If they look like ducks, float like ducks and they have on ultra-cool sunglasses, it's the ducks for the 16th Annual Great Brevard Duck Race. Duck adoptions have started throughout Brevard County. It's all for a great cause- the annual duck race is a major fundraising event for Crosswinds Youth Services, a nonprofit organization, which has been serving children and youth in crisis and their families for 40 years.
Approximately 10,000 yellow rubber ducks are up for adoption to win their adopters spectacular prizes. The race will be held on April 13 at 1 p.m. during the Indian River Festival at Sand Point Park in Titusville. A $5 donation will put one rubber duck in the race, or you can adopt the popular Quack Pack, and receive one free duck in the race.
This year in celebration of Crosswinds' 40th Anniversary, a souvenir duck will be given out at the duck locations for those who adopt the Quack Pack, while supplies last. There are 11 great prizes, which include three new ones, all donated by caring community partners.
The grand prize is a four-night cruise for two guests to the Bahamas in an ocean view stateroom aboard the Disney Dream. Additional prizes include two $500 shopping sprees at Dillard's in Merritt Square Mall, a one-year family membership at any YMCA in Brevard, flowers for a year from Bloomers Floral Design, one-day two-park daytime pass for four at both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, a full day of fishing for two, as well as an evening of shark fishing from Obsession Charters Deep Sea Fishing from Port Canaveral, a two-night stay for two at the International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach, and two aerial tours from Servant Air Ministries. Participants do not have to be present to win.
Ducks can be adopted at the following duck locations: Community Credit Union, Florida Bank of Commerce, Space Coast Credit Union, Fidelity Bank of Florida, Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union, Florida Business Bank, Sunrise Bank and at select Shell, BP and Chevron stations throughout the county. Also, when ordering pizza from Papa John's in Titusville, Cocoa, or Merritt Island, an adoption paper will be attached to the pizza box.
Ducks can also be adopted online up until race day at www.greatbrevardduckrace.com or by mailing the adoption paper to Crosswinds Youth Services, Inc., 1407 Dixon Blvd., Cocoa, FL 32922, or you can adopt ducks at the duck booth at the Indian River Festival on Friday, Saturday and on Sunday before the race begins.
For 40 years Crosswinds has been committed to helping vulnerable young people overcome serious issues, such as homelessness, abuse and neglect, delinquency, running away, truancy and other challenges. For more information about Crosswinds Youth Services, call (321) 452-0800 or visit www.crosswindsyouthservices.org.