Quack attack: 15,000 rubber ducks to float New River
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.
Children from Kids in Distress, Noah, left, Grace, Jermaine and Ethan.