15TH Annual KID Virtual Duck Fest Derby Presented by JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
What’s yellow, quacks, and can change the lives of at-risk children and families across South Florida? A rubber duck, of course! Kids In Distress (KID) kicked off its 15th Annual KID Duck Fest Derby presented by JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a fundraising event that offers adults 18 years or older the opportunity to adopt $5 ducks and win great prizes. 100% of the proceeds of duck sales benefit 20,000+ South Florida children and families served by KID. Ducks can be adopted at DuckFestDerby.org, now until June 25, 2021.
13,367 of 40,000 ducks have been adopted thus far, leaving 26,633 chances to win fabulous prizes, including $10,000! New this year, every adopted duck has the chance to win $1,000,000, an enticing prospect for supporters of this worthy cause. All funds raised from this event will provide food security, therapy sessions, family strengthening support, essential items such as diapers, wipes, and formula, and more, to the most vulnerable children and families in our community, making every duck a winner. The inspiring and fun-filled celebration will stream online on June 30, 2021, at 6:30 pm on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube, as KID shares its mission and announces the winners of the virtual race/lottery during Duckpalooza LIVE.
Duck Fest Derby counts on the generous support of local businesses. KID extends its gratitude to JM Family, Mike Sipe Entertaining Events & Productions, Wiring.com, Brown & Brown, Sawyer & Latimer P.A., Lesley Mitchell Jones, The Becker Family, the Leo Goodwin Foundation, BankUnited, Heal the Planet, Bridge Industrial, Exquisite Catering, and Aviah Flagler Village for their help in making the event a “quack-tastic” success.
“Now in its 15th year, the KID Duck Fest Derby has long played an important role in helping to raise awareness for Kids In Distress and the work they do to preserve families in South Florida,” said Brent Burns, president, and CEO of JM Family. “JM Family has had the privilege of supporting this free, family-friendly event since its inception, and we know this year’s virtual event will be another huge success. As a champion of programs that drive stronger families in the communities where our associates live and work, JM Family is honored to support Kids In Distress as they provide counseling, health services, and programs to children and families across South Florida.”
In a typical year, Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale is filled with nearly 2,000 families and guests enjoying this unique community event while the New River becomes a sea of yellow as 40,000 yellow rubber ducks race for the Grand Prize of $10,000. Subsequent winners are awarded amazing prizes from exciting trips and experiences to themed gift baskets and more, all valued at $500+. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KID shifted to a virtual race and celebration in 2020 and has done so again in 2021. Last year’s shift to a virtual event sold 35,233 ducks raising over $300,000 for KID’s mission, proving that there is no limit to the tenacity of Duck Fest fans, or what a $5 duck can do!
ABOUT KIDS IN DISTRESS (KID, Inc.)
Kids In Distress (KID) is a licensed nationally accredited agency dedicated to the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and care and treatment of abused and/or neglected children. KID serves more than 20,000 children and families through programs that focus on prevention, intervention, foster care, education, and family counseling. KID partners with corporations, organizations, municipalities, schools, and individuals to support its mission and expand services throughout South Florida. For more information about Kids In Distress, please visit KIDinc.org or facebook.com/KidsInDistress. Follow us on instagram.com/kidsindistress.