It is with great delight that Spirit Judges, Nikki Hayes(Mary Katherine Gallagher), Betty ‘Lu’ Lewis, and Alessandra ‘Lafi’ LaFiandra announce the recipients of the 2020 Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival Spirit Awards. We three Judges have had the time of our lives looking at the Team Collages and at ALL of the 10 Yard Challenge Videos(more than 80 of them!).
We send kudos and a heartfelt thank you to every Festival participant for helping Dragonheart Vermont with this year’s virtual event. Although life around us has changed, you all accepted the challenge to work together, to have fun, and to raise money for Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center. Be proud of yourselves, because we sure are!!
As the Judges, it was VERY difficult choosing the following 9 Award recipients. Your creativity, your athletic talent, your ‘Get It Done’ attitude, your sense of paddling fashion, and your willingness to try anything brought smiles to our faces and tears to our eyes.
We must, however, acknowledge one team for their over the top participation in this virtual event. This team tackled all the challenges, showed great participation and enthusiasm, and also fundraised over $3000 for Dragonheart and the Festival’s Pledge Partner, Integrative Therapies. As the Spirit Judges, Betty Lu, Lafi, and I, are happy to announce that the Miller Family Doggie Paddlers have earned the 2020 Virtual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival Outstanding Team Spirit Award!
And here are our individual (and team) award winners: