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.
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.