Sacred Heart Guild to Host Seventh Annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta on Oct. 7

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July 27, 2017

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (July 26, 2017) – Save the date for this year’s seventh annual Emerald Coast Duck Regatta on Saturday, Oct.7 benefiting Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Volunteer Guild. The event features fun activities for the whole family, including face painters, Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters, and a scavenger hunt. The event begins at 10 a.m. with the duck race beginning at 1:00 p.m.

During the event approximately 3,000 ducks 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! Additional prizes include Walt Disney World passes, Southwest Airline passes and much more. 

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. Adopt one duck for $10, three ducks for $27, six ducks for $50 or 12 ducks for $100.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is building a 10-bed, level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to provide high quality, personalized care for babies who need special medical attention during the first days of a child’s life. Your donations to the 2017 Duck Regatta will help acquire an important and essential part of this Mission - a Giraffe Omnibed Carestation, which will provide the best possible care for our critically ill newborns and preemies.  

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 listed at


About Sacred Heart Health System

On the Gulf Coast, Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola, Florida, and Providence Hospital based in Mobile, Alabama, are part of Ascension. Together, these Ascension healthcare facilities have served Gulf Coast communities for more than 160 years and they employ more than 6,600 associates. Across the region, Ascension provided more than $113 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016.  Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more on Sacred Heart Health System, visit

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is a 76-bed community hospital located in Miramar Beach, Fla., that offers comprehensive healthcare for emergency care, cardiovascular care, cancer care, obstetrics, surgery, orthopedics and spine care. Since opening its doors in January 2003, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has been recognized five times as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for patient satisfaction by Truven Health Analytics. Sacred Heart Medical Group offers physician offices for a variety of specialties across the area. For more information, visit


Sharon Abele