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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Duck Race activities planned on East Peoria riverfront

  • EAST PEORIA — Ducks that swam in the Illinois River and waddled around RiverFront Park in East Peoria Aug. 6 may have felt a little confused or intimidated when they saw a giant yellow inflatable duck situated there.The Center for Prevention of Abuse kicked off its 26th Annual Duck Race Aug. 6 with a press confe...
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    • Duck Race events

      Activities Aug.15-22 are at Giant Quacky site on East Peoria riverfront


       • Aug. 15, 5-8 p.m. — HATCHING PARTY!

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      Duck Race events

      Activities Aug.15-22 are at Giant Quacky site on East Peoria riverfront



       • Aug. 15, 5-8 p.m. — HATCHING PARTY!



      Giant Quacky inflates, Lite Rock 107 Live Remote, Live WEEK Weather at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. with Chuck Collins, Food for purchase by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, The Unique Twist.



      • Aug. 16, 5-10 p.m. — FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT. Entertainment by Super Heroes, 5-8 p.m. Lego movie at dusk. Popcorn and drinks



      • Aug. 17, 1-4 p.m. — KIDS DAY!



      The Unique Twist, The Zoo Lady Face Painting, Fun with Prevention Education, Popcorn and drinks



      • Aug. 18 — DUCK SALES



      • Aug. 19 — DUCK SALES



      • Aug. 20, 5-8 p.m. — DUCK TAGGING



      Tagging thousands of little ducks for the Race under the tent.



      • Aug. 21, 5-7 p.m. — East Peoria Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. Cash bar, Photobooth, Giveaways, Music by Ambient, Appetizers provided by Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino



      • Aug. 22 — DUCK SALES



      • Aug. 23 — RACE DAY! PEORIA RIVERFRONT



      8 a.m. — Setup begins



      Noon — Food, music, children’s activities



      2 p.m. — Ducks are launched into water



      3 p.m. — Tear down, clean up, load trucks, deliver back to Center to unload.

  • EAST PEORIA — Ducks that swam in the Illinois River and waddled around RiverFront Park in East Peoria Aug. 6 may have felt a little confused or intimidated when they saw a giant yellow inflatable duck situated there.
    The Center for Prevention of Abuse kicked off its 26th Annual Duck Race Aug. 6 with a press conference on the riverfront in East Peoria. 
    This year, the organization will be drawing attention to its mission in a big way — a 65-foot duck called Giant Quacky, the largest inflatable duck in the world. 
    Quacky, or GQ, is five times larger than the inflatable duck that was at the press conference. It will be located at RiverFront Park in East Peoria starting Friday with a Hatching Party from 5-8 p.m. (rain date 8 a.m. Saturday). During the event, Lite Rock 107 will do a live remote and food will be available for purchase from the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino. In addition, The Unique Twist will be on hand to give out balloons.
    The organization’s annual fundraiser, the Duck Race, takes place starting with setup at 8 a.m. Aug. 23 on the Peoria riverfront. At noon, food, music and children’s activities begin, and at 2 p.m. the rubber ducks are launched into the Illinois River. Herm said the goal this year is to sell 30,000 ducks. The ducks are $5 each. Each duck has a number on the bottom before it is put into the Illinois River. Winning ducks are plucked from the river and people who purchase them have an 
    opportunity to win various prizes, including the grand prize of $5,000 from Associated Bank. To purchase a duck, visit duckrace.com/peoria. 
    Prior to the Duck Race, there will be several events planned at RiverFront Park in East Peoria. Attendees can park at Bass Pro. A family movie night will take place from 5-10 p.m. Aug. 16; a Kids Day is planned Aug. 17; duck sales are from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 18-20; a duck tagging party is set from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 20 and an East Peoria Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 21. 
    Martha Herm, executive director at the Center for Prevention of Abuse, said there is a long waiting list for the organization’s services. The Center offers prevention education, family violence intervention, services for child and adult victims of sexual abuse, adult protective services, services for victims of domestic violence and more. 
    “We really need some help so we can expand and meet those demands because we think that is so important,” Herm said of working with kids in schools. “Prevention really is the key to stopping violence and abuse in the future.”
    Page 2 of 2 - On the other end of the spectrum, Herm said the Center gets seven to 10 calls a day about a senior or adult with disabilities being abused or exploited.
    “Our shelter is packed right now. Every room is full, so the whole point is we need help so we don’t have to turn anybody away,” Herm said.
    Another reason for the fundraiser, Herm said, is simply to let people know about the Center and its services.
    “We want to make sure that we have some fun that people pay attention to and say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know there was a place where I could go get some help,’” Herm said.
    Herm thanked the city of East Peoria for supporting the event.
    “We really want to express our appreciation that you chose us to host the hatching,” Mayor Dave Mingus said. “As a behavioral professional and as Mayor, I truly believe in what the services of the Center of Prevention of Abuse.”
    The title sponsor of the Duck Race is the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino. 
    Cori Rutherford, vice-president and general manager at the Par-A-Dice, said supporting the Center is one of “the best decisions we ever made.”
    “We do a lot from the community but I will say we have certain organizations that are a little closer to our heart based on what the Center’s able to do for the community based on the horrible things that can happen,” Rutherford said.
    Last year, the Duck Race raised about $125,000, Herm said. The Center’s total budget is about $4.5 million. 
    “It doesn’t sound like much when you look at $4.5 million, but here’s what’s important about that: All of the contracts we have with government, or United Way, for example, have very specific things that they will pay for, so they don’t pay for everything.”
    Herm said the Duck Race funds help to fill in these gaps.
    For more information, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org.

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