Emerald Coast Duck Regatta at Baytowne Wharf Oct 12

August 23, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Adopt a rubber duck and join in a day of family fun at the third annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta benefiting the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild. On Saturday, Oct. 12, approximately 4,000 ducks will begin their race across the Lagoon at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Prizes will be awarded to the owners of the first ducks to cross the finish line, including a $5,000 first place prize!
The event will have fun activities for the whole family, including Abrakadoodle face painters, crafts, scavenger hunts, and new this year free access to Adventure Zone rides and the Baytowne Carousel for children 12 and under from 11 a.m. to noon. All family events begin at 10 a.m. and the duck race will begin at 1 p.m.
Make a donation of $10 or more to the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild to adopt a duck. Ducks are available for adoption at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop in Miramar Beach or online at Duck adoption fees include one duck for $10, three ducks for $27, six ducks for $50 and 12 ducks for $100. Additional prizes include airline tickets, Walt Disney World passes, a 42” LCD HDTV, iPad2s, rounds of golf, and more.

The Emerald Coast Duck Regatta is generously supported by several organizations in the community, including event sponsors, gift in kind sponsors and community sponsors. Admiral sponsors for the event include Coastal Skin Surgery and Dermatology, Destin Commons, Magna Carta Group, Mollega Eye Care and Optique, Dr. Ray Morse, Nick’s, and ValleyCrest. A full list of the sponsors and information about how to support this exciting event are listed at

Proceeds from the Emerald Coast Duck Regatta benefit the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild. The Guild was established in 2002 as an auxiliary organization to support Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. The Guild is comprised of more than 250 members who regularly volunteer in areas throughout the hospital. Members also assist with fundraising efforts and community outreach programs.

The Guild’s fundraising activities are used to fund mission services, hospital capital projects, and to award scholarships to nursing and healthcare professionals for continuing education. For more information about the Guild or volunteering at Sacred Heart, go to
For more information about Emerald Coast Duck Regatta events or to adopt a duck, go to


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