Duck "adoptions" to benefit Crosswind Youth Services are underway at Brevard "Lucky Duck" branch locations of Community Credit Union, Florida Bank of Commerce, Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union, Florida Business Bank, Space Coast Credit Union, Sunrise Bank, Florida Community Bank, Fidelity Bank of Florida, Chick-Fil-A in Viera and at select BP and Shell stations throughout the county.
Papa John's Pizza in Titusville, Merritt Island and Cocoa will attach adoption papers to each pizza box.
Ten-thousand rubber duckies are up for adoption in advance of the 15th Annual Great Brevard Duck Race at the Indian River Festival on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at Sand Point Park in Titusville.
The annual duck race is a major fundraising event for the nonprofit Crosswinds Youth Services, a community resource for children and youth in crisis and their families.
A $5 donation will put one "adopted" duck in the race. The sixth duck is free with a five-duck "Quack Pack" donation.
The 2013 grand prize for the event is a four-night Bahamian cruise for up to two guests in one deluxe ocean view stateroom aboard the Disney Dream.
Additional prizes include a $500 and two $250 shopping sprees at Dillard's in Merritt Square Mall, a two-night stay at Marriott Orlando World Center Resort, a two-night stay for two at the International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach, a full-day and two half-day fishing trips for two, as well as an evening of shark fishing from Obsession Charters Deep Sea Fishing from Port Canaveral and two aerial tours from Servant Air Ministries.
Participants do not need to be present to win.
The yellow rubber racing ducks can also be adopted online up until race day at www.DuckRace.com/brevard, in person at one of the "Lucky Duck" locations or by mailing a donation to Crosswinds Youth Services Inc., 1407 Dixon Blvd., Cocoa, Florida, 32922.
"Like" their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brevardduckrace or follow them on Twitter @BrevardDuckRace.
For more information, call (321) 452-0800.
As always, the Great Brevard Duck Race begins at the boat ramp in Sand Point Park with 10,000 ducks, numbered to correspond to the Crosswind donors who have "adopted" them.
The adoptive "parents" of the first numbered duck to reach the finish line will be awarded the grand prize. Prizes for the next 11ducks are consistent with their order of finish.
While it's always great fun for the spectators, Crosswinds president and CEO Jan Lokay says that the biggest winners of the Great Brevard Duck Race are young people and families in crisis.