Dragon Boat Races

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Join us for 11th biennial Dragon Boat Races
Saturday, September 8, 2018
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rash Field, Inner Harbor

Rain or shine.

Overview

2018 will commemorate the 11th 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 8, 2018, 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.

Dragon Boat racing is a reflection of a memorable historical event that occurred more than 2,000 years ago. Numerous supremacy wars were erupting during the fourth century B.C. when Emperor Chu’s kingdom was one of the mightiest remaining. It is a story of self-sacrifice.

A man of great respect, Qu Yuan, a poet, minister and counselor to Emperor Chu, was cast into exile because of his politically sensitive poems. Distraught and inconsolable, Qu Yan grasped a large stone and threw himself into the Mi Lo River in an act of desperation and sorrow. His last poem can be translated:

Many a heavy sigh I have in my despair,
Grieving that I was born in such an unlucky time.
I yoked a team of jade dragons to a phoenix chariot,
And waited for the wind to come,
to sour up on my journey

Qu Yuan was loved so by the people that local fisherman raced to the tragic scene in their long, swift boats, beating their drums and splashing their oars to scare the many fish away from his body. They threw also tossed rice into the river some say in an attempt to protect Qu Yuan’s body from the fish and others to feed his soul.

Dragon Boat Festivals are held in China on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, the same day Qu Yuan is said to have drowned himself in the Mi Lo River. Many of the original rituals are still practiced today at festivals all over the world. As part of the opening ceremonies, a common practice is to “Awaken the Dragon” by dotting the eyes of the Dragon’s heads of each of the boats. Historically, the Dragon was the favored symbol of the Emperor, and the best Chinese artists were commissioned. Shortly after one such artist put the finishing touches on his work by etching the eyes on his exquisite stone Dragon, thunder and turbulent weather swept the land. It was believed the mythical beast was “awakened” and had “come to life”. Also, the significance of the eye dotting was to impress the boats and their crews with the strength of the Dragon and the blessing of the Goddess of the Sea.

2018 Dragon Boats Races Teams

Legg Mason, Inc. 2018 Dragon Boats Team

DAP Products, Inc. 2018 Dragon Boats Team

Allegis Group 2018 Dragon Boats Team

CohnReznick 2018 Dragon Boats Team

Wells Fargo 2018 Dragon Boats Team

Bank of America 2018 Dragon Boats Team

PNC Bank 2018 Dragon Boats Team

Hamel Builders 2018 Dragon Boats Team

Harkins Builders 2018 Dragon Boats Team

Catholic Charities Dragon Boat team captures the win for their division!

Dragon Boat Races Winners 2018

Division A
1st Place: M&T Bank
2nd Place: CohnReznick
3rd Place: Brown Advisory

Division B
1st Place: Dap Products Inc.
2nd Place: Wells Fargo
3rd Place: Bank of America

Division C
1st Place: Catholic Charities
2nd Place: Oath: A Verizon Company
3rd Place: Transamerica

Division D
1st Place: PayPal
2nd Place: St. John the Evangelist School, Severna Park
3rd Place: Johns Hopkins Healthcare: Grateful Bread Gold

Brown Advisory 1:35:30

Bank Challenge
M&T Bank 1:36:29

Catholic Challenge
Archdiocese of Baltimore 2:07:52

Community Challenge
Johns Hopkins Healthcare: Grateful Bread Blue 2:12:47

Construction Challenge
Harkins Builders 1:37:07

Corporate Challenge
Allegis Group 2:11:74

Financial Services Challenge
Brown Advisory 1:36:38

Legacy Challenge
T. Rowe Price 1:37:87

Service Providers Challenge
Oath: A Verizon Company 2:14:34

Tent Contest
1st Place: Catholic Relief Services
2nd Place: Johns Hopkins Healthcare
3rd Place: CohnReznick

Chant Contest
1st Place: Harkins Builders, Inc
2nd Place: St. John the Evangelist School, Severna Park
3rd Place: Bank of America

Sponsors and Underwriters for 2018

Team Sponsor

Bank of America

Brown Advisory

CohnReznick

DAP Products Inc.

