Get ready for the YWCA Clinton's Splash for Cash Duck Drawing

YWCA members and volunteers periodically are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they’re a part of. This month, YWCA Marketing & Development Director Sarah Brubaker shares an opportunity for all of us to positively impact our community by taking part in this year’s brand-new Splash for Cash Duck Drawing.

For the past 11 years, summer has meant auction time for YWCA Clinton. A time where we invite folks to join us for a great meal and lively auction as we raised funds for all the different programs and services YWCA Clinton provides the community. This year, however, we are trying something different. This year, instead of our auction, we are filling our pool with rubber ducks and drawing five lucky winners who will go home with some great prizes – including a top prize of $5,000…up to $10,000!

As with everything new, we’ve had a lot of questions about our event. So, here are some answers to the most common ones. We hope you will see that it’s not only going to be a really fun time, but it’s also a really easy way to show your support for what YWCA Clinton provides this community. It’s as simple as buying a $10 duck…and your chance to win big!

When is the Splash for Cash Duck Drawing? The YWCA Splash for Cash Duck Drawing will be Thursday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. The drawing itself will be in the YWCA Clinton's pool, but the celebration and announcing of winners will take place across the street in the city’s brand-new parking lot and green space. We invite everyone to bring their lawn chairs and join us to help cheer on the winners while enjoying music by Down 24, a beer tent by Hook’s Pub, and delicious food from Kelley Girls Woodfire Pizza, Holly’s Dogs, and Glazey Daze Donuts & More.

How do I buy a duck? It’s easy! Ducks will be for sale at the event prior to the drawing. You can also stop into YWCA Clinton any time and purchase one at the front desk, go online and buy now through July 31 at ywcaclinton.org/DUCKS, stop by our booth at one of the upcoming Music on the Avenue events, or visit any of our local merchant friends who are selling for us: Sweetheart Bakery, Clinton National Bank,the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Brown's Shoe Fit Co. , Rockin Rhoni's Unique Boutique, Deja Vu Furniture and Accessories, Clinton Back and Neck Family Wellness, Renaissance Resale Boutique, and Design Setters.

Do I need to be present to win? No! We would love to have everyone join us to celebrate, but we know that summer is a busy time. That’s why we ask for your name and contact info when you purchase your ducks. That info is added to our “Quacker Tracker” when we assign your ducks’ numbers, so you can see your lucky numbers before the ducks hit the water, and we can notify you when you win. Numbers are updated monthly, just go to YWCAClinton.org/DUCKS to find your lucky duck numbers. We’ll even be showing the drawing via Facebook Live, so you can watch to see if your ducks are drawn from wherever you happen to be!

What does the money go toward? All the money raised by our little yellow friends will directly benefit all the great programs YWCA Clinton provides our community. As a non-profit with a mission to strengthen our community, we rely on our members, donors and fundraisers like this one to ensure we can continue to provide top-notch fitness and aquatic offerings as well as other important services to our community. For example, did you know we offer childcare until midnight for those folks who work extended hours? Did you know we provide highly rated care and vital early childhood learning opportunities to our youngest community members, ensuring they have the academic and resiliency skills they need to thrive? Or did you know we offer financial assistance and Worthy Child memberships to those who would not otherwise be able to afford and benefit from a fitness membership? And did you know that we find homes for families and individuals who are homeless, which involves paying rental and utility arrears, assisting with barriers to employment, and providing long-term case management help to ensure that their clients are successful. Many of these services, and others like them, we provide at little or no cost to those we help.

Yes, these little ducks will do big work here in our community, and you can join them! Every $10 you spend to purchase a duck not only increases your chances of winning a great prize, but also is put to work making our community stronger and positively impacting the lives of others. We can’t do it without you – come be a part of YWCA Clinton. Buy a duck (or two) and then join us for our Splash for Cash Duck Drawing on Aug. 1 – a night of fun with a great purpose! Buy your ducks or find out more at YWCAClinton.org/DUCKS.