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Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers Inc. is proud to announce the City of Santa Clarita officially proclaimed Oct. 27, 2012, as Rubber Ducky Day at the City Council meeting on Oct. 9, in honor of the upcoming 10th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival to be held Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bridgeport Park on Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia.

The annual Rubber Ducky Festival, also known as the Rubber Ducky Regatta, is SDFHC’s signature fundraising event providing patient care funding throughout the year. This year’s grand prize is a $2,500 gift certificate for Southwest Airlines travel; many other prizes will be available on the day of the race. Race ducks for this year’s event are available for adoption in advance of the race online at www.duckrace.com/scv.

The city will present a Key to the City at the festival for Santa Clarita-based Olympians in an Olympic Athlete Ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. honoring five hometown athletes returning from this summer’s London Olympics. Confirmed attendees include Alysia Montano (Track and Field, 800 meters), Lashinda Demus (Track and Field, 400 meter hurdles, silver medal), the parents of David Smith (Men’s Volleyball), and brother of Anthony Ervin (Swimming, 50 meter freestyle). All hometown 2012 Olympic athletes have been invited to participate.

Rubber ducks start at $5 per duck, making the event affordable for everyone. Other adoption opportunities include: Quack Family (five ducks plus one free duck for $25); Quacker’s Dozen (10 ducks plus two free ducks for $50) and Duck Flock (20 ducks plus four free ducks for $100).

In addition to rubber duck races, vendor booths and the Olympic athlete ceremony, the event features free admission, ample parking, gourmet food trucks, games, activities and entertainment. The fun-filled family festival features rubber ducky regatta races beginning at 12:00 p.m. 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. Matt Gunderman with Boston Scientific serves as chairman of the Rubber Ducky Festival Committee.

All proceeds from this event 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.

SDFHC thanks sponsors of this year’s event: Boston Scientific as Title Sponsor, SCV Rotary, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Point of View Communications, SOS Entertainment, C.A. Rasmussen Inc, and Hands On Santa Clarita, with special thanks to Andel Engineering and Burrtec Waste Industries.  Media partners for this year’s event include:  The Signal; The Magazine of Santa Clarita   and elite Magazine;   Santa Clarita Living Magazine and  Canyon Country Magazine; SCVTV; KHTS AM 1220; Smart Shopper;  Inside SCV Magazine; Our Valleys Magazine  and  Edwards Outdoor Advertising.

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—to those who may not seek health care elsewhere. 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  CanyonCountry Health Center (661-424-1220) and the  Newhall Health Center (661-291-1777).

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