Tuesday, May 18, 2010

FREE Duck Regatta 6/6 in Bloomfield Hills with free admission to Cranbrook & more

The second annual Duck Regatta will happen on June 6, 2010.

Cranbrook has again generously agreed to open its Bloomfield Hills campus to the event, which will raise funds for Great Lakes Guardians’ clean-water initiatives benefitting the Friends of the Rouge, the Clinton River Watershed Council and the Huron River Watershed Council.
Admission to the event and the duck regatta is free and includes a variety of family-friendly attractions, including climbing walls, inflatable play areas and free admission to the Cranbrook Institute of Science, which will offer special activities for visitors. DTE Energy is the presenting sponsor of the 2010 Great Lakes Guardians Duck Regatta.

The highlight of the day is when hundreds of rubber ducks are let go into Kingswood Lake and spectators can cheer them on to the finish line. A duck can be purchased for a $5 donation and sponsors of the fastest ducks will win prizes ranging from a Caribbean cruise for two to gift cards for local restaurants. The event begins at 2 p.m., with the regatta beginning at 3 p.m. Supporters may sponsor ducks by calling (800) 544-2435 or by email: ducks@versacom-inc.com. Duck sponsorship is not required for event attendance.

Prizes for the fastest ducks include a Caribbean cruise for two, two nights at a water park, a full-year car wash service, restaurant gift certificates and museum passes made possible by generous sponsors. All sponsoring organizations have the opportunity to participate in the exclusive Admiral’s Cup race, which features brightly colored and creatively branded decoy ducks.

“We expect the Duck Regatta to bring hundreds of families from across Metro Detroit right to the water, the best place to learn about the importance of preserving this invaluable resource,” said James Ridgway, Executive Director for Great Lakes Guardians. “Everyone had an excellent time last year, and the attention we received from area news outlets and supporters alike helped raise both awareness and funding for our regional clean-water initiatives."

The charitable event will support Great Lakes Guardians’ environmental education programs including Water Festivals, Dirt Doctors, and the Kids’ Clean Water Calendar Contest. Both the Dirt Doctors program and the calendar contest are designed to educate children about the importance of clean water in a fun and interactive way. Over the last year, more than 1,700 children from across Oakland County participated.


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