Peoria Duck Race raise thousands for center for prevention of abuse

By Alyssa Donovan

August 24, 2013 Updated Aug 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- The Illinois river was filled with a new species of duck on Saturday, the rubber kind.

25,000 ducks swam the river on Saturday for the 25th annual duck race benefiting the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

As they took off some of the ducks didn't want to get in the water.

But News 25's Tom Mcintyre jumped in the cage and got those ducks moving.

Although the wind was against them, organizers were prepared with wind blowers, hoses and even a kayaker to get the ducks up to speed.

Each duck cost 5 dollars and local businesses and community members came out to see if their little swimmer would be a winner.

Executive Director of the Center for Prevention of Abuse Martha Herm says the great turn out from the public shows that they really care about the issues.

Herm said, “Making sure that there's shelter for domestic violence clients that there's counseling that elder abuse folks are being taken care of. But it also means that they are willing to have prevention programs in the schools and that's what a lot of our duck race money goes to."

The duck race raised about $25,000 more this year than last years total between 165 and 170 thousand dollars for the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

The winner of the big $5,000 cash prize is Angi Lingenfelter of Canton.