The 20th annual Rubber Duck Regatta went off without a hitch Sunday as the Ohio River filled up with 150,000 tiny bathtub toys to raise money to fight hunger across the region.
A kick off to the national Hunger Action Month campaign, the Freestore Foodbank uses the beloved Labor Day weekend event to raise funds to feed hungry men, women and children in Greater Cincinnati. This year they raised record sum of nearly $1 million in net profits, which will provide meals for millions of people.
"We truly appreciate the generosity of the local community through the 20th annual Rubber Duck Regatta," said Sarah Cook, Freestore Foodbank public relations specialist. "The support from this year's event will help to provide nearly 3 million meals for children and families in need."
For $5 a duck (or six for $25), participants donated their money to charity while simultaneously entering themselves into a "floating raffle" to win one of several prizes, including $500 in cash from KEMBA Credit Union and “groceries for a year” from Kroger.
The owner of the first-prize duck, Deana Schmidt of Fairfield, walked away with a 2014 Honda Accord Sport.
Below is the full list of the winners:
- First Prize (2014 Honda Accord Sport): Deana Schmidt of Fairfield
- $5,200 in groceries from Kroger ($100 per week for a year): Elaine Roseberry of Cincinnati
- $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union: Brian Duncan of Bethel
- $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union: Todd Minges of Green Township
- $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union: Barbara Sferra of Clifton
- $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union: Valarie Boykins of Mt. Healthy
- $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union: Theresa Locke of Loveland
The regatta is the Freestore Foodbank’s largest fundraising event. Since its inception in 1995, the sale of the cute little ducks has raised nearly $8.3 million to help fight hunger in the Tri-State.
It's also a major contributed to the Hunger Action Month, when the Feeding America food banks unite to urge individuals to take action in their communities throughout the month of September.
You can still donate to the Freestore Foodbank’s efforts on the organization’s website.