UPDATE (12:50 P.M. Sept. 4, 2021): The 2021 Great Rubber Duck Race is complete! Here’s who won:
- First Place: James Slamick – $4,000 prize
- Second Place: Julie Savilla – $1,000 prize
- Third Place: Kelly Whitlock – $500 prize
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Saturday 6,000 rubber duckies were dropped into the Kanawha Rvier off of the South Side Bridge at the Great Rubber Duck Race.
“We’re really excited to be here today, so it’s been 16 years since we’ve been here doing this,” said Robert Burton, West Virginia American Water President.
This event is proudly sponsored by us here at 13 News, West Virginia American Water, and others to raise donations for the United Way’s Community Impact Fund.
The duckies were dumped from a truck into the river and raced to the magic island finish line, with the help of corallers to win a grand prize.
“The first six places will get cash prizes starting at the highest prize of $4,000,” said Burton.
The original goal was to sell 5,000 duckies to raise money for the Community Impact Fund, and that goal was exceeded by 1,000 duckies.
The rest of the proceeds from the event are donated to the United Way’s Community Impact Fund, which serves five counties of non-profit agencies.
“But the best part is United Way is the winner and the people we serve, so in the five counties that we partner with non-profit programming, 33 of them will receive part of these funds in 2022,” said Margaret O’Neal, United Way of Central West Virginia President.
These five counties include Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Logan, and Clay.
“Kids for shoes to food pantries, those experiencing homelessness, domestic violence shelters, the American Red Cross, and many after school programs which have really suffered in the last year, so the best part is where the money goes and we couldn’t be more thankful for the partners that we’ve had,” said O’Neal.
O’Neal says the goal net profit of the event is $45,000 to $50,000 in donations.
All to help United Way in improving all the basic needs of families in West Virginia.
“That’s why it’s more important than ever to support folks like the United Way who provide mission, information, dollars, resources, and salvation to many families across the state,” said Burton.