Dragon Boat Festival Raises Over $12,000 for Step Up for Soldiers

Dragon Boat Festival Raises Over $12,000 for Step Up for Soldiers Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 24 September 2014 04:00

This past weekend the Carolina Beach Marina was the place to be with huge crowds joining in on the fun for the 2nd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival. The two-day event promotes sports, health, wellness, and arts to celebrate our island community with this year’s event proceeds benefitting “Step Up for Soldiers.” This year 17 Teams competed for awards ranging from fastest team to most spirited and best costume! 2nd Annual Division Winners are as follows:  Division A Winners “Organized Chaos” all the way from Charlotte and posted a new course record time 1:18.02! Division B Winners - Gibby's Dock and Dine ”Grinders.” Division C Winners - Coldwell Banker- SeaCoast Realty “SeaCoasters.”  Division D Winners - Cut N Up Hair Salon “Oars and Strokers.” All Women's Division Winners “One World Dragons” Charlotte Club Team. Most Spirited Award - AIC Recycling “Eye of the Tiger.” Best Costumes - Coldwell Banker SeaCoast Realty “SeaCoasters.”  Lastly the No Person Overboard Award was given to “The Island Women.”  
New to this year’s event was the Fun Match Races that pitted WECT led by Ashlea Kosikowski  against WWAY led by Randy Aldridge and Carolina Beach’s Mayor Dan Wilcox against Wilmington’s Mayor Bill Saffo! Both were very close matches but WWAY-TV3 pulled out a victory in a closely matched race against WECT-TV6 and Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox and his team edged out Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and his team in a closely contested race. The 2nd Annual Carolina Beach Dragon Boat and Festival Committee wants to send a huge THANK YOU to all of this year’s event participants, sponsors, vendors and especially all our volunteers for helping make this event such a huge success and raising over $12,000 for Step Up For Soldiers. Step Up For Soldiers: An All Volunteer Group Providing Renovations, Recreation,  and Recognition for Recently Disabled Veterans. Mission Statement: To provide disabled veterans who experienced loss of limb and mobility problems with the resources necessary to adjust in a post-war environment. As a result of the events and fundraisers, sponsored by Step Up For Soldiers, we strive to not only enhance their lives and those of their families but also help to restore their confidence and positive self image.  For more information visit: www.stepupforsoldiers.org



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