Duck race to help Valley nonprofits

St. Mary-St. Michael School in Derby is inviting area community groups to share in the fundraising profits of the Seventh Annual Housy River Duck Race on June 27.

Non-profit organizations can raise funds for their causes by selling raffle tickets for the Valley fundraiser. For every $5 ticket sold, non-profits will receive $2 back.

“A strong community is built on people and groups helping each other,” said Housy Duck Race Chair Grace Torres. “This is a great opportunity for non-profits to work together in our common goal of caring for the community by raising much-needed funds for our individual missions.”

Set for 1 p.m. on Derby Day on June 27, the Annual Housy River Duck Race is the spot where thousands of yellow rubber duckies are dropped into the Housatonic River. Each duck is numbered and participants purchase raffle tickets with numbers that correspond to their ducks.

The first 65 ducks to float over the finish line win prizes for their “owners.” This year’s prizes include: $1,000, 48" LED HDTV, a 4-burner gas grill, Apple iPad mini, Beats by Dre Wireless Headphones and Apple TV.

Similar shared fundraising efforts for duck races in Naugatuck and Milford have raised thousands of dollars for community groups, Torres said.

“The duck race is a popular event and we’re happy to invite others to share in its success,” she said. “All the groups need to do is sell the raffle tickets and we’ll do the rest.”

For more information or to receive a pack of raffle tickets, contact Torres at St Mary-St Michael School main office at 203-735-6471 or

To purchase a duck, contact the school at 203-735-6471 or visit for a list of locations where they are on sale.