15,000 Rubber Ducks to be Sold for a Good Cause

Ducks returning for Seventh Annual Kids In Distress Duck Fest Derby are ready to be “adopted”

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Ducks are now on sale for the seventh annual Duck Fest Derby, benefiting Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach counties (KID) and presented by JM Family Enterprises Inc. The ducks will take their marks and race down the New River as part of the event, which is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Esplanade Park, 400 S.W. 2nd St. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The race begins at 3:30 p.m.

Individual ducks can be “adopted” for $5 each by visiting http://www.duckfestderby.org. Ducks are also available for purchase on the day of the race.

The grand prize for the winning duck is a four-day, three-night stay at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with airfare from Spirit Airlines. Additional prizes include a seven-day cruise for two aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, an iPad donated by Best Buy, two VIP tickets to the 2013 Jingle Bell Ball with a backstage meet and greet, a 2013 NASCAR Ford Championship weekend ticket package, a foursome at Grande Oaks Golf Club and more.

“JM Family is committed to supporting Kids In Distress’ mission to protect and nurture the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Brent Burns, Executive Vice President and CFO of JM Family and KID board member. “Our partnership started more than 25 years ago, and we are proud to once again sponsor the Duck Fest Derby and raise awareness of the organization’s efforts to strengthen families in South Florida.”

In addition to the race, a Duck Fest Derby Fun Zone offers a full day of activities, including the KID Olympics, face painting, a bounce house, a rock-climbing wall and carnival games. Bittersweet Experience with Kim Trapp will perform live on the main stage.

Duck Fest sponsors include JM Family, AT&T, Publix, SunTrust, Spirit Airlines, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Engineering Contractors Association, NCL, RBC Bank, Marine Industry Cares Foundation, National Marine Suppliers, Wiring.com, Winterfest and more. Hilton Fort Lauderdale, Timpano Italian Chophouse, Zona Fresca, Bru’s Room Sports Grill and Tuscan Grill will serve refreshments to visitors in the VID (Very Important Duck) tent.

For more information on duck sales, sponsor participation or event hosting opportunities for Duck Fest, please visit http://www.duckfestderby.org or call Kids In Distress at 954-390-7620.

Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach counties is a licensed nationally accredited agency working for prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and care and treatment of abused and neglected children. KID partners with corporations, organizations, municipalities, schools, and individuals to provide basic services to the underserved population in South Florida. KID services helped more than 10,000 children and families last year through the signature KID Prevention, Foster Care, Preschool, Family Counseling Clinic and Emergency Residential programs. In 2011, KID and Nova Southeastern University opened the Kid Dental Health Center and NSU’s Eye Care Institute at KID on the KID campus. For more information on Kids In Distress, please visit http://www.kidinc.org, http://www.facebook.com/KidsInDistress and on Twitter @kidsindistress1.