegas and Redding this weekend.  Here are the details about each race:

16th Annual Las Vegas Lucky Duck Family Festival
Las Vegas Duck Race
Las Vegas Lucky Duck Family Festival

Who: Foundation for Positively Kids

Foundation for Positively Kids was founded in 1999 to deliver high quality healthcare services for Southern Nevada children. The organization places emphasis on providing quality of life for medically medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed children, birth to 18, and their families.  Proceeds from the duck race provide programs and services that have a positive effect on the growth and development of these children.

Where: Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada

When:  Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PDT.  Duck pluck every 30 minutes.

Highlights: The Las Vegas Lucky Duck Family Festival offers an afternoon of fun with games, entertainment, vendor booths, food and a chance to win great prizes.  A total of 5,000 ducks are competing and every 30 minutes ducks are plucked.

Prizes:  Get lucky with a ducky!  Top ducks will be plucked and win fabulous prizes.  One lucky duck adopter may win the grand prize of $250,000 if their duck is plucked and is a pre-selected winning duck. Other prizes include a CRAVE Gift Card, fitness memberships and UNLV Basketball Tickets.

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28th Annual Redding East Rotary Ducky Derby

Redding East Rotary Ducky Derby

The Redding East Rotary Club has partnered with Substance Abuse Prevention Programs and Youth Development to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation Against Substance Abuse. Since its inception nearly $4 million dollars has returned to local communities for Youth Development Programs and drug/alcohol free activities.  These programs have benefited countless young people in the community.

Where: Redding, CA at Caldwell Park

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:30pm PDT

Highlights: 35,000 rubber ducks will drop into the Sacramento River from under the Diestelhorst Bridge.  Duck fans will cheer on their ducks hoping that they are a winner.

Prizes: The grand prize winner will get to go on a houseboat vacation from Shasta Marina plus a $500 gift card to the Shasta Marina Store. Second place receives 4 tickets to a Giants game including a hotel stay and dinner.  The third place winner will look beautiful in a diamond earring set from Devon’s Jewelers. The fourth prize is a women’s Harley Switchback Riding Jacket.

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It’s another quacky weekend of racing with a total of 45,000 rubber ducks racing this weekend.  Adopt your duck today, you don’t have to be present to win!

22nd Annual SERTOMA Great Topeka Duck Race
Great Topeka Duck Race

Who: Sertoma Clubs of Topeka

The Sertoma Clubs of Topeka support nonprofits such as the Capper Foundation, Lifehouse Advocacy Center, Big Brothers of Topeka, the Children’s Miracle Network, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Meals and Wheels, and Head Start.  They also provide hearing aids to the elderly and support hearing loss prevention programs to elementary school children.

Where:  Topeka, Kansas at Lake Shawnee

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. CDT.  Ducks launch at 3:00 p.m.

Highlights:  Children’s activities including midway games, arts and crafts, face painting, clowns, petting zoo, food and entertainment.

Prizes:  Out of 10,000 ducks that are going to race, the first place prize is a Diamond Tennis Bracelet.  The second prize winner will go home with $1,500 cash.  Other prizes include a family adventure package, a Hyvee shopping spree, sporting events tickets and a one year family membership to the Topeka Zoo.

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14th Annual URS Rubber Duck Regatta

Rubber Duck Regatta

Who: United Rehabilitation Services

United Rehabilitation Services (URS) provides a safety net of support services for children and adult with disabilities, from infancy through the senior years. URS also offers Early Childhood Education and school programs for ages 7-17, a pediatric aquatic therapy program and other programs for adults and seniors with disabilities.

Where: Dayton, Ohio at Riverscape MetroPark during the Hispanic Heritage Festival.

When: Saturday, September 16, 2016 at 11:00 p.m. EDT. Ducks drop at 4:30 p.m.

Highlights: Food trucks, kids activities, and a Quacky Kids Parade.

Prizes: Out of the 25,000 ducks that will be launched into the Great Miami River, 8 prizes will be given out.  The Grand Prize is a 7-bedroom houseboat rental on Norris Lake.  Other prizes include a $1,000 gift card to Kroger, a $1,000 gift card to Watson’s, a $1,000 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings, and burgers for a year from Bagger Dave’s.

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2017 Grants Pass Rotary Duck Derby

Rotary Duck Race

The Grants Pass Rotary Club currently has about 160 members in the community.  The club has been a leader in community service projects as well as supporting the international aspects of Rotary through the Rotary Foundation.

