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The Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers’ annual Rubber Ducky Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bridgeport Park in Valencia.

In addition to duck races throughout the day, the festival includes exhibitors, cool prizes, games, activities, food, entertainment, free admission and ample parking.

Last year’s Rubber Ducky Regatta raised $30,000 that went directly to patient care at the nonprofit health care organization’s three health centers in Newhall, Canyon Country and Val Verde. The three centers provide approximately 11,000 visits annually, with charges based on the patient’s ability to pay.

For more information and to adopt your ducks, visit http://www.sdfhc.org or call 661-257-2339 ext. 302 today.

 

Boston Scientific Named Title Sponsor of 2012 Duckfest

Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc. (SDFHC) announced that Boston Scientific returns as the top “Super Duck” sponsor for the 10th Rubber Ducky Festival by. All proceeds from the event will go toward patient care at SDFHC, which offers affordable, quality primary health care for residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. SDFHC makes a special effort to serve the uninsured and underinsured.

“Boston Scientific is proud to again be the title sponsor of the Rubber Ducky Festival,” said Maulik Nanavaty, president of Boston Scientific’s Neuromodulation Division. “This event helps to ensure that quality health care remains available to the uninsured and underinsured in Santa Clarita.”

“The employees at Boston Scientific share the mission of SDFHC, which is to help provide appropriate access to health care for those in need. I am honored to be chairman of this event, and look forward to continued collaboration,” said Matt Gunderman, Director of Health Economics at Boston Scientific’s Neuromodulation Division and chairman of the 2012 Rubber Ducky Festival committee.

Last year’s Rubber Ducky Regatta raised $30,000 that went directly toward patient care at the non-profit organization’s three health centers. “Our goal this year is to raise even more funds that will allow us to continue to provide health care services to anyone in need through our community health centers and outreach programs,” said Cheryl Laymon, executive director of SDFHC.

In addition to Boston Scientific’s title sponsorship, other sponsors include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, SCV Rotary, Point of View Communications, Kaiser Permanente, C.A. Rasmussen, SOS Entertainment and Hands On Santa Clarita. Media sponsors include: Magazine of Santa Clarita, elite magazine, SCVTV, KHTS AM-1220, The Signal, Inside SCV, Smart Shopper, Santa Clarita Living, Canyon Country Magazine, Our Valleys Magazine, Edwards Outdoor Advertising. Special thanks extended to Andel Engineering.

Fun Family Festival
The Rubber Ducky Festival is set for Saturday, October 27, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Bridgeport Park in Valenica. The fun-filled family festival features rubber ducky regatta races beginning at 12:00 p.m. In addition to games, activities and vendor booths, the event features food and entertainment.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich serves as this year’s Honorary Chairman. City of Santa Clarita Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar and Janice Murray, host of the Non-Profit Spotlight show on KHTS AM-1220, co-host the event as Masters of Ceremonies. CBS/KCAL news anchor Sandra Mitchell returns as the celebrity guest.
Duck Adoptions
Rubber ducks are available for adoption at $5 per duck, making the event affordable for everyone. Other adoption opportunities include: Quack Family (5 ducks plus 1 free duck for $25); Quacker’s Dozen (10 ducks plus 2 free ducks for $50) and Duck Flock (20 ducks plus 4 free ducks for $100). Visit www.duckrace.com/scv for more information on duck adoptions.
Rubber Ducky Festival and Regatta
The annual Rubber Ducky Festival, also known as the Rubber Ducky Regatta, is SDFHC’s signature fundraising event providing operational funding throughout the year. SDFHC operates three health centers in the Santa Clarita Valley—Canyon Country Health Center, Val Verde Health Center and Newhall Health Center—as well as outreach sites at College of the Canyons and California Institute of the Arts. SDFHC offers a full range of health care services— physicals, immunizations and vaccines, screenings and diagnostic tests, well baby care, and family planning. Patients pay based on their income. This past year, SDFHC provided service for 11,000 patient visits.
About Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc.
SDFHC was established in 1980 and named for long-time Val Verde resident and minister, the late Reverend Samuel Dixon.  As the only non-profit health center founded and based in the Santa Clarita Valley, SDFHC serves the greater Santa Clarita Valley and is governed by a board of directors, all of whom are Santa Clarita residents. The mission of SDFHC is to enhance wellness by providing quality primary health care services and health education to unserved and underserved residents, with a special emphasis on serving the uninsured. Easily accessible services are available for the entire family in both English and Spanish. Medi-Cal, Blue Cross and Healthy Families are all accepted, and a sliding fee scale is offered, keeping health care affordable for all. SDFHC is supported by countless individuals as well as corporate sponsors who help make affordable health care possible. Tax-deductible contributions are welcome. Health services are available at the Val Verde Health Center (661-257-4008), the Canyon Country Health Center (661-424-1220) and the Newhall Health Center (661-291-1777). www.sdfhc.org

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