Event organizers estimate that more than 700 people were on hand to watch the ducks bob for glory and get plucked from the water for some terrific prizes. This was the first time in its 17-year history that the Rubber Ducky Derby was held in Danville.
"This was the largest crowd we have ever had," said co-chairwoman Belinda George of Danville. She estimates that the Rubber Ducky Derby grossed well more than $100,000 for Children's Hospital.
"Families seemed to really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the day. Kids played carnival games, enjoyed tasty food and snacks and enjoyed Asheba, a children's recording artist and musical entertainer, in addition to the derby itself," said co-chairwoman Janice Alamillo of Alamo.
Cresco Equipment Rentals and the Children's Hospital Branches presented the event. Cresco president, Chris Smith, told the large crowd that it is in the best interest of our community to have a Children's Hospital in our back yard that is thriving, not just surviving.
"Cresco Equipment Rentals are a wonderful partner in our efforts to raise money for Children's Hospital," said George. Also local merchants, restaurants and attractions helped by contributing gift certificates and merchandise that became the Rubber Ducky Derby's prizes.
The Children's Hospital Branches is a network of volunteer women's auxiliaries that raise funds for the hospital to provide seed money for new programs and ongoing support for virtually every department and division. Over its 17-year history, the derby has raised nearly $2 million for Children's Hospital Oakland through corporate sponsorships, duck adoptions and ducky merchandise sales.