Fundraising FAQ


FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY 
FOR YOUR GROUP/ORGANIZATION


The Cortland Community Service Club, Inc. (CCSC) is a not-for-profit, 501 (3) c organization, with its primary purpose being to support youth program needs in the Greater Cortland Community. To that effort, we would like to offer youth groups/organizations an opportunity to raise funds for their own purposes by participating in the CCSC’s Corn Ducky Derby. 


What is the Corn Ducky Derby?

The Corn Ducky Derby is in its 15th year as an annual fundraiser in the Cortland Community. Participants purchase a “Duck Ticket” which has an assigned number, matching the same number on one of the rubber ducks, which floats down the stream to the finish line. The owner of the first rubber duck to reach the finish line wins the Grand Prize of $2,500. The 2nd through 10th ducks each win $100 and the 11th through 15th ducks receive $25 each. All the purchased ducks are placed in a large pool of water at the start line and well mixed before starting their swim to the finish line.

When and where is the Corn Ducky Derby Held?

The Corn Ducky Derby is held each year on the first Saturday of May (the same day as the well known Kentucky Derby) in the portion of Dry Creek, which runs through Suggett Park in the City of Cortland. The race begins at the Hamlin Street Bridge (Dry Creek) and finishes at the Rotary Shelter, in Suggett Park. Awards are announced immediately following the race at the finish line. Winners need not be present.

How can your youth group/organization take part and raise funds?

The CCSC takes all the risks, sponsors the prizes, rents and numbers the ducks, prints the tickets and coordinates the Corn Ducky Derby race. Your members participate by selling “Duck Tickets”. All of the money from the sale of duck tickets is turned into the Cortland Community Service Club. Upon completion of the “Corn Ducky Derby”, your youth group/organization will receive a check equaling 50% (one-half) of all the sales your members sold. Example: Your group has 20 members who each sell 10 duck tickets. (20 members X 10 duck tickets = 200 Swimming Ducks X $5/ticket = $1,000 X 50% = $500) Your club earns $500 with no risk. A $100 Cash prize is given to the seller of the winning ticket. 

What if you take 250 tickets and do not sell them all? 

You return all the unsold tickets, along with those sold and the money from those sold. You are not responsible for unsold tickets. Of course you can sell more than 250, if you wish.  

What does the Cortland Community Service Club do with the funds raised? 

After all expenses are paid, the net profit of funds raised is then used to support youth programs in the Greater Cortland Community. We have a simple one-page request form for groups to use when seeking additional funds for their youth programs. Are there strings attached to these requests? We ask that you use the funds for the purpose you requested. In addition, we do like having a short oral report presented to the CCSC members, when possible.

What groups/organizations have participated in this opportunity in the past? 

Cortland YWCA, Cortland YMCA, Cortland County Jr. Holstein Club, CHS Softball, Track and Lacrosse, CRMC Auxiliary Teenage Volunteers, Homer Central School Field Hockey & Wrestling Teams, Boy Scouts Troop 80, McGraw Central School Booster Club, Homer Congregational Church Youth Group and East Homer Methodist Church Youth Group.

During the past three years the CCSC has given away more than $101,000 to the following: Cortland Sports Complex, Cortland County 4-H Foundation, Inc., Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Homer Youth Center, Groton School Sports Booster Club, Starr Road Park & Recreation Center, Youth Bureau – Cortland County for CCYL, Cortland YMCA, Cortland YWCA, East Homer Methodist Church Ball Field, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Hospice, Homeville Museum – Eaton Collection, Cortland County Jr. Holstein Club, Family Reading Partnership of Cortland County, McGraw Score Board and others.

What is in it for CCSC?

WE HELP YOU AND YOU HELP YOURSELVES. WE GET TO GIVE MORE MONEY AWAY TO SUPPORT YOUTH IN THE GREATER CORTLAND AREA, OUR GOAL. YOU GET TO HAVE MORE MONEY FOR YOUR GROUP TO MEET ITS GOALS. A REAL WIN WIN!

For more information on getting involved contact one of the CCSC members or Chris Ryan, Chairman of the Corn Ducky Derby at (c)756-0000 or email info@cornduckyderby.org. The sooner you start the more potential for your group to raise needed funds. Call now to learn more.