Race season is off to a quacktastic start and we have five duck races to kick of May. Check out the details of each duck race and adopt your ducks today!
Reedy River Duck Derby
Who: Rotary Club of Greenville Evening
Returning for their 13th year, the Rotary Club is racing 10,000 ducks for multiple nonprofit organizations in Greenville, SC. Nonprofits include: Mauldin Miracle League, GAIHN, EarlyAct FirstKnight, and more!
Where: Reedy River Falls Park in Greenville, SC
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT. The ducks will race 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, a children’s playhouse, and groceries for a year from Publix! Don’t miss out on this quacky event!
Racer Website: www.reedyriverduckderby.com
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 6, 2017 at noon CDT. Ducks launch at 2:00 p.m.
Highlights: YESS is celebrating a duck-ade of making a splash for kids in crisis. Spectators can enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment, kids’ activities, 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 40,000 rubber ducks will dive into the water to win one of ten prizes. This year’s prizes include a $100 gift card to Joseph’s Jewelers, a $400 Iowa Cubs Party Pack, a Landscaping Makeover and the Grand Prize winner receives $10,000 in cash!
Racer Website: www.yessduckderby.org
River Region Duck Dash
Who: Wetumpka Rotary Club
The Wetumpka Rotary supports nonprofits such as the Humane Society of Elmore County, Camp ASCAA, and Adullum House. In addition, the Rotary supports the Wetumpka Rotary Dictionary Project, Elmore County Pregnancy Center, Relay for Life, and more!
Where: Gold Star Park during the Wetumpka Chamber’s Kayak Fishing Tournament in Wetumpka, AL
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017. The ducks will launch around 3:00 p.m. CDT.
Highlights: Why are 5,000 rubber ducks racing down the river? To help out local nonprofits in the community. The top three ducks who cross the finish line first will win some ducktacular cash prizes. The grand prize is $1,500 for the quickest duck of them all! The second grand prize is $1,000 cash and the third grand prize is $750 cash.
Racer Website: www.riverregionduckdash.com
19th Annual 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: Friday, May 5, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EDT. Ducks race at 5:30 p.m.
Highlights: Family and friends can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with live music, food and drinks. The highlight will be watching a total of 20,000 ducks splash into the lake and swim for first place! This year’s prizes include a two night stay at a Lakehouse, a Diamond Soltaire, and the quickest duck across the finish line will win the grand prize of $10,000!
Racer Website: www.rubberduckderby.com
Advocates for Children Duck Derby
Advocates for Children provides services to children and families who have been the victims of abuse and neglect. They also offer multiple layers of personal care through an array of programs to reduce the incidence of child abuse. Advocates serves 17 Northwest Georgia counties offering safety, comfort, and hope to over 3,000 children and families every year.
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT. At noon, the ducks will launch.
Where: Terminus Wake Park in Cartersville, GA
Highlights: Duck race fans can enjoy a day of delicious food from local food trucks and children’s activities including an Ultimate Kid Zone with inflatables. At noon, a total of 20,000 ducks will take a dip in the water hoping to be plucked to win the grand prize of $10,000! Buy a Duck and Help the Children today!
Racer Website: www.duckrace.com/cartersville
Email marketing is an affordable option that allows nonprofits to build awareness, educate and hopefully help gain donations. When your nonprofit wants to reach out to your donors, chances are that you email them. There is never a shortage of emails in your donor’s inbox so how do you cut through the clutter and make sure that your email reaches your donor and gets clicked?
Here are tips to enhance your nonprofit’s email strategy:
- Purpose of your Email – Before you start creating your email, think about the purpose of your email. Is it to spread the word about an upcoming fundraising campaign? Are you notifying donors about how proceeds from an event made a difference for families in your community? Focus on one subject so the donor understands exactly why you are sending the email. Once you have decided on the email topic, create an outline with supporting bullet points that will encourage your donors to spur into action.
