The Arc Rubber Duckie Race                           Duck Race dump 2013


The 17th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race will be held Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Rotary Park in downtown Putnam, in conjunction with Putnam's Annual Car Show.

For information on how You can be involved in this year's race, click here for our Race Information Packet or contact Emily Groves at or at 860-774-2827.

The Arc's annual Rubber Duckie Race is one of the agency's most successful fundraisers, raising more than $27,000 in 2013. Just as important as the money raised, is the community awareness that comes as a direct result of all the publicity and the event itself for our programs and services. All proceeds from the race go directly to the services that support individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other life-affecting disabilities here in Northeastern Connecticut. We are very grateful to the business community for their support. All of the 50 + prizes are donated by our community supporters.

The race is held on the Quinebaug River in Putnam at Rotary Park. The ducks are made of rubber like the ones kids play with in the bathtub. Each duck has a number on the front which corresponds to a number on a ticket. A large pay loader truck is filled with the sold ducks that are then dumped into the river from the bridge on Bridge St. The ducks float down a raceway constructed of foam barriers. About 200 yards down they cross the finish line and are retrieved one at a time by the Mayor of Putnam and bagged in numbered bags. The ducks are then brought up to the shore where they are matched with the corresponding prize.

We have games and activities for the kids as well so join us for a fun-filled day with something for everyone in the family.

For more information about the race, the prizes or to adopt as many ducks as you like for $5.00 each call The Arc's Development Office at 860-774-2827 or email

Save the Date!

The Arc Quinebaug Valley Golf Tournament


SPONSORSHIP AND PLAYER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE! For the 2014 Golf Information Packet, including information on sponsorship levels and player registration, click here.

                 The tournament offers prizes for the top finishing teams, as well as other contests throughout the play—closest to the pin, betting hole and skins. Sink a hole in one on a designated hole and win a new car!

More chances to win some great prizes during the tournament’s raffle.

 We have a variety of sponsorship levels to suit any business need. Participation in the tournament ensures presence in The Arc’s extensive advertising campaign prior to and at the tournament.

 The Golf Tournament is a major fundraiser for The Arc and is well known in the community. Proceeds directly benefit The Arc programs. In 2013, The Golf Tournament raised more than $42,000 for The Arc.

 The player registration deadline is June 20th. Cost is $500 per foursome or $125 per person.

For more information, contact Sandi Riemann at or at 860-774-2827.


The Arc's 2013 Giving Appeal is underway!

This year's Giving Appeal is "Strengthening Families and Communities," and is in honor of all our families whose lives have been challenged and enriched by the birth of their children with disabilities. It is also in honor of this community that has embraced these families and the mission of The Arc.

Ron and Donna Coderre of Putnam return as the General Chairpersons for The Arc Quinebaug Valley 2013 Giving Appeal. Last year the couple led the campaign for the first time and was moved by the generosity of the community in its support of The Arc and its programs.

You can help us reach our goal of $20,000 by partnering with The Arc. Your investment will directly provide critical services and resources. The Arc maintains a high degree of excellence in the delivery of these services but we need your help. Make a difference in someone’s life by joining with us in “Strengthening Families and Community.” Take the next step, a gift of any size is meaningful and is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For more information, read our Appeal Brochure by clicking here and read our Appeal Letter by clicking here or contact Emily Groves at 860-774-2827 or at


For a list of our 2013 supporters, click here.

 For a list of our 2012 supporters, click here.