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For more information and to register for both individuals and teams: dutchessdragonboats.org Festival details: While the Dragon Boat Races proceed on the Hudson River, the Festival runs along the shore. Master Kwan returns for the third year to perform the Lion Dance for the opening and closing ceremonies. The Roadhouse Roosters will perform on the main stage this year, bringing uptempo boogie, blues and rock repertoire with electric and acoustic slide guitar.
Under the festival tent there will be art demonstrations by local artists and experiential stations for origami, kite making, calligraphy, and dragon face painting for children. Local artists will demonstrate and exhibit their art, and the Chinese food arts will be demonstrated for all to see how to make dumplings, spring rolls and other Chinese delicacies. Community groups will be present to share information on their services. The festival also includes local food vendors serving up fresh treats, including Twisted Soul, YumYum Noodle truck, Lemon Love, Nino’s Big Bite, Tea Talk, Reggae Boy, and Carole’s Hot Dogs. The culmination of the day will be the presentation of the Dragon Boat racing awards by Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.
“We sold t-shirts with pink cowboy boots on them, we accepted donations at all cash registers, we had pin ups on the walls and we gave proceeds from all sales in October all to raise money for Miles of Hope,” explained Mr. Smith. “We know what Miles of Hope is doing for our area and the people who need help when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. If you are not part of the solution, you don’t realize the extent of the problem. Everyone in our organization kicked in (pun intended!) to help and we were really pleased with the result,” he added.
Miles of Hope funds support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley. “All money raised stays here to help Hudson Valley residents with everything from paying bills while they are in treatment to scholarships for college-bound high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer,” Ms. Forood said. “We are humbled and grateful to Adam and all those who have raised money for us throughout 2015 to enable us to achieve our mission.”
“The girls decided to wear pink and raise money for breast cancer programs at Miles of Hope,” explained Coach CJ Greenwood. “Then the parents got involved and we were able to raise money through bake sales, t-shirt sales and donations.”
“We have a very active parent group,” explained soccer mom and Hopewell resident, Lisa McHugh. “I was able to present the idea of donating to Miles of Hope during October Breast Cancer Awareness month to all of the parents and everyone loved it. There are so many at John Jay and in our community affected by breast cancer- we just wanted to do something to help,” Mrs. McHugh said (mother of team member Melissa).
Local schools stepped up and raised money for Miles of Hope all throughout October. “We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of this community,” added Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “John Jay has always been so generous to us and this year women’s soccer as well as volleyball had pink games in our honor. We can’t wait for basketball season!”
Sunday is Miles of Hope Day at the NY Jets football game against the Washington Redskins! 150 people are attending the game as a fundraiser for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
“50 lucky people including breast cancer survivors will be holding the flags during the Opening Ceremonies when the Jets run on to the field,” explained Miles of Hope Co-Founder, Cathy Varunok.
“We’ve been working with the Jets organization to make this a fun outing for our volunteers and supporters and we are excited that so many people are joining us!” she added.
Miles of Hope is a regional breast cancer foundation with a mission to fund support services and outreach to people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, NY. Events throughout October highlight not only fundraising efforts but education and outreach as well. October Calendar
“We have more money to give Miles of Hope!” added Stephanie Grady, an enthusiastic mother of a player on the team, and one of the parent chaperone’s of the car wash.
“The big check represents proceeds from the car wash and donations from Arlington High School students however we have additional money from the bake sale and t-shirt sale,” explained coach Stephanie Tito.
“These young girls understand the value of preventive medicine, even at their ages. I was thrilled to be able to talk to them briefly on the field about encouraging their mothers and grandmothers- all female relatives over 50- to have an annual mammogram. And I also stressed the importance of a healthy diet to reduce cancer risk – they already know the benefits of exercise!” explained Ms. Forood.
For the past two years, the organization has made a donation to the only regional breast cancer charity helping Dutchess and Orange Counties- the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. (more…)