49 Teams To Compete In Dragon Boat Festival Saturday - chattanoogan.com

Monday, April 13, 2009 4:12 PM | Anonymous
Forty-nine local teams will battle it out for gold, and bragging rights, during the 3rd Annual Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday at the Chickamauga Dam. The event includes a full day of races on the water and a variety of famil activities along the shore. The first race will get under way at 8:30 a.m.

The Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival, presented by General Shale Brick, is a fundraiser T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital at Erlanger with pledges raised by each paddler. Last year the festival raised over $115,000 for Children's Hospital and hopes to surpass that goal this year.

“The funds raised from this year's event will enhance the many programs, special projects, and services used by area children and their families including the expansion of surgical services and the acquisition of advanced technology for pediatric heart care,” said Betsy Taylor, chief development officer at Erlanger.

Teams competing in this year's festival include [the following EWI member firms]:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee – Rowed Warriors

EMJ Corporation

(Erlanger) Erlanger East – East Divas and Docs; Erlanger ICU – Critical Care Cruisers; Erlanger Technology Management – Virtual Paddlers

First Tennessee Bank

Johnson Group – I'm On A Boat

(Citadel Broadcasting) NewsChannel 9 – The Niners

TVA – TVA Power Rowers

(The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) UT Family Practice – UT Water Mocs

Volunteers are still needed for morning and afternoon shifts, manning registration and general information booths, monitoring the finish line, as well as marshalling, loading, and unloading teams. Visit www.erlanger.org/dragonboat and follow the links to “find a team or participant to support” or “make a gift.” For more information about this event, visit http://chatt.racedragonboats.com or call (423) 778-4688. For more information about volunteering, please call the T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Foundation at (423) 778-8057.

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