Ducks re-tagged, ready for race Saturday to benefit Center for Prevention of Abuse

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Three days remain until 30,000 rubber ducks will take the plunge in East Peoria. It’s the 31st annual Duck Race fundraiser for the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

Wednesday, nearly 100 volunteers helped replace last year’s stickers with new numbers for this year. The race features 30,000 rubber ducks that race down a giant water slide.

The person whose duck makes it to the finish line first will win $10,000. The center has met 88% of it’s goal with a total of 26,507 ducks sold, as of Wednesday evening.

CEO of The Center for Prevention and Abuse, Carol Merna, says, “All of our funds stay local. None of it flies off with the ducks anywhere else. Every penny that’s spent on ducks goes to take care of the people that come to the Center for Prevention of Abuse and we serve nearly 6,000 people a year, and all of our services are free and confidential. So the Duck Race is essential to being able to continue to do that.”

The Duck Race raises funds to provide free and confidential services to help all women, men, and children live free from violence and abuse in Central Illinois, and will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. at EastSide Centre in East Peoria, located at 1 Eastside Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611.

About the Center for Prevention of Abuse

The Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) is the only agency authorized by the State of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and adult protective services for survivors of abuse. Annually, CFPA serves more than 5,000 women, men and children, affected by violence and abuse. CFPA offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching about 30,000 young people each year. Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, CFPA lives out its mission to help everyone – women, men and children – live free from violence and abuse.  For more information about CFPA, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org or call 309-691-0551. The crisis line is available 24/7 1-800-559-SAFE (7233) and all victim services are free and confidential.

About the Center for Prevention of Abuse Duck Race

The Center for Prevention of Abuse Duck Race is the longest running duck race in the country. Thanks to generous sponsors, 100% of the proceeds go to support all of the programs and services offered at CFPA to help every woman, man and child live free from violence and abuse. The race features 30,000 rubber ducks that race down a giant water slide, which runs the street leading to Eastside Centre in East Peoria, Illinois. The person whose duck makes it to the finish line first will win $10,000. The first 31 finishers will win awards and prizes. Ducks are available for sponsorship online atwww.duckracepeoria.com or by visiting one of the many sales sites on weekends.

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