InterFaith Works and National Grid held a “splash off” for the 14th Annual Duck Race to End Racism, a fun-filled family event that raises awareness about racism and racial inequality. The Duck Race to End Racism supports InterFaith Works’ El-Hindi Center for Dialogue. Organizations from around Onondaga County participating in this year’s Duck Race were at the kick off to receive their sponsorship packets. Quackers, the Duck Race mascot, made an appearance.
The annual Duck Race to End Racism brings together third and fourth grade classes, youth organizations from around Syracuse and Onondaga County, and local businesses and community members for a day of fun that supports InterFaith Works’ El-Hindi Center for Dialogue. The center includes longest-running dialogue program on ending racism in the United States. The Duck Race will be held at the Syracuse Inner Harbor on Saturday, June 11, from noon to 4 p.m. It incudes:
- Free family festival featuring a huge lineup of children’s entertainment, cooperative games, Ying TRSEF Maker Hall science and math activities, face painting, community information booths and free Byrne Dairy ice cream
- Corporate Sponsors’ Race: Full-size plastic ducks, decorated by each sponsor
- Quackers Youth Race: More than 35 full-size ducks, decorated by third and fourth grade classrooms and youth organizations from around Onondaga County
- Community Race: More than 3,000 multicolored ducklings
The grand prize is a $1,000 shopping spree at Destiny USA. Other prizes include “A Night on the Town” with theater tickets and dinner; “Family Fun Pack” with tickets to family-friendly events; an Onondaga County Parks Family Fun Package; and boys’ and girls’ bicycles. For more information log onto InterFaith Works
Community Partners include: Eunice Williams, Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer, Onondaga Community College; Larry Leatherman, 2016 Duck Race Co-Chair; Dr. Casey Crabill, President, Onondaga Community College; Melanie Littlejohn, Regional Executive Director, National Grid; Beth Broadway, President and CEO, InterFaith Works; Dr. James Duah-Agyeman, Chief Diversity Officer, Division of Student Affairs and Director of Multicultural Affairs, Syracuse University
What is InterFaith Works of Central New York?
InterFaith Works of Central New York, through education, service and dialogue, affirms the dignity of each person and every faith community and works to create relationships and understanding. Founded in 1976, InterFaith Works addresses deeply embedded social divisions leading to community action and policy change. InterFaith Works’ social service programs address the needs of and empower people who are vulnerable, low income and targets of oppression, including refugees, the elderly and the institutionalized, through direct service and educational programs. Key programs are the Ahmad & Elizabeth El-Hindi Center for Dialogue, Center for New Americans, Senior Services and Spiritual Care.