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Community Missions' ducks are ready to swim

by jmaloni

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Tue, Jul 8th 2014 10:45 am
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Annual "Duck Race" benefits the hungry and homeless of Niagara County

Community Missions Inc. will hold its annual "Duck Race" at Canal Fest of the Tonawandas on Saturday, July 19, at 3 p.m. The race will take place in the Erie Canal between Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.

This year, 2,400 plastic ducks are up for "adoption," and entry into the race for a chance to win prizes. Ducks can be purchased for $5 a duck, six for $25, 13 for $50, or 30 for $100, and are available online at www.communitymissions.org or at the Community Missions tent during the weeklong Canal Fest. Prizes include $500, a Barnes & Noble NOOK, $100 to Wegmans, and many runner-up gift certificate prizes to area venues donated by local businesses.

All event proceeds benefit the missions' crisis services programs, which include the community soup kitchen, clothes closet, food pantry and emergency housing shelter. This signature event will assist in continuing to provide food and shelter to the neediest neighbors in Niagara County.

For more information, contact Andrea Gray at 716-285-3403, ext. 2225, or [email protected].

Since its founding in 1925, Community Missions has provided a unique blend of referral, crisis, community support, and residential services for youth and adults. In 2013, the missions' crisis services programs served more than 75,000 meals and provided nearly 11,000 nights of care to neglected or abused children and homeless adults. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-oriented settings.

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