Riverside Juniors members launch dozens of pink and white plastic swans from the Barrypoint Road bridge near the Hofmann Tower into the Des Plaines River for their journey downstream to Swan Pond. (PROVIDED)

A large crowd came to the banks of the Des Plaines River on Aug. 28 to cheer on their entries in the Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity’s inaugural Swan Derby fundraiser.

The small plastic swans raced from the Hofmann Tower to the finish line at Swan Pond. Cash prizes went to the winners, and those attended also enjoyed a DJ, miniature golf, a bounce house and face painting.

The Swan Derby’s main purpose was to raise funds for the many charities the Riverside Juniors support, and it did that job, raising $4,000. Last year, the Juniors donated more than $18,000 to local organizations and families needing support.