A last minute relocation was unable to deter the success of a fundraising event for the Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center.

A last minute relocation was unable to deter the success of a fundraising event for the Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center.
The third annual Duck Derby was moved from the youth sports complex to Ouachita Baptist University. At the end of the day, thousands of dollars was still pulled in for the center. This year, the PDMCSC sponsored the derby with Dawson Education Cooperative.
Executive Director Christa Neal shared Tuesday morning that in total, the PDMCSC received $5,500.
“It went really well, especially for having to move at the last minute,” said Neal
Attendees had the opportunity to purchase ducks for prices ranging from $5 to $100. Released into the water in the starting lane of OBU’s Roy and Christine Sturgis Physical Education Center pool, the ducks earned their buyers a chance at a variety of prizes.
“We are thankful,” said Neal. “We had more resources for the kids and families since we partnered with Dawson and they incited representatives from other organizations.”
The money will go towards the betterment of abused children and family services.
“The undesignated funds we receive from fundraising events like this are very important because grants and other types of funding sources are so strictly dictated as to how they can be used. We have flexibility to use this money to meet the needs of the center and the kids we serve as they arise.”
Other sponsors and partners of the vent included Alumacraft, Arkadelphia Public Schools, DancePraize, Junior Auxilary, Baptist Health, Southern Bancorp, Bank of the Ozarks, Citizens Bank, and Rep. Richard Womack. It’s a team effort Neal considers invaluable.
“We are very grateful for our continued community support.”