Rubber Ducky Regatta raises money for uninsured families

by Halie Cook, Staff Writer 360 views0

VALENCIA — Community members made their way to the annual rubber duck races to raise money for local uninsured families.

The event featured the rubber duck race and a ceremony to give the key to the city to local Olympic athletes Lashinda Demus, Alysia Montano, Anthony Ervin and David Smith.

“I come out every year and I am honored to be apart of this program,” said Bob Keller, Mayor pro tem for the city of Santa Clarita.

Keller acted as a master of ceremonies for the event.

Every individual duck raced was adopted for a $5 fee and the winners of the race received a grand prize of $2,500 gift certificate to Southwest Airlines. Runner up prizes included items such as Disneyland Park Hopper tickets and Six Flags Magic Mountain tickets.

The proceeds from the race all go back into the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers to help uninsured families in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Kaiser Permanente donated $90,000 to the health center and members hoped that the event would raise at least $50,000 throughout the day.

“We are hoping to raise over $50,000 or even $100,000 would be great for the centers,” said Gloria Mercado-Fortine, President of the Hart High School school board and Vice President of the Samuel Dixon Family Health Clinic Centers.

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