Started in 1990 as a fun and quirky community event in Drake Park, the Great Rotary Duck Race has grown to where it is now a fixture in the community’s early Fall event schedule and includes all 4 Rotary clubs, local credit unions (and selected charities) selling raffle tickets to raise funds for local nonprofits.
Over the years, the Great Rotary Duck Race has generated more than $1 million for local charities. As the largest participant/ticket seller, Rotary Club of Greater Bend is able to directly designate $20,000-$28,000 annually to worthy non-profits. Beneficiaries over the past 6 years have included Boys and Girls Club, Family Resource Center, Bend’s Community Center, Healthy Beginnings, Abilitree, Deschutes Children's Foundation, The KIDS Center, Healing Reins, Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic, Cascade Youth & Family Center and many others. Click here for more pictures.