FRIENDS OF THE MILL POND & OAK CREEK WATERCOURSE, INC. hold annual fund-raising events to further our cause. Listed below you will find some of the events that we hold as fund-raisers.
THE GREAT DUCK RACE
The Great Duck race is an annual event that is held during Heritage Days at the Mill Pond. 1,000 small colorful plastic ducks (numbered on the bottom) get released into the water at the foot of the falls and race their way between the rocks to a finnish line a short distance downstream, while excited onlookers and ticket holders anxiously await the outcome. Raffle tickets with numbers coordinating with the numbered ducks are previously sold to the public to raise money for the upcoming restoration projects. Grand Prize for this event is $500, 2nd prize is $250, 3rd prize is $100, and then the coveted Lame Duck prize, $25 is awarded to the ticket holder with the number matching the last duck to cross the finish line.
Unfortunately, there has been a few times, due to heavy rainfall, there has been flooding in the creek, which made it too dangerous to have people standing in the water. When this has been the case the tickets have been drawn in a raffle.
The Great Corporate Duck Race was introduced in 2007. These ducks are larger in size and carry a flag for their business sponsors. Winning Sponsors receive a "Traveling Duck Trophy" to display for the year, which will travel the following year to the new winning sponsor. To be a sponsor, just fill out the Great Corporate Duck Race entry form, and mail it in with the $50 per duck entry fee.
GALA AT GRANT PARK
Gala at Grant Park is an event that is held a few times during the warm spring and summer evenings in Grant Park in Picnic Areas 5 and 6. Snacks and refreshments are provided for a nominal charge for the attending general public. The Blues and Jazz music of Steve Cohen and the Celtic music of Garlic Mustard Pickers have been enjoyed regularly by audiences in Grant Park for the past few years. A wonderful evening of music, food, beverages and conversation for all who attend.
Friends of the Mill Pond & Oak Creek Watercourse, Inc. annually sponsor an evening BEACH WALK which is held at the Grant Park Beach located at 100 Hawthorne Avenue. Flyers are distributed around the community to encourage participation. Luminaries light the path along the Lake Michigan Beach and the campfires that people can sit around to enjoy s'mores over the fires and conversation with others attending.
FRIENDS OF THE MILL POND & OAK CREEK WATERCOURSE, INC. hold an annual Holiday Tea with the South Milwaukee Historical Society at the Grant Park Golf Club House. This Victorian House is decorated inside with stockings hung, a Christmas tree decorated with pheasant feathers and other natural materials, a roaring fire in the fireplace and elegant swags on the windows. A "Bake Sale" is held as well as a silent raffle. Tables are set up with beautiful teacups that have been donated to the organization and a variety of teas are set out for guests to try, for those that don’t enjoy tea there is also coffee or cocoa. Sandwiches and homemade cookies are also placed at the table during the event. In the past, Holiday music has been beautifully performed by various musicians for those in attendance.