Glendale Kiwanis hosted their eighth annual Duck Splash on Saturday, an event in which participants “adopt” thousands of rubber ducks to raise money for dozens of local organizations.
For $5 each, locals adopted about 17,000 rubber ducks to race in recycled water provided by the Glendale Fire Department.
That translates to roughly $85,000 — with the majority going to scholarships and charities, according to organizers.
“It’s a very nice turn out,” said Vince Espinoza, who coordinated the duck races.
The annual Relay for Life in Glendale over the weekend also raised about $85,000, organizers reported.
Espinoza volunteered alongside 200 Glendale Kiwanis members and with the Jewel City Kiwanis Club, which sold grilled burgers for lunch.
It also marked the second year that Glendale Kiwanis teamed up with the Glendale Police Department and its canines to host the fundraiser.
“That was a huge success,” Espinoza said of combining the event. “That really worked for us."