By Jessica Creagan
SEBASTIAN -- Thousands of little yellow rubber duckies will be splishing and splashing in the lagoon next month as part of a fundraiser for Treasure Coast Community Health.
The Treasure Coast Community Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of the nonprofit community health center, will present the second annual "Great Duck Derby" on April 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at Captain Hiram's facilities in Sebastian.
Individual duck "adoptions" are $5 each, and package adoption rates are available, said Colette Heid, spokeswoman for Treasure Coast Community Health.
One hundred percent of the profits from the event will go toward funding the various programs by Treasure Coast Community Health, including pediatrics, family practice, gynecology, psychiatry, dentistry and behavioral health, she said.
Depending on how many ducks are adopted, there could be anywhere from 5,000 to 7,500 bobbing toys dropped into the lagoon during the event. Paddleboarders and wakeboarders will be in the water around them creating waves and pushing the ducks toward the shoreline at Captain Hiram's, Ms. Heid said.
"The ducks will go into the water about 2 p.m. and it takes about 30 minutes for them to get to shore," she said.
On the Great Duck Derby website, adoption packages are listed in full and include everything from a couple of Duck Pals for $10 to a Golden Flock of 55 ducks for $200.
During the family-friendly event, participants will be treated to live music, provided by Captain Hiram's, face painting and craft opportunities for the children, as well as "waddle" races, Ms. Heid said.
Treasure Coast Community Health is a federally-qualified community health center dedicated to meeting the medical, dental and mental health needs of non-insured and under-insured members of the community. This is accomplished by providing accessible, cost-effective, high quality, comprehensive health care to residents regardless of socio-economic circumstances, a press release said.
The nonprofit has four locations in Indian River County. The main medical and dental office location in the north part of the county is at 12196 County Road 512 in Fellsmere. There is also a medical office in downtown Fellsmere at 44 North Pine Street.
Medical and behavioral health offices are located at 1555 U.S. 1 in Vero Beach, inside the K-Mart Plaza.
In the southern part of the county, patients can visit the medical and dental offices at 1545 Oslo Road in Vero Beach.
Office hours vary by location and day.
For more information about the derby, visit www.thegreatduckderby.com. For more information about Treasure Coast Community Health and the foundation, visit www.tcchinc.org.