- Create a Catchy Email Subject Line – Think about what subject line would cause you to open up an email. A good rule to follow is to keep it shore and no more than 50 characters. Remember that in the mobile inbox, only about the first 35 characters of your subject line will be visible. There are online programs you can use to evaluate your subject line such as subjectline.com. Be aware of words that can cause spam triggers and do not use all caps in the subject line.
- Keep Your Messaging Short and to the Point – Shorter emails yield shorter turnaround response times. People receiving a long email usually don’t have the time to read it until later in the day or maybe after work. Just make sure that you have enough copy in your email to get your point across.
- Show Your Personality – Remember that you are writing to people so make sure to show your personality. Think about how you would carry on a conversation if you were sitting across the table from one of your donors at your local coffee hangout. Think of ways that you can inject your personality into your emails. One way to think about how to differentiate your voice would be to ask yourself this question: if your nonprofit was a person, what would they be like? Think of 3 to 4 adjectives that could describe your nonprofit. Then, when you are writing think about how those adjectives could be using in your writing.
- Create a contagious call to action – Your fundraising email should always include a call to action. Think of what type of action you want the read to take after reading your email. Keep these helpful pointers in mind when creating your call to action. Use action words that will encourage engagement such as act, change and transform. You also want to use colors that catch the eye. For example, red promotes urgency. Also remember that your email should only have one call to action. You don’t want your audience to get confused by multiple call to action buttons.
- Monitor your email metrics – Make sure that you are tracking your open rate which is the measure of how many people on your email list opened up your email. For nonprofits, the average open rate is somewhere around 25%. You also want to monitor your click through rate is the measure of how many people clicked on a specific link in your email message. By consistently looking at your campaign reports, you can start to understand what is working and what isn’t working in terms of your email marketing campaigns.
We have six duck races the last weekend of April and a total of over 90,000 rubber ducks racing! Adopt a Duck Today before our nonprofit racers sell out!
14th Annual Ken-Ducky Derby
Who: Harbor House of Louisville
Harbor House is a nonprofit training and development center that seeks to empower individuals with disabilities and their families to lead fulfilled and productive lives.
Where: Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT. Ducks drop at 7:00 p.m.
Highlights: Duck race fans can join 37,000 Derby Ducks along with live music, face painting, and family friendly activities at the Festival Plaza at Waterfront Park. At approximately 7:00 pm EDT the fans will be called to the post for the main event and watch thousands of ducks swim to the finish line to win the grand prize of a Brand New Ford F150 Truck. Cash prizes will also be awarded for the 2nd and 3rd place duck. Adopt a Duck, Light the Way for People with Disabilities.
Racer Website: http://duckrace.com/louisville
The Great Duck Derby Race
Who: Treasure Coast Community Health
TCCH’s mission is to provide accessible, cost-effective, high quality comprehensive health care to all people regardless of their socio-economic circumstances throughout Indian River County, Florida.
Where: Captain Hiram’s in Sebastian, Florida
When: Sunday, April 30, 2017 from noon – 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Highlights: Duck fans will get to watch a total of 5,000 ducks launch into the Indian River Lagoon and race towards the shore. Prizes include the grand prize of $1,000 cash. The second place wins $500 cash and the 3rd place winner wins $250 cash.
Racer Website: www.thegreatduckderby.com
2017 Duck Festival
Who: The Arc Montgomery County
The Arc provides inclusive child care, after-school care, and summer programs allowing children to play, grow, learn and explore their world, together.
Where: Veteran’s Plaza, Downtown Silver Spring
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 from noon – 4:00 p.m. EDT. Duck Pluck is at 3:00 p.m.
Highlights: Spectators can enjoy free activities and entertainment that is fun for the whole family featuring carnival-style games and photo opportunities with Quacky. And the best part is cheering as a diver “swims” 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
Fayetteville Duck Derby
Who: Fayetteville Urban Ministry
Fayetteville Urban Ministry focuses on transforming lives through Faith, Hope, Love and Security through programs that help Cumberland County residents every year, free of charge.
