Quack at­tack: 15,000 rub­ber ducks to float New River

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TheNew River will again be­come a sea of yel­low as thou­sands of ducks race for char­ity at the sev­enth an­nual “Duck Fest Derby,” pre­sented by JM Fam­ily En­ter­prises Inc. to ben­e­fit Kids In Dis­tress of Broward and Palm Beach coun­ties.

The event will be Satur­day, Feb. 16, from1p.m. to 4 p.m. at Es­planade Park, 400 SW2nd St. in down­town Fort Laud­erdale. The ducks will race at 3:30 p.m.

Duck teams can be formed and in­di­vid­ual ducks can be “adopted” for $5 each by vis­it­ing www.Duck­fest­Derby.org. Ducks are also avail­able for pur­chase on the day of the race. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Kids In Dis­tress (KID).

The 15,000 rub­ber ducks will make their way along theNew River. The win­ning duck comes with a grand prize of a four-day, three-night stay at the Man­dalay Bay Re­sort & Casino in Las Ve­gas with air­fare fromSpirit Air­lines.

Other prizes in­clude a seven-day cruise for two aboard aNorwegian Cruise Line ship, an iPad do­nated by Best Buy, two VIP tick­ets to the 2013 “Jin­gle Bell Ball” with a back­stage meet and greet, a 2013 NASCAR Ford Cham­pi­onship week­end ticket package, a four­some at Gran­deOaks Golf Club and more.

“JM Fam­ily sup­ports the mis­sion of Kids In Dis­tress to pro­tect and nur­ture chil­dren who are of­ten for­got­ten about in our com­mu­nity,” said Brent Burns, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and CFO of JM Fam­ily and a KID board mem­ber. “Our part­ner­ship started more than 25 years ago, and we are hon­ored to con­tinue our re­la­tion­ship with an or­ga­ni­za­tion so ded­i­cated to strength­en­ing fam­i­lies in South Florida.”

In ad­di­tion to the race, the “Duck Fest Derby Fun Zone” of­fers a full day of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the KID Olympics, face paint­ing, a bounce house, a rock-climb­ing wall and car­ni­val games.

Bit­ter­sweet Ex­pe­ri­ence with Kim Trapp will per­form live on the main stage.

“We are thrilled that ‘Duck Fest Derby’ has be­come one of South Florida’s sig­na­ture events,” said Mark Dhooge, pres­i­dent and CEO of KID. “It’s an op­por­tu­nity for us to spread the Kids In Dis­tress mis­sion as we fo­cus on the preven­tion of child abuse, preser­va­tion of the fam­ily, and care and treat­ment of abused and ne­glected chil­dren.”

“Duck Fest” spon­sors in­clude JM Fam­ily, AT&T, Publix, SunTrust, Spirit Air­lines, Man­dalay Bay Re­sort & Casino, En­gi­neer­ing Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, NCL, RBC Bank, Marine In­dus­try Cares Foun­da­tion, Na­tional Marine Sup­pli­ers, Wiring.com, Win­ter­fest and more.

Hil­ton Fort Laud­erdale, Tim­pano Ital­ian Chop­house, Zona Fresca, Bru’s Room Sports Grill and Tus­can Grill will serve vis­i­tors in the VID (Very Im­por­tant Duck) tent.

For more in­for­ma­tion on duck sales, spon­sor­ships or event op­por­tu­ni­ties for Duck Fest, visit www.Duck­fest­Derby.org or call 954-390-7620.

Larry Roscini, left, Lea Kuhry, Mark Dhooge and Lau­ralea Lasher Brent Burns, left, Va­lerie Peru, Kim Reynolds and Mike Jensen Ethan, left, with Mark Dhooge play with rub­ber ducks.

Jeff Lowe, left, Lee Sh­effield and Bob Becker with Noah and Ethan hold­ing rub­ber ducks for the Kids In Dis­tress "Duck Fest Derby."

Kim Har­ris, left, TimDo­bravol­skis and Pa­trick Lee sam­ple chips from Zona Fresca, which will be pro­vid­ing food at the event.

Pho­tos by Kara Starzyk

Chil­dren from Kids in Dis­tress, Noah, left, Grace, Jer­maine and Ethan.

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