The 2016 Duck Derby & Back2School Fest started with a bang as 5,000 ducks splashed into Washington Park Lake on a sunny Saturday morning in September, racing for a $1,500 first place cash prize provided by Sunmark Federal Credit Union. The Duck Derby was a fundraiser for Sponsor-A-Scholar's key college access programs, providing tutoring, SAT preparatory classes, AP course fees, college visits and career exploration activities for the Scholars we serve.
Thanks to a host of generous sponsors, hundreds of duck-buyers and dozens of dedicated volunteers, we raised more than $15,000 to support our promising Scholars.
We welcomed hundreds of visitors to our Back2School Fest, which featured a mini-college fair, local organizations (our friends at MiSci, Honest Weight Food Coop and The Arts Center of the Capital Region) and we rocked out to tunes by The Stynals, while Dali Mamma served up delicious breakfast goodies. At 11:15, the main event kicked off, captured on video by Time Warner Cable News.
The Lucky Ducks who won were:
First Place: $1,500: Stephen H. of Albany
Second Place: $750: CPI Docstar/Astria Solutions Group
Third Place: 4 passes to Great Escape and $100 gift card: Barry B. of Colonie
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, sponsored the event or bought ducks! You made it a stunning success!
Check out some of the great photos taken by our volunteer photographers, Paul Riley, Liz Nystrom and Jon Ouckama.