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2019 Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival

a community paddling for decent housing

A fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County Inc.

Event Information

Be a part of this exhilarating day of

P*E*P*

Paddling to End Poverty

(with safe & affordable housing)

Hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County, all proceeds from the

Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival

go towards the non-profit's mission of building strength, stability and self-reliance through safe and affordable homeownership in our community.  Habitat Dutchess partners with hard-working families to build and repair homes so they can thrive. When homeowners thrive, communities thrive. When communities thrive, we all thrive. Participation in the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival directly supports that mission. 

On Saturday, July 20, 2019,  forty-two foot long dragon boats will be racing down the majestic Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York, in head-to-head competition. Spectators, along with food and merchandise vendors, will line the shore during this day-long extravaganza.

     Join the P*E*P* event by being a PADDLER, or a SPONSOR!     


PADDLERS

Race competition could be intense amongst serious paddlers,...or it could just be for fun amongst a group of friends and co-workers.  All levels of paddlers are welcome and accommodated. 

Register here, on this site, as a TEAM or as an individual paddler. The registration fees are:

  • Sponsored Team of Paddlers:  $1600*
  • Club Team of Paddlers:  $1300**
  • Community Team of Paddlers:  $1300***
  • Individual Paddler:  $70****

These LATE Registration Fees apply from June 15 – July 1, 2019:

      • Sponsored Team of Paddlers:  $1700*
      • Club Team of Paddlers:  $1400**
      • Community Team of Paddlers:  $1400***
      • Individual Paddler:  $80****

See below for more detail.

THIS EVENT IS ONLY FOR MIXED TEAMS:  There MUST be 8 women and 8 men paddlers (drummer can be either) for each race.

REGISTER TO PADDLE


SPONSORSHIP

While this is a unique and exciting event, let’s all remember that the purpose of the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race is to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County. It is our sincerest hope that all paddlers will ask friends, families and co -workers to support the work of Habitat by sponsoring their participation. If each paddler could raise just $100, Habitat would have nearly half the funds needed to build a safe and affordable home. We need everyone’s help as we all work towards the vision of everyone in Dutchess County having a place to call home! 

If a friend or family member is Paddling to End Poverty, please make a DONATION here today to show your support.

SPONSOR a P*E*P* PADDLER or TEAM


If you are a local business or organization and would like to know more about corporate sponsorship of The Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival, please send us an EMAIL today!  We'll be very happy to share all the benefits and accomplishments of Corporate Sponsorship.


DEFINITIONS:

*Sponsored Teams are typically paid for by businesses or organizations. They will be acknowledged in a program guide, on the DDBR&F website (with link to their website) and on our social media pages. Sponsoring businesses will receive much public relations exposure!  While there are only 16 paddlers on the boat for each race, teams can register up to 20 people and alternate paddlers in for each race (each time will have 3-4 races during the day).

**Club Teams are groups that are experienced dragon boat racers that typically race several times a year. Competition amongst club teams is a bit more serious, so we have a division specifically for these teams. While there are only 16 paddlers on the boat for each race, teams can register up to 20 people and alternate paddlers in for each race (each time will have 3-4 races during the day).

***Community Team is a group of friends, family &/or co-workers that are participating for a good time and to support a worthwhile local cause. While there are only 16 paddlers on the boat for each race, teams can register up to 20 people and alternate paddlers in for each race (each time will have 3-4 races during the day).

****Individual Paddler is a person that would like to join a team!

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About the Organization

Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County Inc.

At Habitat for Humanity Dutchess, we build. We build because we believe that everyone, everywhere should have a healthy affordable place to call home. We build because we know that children are 25% more likely to graduate from High School and 18% more likely to attend College if they live a home owned by their parents. We know that children are healthier in family-owned homes. We know that a decent home gives families the strength, stability and independence that they need to create a better life for themselves and their children. We build with families not for families.