Annual duck race supports abuse prevention programs, services

By WEEK Producer

Annual duck race supports abuse prevention programs, services

August 10, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- We are just two weeks away from the Center for Prevention of Abuse's largest fundraiser of the year, the Duck Race.

On Saturday, August 24, thousands of rubber ducks will race down the Illinois River to raise funds and awareness for abuse prevention and services in central Illinois.

This year, organizers hope to sell 30,000 ducks and raise more than $150,000.

The funds raised help support the Center for Prevention of Abuse's prevention programs, especially those in area schools.

"The center was started as a victim's rights organization to help domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse victims. But we also realized about 25 years ago, that we need to do something to stop that kind of behavior," said Martha Herm, executive director of the center. So we have a wonderful prevention program in the schools and the duck race really helps support that effort because we get very little government funding for prevention."

The winning ducks will receive prizes ranging from $5,000 to gift cards to many local stores and restaurants.

In addition to the race, this year's event will feature live music, food from local vendors and family games.