The Dragon Boat Race and Festival on July 23, at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse, 270-272 N Water St, Poughkeepsie, will benefit both the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and Arts Mid Hudson. The day long celebration and competition will feature 8 dragon boats transported to the Hudson Valley by 22 Dragons of Montreal, Canada. Individual paddlers as well as corporate teams will compete on the Hudson River from 8:00 – 3:00.
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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.
Andrew Flynn lost his mother to breast cancer when he was in high school. He combines his love for cars with his memories of his mother and organizes the Lake Effect Car Meet every year to raise money for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
At the James Baird State Park, 200 cars jammed the parking lot to talk, compare vehicles and network about parts, bikes, trucks, and all things motorized.
“Andrew does this all on his own,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “He organizes the event, publicizes it on his popular fb page https://www.facebook.com/groups/LakeEffectCarMeet/
and raises money for us so that we can help people affected by breast cancer in our Hudson Valley.”
Miles of Hope, a 13 year old public charity based in Dutchess County, funds support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.
photo: Best car, Mike Janos with his 1990 BMW M3
photo: Best bike, Curt Case with his 2015 Honda Grom
photo: Andrew Flynn, Pari Forood in front of 2015 Best Car
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Bonnie Muller’s daughter, Ally Muller, is the pitcher on the John Jay softball team.
“Every year, the girls decide to raise money for a local charity that means something to them,” she explained.
“For the past few years it was Miles of Hope because of all they do for people affected by breast cancer here in the Hudson Valley.” As a team parent, Mrs. Muller helped to organize fund raising efforts with the soft ball team.
Coaches, Mike Crocco and Ken Schaeffer, fully supported the teams fund raising efforts through bake sales, 50/50 raffles, and t-shirt sales. “Goal Evolution Athletic Supply in Hopewell Junction donated a portion of their t-shirt proceeds to this donation,” explained Coach Crocco.
In the photo, the John Jay softball team presents Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood, with a check for $1300.
“I hugged every girl on the team (2nd photo) to thank them for this wonderful donation,” explained Ms. Forood.
“Every one of them knew someone, whether it was a relative or a teacher or a friend’s parent or grandparent, with breast cancer. They know that their hard work will directly help people with breast cancer right here in their community.”
At the Miles of Hope Annual Spring Brunch on Sunday, May 1, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, IBM will make a presentation on how breast cancer treatment is impacted by Watson Health; Nettie Womack and Patty Nelson, breast cancer survivors and activists in the African American community will be honored; and seven scholarships will be awarded to area high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
Pari Forood, Executive Director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation said: “Our program is full of informative, educational and heartwarming elements. We are expecting over 400 guests, all in pink, to honor and remember those affected by breast cancer in our Hudson Valley.”
“We are excited about the IBM presentation. In a nutshell, Watson Health gathers patient data and compares these against known cases. It then provides a report detailing options for individualized treatments.”
Nettie Womack and Patty Nelson, sisters, breast cancer survivors, and activists in their African American community, will be honored at the Brunch for reaching out to this minority population at church and social gatherings through their Women of Faith Health and Wellness Ministry. Congressman Chris Gibson, NYS Senator Sue Serino, County Executive Marcus Molinaro, and Mayor Rob Rolison will all be presenting commendations to the Honorees.
The Brunch will also highlight local high school seniors receiving scholarships to college:
Thanks to our major sponsors WMCHealth, and Health Quest.
And to all sponsors: James J. McCann Charitable Trust, Arnoff Moving and Storage, Hudson Cadillac/Buick/GMCPremier Medical Group, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Hudson River Fruit, Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation, C2G Environmental, Jane W. Nuhn Trust, Dr. Joel Canter, Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club, Millman Harris Romano Foundation, Race for the Cure, Judelson Giordano and Seigel, Berkshire Hathaway, Caremount Medical, D’Arcangelo, Advance Testing, North River Abstract, Monica and Jacob Frydman, The Kapstone Corporation, Williams Lumber and Home Center, Rose and Kiernan, Poughkeepsie Journal, Dutchess Pro Print, Harold Albinder, Brookside Meadows, NY Design Center, Dana and Ira Effron.
For more information: www.milesofhope.org
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2016 Family Fun Run Co-Honoree Marie Cole from Wappingers Falls, with her husband, Dave, IBM colleagues (where she has worked for 32 years), teammates from her women’s ice hockey team (Westchester Wildcats), teammates from her Poughkeepsie FISH master’s swim team, and her friends from music and other activities.
Marie spoke at the Miles of Hope Event on Saturday: “It lifted my spirits and made such a difference during treatment to be surrounded by these wonderful friends from all facets of my life and have their support throughout. Going through cancer treatment helps you realize that it’s the people in your life who truly matter and we strive to share the good times and support each other through the bad times in life’s journey. Thank you Miles of Hope for honoring me and for helping all those affected by breast cancer in our beautiful Hudson Valley.”