On Saturday, May 20, AYC hosted its first annual Rubber Ducky Race and Duck Design Contest at Smith Park with over 250 local youth and families in attendance.
The public event featured carnival games, an art contest, and rubber duck races in the Smith Park pool to raise funds for Project NEO, an after-school program for youth in grades 1 through 8. Project NEO was founded in 2010 as a nonprofit organization by Mary Wong, and was integrated as a program of AYC after both organizations merged in late 2016.
"We are excited about the integration with Project NEO because it increased after-school programming to youth in the cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park, in addition to San Gabriel," said Nicholette Espinosa, AYC’s Director of Educational Enrichment Services, "The Rubber Ducky Race and Duck Design Contest has been Project NEO's signature event for the past 4 years and we are thrilled to keep the tradition going."
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA, 27th District), the founding Board President of AYC, ended the day of festivities with a congratulatory message to AYC and Mary Wong for bringing the community together with the Rubber Ducky Race and Duck Design Contest.
The guest judges for the Duck Design Contest, which encouraged youth to use their imaginations and mixed media to create art, included Mary Wong, Lt. Fabian Valdez from the San Gabriel Police Department, and Joe Luu, a motivational comedian and keynote speaker with a passion for helping at-risk youth succeed.
The event would not have been possible without major sponsors, including Warner Brothers Network of Asian Pacific American (NAPA), Mike Eng, Exact Tax Inc, East West Bank, and Robert L. Gin.
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Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Gold Duck Sponsor
Warner Brothers Network for Asian Pacific Americans
Silver Duck Sponsor
Mike Eng, Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees
Bronze Duck Sponsors
Bob Gin, Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education
La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center
New York Life Insurance Agency
Rande S. Sotomayor, Esq.
San Gabriel Police Department
Special Thanks to our Friends of AYC:
Ada Chan Wong
California Security Screens
Cindy Ho, David S. Ho Farmers Insurance Agency
Cissy Huang, HIFE College Planning
East Los Angeles College Athletics
Eva Hsiung, Douglas Auto Body & Paint
Home Depot Alhambra
Marie Callender's Monterey Park
Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce
NA Trading Company
Rosemead Chamber of Commerce
San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce
Steven’s Steak & Seafood House
The Cheesecake Factory