FUND RAISING: Rubber Ducky, You're the One

Rubber Ducky, You're the One

At high noon on Aug. 24, thousands of spectators are expected to line the banks of the Chicago River to witness a colorful moment in the annals of water sports. At the sound of an air horn, the waters will surge with the sleek forms of 30,000 highly competitive rubber ducks.

The humble bathtub companions have suddenly become a hit on the charity fund-raising circuit. Participants in the derbies typically donate $5 to adopt a duck, which has a number printed on its bottom. The rubber duckies are dumped en masse into the water; as they float downriver across the finish...

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