2011 Sponsors Conference Questions

Peabody Ducks

The conference is being held at The Peabody Orlando, home of the internationally famous Peabody Ducks.

If you have never seen The March of the Peabody Ducks (a 75-year tradition), it is quite a sight to see. Each morning at 11 am, the Peabody Ducks descend from their Royal Duck Palace, led by their Duck Master, and begin The March of The Peabody Ducks down a plush red carpet to the strident tones of John Philip Sousa’s King Cotton March. They spend the day in the magnificent, orchid-crowned fountain in the Atrium Lobby. At 5 pm the procession is reversed. Be sure to bring your camera.
As an added bonus, The Peabody Orlando has graciously donated the honor of being Honorary Duck Master for the Tuesday evening procession to our Silent Auction, so you can bid on having the honor to march with the ducks while helping a local charity at the same time.

The Legend of the Ducks

Back in the 1930s, Frank Schutt, general manager of The Peabody Memphis, and his life-long friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men had had a little too much Tennessee sippin’ whiskey, and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys into the black travertine fountain of the Peabody hotel. Three small English call ducks were selected, and the reaction was nothing short of enthusiastic. Thus began a Peabody tradition that was to become internationally famous. The original ducks have long since gone, but after 75 years, their progeny live on in the graceful, marble fountain in “The South’s Grand Hotel,” The Peabody Memphis, and also at The Peabody Little Rock and The Peabody Orlando.