CMN Duck Race floats down L'auberge's Lazy River

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - L'auberge was invaded by ducks Sunday afternoon as the Chidlren's Miracle Network Duck Race landed in the Lazy River.

"The ducks have been at the Civic Center. They've been at Prien Lake Park. This year the ducks decided to go elegant and came to L'auberge. They're moving up," said Anna Catherine Viator, Christus St. Patrick Foundation.

More than 5,000 rubber ducks were in the running and unlike year's past the race got off to a fast start and finish.

"It was easier for Mother Nature to do her job since we had a current in the pool and it was easier for people to participate and see the race because it was dimensional," explained Viator.

The race kicks off Christus St. Patrick Foundation's fundraising efforts for the Children's Miracle Network. All proceeds stay local to help children with emergency room services, day surgery and outpatient therapy as well as the five school-based health centers in the five parish area.

"We reach thousands of children on a daily basis with behavioral health and medicine checks, pre-screening. Parents don't have to leave work, kids can stay at school and get the medical attention they need at school," said Viator.

This was the first year for L'auberge to partner with CMN, but judging by the turnout of Sunday's event they hope it won't be the last.

Prizes to top duck finishers included cash and an overnight stay for four at L'auberge, as well as gift cards and a fitness membership to GiGi's.

Meanwhile if you would like to help the cause: The Children's Miracle Network will hold their live 25th telecast right here on KPLC on Saturday June 2nd.

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