TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Monday marked the opening day of duck season for Catholic Charities’ 6th annual Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta.

The event, presented by Kroger, takes place on July 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Fairbanks Park, in which rubber ducks adopted by community members race down the Wabash River.

The event raises money for Catholic Charities to provide food and basic needs to the community.

Pamela Malone, the chairperson of the PR and marketing committee for Catholic Charities, adopted the first duck. Malone said she has a lot of gratitude for the organization that helped her during a difficult time.

“I would tell people who are struggling right now that you are not alone, that there is a community behind you, that this is a fun and lighthearted kind of event for a very serious and challenging time for many people,” Malone said.

Ducks can be adopted for five dollars, and the winner of the regatta will get a $10,000 cash prize and the chance to win a million.

“Conceivably worse now than at the peak of the pandemic, demands are out there and we want to be able to help Catholic Charities do everything it needs to do to make sure people who are struggling are able to put food on the table,” said Eric Halvorson, Kroger spokesperson.

For information on adopting a duck or details on the event, visit the Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta webpage.