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April 23, 2013 > Ducks make bucks for local causes

Ducks make bucks for local causes

By Steve Taylor

Here's how you win the car of your dreams or one of a dozen other great prizes: pile the kids in the car and drive out to the 19th annual Ducks for Bucks Benefit Race Saturday, April 27 at Lake Elizabeth. Pay $5 and pick the fastest yellow plastic rubber duckie out of 10,000 racing web-footed speed demons and watch it float to victory.

The Duck Race is intended to be great fun for participants as well as a chance to raise money for many local nonprofit groups. Twenty organizations selling ducky entries and 11 sponsors have joined forces to offer many great race prizes including cash and a chance to win a new car from Fremont Automall; and best of all, the race is only part of the fun planned. Comedian Brandon Sass is once again the Race Marshal and master of ceremonies, which includes a free children's carnival with games and a bounce house. Food concessions include delicious snacks such as Kettle Korn, hot dogs, and beverages.

The Kiwanis Club of Fremont organizes the race each year, providing assistance to participating non-profit organizations, inclusion of sponsors, event marketing and publicity, data management, and accounting for each non-profit selling organization.

In 2012, the event raised approximately $23,000 for participating organizations, assisting programs serving our community. Local groups that have joined the fun and raised critical funds for their operations include: Newark Girls Softball League, Fremont American Little League, Ohlone Human Society, Fremont Symphony Guild, and the Tri-City Ecology Center. Along with the Kiwanis Club of Fremont, Fremont Auto Mall has been a major contributor to the event. Additional sponsors include Tereo Chiropractic and Fremont Bank.

Ducks will be swimming for the "Great" Grand prize: a car of your choice, from any dealer in the Fremont Auto Mall (value of up to $30,000). A number for every 500 duck race entries will be pre-selected. If the first place winning duck entry number matches one of the preselected numbers, the Great Grand Prize is awarded. Otherwise, the first place duck entry number will win the Grand Prize of $1,500... not bad for a day at the lake.

First place is a year of massages at Tereo Chiropractic in Newark with a value of about $1,900. Eight other quality prizes ranging from a trip for four to Disneyland to a ride on the Napa Valley wine train await some lucky duck owners... and the always fashionable prize of cash - $500.

You can buy tickets on race day for the opportunity to win one of 20 or more gift baskets.

Learn more about the event at

Ducks for Bucks
Saturday, Apr 27
11 a.m. Family Carnival
1 p.m. Race Time
Lake Elizabeth Boat Ramp
40000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont

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