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Cardboard boat race to kick off Fox Valley United Way fundraising campaign

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Participants last year took part in the Fox Valley United Way's "What Floats Your Cardboard Boat" race. The race, which kicks off the Fox Valley United Way's fundraising campaign, will take place again Saturday at Mastodon Lake in Phillips Park in Aurora.

AURORA – Fox Valley United Way will kick off its fundraising campaign Saturday in entertaining fashion as it hosts its 11th annual “What Floats Your Cardboat Boat” race.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Deborah Collins, director of administration and community events for the Fox Valley United Way. “The boats are made of cardboard and lots of duct tape.”

Twenty-two decorated boats built and manned by area businesses, organizations and individuals will compete for trophies, including one for “Most Spectacular Sinking.” Participants try to make it to the finish line first without sinking.

“Some people get so creative when it comes to decorating their boats,” Collins said. “Last year, there was a boat that looked like a circus wagon.”

Participants include Caterpillar, Hesed House, Aurora Fire Department, Aurora Fire Museum, Aurora Police Department, Castle Bank, DuPage Children’s Museum, Rush-Copley Medical Center and Old Second National Bank.

Multiple races will be in six different divisions, including adult, business, nonprofit, mechanical, partner agency and community. The public is invited to watch the event at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Mastodon Lake in Phillips Park. Parking is on the southwest side of the lake off of Wyeth Drive.

Fox Valley United Way provides support to more than 50 social service agencies in Kane and Kendall counties, including the Association for Individual Development, Batavia-based Elderday Center and Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice in Geneva.

The organization raised about $1.2 million as part of its latest campaign and hopes to do even better in its new campaign.

“We would like to fund our partner agencies at their current levels or more if there is more money,” Collins said.

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