10th Annual
  • By Allan M Block Blogging Team
  • Posted March 27, 2017

Tarrytown Rotary celebrates 10th Annual Rubber Duck Derby

  • The idea of racing rubber duckies took awhile for the club to accept. In fact, Mimi Godwin had to spend several years trying to convince us to say yes.
  • Once we agreed to this crazy idea we had to find a place to race! The Hudson River? The Tarrytown Lakes? Tommy Basher and Gerry Barbelet came to the rescue. Patriots Park would become our home and with the help of the fire dept Andres Brook would become a mighty water source.
  • We also decided to collaborate with the YMCA and have our event run alongside their Healthy Kids Day. In April 2008 our event was born and our villages were forever changed.
  • It was, and still is, like a Norman Rockwell, painting. This event is a true community event where everyone comes to the park to walk around. Whether one is watching the duck races, following our costumed ducks around, having their children partake in the YMCA’s events, getting some food or listening to music, there is definitely something for everyone.
  • As a club, the Tarrytown Rotary is so pleased to bring so many people, from throughout our community and region together.

While this is a huge undertaking for our club, this event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. We would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors.

Presenting Sponsors: Phelps Hospital  and Open Door

Gold Sponsors: Tompkins Mahopac Bank , Sam’s Club and Hudson Independent

Silver Sponsor: On Track Sports, Margaret Fox Photography, Allan Block Insurance, Tarrytown Honda

Bronze Sponsors: DoubleTree, CPG Planing, River Market Kitchen, Eileen Fisher, Atlantic Copy Machines, Antonio Cabinetry, Kendal on Hudson, Joseph Goscillo, DDS, Janney Montgomery, Legends William Raveis

New this year, we are holding a special 10 year anniversary 50-50 raffle race in honor of Gerry Barbelet who passed away in late 2016.  Gerry was key to the success of our duck derby and always there every year overseeing the races. We will all miss him this year. Proceeds of the 50-50 race will be donated to the Fire dept in his memory.

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