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February 07, 2009 - Kids In Distress - 20,000 Ducks Race Along New River

What: Ducks are adopted for $5.00 ea with proceeds benefiting Kids In Distress

Where: Esplanade Park

When: Saturday, February 7, 2009

Time: 3:30 PM

Beneficiary: Kids In Distress

Sponsors: JM Family Enterprises, Inc., South Florida Sun Sentinel, AT&T, RBC Bank, Quantum Marine, Federal Express, Miller Construction, Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union, Crowe Horwath LLP, Mike Sipe Entertainment, Sterling Bank, Best Buy, Panera Bread, SunTrust, Nova Southeastern University, Comerica, Winterfest, Cliff Berry Inc., BankAtlantic, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., BC Surf, Seattle's Best, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Advanced Green Technologies, Staples & Stile Corporation

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-Southflorida

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Duck Fest Derby, was held on Saturday, February 7, 2009 and as promised was a memorable event for people of all ages.

Thousands of rubber ducks were released and raced down the New River at Esplanade Park on S.W. 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.  The first duck to cross the finish line drove home in a 2009 Scion XD donated by JM Family Enterprises, inc.  But NO!  The winner donated the car back to Kids In Distress!  Now that is contributing!

Other prizes included a Flat Screen TV provided by Best Buy, 4 lower bowl tickets & a Zamboni Ride for a Panther's game, a $500 IKEA shopping spree, two tickets to a show at BankAtlantic Center provided by Florida Panthers Foundation and an iPhone provided by AT & T.

Founded in 1979, Kids in Distress is a nationally accredited agency dedicated to the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family and the care and treatment of abused and neglected children.  Providing Residential, Foster Care, Therapeutic Preschool Counseling and Crisis and Prevention Services.

KIDs recently won a Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.  KID is a progressive agency that adjusts to the changing needs of the community.  Keeping families togethr and stopping the cycle of abuse is top priority.  For more information go to

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