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Dragon Boat Festival to benefit Partners In Education


TOLEDO: The 7th Annual Partners In Education Great Maumee River Dragon Boat Festival takes place on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at International Park, downtown Toledo.


Forty-five teams are scheduled to participate in the festival. The 40-foot, Hong Kong style Dragon Boats, complete with dragon head and tail, will be cruising up and down the Maumee River from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. A team is comprised of twenty crew members, with a steersman and a drummer.  Each team paddles a 500-meter course, racing against three other boats.


Each team participates in three races, with first round times determining the second round and championship races. Trophies will be awarded in various industries, ranging from media to finance.


Partners In Education is a non-profit organization that encourages area businesses, government, organizations and other groups in the Toledo-area urban schools. Partnerships address the needs of the schools they serve, with the goal of promoting student success. There are over 140 school-community partnerships in area schools. Proceeds from the event will provide program support to these partnerships and area schools.


A complete schedule of the festival activities appears at www.laprensa1.com or visit:  www.partnerstoledo.org/dragonboat.html  


Event  Schedule          Saturday, July 26th  2008


8:00  Industry races begin- Qualifying races*

9:00  “A Day in China” Village- presented by CAGT (Chinese Assoc. of Greater Toledo)

        Informational booths and food vendors open

        Entertainment in the gazebo begins

10:00-3:00         Children’s Area open: Inflatables, crafts and activities;
                         Mascots roam the grounds

10:45                Semi Finals Races Begin

12:00pm           Welcome ceremony/awards in gazebo

2:00                  Team Spirit Award

2:00                  Finals Races Begin ***

4:30                  Final awards presentation in the gazebo


            Times are approximate – listen for announcements 


Entertainment  Schedule                                                                        

7:55 am               National anthems

9:00 am               Eddie Boggs               

10:00 am             Jeff Stewart                 

11:00 am             Edmond Oliveras’ Beloved Tai Chi

11:30 am             Positive Force Christian School of Dance

12:00 pm              Welcome ceremony

                           Eileen Kerner, Executive Director, Partners In Education

                            Mark Rasmus, Board Chairman, Partners In Education

                            James Gault, Asst. Supt. for Secondary Educ. -Toledo Public Schools

                            Jack Altenberger, Superintendent -Toledo Diocesan Catholic Schools

                            Mark Sobczak, President of City Council, City of Toledo

                            Jim Thomas, Operations Practices Supt., BP Toledo Refinery

                            Jiquan Chen, Director, Chinese Association of Greater Toledo

                            Carleton S. Finkbeiner, Mayor, City of Toledo


12:15 pm      CAGT performances

                   (Tai Chi, Tai Chi Fan, Chinese folk dance, Pipa, Chinese flute, Nia-dance)

1:00 pm       Groovemaster

2:00 pm       Team Spirit Awards Ceremony

2:15 pm       Groovemaster

3:30 pm       Empire Drift

4:30 pm       Final Award Ceremony





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