Duck Regatta raises community support for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
SHHEC Volunteer Guild Fundraising Chair Joe Johnston, far right, presents Tiffany Klein, center right, with a check for $5,000 as the Duck Regatta Grand Prize. Also pictured are Guild members Rowena Johnston, far left, and Suzanne Smart.

The Fifth Annual Duck Regatta once again made a huge splash during the family-fun event at Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort on Saturday, Oct. 10. Approximately 3,000 ducks raced across the Lagoon toward the finish line. The $5,000 lucky duck was adopted by Tiffany Klein. As the rest of the flock made it across the finish line, nine duck “adopters” won prizes, including a paddle board, airline tickets, iPads and dinner packages.

The popular community event benefits the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild, which raises funds to support hospital capital equipment and continuing education opportunities for hospital associates.

“We are thrilled to have raised more than $34,000 for the hospital,” says Joe Johnston, volunteer Guild fundraising chair. “We were pleased to see so many families enjoying a picture-perfect day, packed with many fun activities. The icing on the cake was having 41 very generous community sponsors for our event, some 400 individuals adopting ducks, and our team of awesome event volunteers to make everything go smoothly.”

For a full list of Duck Regatta sponsors and supporters, as well as photos from the event and a list of all 10 winners, please visit and