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Sponsorship Opportunities

We are currently seeking sponsors at all levels for the September, 2016 Dragon Boat Races. For more information, please contact Julie Kolankiewicz, JKolankiewicz@cc-md.org, 410.547.5595.

Download this sponsorship information (PDF).

Download the 2016 Dragon Boat sponsorship application form (PDF). Use this option if you are paying by check or making a pledge.

Complete the 2016 Dragon Boat sponsorship application online. Use this option if you are paying by credit card now.

Overview

2016 will commemorate the 10th biennial Catholic Charities Dragon Boat Races – a truly special event that combines athleticism and competition with fundraising and awareness of Catholic Charities. Since 1998, over 50 companies, non-profits and schools have partnered with us to raise over $5 million dollars in support of our mission – to love, serve and teach, work for justice, and to improve the lives of Marylanders in need.

Sponsored teams will practice the ancient sport of Dragon Boat Racing for 8 weeks over the summer leading up to Race Day, September 10, 2016, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, drawing an estimated crowd of 10,000 spectators. Off the water, each team will learn more about the work of Catholic Charities by partnering with one of our 81 programs. Paddlers see firsthand the issues faced by our clients and contribute their time and resources to making a difference in their lives.

Catholic Charities is the leading private provider of human services in Maryland. Our organization has earned a reputation for compassionate care and excellence as we serve 160,000 individuals annually through the operation of 81 programs located in Baltimore City and nine counties. The Agency’s 2,000 employees, 12,000 volunteers strive every day to provide compassionate care for all we serve.

Practices and Race Day

Teams are comprised of 25 members (company employees, vendors, family, or friends.) There are 20 paddlers (minimum of 8 women), 1 drummer, and 1 steerer. The 3 other members rotate or serve as alternates.

Practices happen once a week for 8 weeks during a designated timeslot at the Baltimore Marine Center in Canton under the supervision of our coaching staff.

Race Day involves time trials to set brackets for elimination heats. The competition is exhilarating as teams battle throughout the day for the coveted Dragon Cup!

Team Spirit

For those who want to join the fun and excitement of the Dragon Boats Races but aren’t inclined to paddle, there are team spirit competitions. Participants show off their creative sides as they decorate their team tent for the Tent Competition, write a song for the Chant Competition, and create a themed hat for the Hat Competition.

Volunteering and Fundraising

Teams have the unique opportunity to deeply engage with a program of Catholic Charities through volunteering. Your Paddler Relations Liaison (PRL) will work with your team to identify opportunities to improve the lives of the clients served by that program. Teams complete projects and host drives or events that not only help others, but that build lasting relationships among teammates and with the clients of Catholic Charities.

Through the Paddler Challenge, many teams choose to raise additional funds directly for their Partner Program from their personal networks.

Calendar

June - Orientation workshops for team leaders known as Captain, Co-Captain, and Cruise Director (oversees Team Spirit Activities) will take place as well as a special event which celebrates team building, commitment, competition, and community.

July & August – Practice begins and lasts for 8 weeks. On land, teammates work on their entries for the tent, chant and hat contests.

September 10 - RACE DA Y! Invite all of your employees and their family and friends to the Inner Harbor for a day of fun, festivities, and excitement.

2014 Dragon Boat Sponsors & Underwriters

Platinum Teams
BGE
Harkins Builders, Inc.

Gold Teams
Allegis
Brown Advisory
Hamel Builders
KPMG, LLP
M&T Bank
SunTrust
Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.

Teams
Bank of America CohnReznick
DAP Products, Inc.
DST Brokerage Solutions Echo Communicate
Erickson Living
Heritage Financial
Johns Hopkins Health Systems Legg Mason
PayPal
PNC Bank
Social Solutions
T. Rowe Price
Transamerica
Wells Fargo

Non-Profit Teams
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Catholic Charities
Catholic Relief Services
City of Baltimore
Johns Hopkins Medicine International Monsignor Slade Catholic School
Notre Dame of Maryland University
St. John the Evangelist School, Severna Park United States Air Force

Underwriters
DavCo Restaurants
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

Team Sponsor - $12,500

  • Recognition in the Dragon Boat 2016 promotional materials, Catholic Charities’ website, electronic and print communications, social media sites, and press releases

  • Invitation to a special team-building kick-off event

  • Invitation to the post-race party

  • Opportunities to participate in special volunteer projects with a Catholic Charities’ program

  • Support from a Catholic Charities program throughout summer and on Race Day

  • Weekly practice sessions at Baltimore Marine Center in Canton during July and August

  • Use of all equipment: dragon boats, life jackets, drums, and paddles

  • Technique and strategy clinics by Baltimore Dragon Boat Club’s experienced coaches

