Your chance to win $1,000 and help seniors live independently is coming next month during the 23rd annual Passavant Area Hospital Duck Race for Lifeline.

The annual Lifeline fundraiser is Sunday, June 4, on the south side of Nichols Park in Jacksonville. Participants purchase $5 duck tickets in advance in hopes their duck will cross the finish line first to claim the $1,000 first prize. Proceeds from ticket sales go to support the Lifeline program at Passavant, a 24-hour medical alert system. Lifeline’s mission is to improve the health of the people and communities they serve.

Lunch and refreshments from the Zingabad Grotto Bus will be available beginning at 12 noon. The local Community Summer Band will entertain from 1 to 2 p.m. Pictures from the children’s duck coloring contest will also be on display. The ducks will be launched at 2 p.m. from the “duck” truck.

Tickets are currently on sale in the Auxiliary Gift Shop, just off the main lobby on the ground floor at Passavant. Tickets will also be available for sale up until race time on June 4.

In addition to the $1,000 first prize, $500 will be awarded for second place, $300 for third place, $200 for fourth place and $100 Passavant Auxiliary Gift Shop gift certificates for fifth through tenth place.

The Lifeline program at Passavant offers seniors security and independence. Lifeline service is installed and maintained by local technicians from Passavant. Installation, service calls and replacement units are free and there are no long term contracts or hidden fees. To learn more about the Passavant Lifeline program, please call 217-245-9541, ext. 3179.