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Rubber Duck Regatta raises money to prevent elder abuse

Posted at 3:32 PM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 18:17:39-04

BILLINGS – Rubber ducks took over Riverfront Park on Sunday, which also marked the Grandparents Day Holiday.

The 21st annual fundraiser benefits Big Sky Senior Services and its efforts to prevent elder abuse.

Each rubber duck adoption was $5, or a “quack pack” got participants six ducks for $25.

Big Sky Senior Services PEA program is the only one in the region to provide education about elder abuse and exploitation.

“We help local, vulnerable seniors stay in their homes,” said Denise Armstrong, executive director of Big Sky Senior Services. “We provide a lot of wrap-around services, case management, we have a representative payee. It is the only fundraiser that helps our prevention of elder abuse program.”

Former Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy is among those who volunteer their support for the program.

“A lot of it is awareness in the community,” he said. “Awareness that there is elder abuse. With families coming out, with seniors coming out you give a big awareness in the community of the needs that are in this community.”