The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 9, 2009
FTB employees race ducks, raise bucks for charity

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Caption: Boats were used to corral and keep the more than 13,000 rubber ducks in the middle of the river. The ducks were dumped into the Sacramento River near Old Sacramento on the I Street Bridge. The 5th Annual Great Duck Race was in Old Sacramento. For $5, people could sponsor a rubber duck that will float down river between the I Street and Tower bridges, all to benefit Special Olympics Northern California. Oct. 3, 2009.

Here's an e-mail sent our way by Brenda Voet in the Franchise Tax Board's Public Affairs office:

Hi Jon,

On Saturday, October 3, FTB employees participated in the 5th Annual Great Sacramento Duck Race, an exciting race on the Sacramento River by yellow-rubber ducks from bridge-to-bridge in Old Sacramento. The proceeds from the sale of over 12,000 ducks, at last count, raised over $65,000 to support local Special Olympics programs in Northern California.

Here is the message of thanks from our Disability Advisory Committee to the generous FTB employees who participated in this event:

Great Sacramento Duck Race - Thank You!

October 7, 2009

By the Disability Advisory Committee

FTB's Disability Advisory Committee shares a sincere thank you with everyone who sponsored a duck! Our efforts will help fund the year-round sports training and competition for 3,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities in the Sacramento region.

The 2009 Duck Race event raised over $54,000 for Special Olympics of Northern California. FTB shattered our goal of $1,000 by contributing over $3,000, making us the fourth highest donating "flock" behind only the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Sheriff, and the Special Olympics of Northern California. We even had a few winners!

Thanks again, and don't forget to mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Great Sacramento Duck Race: Saturday, October 2, 2010!

Best regards,

Brenda Voet | Public Affairs Office | Franchise Tax Board

We're always happy to publicize the good things state workers do for charity. As the holidays approach, we hope state workers, departments and agencies will send along news about their fundraising efforts, toy drives, food bank collections and other acts of kindness.

PHOTO AND CAPTION: Bryan Patrick, Sacramento Bee

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