Calling all paddlers: The fourth annual Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Up to 52 teams will race. Online team registration will be open March 1–31.
To grow the event, Mayo Clinic Health System is partnering with Hope in the Valley, a local, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and support events to raise awareness and funds for cancer support, education and resources in the community. Proceeds from the 2018 Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival will benefit cancer-related services and charities in the region, including the Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. In previous years, the festival promoted and supported hospice services for people in the final stages of life and raised nearly $500,000. Event organizers say hospice components and activities still will be a part of the event.
“This partnership and shift in focus will help the Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival grow and benefit more people across northwest Wisconsin,” says Sara Carstens, director of Community Engagement and Wellness at Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “We are deeply grateful for the continued support of the race by the community. We continually strive to make this event bigger and better each year, and look forward to expanding the number of people we can help as a result of the proceeds that are raised.”
Yí lú píng ān
(Have a safe journey)