SACRAMENTO — The second annual Duck Dash at Raging Waters at Cal Expo in Sacramento will take place Saturday, June 7. More than 3,500 rubber ducks will float down an 800-foot-long lazy river, racing to the finish line to win prizes and raise funds for the Child Life Program at Sutter Children’s Center. Community members are encouraged to adopt a duck – or a paddling of ducks – and cheer them on during the 5 p.m. race.
Funds raised by The Duck Dash will go toward the music therapy program at Sutter Children’s Center. Music therapists from McConnell Music Therapy Services use a variety of techniques that have been proven to be effective in helping children and adolescents reach a wide range of goals through music. Activities include listening to live music, songwriting, singing, song lyric analysis and guided relaxation.
Young patients hospitalized for days or weeks at a time can benefit from music therapy to help reduce pain and pain perception, support emotional expression, normalize the hospital environment, increase verbal and nonverbal communication and many other benefits.
The Duck Dash hopes to raise $15,000 for this valuable program. Ducks can be adopted online, two ducks for $12, five ducks for $25, along with other adoption options. Participants don’t have to attend race day for their duck to win, but it’s sure to be a fun event for the whole family. Prizes include a $500 Visa Gift Card, Raging Waters Party Package for up to 16 people ($500 value), unlimited Quick Quack Car Washes for a year ($360 value) and more.
Visit The Duck Dash website for all the details and to adopt your ducks.
Free parking and entrance to Raging Waters, located at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, will be available beginning at 4 p.m. for those who have adopted ducks.
Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento is a comprehensive children’s hospital inside Sutter Memorial Hospital in east Sacramento. It serves 7,000 children a year from 26 California counties and beyond, including Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Solano, San Joaquin and Amador counties. Among its specialized pediatric services are an 80-bed, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, heart surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and clinics for epilepsy, childhood diabetes, cleft palates, obesity and many other diseases that affect children from birth to 18 years old.