Monday, June 9, 2014
The Rotary Club of Daniel Island and other participating Rotary Clubs in the Charleston area will hold the eighth annual Rotary Charity Duck Race on Saturday, June 14, on Daniel Island. Established by the Rotary Club of Daniel Island in 2007, this fundraising event has grown each year since and now includes six other Rotary Clubs in the greater Charleston area: Goose Creek, Johns Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston Breakfast, St. Andrews (West Ashley) and Summerville.
A special stand-up paddleboard race will be held on race day from 8-9:30 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m. Duck Race festivities will begin at 10 a.m. As in the past, the Duck Race will be held near Children's Park at the end of River Landing Drive on Daniel Island. Approximately 30,000 individually numbered rubber ducks will be dropped into the Wando River from I-526 at about 11:30 a.m. The ducks race down the Wando to the finish line at the dock near Children's Park. There is fun for the entire family with face painting, a jump castle and other activities for children. Food and beverages, including limited alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase. The first 35 ducks to cross the finish line win valuable prizes, including a new 2014 Toyota Camry, sponsored by Hendrick Toyota, as first prize. The first 10 ducks to cross the finish line also have a chance to win $1,000,000. However, the big winners are the charities.
The proceeds from this event are used to fund Rotary community service programs locally and around the world. Each of the participating Rotary Clubs is designating one or more Lowcountry charities as named beneficiaries of the Duck Race. These charities represent a wide selection of local nonprofit organizations focused on health, food and nutrition, housing, children and families, and literacy. Over the past seven years, this event has raised nearly $750,000 for local beneficiaries and Rotary projects worldwide.
Participating Rotary Clubs are welcoming sponsorships, typically beginning at $1,000, although lower sponsorship levels will be considered. Sponsors receive publicity and other sponsor benefits depending on the level of their sponsorship. Major sponsors to date include “Top Duck Benefactors” Anne Aaron-Lyle and Hendrick Toyota, as well as Daniel Island Real Estate, SpiritLine Cruises and Anchor Sign.
The participating Rotary Clubs are seeking individuals and businesses to adopt ducks for a suggested donation of $10 per duck. To adopt ducks online, visit www.charlestonduckrace.com. Donors may also obtain duck adoption forms from members of the participating Rotary Clubs.