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Rubber ducks signify commitments to end abuse in Central Illinois

East Peoria, Ill. - Thousands of rubber ducks took a ride down a 750 foot slip-and-slide this weekend. 

Each of them - tiny in size but raising money for a big cause.    

Every yellow duck is a symbol to help stop abuse in Central Illinois.

Saturday, hundreds gathered at the East Side Center to raise money and awareness to fight abuse in the River City. 

"What we're looking forward to is a giant dump truck that's filled with little rubber ducks at the top of the hill at East Side Center."

Saturday marked the 30th annual duck race where over 30,000 rubber ducks were sent off to the races.

"It's hard to believe that it's the 30th annual, I've been around this since I was a kid," says Jodi Lindsay, Bob Lindsay Acura. "I remember it from then it's just awesome to see all these people out here today, and it's hot and it's great."

All proceeds of the duck race are donated to the Center of Prevention for Abuse.

"Our entire region is so fortunate to have an organization like the center of prevention for abuse," says Dave Mingus, Mayor of East Peoria. "People may not know the services they provide, but they're really incredible quality.  And we're just very fortunate to have their presence."

The East Peoria Fire Department offered their services by bringing their hoses in to send water down the race track for the ducks to speed down and hundreds of eager people waited at the bottom of the hill to see who would win the grand prizes.

"We're happy to partner with the center and we're one of the prize sponsors for the second place which is a total of $3,000 in cash that someone could win today.  So we're looking forward to giving that away."

The Center of Prevention for Abuse is extremely happy with the overwhelming amount of support the community has shown for their organization and this event.

"The fact that we've sold out at 30,000 ducks, the most we've ever sold. Just shows how supportive the Central Illinois community is." 


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