Member News: Ducks for Hunger, Housing and Hope!

Ducks for Hunger, Housing and Hope! 

The Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta presented by Kroger.

During the Regatta, which takes place on July 4 th at 7:00pm, thousands of bright yellow rubber ducks will be released into the Wabash River for a race to the finish line at Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute. Proceeds from this event provide hope for a future without hunger, homelessness or insecurity in the Wabash Valley.

One lucky winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and the chance to win $1,000,000!

Ducks can be adopted for just $5. Adoption papers are available online at, pick up at our offices at 1801 Poplar St. or watch for adoption papers in the May 30 weekend edition of the Tribune Star newspaper. Check out our website at for other locations throughout the community.

Beginning June 1, we invite the community to participate in “Where’s Waddles?” A fun way to get the family involved in a great cause. Participants will use clues to find Waddles within the community. Clues will only be given via Facebook so make sure to Like our page: @WVRubberDuckRegatta! Find Waddles, follow the directions on the bottom of the duck and win a Regatta prize pack and the chance to win a Flock of ducks to be entered in the big race on July 4!

Organizers of the Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta are committed to making this year fun and safe as we all work our way back from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Over the past couple of years, the community has really gotten engaged in the Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta and we want to see that continue,” said John C. Eting, Agency Director for Catholic Charities. “There is always need in our communities, but this year it is greater than ever. With so many families having
been impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19 and children who missed weeks of school, the Duck Regatta will help bring some fun to the community while providing additional funding for much needed services in our communities.”

Sponsors for the 2020 Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta include presenting sponsor, Kroger, Central State Construction, Misco Crane, Union Health, Gartland Foundry, St. Benedict Parish and Duke Energy.

In the event the race cannot be conducted due to the coronavirus and the state’s re-opening guidelines, a winner will be chosen at random on July 4.
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Catholic Charities is a comprehensive, direct services agency which serves the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the neglected children and the needy through Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, Bethany House Emergency Shelter, Ryves Youth Center and the Christmas Store. For more information, call (812)232-1447 or visit