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Sugarloaf Rotary Club Hosts Duck Derby to Raise Funds for Youth

Children and youth will be the winners as the Rotary Club of Sugarloaf hosts the 4th Annual Gwinnett Duck Derby at the West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center in Norcross on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Gwinnett businesses have sponsored this fun, family event, while individuals are adopting ducks for only $5 each. All are invited to come to the free event, scheduled for 3 to 7 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 Sugarloaf 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 Sugarloaf is made up of business owners and community leaders with a heart to serve others. By raising funds each year, the club has been able to:

  • Purchase a virtual reality computer system installed at Corley Elementary School
  • Fund a scholarship for a Gwinnett Science Fair winner
  • Provide sidewalks for Annandale Villagers
  • Continue the Polio Plus effort of Rotary International aimed at eradicating polio entirely

The racing of the ducks occurs at 4 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 the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation; Hayes Automotive; The Whitlock Group; Andersen Tate & Carr; GFS Advisory; Jackson EMC; Thompson, Sweeny, Kinsinger & Pereira; and many others.

To learn more and to adopt a duck, visit

Photo Caption 1: Members of the Sugarloaf Rotary Club herd the ducks prior to the race in 2017.

Photo Caption 2: The ducks move down the race course in 2017.