American Tobacco Ducks Win Big for Food Shuttle

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Ducks take a plunge
The ducks take the first big plunge on American Tobacco’s Bull River.

The river running through downtown Durham’s American Tobacco Campus recently had an invasion of the fowl-est kind.   No, Canadian geese didn’t come in and take over on their way South.  Hundreds of rubber ducks hit the water on Saturday, September 23, 2006, to take a quack at hunger.

Almost 1,000 ducks and 2,000 people converged on the lawns of the American Tobacco Campus for the first-ever Great American Tobacco 2006 Duck Race.  At $10 a pop for the People’s Race and $200 per duck for the Corporate Race, the Ducky Day raised about $30,000 for the Interfaith Food Shuttle.

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of The 2006 Great American Tobacco Duck Race.

To add to the fundraising, all American Tobacco restaurants pledged 10% of the day’s take to the Interfaith Food Shuttle as well.

Bragging rights, and some great prizes, were up for grabs as the little quackers hit the waves.  Participants decorated their ducks in myriad colors and themes; a prize for the best decorated duck went to Chef Bob for his jewel-covered pink painted duck. 

The ducks made their way down the 600 ft water “race track” at 2pm for the People’s Race and 4pm for the Corporate Race.  A variety of other entertainment filled the afternoon including music, a clown with balloons and much more. 

And the winners are:

1st – James Payne (12 minutes, 14 seconds)

1st – Health Planning Source (9 minutes, 45 seconds

Thanks to ATC’s Valerie Ward, John Upchurch & Corp’s Ed Williams for these capcom photos.

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