Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does the Capital City Adopt A Duck benefit?

The MEDI Community Resource Center, is a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Medi is sponsoring the Capital Campaign to benefit the Partners in Care Network. The Medi Community Resource Center is a proud to be a founding member of the Partners in Care Network. This partnership is focused on the needs of our community as it relates to Substance Use Disorders and the immense effect on our people, families and communities across the country and in the District of Columbia.

How does it work?

Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Duck Race booth or in a sponsoring business is entered into what we call E-Quack, a database that stores all of the information. Next to your name in E-Quack is the number of ducks you have adopted. The tag range is entered into E-Quack and all the numbers are shuffled up. Then, E-Quack automatically assigns the number of ducks you have adopted next to Tag Numbers. Thus, if you adopted 5 ducks, your name will be placed next to 5 different Tag Numbers.

How do my ducks get in the “race”?

Each entry submitted in the E-Quack database for the Capital City Adopt A Duck, will generate a numbered tag to be in the Duck Race - which is minimum of 5,000. The Capital City Campaign reserves the right to increase ducks available for adoption, with proper notification to be provided.

These individual tags will be entered into a pool for the drawing. Numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer through a software system which is a registered trademark of GAME. For Example: 8580001-8590000

What is my tag number?

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned by computer. We want to make sure that no duck has an unfair advantage and the race is not fixed, so to ensure the integrity of the race, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all the ducks you have adopted will be in the E-Quack database for the final drawing.

What if you have 4,000 Adopted Ducks but you have 5,000 Tagged Ducks on Duck Race Day?

If all our ducks have not been adopted by race day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the race. Their names will be placed at random into the E-Quack database mix, next to a number that does not already have a name by it. Anyone can adopt until an hour before the race begins, as long as the race is not sold out.

When and where is the Capital City Adopt A Duck and what does it cost?

The Capital City Adopt A Duck will take place on September 18, 2021 in Washington DC. A minimum of 5,000 ducks will be contained in the database at approximately 11:00 a.m. The first ducks through the “finish line” drawing will win some amazing prizes.

How will I know if my duck wins?

The MEDI Community Resource Center will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win.

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?

Rubber ducks, silly!

Who can adopt a duck?

Anyone! However, you must be at least 18 years old to adopt a duck.

Once I adopt a duck, do I get to keep it?

No. After you adopt your duck, the Capital City Adopt A Duck team will work hard to train, coach, and make sure each one is ready for Duck Race day. After the race, all of the ducks will fly off to their next race somewhere in the US.

Do I need to be present to win?

No, the winner does not need to be present to win. We do hope you will join us for the festivities though!

Can I adopt ducks on race day?

If all 5,000 of our have not been adopted as of September 17, the remaining ducks will be available for adoption on race day until one hour prior to the start of the race at an adoption booth set up during the Capital City Adopt A Duck.

How do I contact someone at The MEDI Community Resource Center if I have questions that are not answered here?

Please contact us by emailing info@themedi.org or calling 843.718.3700