Friday, September 20, 2013

Rubber Ducky Regatta Raises Nearly $40,000 to Support United Way


United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) in Cape May County today announced an impressive $40,000 raised from the 20th Annual United Way Rubber Ducky Regatta which took place Aug. 18, at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, N.J.

These funds will support UWGPSNJ’s work in Cape May County to improve Education, Income and Health as well as provide critical Basic Needs supports in the county.

“Our achievement here goes well beyond just dollars and cents. Most importantly, it’s about the work we will be able to move forward to improve lives right here in Cape May County,” said Joe Murray, Local Operating Board President and Regional Board member, and owner of One Off Marketing.

“This event directly supports our Impact Fund and programs aimed at supporting quality education from cradle to career, opportunities for adults to build and secure work that pays a family-sustaining wage and more healthcare options and education for the underinsured. Our work is incredibly important in Cape May County.”

In its 20 years, the United Way Rubber Ducky Regatta has raised a remarkable $500,000 to support vital health and human service programs in Cape May County. It is the county’s largest and longest-running community fundraising event, which draws both support and spectators from throughout region.

Its success is due in large part to a number of area businesses who fund the event through sponsorship, including longtime partner and host, Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks.

Sponsors who supported the event this year include: South Jersey Industries, McDonald’s, 1st Bank of Sea Isle City, Crest Savings Bank, ShopRite, Compassionate Care Hospice, One Off Marketing, Cape Bank, Atlantic City Electric, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 955, Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, Stewart's Root Beer Wildwood, Beach Buddies Animal Hospital, Boulevard Liquor Store, Inc., Seagars Smoke Shop, and the Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge 1896. Media partners were 95.1FM WAYV and The Herald Newspaper.

Additionally, a team of volunteers at a number of sales locations helped drive the event’s successful fundraising. This year, Cape Bank was awarded the top sales award for a remarkable $5,135 raised through their branches and also on the Boardwalk on Regatta day.

A number of prizes were also donated by local vendors to accompany the winning ducks, including: a $500 ShopRite gift certificate, two custom cruisers from Zippy’s Bikes in Wildwood, season passes to Morey’s Piers, a flat screen television courtesy of Senior Excursions Inc., a spa day at Salon 41, an Atilis Gym membership, and others. A number of talented students from Art of Gymnastics and Cheer also provided entertainment on Regatta Day.

“The volunteers that give of their time and talent to help make this event a success are truly to be commended,” said John Emge, Executive Director of UWGPSNJ in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. “We simply cannot do what we do without their support. Together, we drive measurable, lasting impact in each of our local communities, something none of us can achieve alone.”

For more information on UWGPSNJ’s work in Cape May County, visit

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