Lucky Ducks Win Cash, Prizes at Daniel Island Charity Event
The 9th annual Rotary Charity Duck Race, held on Daniel Island on June 6, was a huge fundraising success, generating approximately $125,000 for the eight Charleston area Rotary Clubs who participated in the race. About 500 people came to the banks of the Wando River at Children’s Park in front of the Daniel Island Real Estate sales center to participate in paddleboard and kayak races, a car show, and games and activities for children. The festive atmosphere included great food and live music from the band Plane Jane.
The main event was the Duck Race, which started with 30,000 rubber ducks being dropped into the Wando River from the James B. Edwards Bridge on I-526. As the ducks raced to the finish line at the pier at Daniel Island’s Children’s Park, the crowds in the water and onshore cheered, hoping that their ducks – adopted for a suggested donation of $10/each – would be among the first to cross the finish line. A total of 36 prizes were awarded to the luckiest ducks, including cash prizes that ranged from $100 to $2,000 and the first prize of a new car.
The Duck Race is an annual event that showcases the generosity of Daniel Island residents and the entire Charleston region: In total, the event has raised over $1,000,000 for charity since it was established nine years ago, providing assistance to a large number of area charities and Rotary programs focused on literacy, hunger, housing, wellness, and children and families.