Erickson Living

Heritage Financial

Johns Hopkins Health Care (2)

Legg Mason, Inc.

Oath Builders

PayPal

PNC Bank

T. Rowe Price

Transamerica

Wells Fargo

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Catholic Charities

Catholic Relief Services

St. John the Evangelist School (Severna Park)

Partner Program

Christopher Place Employment Academy

Esperanza Center

Sarah’s House Childcare

Esperanza Center Medical Floor

St. Ann Adult Day Services

St. Elizabeth’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Our Daily Bread Employment Center

Hosanna House

Lansdowne Therapeutic After-School Program

Anna’s House

Head Start & Early Head Start (Carroll & Harford Counties)

St. Vincent’s Villa

My Sister’s Place Lodge

Head Start of Baltimore City

Project Fresh Start

Gallagher Services

Catholic Charities

Holden Hall

De Paul House

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Team Sponsor – $12,500

  • Recognition in the Dragon Boat 2018 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.

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.

Current Stats

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Division A
1st Place: M&T Bank

Division B
1st Place: Dap Products Inc.

Division C
1st Place: Catholic Charities

Division D
1st Place: PayPal

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Information for Participants

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!

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.

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.

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 8, 2018 – RACE DAY! Invite all of your employees and their family and friends to the Inner Harbor for a day of fun, festivities, and excitement.

Past Dragon Boat Races

Watch the video of the all the highlights here.

Watch the video of the all the highlights here.

2014 Dragon Boat Races Final Results

Division A

1st: T. Rowe Price

2nd: Brown Advisory

3rd: M&T Bank

Division B

1st: Hamel Builders

2nd: Transamerica

3rd: Pay Pal

Division C

1st: DAP

2nd: PNC Bank

3rd: Wells Fargo

Drummer’s Hat Contest (ajudicated)

1. Transamerica

2. Notre Dame of Maryland University and US Air Force

3. T. Rowe Price

Race day photos and videos coming soon. Watch this page.

Dragon Village Tent Decorating

1. Whiting Turner

2. Catholic Charities

3. Wells Fargo

Chant/Fight Song Competition

1. Bank of America

2. Monsignor Slade School

3. T. Rowe Price

Watch video

Race Results for the 2012 Dragon Boat Races

Competitive Brackets

Division A

 Team

 Time (sec.)

 Split (sec.)

 1st place  T. Rowe Price  1:34.70 Best time of the day!  
 2nd place  M&T Bank  1:35.13  0.43
 3rd place  Brown Advisory  1:40.80  6.10
       

 Division B

     
 1st place  Transamerica  1:44.71  Best rookie time of the day!
 2nd place  Reznick Group  1:52.22  7.51
 3rd place  DAP  1:47.04  
       

 Division C

     
 1st place  Office of the Mayor  1:49.60  
 2nd place  DST Brokerage Solutions  1:49.78  0.18
 3rd place  Legg Mason  1:56.80  7.20
       

Not all the competition was on the water. View the Team Spirit Awards here.

Bank Challenge Winner

M&T Bank (1:35.79 sec.)

Catholic Challenge Winner

Archdicese of Baltimore (1:53.71 sec.)

Construction Challenge Winner

Hamel Builders (1:41.96 sec.)

Corporate Challenge Winner

Constellation (1:43.91 sec.)

Corporate Rookie Challenge Winner

Priority Worldwide (1:56.95 sec.)

Financial Services Challenge Winner

T. Rowe Price (1:35.67 sec.)

Financial Services Rookie Challenge Winner

Reznick Group (1:45.88 sec.)

Government Challenge Winner

US Airforce (1:55.92 sec.)

Media/Communications Challenge Winner

Millennial Media (1:45.35 sec.)

Non-Profit Challenge Winner

United Way (1:53.75)

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