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We mentioned this event in our blog on Friday.

The 2015 Raritan River Festival and Rubber Duck Race was held at Boyd Park in New Brunswick over the weekend.  There were a lot of fun events- music, painting, crafts, food and drink, – and money was raised for the Beez Foundation for pediatric brain cancer research.

The ongoing drought here in Central New Jersey has lowered the Raritan River but it was still deep enough for the rubber ducks.  This year 4,000 rubber ducks, at $5 per duck, were dropped from an egg 40 feet above the river and floated to the finish line.
Booths were set up to distribute educational materials and to show people how to go green.

One of the highlights of the event was the cardboard canoe race. Contestants make canoes out of recycled cardboard and a few other items. Then they raced on the river.  “What’s Next,” piloted by Raj Malhotra, won the race, with several other boats sinking. Some captains, with lifejackets on, quickly discovered that the water was cold.

“The Beez Foundation uses the money raised by the duck race to fund pediatric brain cancer research,” Joe Giardina, chairman of the festival told nj.com.

In 10 years, they have raised $285,000.
“We have two studies in clinical trials,” said Joe Giardina, chairman of the festival. The Beez Foundation is named after Giardina’s daughter, Jennifer Beisswanger, who was called “Beez.” Beisswanger died of brain cancer in 2001.

“It helps mitigate the grief” said Giardina.

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