From now until Oct. 20, organizations and individuals will sell ducks that will be unleashed into “Lake Glendale,” created specially for the event at Verdugo Park.
The fundraiser is also a way to establish connections among organizations in the community and bring them together, said Victor Legerton, secretary of Glendale Kiwanis.
“We help out 50 nonprofit organizations in the community on an annual basis anyway, so we decided to reach out and help them raise funds for their own programs,” Legerton said. “We’ve established good contacts and good collaborations and raised a lot of money for charity.”
Participating organizations in the community, known as “Duck Buddies,” may keep 50% of the funds raised from each $5 duck purchased.
“There are incentives and bonuses for each winning team for first, second and third place,” Sadd said.
The top-selling team will keep 65% of money raised, the next team will keep 60% and the third will keep 55%, he said.
Kiwanis members anticipate 50 to 75 participating Duck Buddies, including Glendale Healthy Kids, Glendale Educational Foundation, Alex Theatre Board, Glendale Assn. of the Retarded, YMCA and local schools within the Glendale Unified School District.
“The event now involves a number of businesses as corporate sponsors getting the community involved in recognition of nonprofits,” Legerton said.
“The chamber just recognized our club and the [Duck Splash] as event of the year.”
The Glendale Educational Foundation supports the Duck Splash because of Glendale Kiwanis and its work with children in the community, said Susan Hunt, a board member of Glendale Education Foundation.