Rubber Duck Regatta Founder and Chairman Bob Edwards was honored in Washington DC as one of the recipients of the 38th annual Jefferson/Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award. Known as “Nobel Prize for Public Service,” this prestigious award honors those whose lives, careers and volunteer activities embody the finest examples of public service. Co-founded in 1973 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard, The Jefferson Awards annually celebrate America’s commitment to public service. Recognizing both the famous and the unknown, individuals and organizations, the awards reflect one of the founding ideals of our nation, that of contributing toward the larger good. Past recipients of the award include Lance Armstrong, Hubert Humphrey, Dr. C. Everett Koop, General Colin Powell and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Bob was honored for his incredible work for the Freestore Foodbank to found the Rubber Duck Regatta 16 years ago. Since its inception, the event has raised over $4.6 million dollars for the Freestore Foodbank and is our largest annual fundraiser – not to mention the biggest rubber duck race in the nation! The Rubber Duck Regatta occurs annually on Labor Day to coincide with the fireworks display, so join us on Sunday September 5, 2010. Thank you, Bob Edwards, for your dedication and support to help those in need!