  • On Race Day, access to a team tent in “Tent City” to regroup and rest between races and entertain teammates and their guests

  • T-shirt and bag for each paddler

  • Opportunity to network and form relationships with other companies

Gold Sponsor - $25,000

  • Team Sponsor perks plus:

  • Prominent placement of company’s logo in Dragon Boat 2016 promotional materials as well as in “Tent City”, launching docks, and main stage

  • Story featuring company’s involvement in Catholic Charities’ print and electronic communications

  • Choice of Catholic Charities Partner Program and practice day and time slot

  • Premier placement of tent in “Tent City”; a larger Team Tent with Gold Sponsor signage

  • Commemorative paddle with company logo for each paddler

Diamond Sponsor - $35,000

  • Gold Sponsor perks plus:

  • Premiere exposure. For instance, company’s logo size is the largest used amongst sponsors to promote and recognize the company name and its partnership with Catholic Charities. Diamond Sponsor is referenced throughout Race Day during different segments taking place at the Main Stage (i.e. chant competitions, race calling, etc.)

Platinum Sponsor - $50,000

  • Gold Sponsor perks plus:

  • Premiere exposure. For instance, company’s logo size is the largest used amongst sponsors to promote and recognize the company name and its partnership with Catholic Charities. Platinum Sponsor is referenced throughout Race Day during different segments taking place at the Main Stage (i.e. chant competitions, race calling, etc.)

Download this sponsorship information (PDF).
Download the 2016 Dragon Boat sponsorship application form (PDF). Use this option if you are paying by check or making a pledge.
Complete the 2016 Dragon Boat sponsorship application online. Use this option if you are paying by credit card now.

2016 Underwriting Opportunities

Breakfast Sponsor - $2,500

Your sponsorship will underwrite the cost of serving breakfast to the 1,000 paddlers before they begin an intense day of competition. There will be a sign identifying your company as the “Dragon Boat Breakfast Sponsor”. Your company will also receive recognition in the Dragon Boat brochure and on Catholic Charities’ website.

Entertainment Sponsor – $3,000

Your sponsorship will underwrite the entertainment expenses for the day’s festivities. The entertainment, including music, performers, and a tent filled with children’s activities, encourages many people walking along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to join the fun. There will be a sign next to the stage identifying your company as the “Dragon Boat Entertainment Sponsor”. Your company will also receive recognition in the Dragon Boat brochure and on Catholic Charities’ website.

Affinity Challenge T-shirt Sponsor - $5,000

Your sponsorship will underwrite the cost of the Affinity Challenge T-shirts given to 1,000 paddlers. Affinity challenges are time trials that take place between similar corporations, banks, non-profits, medical organizations, and construction businesses. Results of the time trails are used to seed teams in our three competitive brackets on Race Day. The shirt will include your logo and the event logo. Your company will also receive recognition in the Dragon Boat brochure and on Catholic Charities’ website.

Bag Sponsor - $7,500

This sponsorship will underwrite the cost of the Catholic Charities Dragon Boat giveaway bags. Bags are given to the event Steering Committee, participating Baltimore City Agencies, and 1,000 paddlers on Race Day and are very popular. The bag will include your logo and the event logo. Your company will also receive recognition in the Dragon Boat brochure and on Catholic Charities’ website.

Race Day T-shirt Sponsor - $10,000

This sponsorship will underwrite the cost of the Catholic Charities Dragon Boat T-shirts given to the event Steering Committee, participating Baltimore City Agencies, and 1,000 paddlers on Race Day. The shirt will include your logo and the event logo in addition to a listing of all sponsors. Your company will also receive recognition in the Dragon Boat brochure and on Catholic Charities’ website.

Lunch Sponsor - $10,000

Your sponsorship will underwrite the cost of serving lunch to the 1,000 paddlers on Race Day. There will be a sign identifying your company as the “Dragon Boat Lunch Sponsor”. Your company will also receive recognition in the Dragon Boat brochure and on Catholic Charities’ website.

Marina Sponsor – $12,500

This sponsorship will underwrite the cost of practice sessions at the Baltimore Marine Center in Canton. Each team practices once a week for eight weeks during the months of July and August. There will be a sign identifying your company as the “Dragon Boat Marina Sponsor”. Your company will also receive recognition in the Dragon Boat brochure, on Catholic Charities’ website, and will have the opportunity to place a promotional item in the paddler giveaway bags.

Download this sponsorship information (PDF).
Download the 2016 Dragon Boat sponsorship application form (PDF). Use this option if you are paying by check or making a pledge.
Complete the 2016 Dragon Boat sponsorship application online. Use this option if you are paying by credit card now.