Every year, PACE Center for Girls creates an exciting spectacle by dropping 25,000 rubber ducks into the water and cheering them on as they race to the finish line.
The event, known as the Lucky Ducky Race for Pace is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Not only is it an incredible fundraiser, but it’s also a visual representation of the outpouring of support our local community gives to this worthy cause.
Whether you’ve never been to the duck race or you’re a loyal supporter, you won’t want to miss this year’s event. Here’s what you need to know.
Don’t Miss the Big Drop
The race will happen on Saturday, May 11th at Caddy’s on the Pointe, located at 801 Riverside Drive East in Bradenton. The drop is scheduled for sometime around 3 p.m., but since it’s dependent on the tide, this may change slightly. That’s okay, though, because you’ll want to get there early and plan to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous views, delicious food, and a tropical drink.
Once the ducks have been dumped, they’ll race their way down the Manatee River. The adopters of the first ducks to cross the finish line will win great prizes including a two-year lease on a new Jeep Wrangler, weekly dinner for two for a year at Anna Maria Oyster Bar for an entire year, and more!
Join in on the Fun Today!
It’s easy (and fun!) to join in on the Lucky Ducky Race for Pace. The simplest way to show your support is to adopt your own ducks for the race. There are options to suit every budget including:
- A single “Lonely Duck” for just $5.00
- “Quack Pack” of 5 ducks for $20
- “Flock” of 30 ducks for $100
You can easily adopt your duck online through this link.
They’re also for sale at many local businesses and at some special events. Keep an eye out for “Quacky,” the event’s mascot, who makes appearances throughout the community all year long. She’s usually accompanied by volunteers who are happy to help you adopt your own ducklings. You can also follow Quacky on Facebook so you can keep up with everything race-related!
Want to do even more? Many local businesses choose to show their support by sponsoring a “VIP Duck” for $350. This includes a 100-pack of ducks and special larger duck with your logo that participates in its own “race” just before the main event. There will even be a trophy for the best-dressed VID. This is a fun competition that gives supporting businesses the chance to show off their creative side.
PACE Center for Girls: Changing Lives One Duck at a Time
Although this event is a ton of fun, as a fundraiser for PACE Center for Girls in Manatee County, it’s also about changing lives. PACE is dedicated to helping girls and young women build a better future by providing them with education, counseling, training, and advocacy.
The proceeds from the duck race will help the girls with necessities like school supplies, transportation to and from school, counseling services, and more.
Want to learn more about the duck race, or how you can support PACE in other ways? Contact Christi at Christi.Haley@pacecenter.org.