Annual rubber duck race raises $100,000 for URS

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A virtual duck race returned to Dayton Friday night to see who the lucky duck is and raise funds for adults and children with disabilities.

The 19th Annual United Rehabilitation Services (URS) Rubber Duck Regatta was held at the Dixie Twin Drive-In.

The regatta returned virtually for a third year with 2 NEWS’ John Seibel as one of the evening’s MCs.

Each duck adopted for $5, is worth $5 for the URS. This year’s fundraiser raised over $100,000 for the URS.

URS CEO Dennis Grant said whether virtual or in-person, the fundraising mission remains the same.

“It’s about children and adults with disabilities, okay, in this community who desperately need services,” Grant said. “Honestly, the only way to close the funding gap between what we get paid for services and what it actually costs to provide them is to have amazing fundraisers like this.”

URS provides care, therapy and employment programs for children and adults with developmental and acquired disabilities. Helping families like the Voss.

“The kids have been going to URS for just over a year now, and we’ve been so happy with their experience and our experience at URS,” Amber Voss, whose twins Tobias and Thea were ambassadors for the duck for the evening. “It’s just a great way to support an amazing organization that helps our children and many more.”

Since its inception 19 years ago, the rubber duck regatta has raised over $1 million to ensure the URS continues to support children and adults with disabilities.

Grant said everything URS does would be impossible without these ducks and the support of the community.

“All you have to do is buy a duck, and it can make a difference in the lives of so many people,” Grant said.

The grand prize for the owner of the winning duck is a VIP Mardi Gras experience in New Orleans.

Grant said the URS aims to bring the in-person event back next year to the RiverScape MetroPark during the Hispanic Heritage Festival.

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