Where: Cross Creek at Festival Park
When: Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Highlights: The first lucky duck that crosses the finish line wins the Grand Prize of a 2017 Coleman Toy Hauler and $300 cash! Seven other lucky ducks will go home with prizes. The best part of all is that all proceeds go directly to local nonprofits and schools in Cumberland County.
Racer Website: www.fayettevilleduckderby.com
Merryman House Paducky Derby
Who: Merryman House
The Merryman House offers both residency and outreach services to meet the needs of victims of intimate partner abuse and their dependents as they strive to live free of violence in their home.
Where: Noble Park Pond in Paducah, Kentucky.
Racer Highlights: There are 3 cash prizes for the first 3 winning ducks! The third place winner receives $500, 2nd place receives $1,000 and the grand prize winner receives $2,500! Each duck adopted helps save, build and change lives!
Racer Website: www.paducahduckrace.com
When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
13th Annual Hope Floats Duck Race
For 39 years, Kindermourn has provided help, hope and healing to to bereaved parents and grieving children. They also provide counseling services for parents who have experienced the death of a child and children grieving death of a loved one.
Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center
When: Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT. The Duck Race begins at 3:30 p.m.
Highlights: Our final race of the weekend is the KinderMourn 13th Annual Hope Floats Duck Race in Charlotte, NC. A total of 30,000 ducks will get the chance to swim through some fun rapids! This ducky day will feature children’s activities, crafts and games. The grand prize is $2,500 in cash and other quacktastic prizes will be given away. Adopt Ducks! Float Hope!
Racer Website: http://duckrace.com/charlotte
We have three fun rubber duck races this weekend for three different, yet amazing nonprofits in Fremont, Columbia and Santa Cruz. Adopt your ducks today!
23rd Annual Ducks for Bucks Benefit Race
The Kiwanis Club of Fremont partners 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 $17,500 was paid out in 2016 to local charities and nonprofits!
Where: Fremont, CA at Elizabeth Lake
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. PDT
Highlights: This race truly brings the community together by allowing any nonprofit to participate and earn money for their organizations! Family activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the ducks will 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, Disneyland passes, a wellness package and a weekend stay and fine dining package.
Racer Website: www.ducks4bucks.org
27th Annual Ducky Derby
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 22, 2017 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 an afternoon of food, carnival games, live music, and local entertainment! This unique race features a custom-built course the Derby Ducks and will run several heats throughout the afternoon. Don’t worry, all 12,000 Derby Ducks will have their chance to race! This ducky 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
CoMo Duck Derby 2017
Who: Central Missouri Humane Society
The Central Missouri Humane Society is the leading animal welfare agency in mid-Missouri. Their primary goal is to find caring, lasting homes for every adoptable animal. In addition to finding homes for stray and unwanted animals, they also provide low-cost veterinary services for pet owners in the community.
Where: Columbia, MO at Stephens Lake Park
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CDT. The ducks race at 2:00 p.m.
Highlights: Columbia residents can enjoy an afternoon of live music, food, family friendly activities, and of course sunglass wearing ducks! CMHS will also have adoptable animals on site so you can meet your new best friend! Don’t miss out on this inaugural event!
Prizes include $500 cash, a hotel stay and a weekend pet stay. One lucky duck will have a chance to win $10,000!
Racer Website: http://www.comoduckderby.com
There is a lot more to the duck race than yellow rubber ducks with sunglasses racing down a waterway to raise funds for fantastic nonprofit organizations. Here is a list of FAQ’s about GAME’s rubber duck race fundraiser that we get asked from time to time from potential nonprofit partners.
FAQ’s about GAME’s Rubber Duck Race Fundraiser
What is a rubber duck race fundraiser?
A duck race is a fundraising event that allows your nonprofit and community to come together by allowing people in your community to “adopt” a duck for $5. Those ducks are then dropped into a waterway and swim to the finish line to win prizes for their adoptive owners.
How long has the Duck Race been in existence?
The first Duck Race took place in 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona. Proceeds benefited the Scottsdale Arizona Prevention Institute who raised over $150,000. In fact, this year marks the 29th year that GAME has been partnering with nonprofits to help them raise funds with our duck race!
