Sacred Heart Guild to Host Eighth Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta on Oct. 6

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September 17, 2018
Sacred Heart Guild to Host Eighth Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta on Oct. 6
Save the date for this year’s eighth annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 6 from at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort benefiting Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild.
The event features fun activities for the whole family beginning at 10 a.m., including Abrakadoodle face painters, Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters, a scavenger hunt, Hula-Hoop contest, duck dance and access to the Baytowne Carousel for children 12 and under from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The duck race will begin at 1:00 p.m.
During the Duck Regatta approximately 3,000 numbered rubber duckies will 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!
Ducks are available for adoption at the Sacred Heart Hospital Gift Shop in Miramar Beach, online at or at Baytowne Wharf the day of the event. Make a donation of $10 or more to the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Guild to adopt a duck. Purchase one duck for $10, three ducks for $27, six ducks for $50 or 12 ducks for $100.
Proceeds from this year’s Duck Regatta event will benefit the Sacred Heart Cancer Center. The Cancer Center is experiencing an unprecedented increase in the need for their patient treatment services. The Cancer Center will need to expand availability of its current treatment services to keep up with demand. Your donations to the 2018 Duck Regatta will help acquire additional chemotherapy chairs for patients and an additional chemotherapy preparation hood that keeps the clinician working with chemo medications safe and the medications sterile.

The Emerald Coast Duck Regatta is generously supported by many 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 exciting event are available at
About Sacred Heart Health System
In Florida, Ascension operates Sacred Heart Health based in Pensacola and St. Vincent’s HealthCare based in Jacksonville.  Together, Ascension operates seven hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care, and they employ nearly 10,000 associates. Across the region, Sacred Heart and St. Vincent’s have served North Florida communities for more than 145 years. In fiscal year 2017, they provided $168 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty. Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension includes approximately 165,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 153 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Sacred Heart Health System, visit