Tickets for the annual YMCA duck race on September 12 are on sale now



Of The South Mountain YMCA

The YMCA of South Mountain is excited to bring ducks and families back to the river on Sunday, September 12 at 11 a.m. for the iconic Annual Duck Race, a cherished event in the community for over 20 years.

“As the community has come out in force ‘virtual’ to make Virtual Duck Race 2020 a huge success, we know people want to see their yellow feathered friends come back to race live this year,” said James Goodger, Director South Mountain YMCA Executive. We look forward to the return of this beautiful annual tradition, with children and families smiling, laughing and celebrating while the ducks float. “

Duck Race tickets are now on sale online: 5 races with fantastic prizes and new surprises!

The races bring together staff, volunteers, township leaders and the community for a fun family experience and a great cause. Proceeds will go to the Y financial aid program, which helps make Y programs like child care affordable for families in force majeure, as well as the local nonprofit MEND.

MEND Hunger Relief Network is the largest anti-hunger network in Essex County. MEND will receive 20 percent, or up to $ 5,000 of race proceeds, as recipient of the Ellie Gianni Community Impact Grant. The award is named in memory of Ellie Gianni, aka “the Duck Lady”, who started the Duck Race 21 years ago.

With many people relying on pantries to feed their families for the first time during COVID-19, MEND has provided more than 235,000 pounds of additional fresh, healthy food during the crisis.

“MEND is honored to be selected as the first recipient of the Ellie Gianni Impact Grant and to partner with the YMCA of South Mountain for this beloved annual event which brings so much joy to all who attend,” said Robin Peacock, Executive Director of MEND. “As we continue to support and strengthen local pantries and increase access to fresh food for all, we recognize that this work would not be possible without the incredible support we have received from the community (including including the YMCA, which opened its gym at the start of the pandemic so that we could continue to step up efforts to fight hunger despite the fact that we did not have physical space of our own at the time). Ms. Gianni’s generous spirit shines through in her daughter, Claire, who sits on our Board of Directors, and we are extremely grateful for the impact their entire family has had at the local level.

“My family is so grateful that this impact grant is named after my mother. She would be so honored to know that her memory lives on in the good that others do for the community, ”said Claire Gianni Sinclair.

The duck race will be combined with a Healthy Kids day on the theme of the duck??, the Y’s other long-standing annual tradition and national event, which usually takes place in April.

For sponsorship, volunteer, or more information, contact 2021 Duck Race Committee Chair Denyse Reed ([email protected]), Executive Director James Goodger ([email protected]) or visit



Founded in 1885, the YMCA métropolitain des Oranges invests in its various communities to promote the well-being, safety and quality of life of children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to developing the potential of children, promoting healthy lifestyles and fostering a sense of social responsibility through a range of programs. . Some 35,000 people belong to Metro Y, which annually grants more than $ 2.8 million in direct and indirect financial assistance.


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