DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Twenty thousand bright yellow rubber ducks made their way down the Great Miami River for a race to the finish all to benefit United Rehabilitation Services.
“This is a river town. All we talk about is our five rivers. So I decided this is a great event for us. Let’s get some ducks in that river, raise some good money, and have a lot of fun,” said Dennis Grant, Executive Director of URS.
People lined the river Saturday for the 12th annual Rubber Duck Regatta to raise money for URS.
For 59 years, the organization has been serving Miami Valley adults and children with disabilities and special needs like little Zeva Pearson of Butler Township.
“The services that she receives there are just phenomenal,” admitted Zeva’s mother, Anna Pearson. “Not only for her, but for other children, adults. They’re just amazing people.”
Zeva has been coming to URS for three and a half years. Once a week, she receives physical and occupational therapy.
“In the past three and a half years she’s made such improvement that we’re just grateful for URS,” said Pearson.
While the first six rubber ducks to cross the finish line waddled away with prizes, it was URS that came out as the big winner.
“This is a wonderful way to raise critical funds to help support the services we provide everyday to hundreds of kids and adults with disabilities,” said Grant.
Last year’s regatta raised $140,000. Organizers said the event has quadrupled in size since it started 12 years ago.
2 NEWS anchor Mark Allan emceed the event. WDTN is a proud sponsor.