1,500 rubber ducks splashed into the Lazy River at the Beach Waterpark to promote Big Brothers Big Sisters of Warren and Clinton counties.
The rubber duck race was a spectacle to accompany the program’s raffle and discount ticket sales, according to Tammy Stebelton, the director of the agency.
“The race is for the children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program,” Stebelton said. “The kids in the program each have multiple ducks in the race. The first thirty ducks across, the children who have those numbers win a prize.”
Due to Ohio state regulations, the raffle was separate from the rubber duck race and provided an opportunity for participants to support Big Brothers Big Sisters while being entered to win a $500 Macy’s gift card, $250 cash gift card, or $150 cash gift card. Discount Beach Waterpark tickets were also sold and half of these proceeds are returned to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
According to event co-chair Jennifer Wheeler, this fundraiser is the organization’s largest.
“This is our major fundraiser throughout the year,” Wheeler said. “We’re going to be able to mentor more children in the community that need our help.”
This help is provided to children via one of two mentoring programs, according to Stebelton, both of which the money raised from this fundraiser supports.
“All the money that’s raised here goes to support our mentoring programs,” Stebelton said. “In the community based, the Big Brother or Sister sees their Little Brother or Little Sister between two and four times a month and they get together and do fun things together. Our school-based program is a school year-only program where the Big Brother or Big Sister actually comes to the school and meets with their Little at the school once a week during the school year.”
According to Stebelton, each program works toward the same goal.
“It’s about building a positive and supportive friendship,” Stebelton said.
Photo by Arnav Damodhar