Sacred Heart Guild to host 4th annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta Oct. 11

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Carla Layne (on left behind children) gets some help from young Duck Regatta guests to display her big check of $5,000 as the proud owner of the 2013 event’s winning duck. Carla and her husband, Chris, owners of 30A Power Wash, also helped sponsor the event benefitting the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild.

Save the date for this year’s Fourth Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta benefiting the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild. On Saturday, Oct. 11, approximately 4,000 ducks will begin their race across the Lagoon at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Prizes will be awarded to the owners of the first ducks to cross the finish line, including a $5,000 first-place prize.

The event will have fun activities for the whole family, including Abrakadoodle face painting, crafts, scavenger hunts and more beginning at 10 a.m. The Baytowne Carousel will offer free rides for children 12 and under from 11 a.m. to noon. Thanks to Russ Scott, owner of Baytowne Adventure Zone, all net proceeds from the Baytowne Zip Line between 11 a.m. and   1 p.m. will be donated to the Sacred Heart Hospital Guild. The duck race will begin at 1 p.m.

Make a donation of $10 or more to the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild to adopt a duck. Ducks are available for adoption at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop in Miramar Beach or online at

Duck adoption fees include one duck for $10, three ducks for $27, six ducks for $50 and 12 ducks for $100. Additional prizes include two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines, Walt Disney World passes, a $400 Best Buy gift card, iPad2s, and more.

The Emerald Coast Duck Regatta is generously supported by several organizations in the community, including event sponsors, gift-in-kind sponsors and community sponsors. A full list of the sponsors and information about how to support this event are listed at

Proceeds from the Emerald Coast Duck Regatta benefit the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild. The Guild was established in 2002 as an auxiliary organization to support Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. The Guild is comprised of more than 250 members who regularly volunteer in areas throughout the hospital. Members also assist with fundraising efforts and community outreach programs.

The Guild’s fundraising activities are used to fund medication assistance, hospital capital projects, and to award scholarships to nursing and healthcare professionals for continuing education. For more information about the Guild or volunteering at Sacred Heart, go to 

For more information about the Emerald Coast Duck Regatta, or to adopt a duck, go to