LAST CALL: Pool-safety drive makes big splash

Don't worry, Ernie, you can stay in your tub on Sesame Street.

Don't worry, Ernie, you can stay in your tub on Sesame Street.

The Muppet wasn't in attendance in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on August 14, when Coyne PR, V8 Splash, and USA Swimming went diving for duckies at their latest publicity stunt. However, he was there in spirit, serenading the crowd with "Rubber Duckie, his ode to the rubber tub toy as Olympic gold medalists Janet Evans, Lenny Krayzelburg, Josh Davis, and Kristy Kowal helped raise money for a pool safety initiative.

Dubbed the "Million Dollar Dip, 10,000 rubber ducks were placed in the Olympic-sized pool at the Hall of Fame Aquatic Center, each one representing a $100 donation. The Olympic swimmers' goal was to collect as many ducks as possible in two minutes.

They rustled up just $280,000, but then again, it's better than Ernie would have done in his bathtub.

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