It's time for the Tri-Cities Boating Club to conquer Dragons! We are once again participating in the Annual Dragon Boat Races. This is the 10th Anniversary of the race so it'll be bigger and better than ever, giving the Power Squadron some great exposure and an opportunity to assist in this effort supporting the Mountain State's Health Alliance Foundation. This year the money raised will be donated to: Woodridge Hospital's Willow Project, an inpatient behavioral health unit for children and adolescents.
Over the last 9 years our participation has contributed to successful fund raising :
2014 the development of an epilepsy monitoring unit at Niswonger Children’s Hospital
2011 - 2013 Mountain States Health Alliance’s Oncology Services
2010 the MSHA HeartCoach was purchased with Festival proceeds
2009 to purchase Kangaroo Rockers for Niswonger Children’s Hospital
2006 - 2008 all proceeds went to building and supporting the new Niswonger Children’s Hospital
What success this event has experienced and this year, being the 10th Anniversary should be amazing.
Of course, with Boone Lake waters down so low, the event and practice sessions have been moved to Warrior's Path State Park, with team tents, art & food vendors and marshaling of teams taking place on Duck Island and the actual race taking place between Duck Island and the Park's Marina and grill. There's a spectacular kids play area and there'll be lots to see and do between races.
If any of you are interested in volunteering to provide a safety boat for the event, which will be held at 8:30 AM - mid afternoon on Saturday, August 29th or for any of the practice sessions that take places on Tuesday, August 25th - Friday, August 28th from 3PM - Dark, please let Ellen Johnston know of your interest. It'll be fun "work" and a great opportunity to socialize with fellow Squadron Members and enjoy being on the water, which we all love! There is a sign up sheet attached for up to 3 boats per time slot. If all you can do is 2 hours at a time, that's be a great contribution! If you'd like to work the entire evening, that's terrific too. Just let Ellen know what your schedule will permit and she'll keep all of us posted on what time slots we still need volunteers to provide safety boats.
Ellen can be reached by phone/text at: 423 366-2046 or via email at email@example.com.
To find out more about MSHA Dragon Boat Race Event or would like to make a financial contribution, you can go to this website link for more information: