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Rubber Duck Race

The Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash (acronym "KIDS") has been produced by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale for the past seven years The event is most often called a "Duck Race" by the more than 200 event producers around the world. From 5,000 to 125,000 or more yellow rubber ducks "race" to a finish line to earn great prizes for their "adoptive" owners, matched by a unique number on a tag on the bottom of each duck.

The beneficiaries of the charitable fundraising event are primarily children and youth in Glendale and neighboring cities throughout Los Angeles County. There have been from 30 to 80 participating non-profit organizations each year, receiving their checks for participation and achievement at the annual event. One small private school participating the past five years has received checks totalling over $42,000.

The Kiwanis Club of Nashville is anticipating holding its first annual rubber duck race on Saturday, October 26, 2013 with perhaps as many as 100 nonprofit organizations collaborating in a major community-wide event to raise funds and awareness for their causes with the assistance of corporate sponsors, media, and the public.

The Glendale race has netted $550,000 for local charities during the seven years of the event. The Ottawa Kiwanis Club's annual duck race for the benefit of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario was racing 100,000 ducks a year and netting nearly $500,000 annually with its event. The Freestore Foodbank (a Second Harvest enterprise) of Cincinnati raced 125,000 ducks last year a raised well over that amount to feed its clients of southwestern Ohio and northwestern Kentucky. 

Some of the organizations that are invited to participate as "Duck Buddy" teams to raise funds for their causes are identified here, but we welcome inquiries from other organizations. Submit a request to

  • Service clubs: Kiwanis (also K-Kids, Builders, Key, Circle K, and Aktion Clubs); Civitan, Exchange; Lions; Rotary; etc.
  • Schools- public and private (including bands, sports teams, clubs, etc.)
  • Alive Hospice
  • Big Brothers
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
  • Book'em
  • Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee
  • Bootstraps Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee
  • Brown Dog Project
  • Country Music Foundation
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • The Eliminate Project - a collaboration of UNICEF, World Health Organization, and Kiwanis to eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus globally
  • Fannie Battle
  • Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
  • Love Helps, Inc.
  • McNeilly Center for Children
  • Middle Tennessee Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Nashville Predators Foundation
  • Saddle Up!
  • The Salvation Army
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Sexual Assault Center
  • Special Olympics Tennessee
  • Tennessee Titans Foundation
  • Tennessee Voices for Children
  • United Neighborhood Health Services
  • YMCA
  • YWCA
  • and many more!!!

Corporate, foundation, and media partners are invited to participate in this endeavor to collaborate on the excitement and publicity while improving the lives of tens of thousands of children and underprivileged who will benefit from the results. Email for details or to schedule an appointment to discuss the opportunities.

You've gotta see this - related videos

Following are links to video highlights from other races, anticipating the inaugural Nashville Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash (Nashville KIDS) in October 2013 involving several dozen local nonprofit organizations in raising fun and funds for their worthy causes.