February 1, 2023
Annapolis, US 37 F

Quacks for Backpacks, a Rotary initiative, scheduled for June 5

Rubber duck race flyerRubber duck races and a family carnival, known as Quacks for Backpacks, will be held on Sunday June 5 to benefit the “Bountiful Backpack” food program that furnishes needy children with weekend food.   The fourth annual event will be held on the grounds of Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville from 11am to 4pm and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County. Proceeds will benefit the 7-year-old food program, that provides nourishing weekend food supplies to 139 needy children in South Anne Arundel County, during the school year. Food is purchased, sorted, packed and distributed, with the cooperation of three elementary schools, by a crew of volunteers and Rotary Club.  The program fills a gap for children that benefit from nutritious meals at the schools on weekdays during the school year but need help with weekend meals.  

The Quacks for Backpacks event at Homestead Gardens will feature rubber-duck race(s) and a family carnival run by local school volunteers featuring live music, games, face painting, magic and duck decorating. Fresh food, ice cream and beverages will also be available. The admission charge includes for unlimited carnival games and duck decoration is $20 per family. 

The winners of the duck races will be awarded prices.  Small ducks can be adopted, starting at a $10 donation level. Large ducks are available at a $250 donation level and can be decorated and/or entered in the race: Event sponsorships are available to businesses and organizations. Complete event information/registration forms can be found at http://southcountyrotary.org/quacksforbackpacks.php  Rotary is a 501(C)3 organization with 100 percent of donations from the Quacks event going toward food purchases (currently exceeding over 700 lbs. each week).  For questions contact: Joe Van Deuren, [email protected]

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