Rubber Ducky Derby Day
Our premiere annual fundraiser benefiting our Scholarship & Community Grants fund
All funds go directly back to our community!
For those new to this event, here is a little background:
The idea of racing rubber duckies took awhile for our club to accept. In fact, our fellow Rotarian Mimi Godwin had to spend several years trying to convince us to say yes.
Once we agreed to this crazy idea we had to find a place to race! The Hudson River? The Tarrytown Lakes? Rotarians Tommy Basher and Gerry Barbelet came to the rescue. Patriots Park would become our home and with the help of the fire department Andres Brook would become a mighty water source.
We also decided to collaborate with the YMCA and have our event run alongside their Healthy Kids Day. In April 2008 our event was born and our villages were forever changed.
It was, and still is, like a Norman Rockwell painting. This is a true community event where everyone comes to the park to enjoy the festivities. Whether one is watching the duck races, following our costumed ducks around, having their children partake in the YMCA’s events, getting some food or listening to music, there is something for everyone.
As a club, we are so pleased to bring so many people throughout our community and region together.
Quack Quack. You don’t want to miss out on the event of the year!!
Our very own Rotary Ducks come out in the Spring to get the races started. You can adopt a yellow rubber ducky for $10 (6-Quack for $50 or tub of 13 ducks for $100) and race it down Andres stream in Patriots Park, Tarrytown.
We could not make this day happen without Hope Hose and Conqueror Fire Department who get the water running, literally, for the duckies to race down. And special thanks to Tarrytown Recreational Department who clean up the park and stream for us ahead of time. And of course, Tarrytown Volunteer Ambulance Department for their commitment to our community.