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South Gwinnett Rotary Club Hosts Duck Derby to Raise Funds for Youth

Children and youth will be the winners as the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett County hosts the Gwinnett Duck Derby at the West Gwinnett Park & Aquatic Center in Norcross on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Gwinnett businesses have sponsored this fun, family event, while individuals are adopting ducks for only $5 each. All are invited to come to this free event, scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. to swim and to watch the ducks race.

All proceeds will go towards the club’s local and international programs for children and youth. The South Gwinnett Rotary Club, founded in 1982, is part of Rotary International and is known for its service to the community and support for such organizations as the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club, Corley Elementary School, and the Brookwood High School Interact Club.

The Rotary Club of South Gwinnett County is made up of business owners and community leaders with a heart to serve others. By raising funds each year, they provide Gwinnett’s children with such items as:

  • The opportunity to attend an all-expense paid Rotary youth leadership camp
  • College scholarships
  • Playground equipment
  • Support for literacy programs
  • And so much more!

The actual duck race occurs at 3 p.m., while pool games, a food truck and a DJ will add to the fun. Approximately five thousand ducks will be launched from a slide into a lazy river which is part of the aquatic center. The ducks will flow into a catch basin and the first three finishers will be awarded prizes. The first place prize is $2,500, the second place prize is $1,000, and the third place prize is $500.

A number of sponsors are supporting the event including GFS Advisory, Hayes Automotive, Rogers Electric, Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, The Whitlock Group, Andersen Tate & Carr, and Thompson Sweeny, Kinsinger & Pereira, P.C.

To learn more and to adopt a duck, visit For more information about the South Gwinnett Rotary Club, visit Questions about the event can be emailed to

In this photo: Members of the South Gwinnett Rotary Club herd the ducks prior to the start of the race in 2015.