American Tobacco Duck Race To Expand to Benefit Three Groups

FOX 50ATC logoDurham Bulls American Tobacco Duck Race To Expand to Benefit Three Groups
Focus on Explorer Post 50

Two of last year’s most popular events in downtown Durham are joining forces in 2010. The Great American Tobacco Duck Race, which has become an annual event, and FOX 50’s Family Fest, new last year but sure to become a fall regular, will take place together on Saturday, October 2, 2010.

Great American Tobacco Duck Race“After last year’s Family Fest, we realized that the two would be the perfect fit,” said FOX 50 Non-Traditional Revenue Manager Sylvia Lanier. “Both events are family friendly and target the same demographics – children and families. The Family Fest would provide activities and programs throughout the day and the Duck Race would bring additional excitement by utilizing the Ol’ Bull River while providing a great charitable component.”

American Tobacco Sales, Marketing & Events Manager Valerie Ward agrees. The two CBC divisions were looking for a way to build bigger and better events. “The two were made for each other,” said Ward. “Not to mention that with 3 non profits, we may now see up to 3000 ducks going down the river!!”

The Great American Duck Race is expanding to benefit three non-profits this year, instead of one. Over the next few weeks leading up to the duck extravaganza, capcom will be profiling each organization in the trio.

For our first profile, Explorer Post 50.

A Training Ground at the Ballpark
On any given home game night, dozens of Triangle youth are hard at work at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. About 75 students currently participate in the program called Explorer Post 50.

Post 50
The students of Explorer Post 50 are deep in heated competition to see who can sell the most ducks to benefit their scholarship fund.

Explorer Post 50 is a youth based television broadcasting program that provides students, ages 14-20, with an invaluable opportunity to gain exceptional experience in the field of sports television broadcasting.

All Explorer Post 50 members have the opportunity to learn camera operation, directing, producing, audio board, instant replay, camera control and graphic computer operation. The Explorer Post is designed to make every opportunity a learning opportunity.

This season, the team broadcast almost 50 Durham Bulls and USA Baseball games on RTN and two national broadcasts on the MLB Network.

The students in Explorer Post 50 are hard at work selling their ducks; the funds will be used for their college scholarship fun. A fierce competition is waging in the stands as the Bulls battle towards the playoffs. The students are competing. The one who sells the most ducks will win a fabulous prize.

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FOX 50 Family Fest

Stay tuned to capcom for profiles about the other two worthy charities, Duke Children’s Hospital & the Inter-Faith Food Shutte….

Thanks to FOX 50’s Sylvia Lanier, ATC’s Valerie Ward & DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for contributions to this capcom story. Thanks to the Durham Bulls for this capcom photo.


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