Saturday afternoon was filled with excitement as 5,600 yellow rubber ducks, cheered on by a crowd of spectators, raced down the slides at SportsCom. It was the seventh annual Rubber Duck Derby to benefit the Child Advocacy Center.
The first duck to cross the finish line was adopted by Connie White of Murfreesboro, who won the grand prize of $5,000. White purchased her duck adoptions at the Child Advocacy Center.
The last duck standing was the very last duck fished out of the water. The prize was won by Jeannine Dalton, who adopted her ducks at Guaranty Trust. The prize for the “Last Duck Standing” was a vintage bicycle with metallic yellow paint and a banana seat from Smoopy’s Vintage Bicycles.
And the winners are . . .
Grand Prize: Connie White won $5,000 Cash (Ducks purchased at the Child Advocacy Center)
2nd Prize: Cherillyn Maddox won $1,000 Cash, donated by Quality Exteriors (Ducks purchased through PayPal on the Holly’s Quackers Team)
3rd Prize: Les Gray won $500 Bell Jewelers Gift Card (Ducks purchased from Mama Quack)
4th Prize: Adam and Holly Coggin won $500 Demos’ Gift Card: (Ducks purchased at the Duck Derby on race day)
5th Prize: Rebecca Upton won F.A.C.E. It Fitness $500 Gift Certificate for Personal Training Sessions (Ducks purchased through the Junior League Team)
6th Prize: Christine Lombardi won $250 Cash, donated by Mama Quack (Ducks purchased through PayPal on the Buffalo Wild Wings Team)
7th Prize: Billie Jo Josovitz won Best of the Boro (Ducks purchased at the Child Advocacy Center)
8th Prize: Ron Hall won Boro Family Fun (Ducks purchased at the Duck Derby on race day)
9th Prize: Bea Weir won Let’s Get Pampered (Ducks purchased at the Child Advocacy Center)
Last Duck Standing: Jeannine Dalton won Smoopy’s Vintage Bicycle (Ducks purchased at Guaranty Trust)
Prize winners have 30 days to collect their prize. If you are a winner contact the Child Advocacy Center at 615-867-9000 to schedule a time to collect your prize.
The duck-tivities kicked off at 11:00 a.m on Saturday with the Rutherford Parent Spring Kids Fest. The Child Advocacy Center partnered with the Rutherford Parent Spring Kids Fest for a duck-tastic family fun festival. The festival included over 40 vendor booths, awesome prize giveaways, inflatables, live stage performances, face painting, balloon art, and a photo booth.
(Right Photo ID) Queen of the Quackers Coreen King congratulates Once Upon a Time for winning the Corporate Duck Race.
Once Upon a Child won the corporate duck race the old fashioned way with a fishing pole. They won the 2014 Corporate Duck Race Champion banner and “bragging rights.”
Ginny Williams from Gil’s Ace Hardware in Smyrna won the “Best Duck Costume” for her duck-orated quacker.
(Left photo ID) Ginny Williams from Gil’s Ace Hardware in Smyrna won the “Best Duck Costume” for her duck-orated quacker.
Local “celebrities” Ben Tankard and Melvin Kearney come out to visit with the crowd and show their support for this special event.
Queen of the Quackers Coreen King said, “The Child Advocacy Center enjoyed partnering with Paige O’Kelley and Rutherford Parent Magazine for the Spring Kids Fest. I am humbled by the community support the Duck Derby received and we are looking forward to the 2015 Duck Derby.”
Proceeds from the Duck Derby will fund the Child Advocacy Center services for child abuse victims and the “Darkness to Light” trainings that educate adults how to protect children from child sexual abuse.
Child Advocacy Center Board President and Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wish to thank all of our sponsors, prize donors, duck adoption sites, vendors, and volunteers who supported our annual Duck Derby and Child Advocacy Center services for the children and families of Rutherford and Cannon Counties. Thanks to Director Lanny Goodwin, Superintendent Bart Fite, and the staff of Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation for their assistance. Special thanks to Queen of the Quackers Coreen King and the Quack Team for making the Duck Derby another memorable event.”