Beat the heat June 22nd at Six Flags White Water! The 7th annual Duck Derby sets sail around the Little Hooch lazy river at White Water in Marietta in order to have some fun and raise donations for a great cause.

We had the pleasure of staying at Emory University for the 2012 Summer Games Special Olympics.  We were one of hundreds(thousands) of families that were witness to the look of happiness and excitement on our children’s faces. There are 23,620 athletes who participate in Special Olympics in Georgia.

Families, coaches, volunteers, and athletes had a fun filled, exciting weekend of competitions and awards, as well as dinner and dancing. Fundraising events, such as the Duck Derby, make it possible to feed, house, and entertain all of these athletes at no cost to families. The donations go toward food costs, among other things, but the most amazing part of it all were the volunteers.  It’s an amazing experience to witness so much compassion and generosity. It is more refreshing than a pool at White Water…which brings me back to the point


How does adopting a duck help the athletes?


Single Duck Adoption – By donating $5 for a single duck adoption, you will be feeding 1 meal to 1 athlete at State Summer Games. For your $5 donation, 1 racing duck will be adopted in your name and entered into the race. If your duck is one of the first five to cross the finish line, you win a prize!


Increase your chances and get a Quack Pack – Your $25 donation provides the funds for gold silver, and bronze medals and other ribbons for 1 competition at State Summer Games. Your $25 donation will hatch 5 adopted ducks to be entered into the race for an increased chance to win AND you’ll be mailed an adorable souvenir junior duck.

For a great deal adopt a Quacker’s Dozen – Your $60 Quacker’s Dozen donation provides funds for housing for two nights at the State Summer Games.   You can get more ducks for your bucks—pay $60 (the price of 12 duck adoptions) and receive 13 ducks in your name AND you’ll be mailed 2 souvenir junior ducks.