The race to the finish line is less than three weeks away for 5,000 rubber ducks who are a part of the DuPont Rubber Duck Regatta benefitting the La Porte Education Foundation. The race will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sylvan Beach.
The public is invited to come and watch as the ducks splash their way to the shore in Galveston Bay.
Those who would like to "adopt" ducks for the chance to win a wide variety of prizes may pick up entry forms at the La Porte ISD Administration Building as well as any La Porte ISD campus. Adopting a single duck is just $5, with a "quack pack" (six ducks) priced at $25 and a "quacker's dozen" (12 ducks) at $50.
Larger packages are also available. A "flock" of 24 ducks may be purchased for $100, and the "Regatta Racer" of 60 ducks is $250.
"The DuPont Rubber Duck Regatta is an excellent opportunity for community members to show their support for La Porte ISD students and teachers," said Debbie Wade, vice president for fund raising and Duck Regatta chairperson. "Each duck adoption helps the La Porte Education Foundation to fund innovative, creative instructional projects in our district. The race is a fun way to bring our community together in support of our schools."
On race day, the first duck to cross the finish line will win a $2,500 gift card and the chance to win a new Ford Focus for its adoptive "parents."Other prizes include a $1,000 gift card, 42-inch HD television, two iPads, an XBox, gas grill, deep sea fishing trip for two, an iPod Nano, a Kindle and a Garmin GPS.
DuPont is the Title Sponsor for the event, with LyondellBasell a Platinum Sponsor. Gold Sponsors include Noltex LLC, Kaneka, PPG, Lubrizol, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union and Crawley's Shoreline Construction. Walmart and Beacon Federal Credit Union are Silver Sponsors. Bronze Sponsors are INEOS Olefins and Polymers USA and Kuraray America, Inc.
Other sponsors include Goodyear Bayport Chemical Plant, Bayshore Financial Advisors and A.C. Collins Ford.
La Porte ISD campuses are getting into the fun of the race by helping with the duck adoptions. The Foundation will give back 50 cents for every duck (over 100) "sold" by La Porte ISD campuses and school organizations. Those who purchase ducks simply need to write the school or organization's name on their entry form.
For more information contact the La Porte ISD Communications Office at 281-604-7001.