Nearly 4,000 bright yellow rubber ducks were “adopted” in the very first Duck Derby for the Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Ducks were sold for $5.00 each with the funds benefiting sexually abused children and their families. The event was held on Saturday, August 25th at the Sportsman’s Club on the River in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
The rubber ducks were dropped into the Stones River and they made their way across the dam behind the Sportsman’s Club on Medical Center Parkway. Many of the ducks “swam” approximately 300 feet when they were stopped by a barrier boom. Some of the faster (and lucky) ducks swam on into a tube where 11 finishing ducks were selected and awarded prizes. Any wandering ducks were rounded up and collected from the water.
The Child Advocacy Center is very pleased with the success of the unique fundraiser:
“I am thrilled,” Demos said, thanking the Wing Team for their help and all volunteers. She expects next year’s race to be even better. Kristin Demos is the Child Advocacy Board’s fundraising chair.
Source: The Murfreesboro Post
The first place duck won a trip for two to Key West, Florida. The runner-up duck won a family trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Other prizes include a $1,000 Zero Coupon Bond, eating at Demos’ Steak & Spaghetti House free for a year and a $500 gift certificate to Bell Jewelers.