Who: Grants Pass Rotary

Where: Grants Pass, Oregon at Riverside Park

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at noon PDT.

Highlights: Returning for its 15th year, a total of 10,000 rubber ducks will race to help raise funds to give back to the community. This year’s proceeds will go to buy livestock pens for 4-H at the Jo Co Fairgrounds and also to build a “sprayground” water feature in Riverside Park.

Prizes: Over 8 prizes will be awarded to the fastest ducks to cross the finish line. This year’s prizes include a $2,500 Live Well Gift Package, a $1,500 gift card to Diamond Home Improvement, a $1,000 one-year family membership to YMCA, and a beach house rental for one week. The grand prize winner will receive a $15,000 vehicle credit toward the purchase or lease of a new car or truck from a Grants Pass New Car Dealer!

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The ducks are racing in Georgia this weekend for the 3rd Annual Gwinnett Duck Derby.  Some lucky duck will go home with $2500 cash!

Gwinnett Duck Derby

3rd Annual Gwinnett Duck Derby

Who: Rotary Club of South Gwinnett County

The Rotary Club of South Gwinnett County is made up of business owners and community leaders with a desire to help others in their community.  One hundred percent of proceeds from the duck race will provide Gwinnett’s children with such items as: Literacy programs, college scholarships, youth leadership camps, playground equipment and so much more!

Where:  Gwinnett, Georgia at the West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Highlights: Come watch 5,000 yellow rubber ducks race down the water park slide and race to the finish line to raise funds for Gwinnett kids.  The Gwinnett Duck Derby is a family friendly event complete with food, youth activities and more.

Prizes:  The first 3 lucky ducks that cross the finish line will win quacktastic prizes including a grand prize of $2500, a second place prize of $1000 and a third place prize of $500. There will also be door prizes!

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We have a total of three duck races to kick off 2017 Labor Day weekend. Over 190,000 yellow rubber ducks will be racing this weekend!

12th Annual Antelope Valley Duck Race

Antelope Valley Duck Race

Who: Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West

The Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.  Proceeds go directly back into the community including organizations such as the South Antelope Valley Education Association (SAVE Foundation).

Where: Dry Town Water Park in Palmdale, CA

When: Friday, September 1, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PDT.  Ducks race at 8:30 p.m.

Highlights:  Fun activities will include a corporate duck decorating contest, photos with Quacky and duck fans can use the water park before the ducks race! The highlight will be watching 10,000 rubber ducks launch into the lazy river and race to win one of 12 prizes! Prizes include the first place prize of a $1,000 Sam’s Club Gift Card, a $700 Lowe’s Gift Card, and multiple gift cards to various local businesses.

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 Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash

Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash

Who: Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois supports more than 22,000 athletes and nearly 20,000 young athletes to participate, at no cost, in Special Olympics Illinois programs.  These ambitious individuals train in one or more of the 17 Special Olympics sports, as well as compete at hundreds of events held in the state of Illinois each year.

Where: DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, IL

When: Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. CDT.  Ducks drop at 3:00 p.m.

Highlights: Race day kicks off with a parade followed by entertainment for the entire family. There will be live music, face painting, games and Splash the Duck will make an appearance. More than 5,000 ducks will launch later in the day and race in the lake behind the Exhibition Hall.   Prizes include a $1,000 cash and a one night stay at Blue Sky Vineyard that includes a trail ride, a zip line tour and one hour photography session. Some lucky adopter will win two tickets to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Race.

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23rd Rubber Duck Regatta

Rubber Duck Regatta

Who: Freestore Food Bank

The Freestore Food Bank is one of Ohio’s largest food banks, distributing 23 million meals annually through a network of 350 community partner agencies serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Where: Purple People Bridge on the Ohio River

When: Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Highlights: Our final race is the largest race of the entire year!  Fans can watch up to 200,000 Ducks swim down the Ohio River near the Serpentine Wall for a chance to win the grand prize of a 2017 Honda HR-V  LX. The second quickest duck will receive $100 in groceries from Kroger each week for a year. The next five lucky ducks will receive $500 cash! Later in the evening, fans can watch a fireworks show.  What are 200,00 ducks swimming for? To help the Freestore Foodbank solve hunger and ensure that children have the fuel they need to grow healthy and strong. 100% of duck purchases goes directly to providing meals for hungry children in the community.  Buy a Duck. Win a Car. Feed a Child.

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