Interfaith Works 17TH Annual Duck Race to End Racism “Splashes Off” With National Grid and Community Partners

InterFaith Works, National Grid and Syracuse University will “splash off” the 17th Annual Duck Race to End Racism, a fun-filled family event that raises awareness about racism and racial inequality.

The annual Duck Race to End Racism brings together elementary classes, youth organizations from around Syracuse and Onondaga County. They also partner with local businesses and community members for a day of fun.

The Duck Race to End Racism supports InterFaith Works’ El-Hindi Center for Dialogue, the longest-running dialogue program on ending racism in the United States. Organizations from around Onondaga County participating in this year’s Duck Race will be at the kick-off to receive their sponsorship packets. Quackers, the Duck Race mascot, made an appearance.

Twiggy Eure, 2019 Duck Race Chair, Crouse Hospital; Alberto Bianchetti, Regional Executive Director, National Grid; Linda Ervin, Vice Chair, InterFaith Works; Beth Broadway, President and CEO, InterFaith Works and Dr. Keith Alford, Director and Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Syracuse University are among those who kicked off the annual event formally on Thursday May 17th at InterFaith Works of Central New York, 1010 James St., Syracuse, NY

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 Interfaith Initiatives.

The Duck Race will be held at the Syracuse Inner Harbor on Saturday, June 8, from noon to 4 p.m. It includes:

  • Free family festival featuring a huge lineup of children’s entertainment, cooperative games, Terra Science and Education- Terra MakerHall 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 30 full-size ducks, decorated by elementary 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 from community sponsors TBA.