Franklin Young Professionals (FYP) have raised $2,560 with their Macon Waves Ducky Derby, which is just over half of their original goal of $5,000 for the FYP scholarship fund.
“We're over halfway there in reaching our goal of $5,000,” said Brad Hyder, FYP member. “We are excited considering there is huge fundraising potential at the actual event by selling more ducks and food. We are grateful for the community involvement and support of local businesses and donors. We have 43 event sponsors so far and look forward to recruiting more. This is a huge success for a first time event.”
The event, which will be held this Saturday, Aug. 4 at Big Bear Park on the Greenway, will go toward establishing a scholarship fund to benefit a local high school student. The day will begin with the Big Sweep River Clean Up on the Little Tennessee River at 8 a.m. with FYP hosting the Ducky Derby with activites beginning at 11 a.m.
“Not only are we giving back to the community by raising funds for a local student's education, but a portion of our fundraising will go towards the Little Tennessee River Greenway,” said Hyder. “The Greenway and the Little T. are providing us a place to host our Macon Waves Ducky Derby and its only appropriate we give back to this resource. With this said, FYP has joined up with NC Big Sweep and the LTLT. Before we even begin the Ducky Derby, we'll be joining in with other volunteers to clean up the river.”
The event has children's games, food, prizes live music and other specially planned activities for the family-friendly afternoon. The Ducky Derby will kick off at 12 p.m. with a quartermile race of ducks purchased by members of the community. The top ducks in the derby will be awarded one of several prizes that range from a one night stay at Old Edward's Inn, to gift certificates from area businesses.