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Just ducky: Derby to benefit Partners for Quality

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

At the second annual Steel City Duck Derby, scheduled for April 22, you can find out which rubber ducky will be No. 1. 


A total of 7,500 ducks will be launched in a series of races to benefit the Robinson-based charity group, Partners for Quality, Inc.


“We’re always looking for fundraising events that are unique and different,” said Greg Jenna, executive director of communications for the organization.


Partners for Quality is the parent organization to five nonprofit subsidiaries: Allegheny Children’s Initiative, which helps people under the age of 18 access mental health resources; Citizen Care, which provides support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Exceptional Adventures, which provides vacation and recreation activities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Milestone, which supports persons with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health challenges; and the Partners For Quality Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the organization. 


“It’s easy for people to get involved,” said Tami Rippy, director of special events for the Partners For Quality Foundation. “Just visit”


Steel City Duck Derby is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 at Allegheny Commons Park on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Rippy said people can adopt a duck for about $5 to start and the top five finishers are eligible to win prizes.


In addition to the race, there will be face painting, temporary tattoos and food trucks. The organization is partnering with iHeart Radio, which is providing music.


“It’s just a wonderful family atmosphere,” Jenna said. 


Update:This article was updated to clarify information related to Partner for Quality’s five nonprofit subsidiaries.


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