FESTIVAL IN THE NEWS 2010

Monday, July 07, 2008

   
Benita Baker
Posted: October 21, 2010

Ottawa’s Sea Lions Dragon Boat team has done it again. For the second year in a row, this group of 22 indomitable women – Lions of Judah, their daughters and invited guests – joined together as competitors and fundraisers at the 17th annual Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, June 18-20, at Mooney’s Bay. The festival, which has raised more than $1.8 million since its inception, is the largest event of its kind in North America. Promoting teamwork, team spirit and community support, it brings people of all ages and abilities together for a lively athletic and fundraising challenge. The Sea Lions once again demonstrated their fundraising prowess. Competing against 5,000 paddlers from 190 teams, they raised $25,864 and, like last year, placed third in the fundraising race. With painted faces and official Sea Lions shirts and life-jackets provided by sponsors Westboro Flooring and the docweissband, the group’s enthusiasm was contagious. “Paddling is a fantastic team-building experience and a perfect partnership,” said team captain Debbie Weiss. “Added to that is the opportunity of having fun and, as Lions of Judah, continue our tradition of reaching out to others with our time and our dollars.”
     
   
Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
METRO OTTAWA: IN PICTURES: WEATHER FAILS TO KEEP CROWDS FROM DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Posted: June 21, 2010

Dragon boaters and their fans proved themselves a tenacious bunch this past weekend. The weather, which changed from hot and sunny to cloudy and rainy several times during the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, failed to deter people from attending North America’s biggest dragon boat festival. The event drew a record 75,000 people, including 5,000 paddlers from across the continent, according to the festival’s executive director, John Brooman.
     
   
Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
OTTAWA CITIZEN: PADDLING TO SUCCESS
Posted: June 19, 2010

This year's festival is sold out at 190 teams. Roughly 5,000 paddlers will descend on Mooney's Bay this weekend including several teams from the United States and throughout Canada.
     
   
Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
METRO OTTAWA: DRAGON BOAT FEST BOASTS RACING, MUSIC
Posted: June 03, 2010

With just a few weeks to go before the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival kicks off, teams of dragon boaters hit the water – some for the first time – last night after the first fleet of boats arrived at Mooney’s Bay yesterday. From now until the festival kicks off on June 18, about 500 paddlers will practise every night, said the festival’s executive director, John Brooman. This year, the three-day festival, which is the largest of its kind in North America, will see some 5,000 paddlers on 190 teams competing, said Brooman.
     
   
Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
RECYCLE FROG: THE OTTAWA DRAGON BOAT FOUNDATION AND RECYCLE FROG TEAM UP; HOST FIRST FUNDRAISERS AT INNOVAPOST
Posted: June 01, 2010

Recycle Frog, a next generation, direct-to-consumer precious metals recycling company, today announced that the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation (ODBF) has selected Recycle Frog’s Gold Drive™ program to help raise donations toward their 2010 fundraising campaign. The first corporate event will take place on Thursday, June 17th at Innovapost, a longstanding ODBF supporter and a participant in this year’s Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat Festival. The ODBF will receive a percentage of every Gold Drive transaction with Recycle Frog matching contributions dollar-for-dollar. “The Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation has been an active member of our community, raising vital contributions that go towards both individuals and families in need. We’re extremely pleased that they have chosen to leverage our innovative program to help meet their fundraising goals,” said Matthew MacQuarrie, President, Recycle Frog. “The ODBF compliments a growing number of local and nationally recognized organizations, including the Canadian Cancer Society, CHEO Foundation and the United Way Ottawa, that have chosen Recycle Frog’s Gold Drive program to boost their outreach and fundraising efforts.”
     
   
Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
METRO OTTAWA: VOLUNTEERS KEEP FESTIVALS MOVING
Posted: May 19, 2010

Volunteering offers team-building opportunities, said volunteer co-ordinator for the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival Jessica Main. “And it’s a great way to meet new friends, you get to be outside all day long and enjoy free music. It’s just a fun event.”
     
   
Chris Mikula / The Ottawa CitizenChris Mikula / The Ottawa Citizen
Posted: June 20, 2010

     
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