Your duck adoption provided kids in shelter with healing, hope, and the knowledge that someone cares.
Your Duck Adoption Showed 
Kids That They Matter
Thanks to friends like you, the 2017 YESS Duck Derby was a resounding success. We reached our 40,000 duck goal. We had picture-perfect weather and nearly 5,000 community members present for the event. Our community truly rallied behind our 10th year of "making a splash" for children in crisis.

The most powerful way to see the impact of this event, however, is to simply talk to the kids at YESS about it.  "My favorite part was the big bouncy things! I raced down the slide fast like Lightning McQueen and then we ate cupcakes!" said a kiddo in our Crisis Nursery.

"I liked the food a lot, especially the wings," said one of our preteen boys. Other popular activities with shelter youth included the balloon animals, seeing superheroes, and watching all the ducks race across the lake. 

Most importantly, k ids in shelter who attended the event saw firsthand how many people care about them.  

Children at YESS  know that the Duck Derby is all for them. E ach of those 40,000 rubber ducks represents a person who believes in them.  Everyone watching the race was cheering them on too. Your duck adoption not only provided vital funding for our mission - it showed kids in shelter that they matter!
Duck-themed crafts created by shelter youth
On behalf of all the children whose lives will be changed because of this event, thank you. Your support truly makes a difference! 

Thank you Team YESS.
We hope you'll "join the flock" again in 2018!

YESS Duck Derby Flock-Stars

This year's event would not have been possible without the hundreds of individuals who gave their time, energy, and resources to make the day a success. Thank you to all of our "flock-stars" for supporting Iowa's children!

Event Sponsors
Wells Fargo
Two Rivers Bank & Insurance
PDM Precast
Bob Brown Auto
Raker Rhodes Engineering
Ted Lare Design & Build
Full Court Press
Prairie Meadows
Bankers Trust
Palmer Group
DeeZee Manufacturing
The Weitz Company
Warrior Lanes
Purcell Printing
Meredith Corporation
Kohles & Bach
Kading Properties

Flock-Star Teams
Wells Fargo
KT's Eastside Fowlers
Jensen Consulting
Keeling Wealth Advisors
Team Quacksters
First Realty Cares
Central College
The Dana Company
...and the rest of our quack-tastic Duck Derby Teams!

Event Promotion Partners
Two Rivers Marketing
MidAmerican Energy
The Printer, Inc.

Race Day Logistics
Matt & the Hydro-Klean team
Mark & the UPS team 
Matt & The Weitz Company team
Adam & the PDM Precast team
Brian & the Academy Roofing team
West Des Moines Fire Department

Family Fun Partners
Bubbles the Clown
Coconut Castaways
Iowa Force Women's Basketball
Jordan Creek Town Center
La James International College
Lisa Cummings Photography
Shear Madness
Scratch Cupcakery
West Des Moines Public Works
West Des Moines Police Dept.

Duck Derby Committee Members
Megan Feld
Ashley Wilson
Kelly Petersen
Lisa Rhodes
Jessica Durand
Maggie Meloy

Duck Taggers
Drake University
UNI Alumni
Barley's Angels

Mark Your Calendar
Please join us for one of these upcoming events! Each one supports children in our community when they need it most.

A monthly event to promote local music and support local charities

Lefty's Live Music
May 19, 2017
Great food, beverages, and live music with proceeds supporting children at YESS

Jasper Winery

June 3rd, 2017
Kick off the summer with music by Tim Stop, food, drinks, and supporting kids in crisis

Stine Barn
June 16th, 2017

Stand Up Guys Golf Classic
A golf tournament to support children in our community

Willow Creek Golf Course
June 23rd, 2017
A 200-mile bike ride to raise awareness and help those caught in human trafficking
Adel to Okoboji
June 30th, 2017


You can make the summer months a little bit easier for kids in shelter! Visit our In-Kind Donations Page or contact Jana Daisy for more information about the items we need most.
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