What looks like a duck, talks like a duck and is worth a lot of money? Yes, Donald Duck. True. He’s made millions for Disney. But after that, the answer has to be “celebriduck,” a large, sunglass-wearing rubber ducky that is humorously decorated and auctioned off as a fundraiser for the FreestoreFoodbank.
This year, students from the University’s society of visual arts decorated more than 60 autographed celebriducks, including one of flashy Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson (left), equally flashy Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins and not-as-flashy but still great Xavier men’s basketball coach Sean Miller.
This is the second year for the auction, which is part of the Rubber Duck Regatta, an annual fundraising event in Cincinnati to benefit the FreestoreFoodbank, the region’s largest emergency food and services provider. The regatta also includes a race in which hundreds of less-decorated rubber ducks are dumped off a bridge into the Ohio River. The person who sponsors the first duck to cross the finish line downriver wins.
Students also decorated ducks autographed by Cincinnati Reds Bronson Arroyo (holding a guitar) and Josh Hamilton (with tattoos), and entertainers George Clooney, Rita Moreno and Kathy Wade.