Story by Jo Ann Borst
Held on Saturday, April 12, the second annual Ducky Palooza featured thousands of adopted yellow rubber ducks racing down the lazy river at the Frisco Athletics Center. Ducks were adopted by supporters of the unique fundraising event benefitting City House (www.cityhouse.org) and its expansion into Frisco.
The “fun-tabulous” race and Dazzle Duck Pageant attendees were welcomed with bright sunshine, gusts of wind and a cheering crowd. After enjoying game booths, face painting and balloon entertainment, the ducks flocked together and were tossed into the swift waters by Former NBA Coach of the Year and Development Chair Del Harris, Development Chair Ann Harris and City House Executive Director Teresa Keenan.
Representing their adoptive parents for the chance to win some great gifts, the ducks raced toward their final destination. Prizes were awarded to the first through fourth duck who crossed the finish line. First place winner Travis McDowell took home an Apple iPad Mini. Not to be ignored, the lame duck who floated in dead last, adopted by JP Picinini, received a pizza party for 10 donated by Joe’s Pizza, Frisco.
Dazzle Ducks, purchased by organizations and individuals, were another great way to participate and make a significant impact for City House. The larger than life ducks were not involved in the actual race on the water but had a pageant of their own. More than fifty Dazzle Ducks were “duckorated” for the competition, which took place after the race. The judges, who claimed to have their ducks-in-a-row, announced that “Elduck John Crocodile Rock” was the first place winner. Elduck John was submitted by Jimmy Laferty, MD. Frisco’s Fisher Elementary School won the “Stuff the Box” vote.
It was a great day! See you next year!
About City House
For more than 25 years, City House has been providing emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults of Collin County who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness. Homeless youth is a reality facing every community in our country, and we in Frisco need to respond to this growing problem. Plans to open two transitional living homes, one for boys and one for girls, ages 18 through 21, is currently underway. The housing program will provide shelter, along with counseling, mentoring and case management.