How many nonprofits does GAME partner with?
GAME partners with nonprofits in over 70 cities in the United States and 5 locations internationally including Mexico and Germany.
How do the ducks travel from city to city?
Our rubber ducks travel in totes from city to city and leave our warehouse in February. The ducks don’t return to the Flock until the end of October.
What is the most important component of a duck race?
The most important component of a rubber duck race is securing sponsorships. You want to say that 100% of every duck adoption is going directly back to your organization. Our fundraising experts help all of our nonprofit partners with sponsorship design so they can secure big bucks for their racing ducks!
After a person adopts a duck, do they get to keep the duck?
No. After a person adopts a duck, our nonprofits work with each duck to make sure it is ready for race day. After the race, all of the ducks are put back in totes and continue their travels to their next race somewhere in the United States.
What type of volunteer support does a nonprofit need when planning a duck race?
There are numerous volunteer opportunities when planning a duck race. For example, opportunities include: duck adoptions, tagging party, logistics support, duck mascot appearances, data entry, social media postings, and more! Even children can volunteer and get involved in the “quacktacular” fun!
Which nonprofit has earned the most money from a duck race?
In August 2014, the Freestore Food Bank in Cincinnati became GAME’s first nonprofit partner to raise over $1 million when they raced 150,000 ducks.
Can we still have a duck race if we don’t have a water source?
Yes! If you don’t have a water source, you can do a duck pluck. Other options include creating a man-made slip and slide. In addition, you can set up an obstacle course where local athletes pluck a duck and complete the course with their duck in tow.
How long does it take to plan a Duck Race?
We recommend a 7-9 month lead time so a nonprofit has enough time to secure sponsorship dollars and prizes.
How do the ducks get out of the water on race day?
The majority of our racers use nets to scoop up the ducks out of the water
A rubber duck race is a fun and unique fundraising event that brings smiles to your community, your sponsors and allows your nonprofit to spread awareness about your cause. Let our team of fundraising professionals help you put the “fun” back into fundraising! Contact us at email@example.com or call us at (800) 779-RACE.
Going Quackers for Kids Duck Race
The ducks are headed to La Mirada, California this weekend for the 10th Annual Going Quackers for Kids Duck Race on April 15, 2017. The event begins with an Easter Egg Hunt and Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Lake at La Mirada Regional Park. The Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast starts at 9:00 a.m. and will end around 10:30 a.m. PDT. Then, at 11:00 a.m., the ducks will launch and start racing at SPLASH! La Mirada Regional Aquatic Center. The ducks are swimming to win the grand prize of $3,500 in addition to many other prizes. This quacky event wouldn’t be possible without the help of Kiwanis of La Mirada. The Kiwanis Club of La Mirada is a service club dedicated to supporting their community and surrounding areas.
The La Mirada chapter was founded in November 1979 and all of the dedicated members of the club continue to identify the service needs and raise funds for many organizations and families in need. Proceeds from the duck race will be divided among youth-based nonprofit organizations and schools within the La Mirada community. Some of the nonprofits that will be raising money through forming a team include: Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troops, Key Clubs, Meals on Wheels, National Hydrocephalus Foundation, and Youth Ministry groups.
Go QUACKERS for Kids and Adopt a Duck today before they sell out!
Racer Website: https://www.duckrace.com/lamirada
27th Annual Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks
The 27th Annual Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks returns to Red Lerille’s Health & Raquet Club on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 for a ducky evening at the pool! From 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST duck race fans can enjoy music, family-friendly activities, and visit with Quacky the Duck. Fans can watch 30,000 rubber ducks slide down the waterslide into the pool where they will race to win one of 15 prizes! This year’s prizes include weekly combo meals for a year to Sonic and Burgersmith, jewelry from Armentor Jewelers and a $500 Visa Gift Card from Classic Auto Spa. In addition, other prizes include year membership at Red Lerille’s and a $500 gift certficate at La-Z-Boy Furniture! The quickest duck will win the grand prize of a 2017 Subaru Legacy from Giles Automotive.
