American Tobacco To Help Fight Triangle Hunger with First Annual Duck Race

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Rubber ducky, you’re the one! Sesame Street’s Ernie would be in heaven at the American Tobacco campus where a Duck Race will soon take place.

American Tobacco is taking a quack at hunger.

Thousands of rubber ducks will take to the waters of the “Old Bull River” located on the American Tobacco Campus Saturday, September 23rd as the first annual Great American Tobacco Duck Race takes place with proceeds benefiting the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

There will be a People’s Duck Race at 2pm (ducks at $10 for this race) and a Corporate Duck Race at 4pm (ducks are $200 for this race) and great entertainment before, during and after both races!

Duck Race Info

The course for both races is 600 feet long and prizes will be awarded for the fastest duck, second place duck and the slowest duck (last place). The People’s Duck Race will begin at 2pm and The Corporate Duck Race will begin at 4pm. There will be lots of entertainment before, during and after both races. See details below.

Chris Downey & the Duck
FOX 50’s Chris Downey clowns around with the Diva Duck during the press event.
Prep work
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle staffers & volunteers prepare the “ducks” for their big media debut.
T.Y. Baker & George Habel
Capitol Sports’ George Habel (right) joins E. Boyd & Associates’ T.Y. Baker as Honorary Chairs of the Duck Races.

American Tobacco Restaurants will donate 10% of their food sales on September 23rd to the Food Shuttle.

In addition to American Tobacco, race sponsors include WRAL-TV, FOX 50, WRAL-FM, WCMC-FM.

WRAL-TV 5FOX 50 logoMIX 101.5 logoWCMC-FM logo

Don’t delay, get in the race today! Get Quacking!

Purchase your duck today for the 2006 Duck Race with proceeds benefiting the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. You can buy your duck at:

  • any American Tobacco Campus Restaurant,
  • at the MIX 101.5 studio at 711 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh,
  • or you can order online right now and pick up your duck at the American Tobacco Office, Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm, or after 11am on race day.

American Tobacco Gets the Word Out
Recently ATC held a press conference on Wednesday, August 23rd at noon on the Amphitheatre Lawn.

Jill Bullard
IFFS Executive Director Jill Stanton-Bullard speaks about the mission of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
Look out Big Bird. Little ducks fill the river, but this big duck struts around dry land greeting the crowd.
Paul Pope
American Tobacco GM Paul Pope, also an IFFS Board Member, implores the crowd to spread the word about the Duck Race.
Table tents
Table tents are at the ready for the media event, filled with details about the great race.

Jill Bullock Stanton-Bullard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle; Paul Pope, General Manger for American Tobacco; and Honorary Chairs for the rubber duck race, George Habel, Vice President of Capitol Sports; and T.Y. Baker, President of E. Boyd and Associates urged all to get their ducks in a row to support this event designed to take a quack at hunger.

For those attending the media event, including Inter-Faith Food Shuttle volunteers and ATC tenants, they were treated to duck shaped sugar cookies and got to rub feathers with the Great American Tobacco Duck Race mascot.

On stage
Dignitaries await their turns to speak at the press event, to share their desire to help hungry Triangle citizens with a fun fundraising event.
Ducks in water
Ducks fill the “Bull River” at American Tobacco…a preview of what will be a fun day at the Campus on Sept 23rd.
Entertainment Line-Up
noon   Magic on the Lawn with Paul Miller & Flow Circus
1pm   Carla Wilson & All American Country Band
2pm   The People’s Duck Race & Awards Ceremony
2:45pm   Lo-K-Shun Band
4pm   Corporate Duck Race & Awards Ceremony
4:30pm   Ducky Dancing on the Lawn with Lo-K-shun Band

Thanks to ATC’s Valerie Ward for this capcom info and for these capcom photos.

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