The best part of this evening is that all of the funds raised directly benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana! The Boys & Girls Clubs provides:
- A safe place for children to learn and grow…
- Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals…
- Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences…
- Hope and opportunity!
Adopt a Duck and Help a Child’s Future! Don’t miss out on this quacktacular event!
Racer Website: http://www.bgcacadiana.com/runnings-of-the-ducks/
19th Annual Great Brevard Duck Race
The 19th Annual Great Brevard Duck Race is coming up this weekend on Sunday April 2, 2017. Adopt a duck for just 5 bucks and change lives!
Who: Crosswinds Youth Services
Crosswinds Youth Services has been serving young people and their families in Brevard County for over 40 years. Their mission is to create opportunities for young people to succeed. It began in the 1970’s with group of concerned community leaders who met to discuss how Brevard County, Florida could respond to the increasing number of runaway and homeless youth in the community.
Furthermore, Crosswinds Youth Services has been recognized nationally, regionally, statewide and locally. In 2013, it was chosen as Nonprofit Organization of the Year by the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, in 2014, it received a Central Florida Humanitarian Award.
Where: Titusville, FL at Sand Point Park
When: Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 1 p.m. EDT
Highlights: Adopt a Duck before they sell out! 10,000 rubber ducks are taking a dip in the Indian River as fans within the community can enjoy an afternoon of fun in the sun filled with family friendly activities, music, and food!
Prizes: In recognition of the 19th Annual Great Brevard Duck Race, a lucky duck adopter could be the winner of $10,000! Ten quacky prizes are going to be awarded to the top ducks including evening shark fishing, passes to Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure, flowers for a year, and more! In addition, other prizes include: a one-year family membership at any YMCA in Brevard and a two night stay at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront. The fastest duck (owner) will set sail on a four-night cruise for 2 to the Bahamas about the Disney Dream!
Racer Website: www.greatbrevardduckrace.com
We have races scheduled in Ft. Lauderdale and Texas City this weekend. Adopt a duck today and support some great nonprofits!
11th Annual KID Duck Fest Derby
Who: Kids in Distress
Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach counties (KID) works for the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and the treatment of abused and neglected children.
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Esplanade Park
When: Saturday, March 25, 2017 starting at noon EDT.
Highlights: The KID Duckfest Derby is celebrating 11 years of racing rubber ducks and raising funds for their nonprofit organization. This year will feature multiple family friendly activities for the afternoon including a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, funny photo opportunities, Meet and Greet with Splash, food trucks, and more! The KID Olympics returns for another year and each child who participates in every Olympic event will receive a chance to win a great raffle prize.
Prizes: At 2:00 p.m. 30,000 ducks will get their feathers wet as they race to win one of 10 prizes including a cruise for 2, a gift certificate from Carroll’s Jewelers, golf for 4, gift baskets, and more! The quickest rubber duck will win the $10,000 grand prize!
Racer Website: www.duckfestderby.org
10th Annual Texas City ISD Youthfest & Duck Derby
Who: Texas City ISD
The Texas City ISD (TCISD) Foundation for the Future, in collaboration with the community and the school district, support a quality education for the District’s students by generating and distributing resources to enrich, maintain, and expand programs to meet the District’s stated mission of excellence in education.
The Foundation encourages all students to work to their highest potential, supports staff teaching and learning programs. In addition, the Foundation inspires the community to participate with the school district to enrich education.
Where: Texas City, TX at Texas City Sting Creek
When: Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CDT
Highlights: Get ready for an afternoon of fun at the Youthfest! There will be fun, food, music and entertainment and at 3:00 p.m. the ducks are launched.
Prizes: 5,000 Derby Ducks will paddle their hardest to win some great prizes including a $2,500 Visa gift card, a $1,000 Amazon gift card, a $250 HEB gift card, a 50″ TV, and more! All 10 prize winners will have the chance to win the “Lucky Duck” prize of a new $50,000 Ford car or truck sponsored by TNMP.
Racer Website: http://www.duckrace.com/texascity