“BT”Hetis –Burlington Telecom Captain: Tyler Pakulski Burlington Telecom is a telecom provider that does things differently. We believe in treating our customers with the respect they deserve, while providing the best possible experience. We are made of employees, friends and relatives to paddle for the first time in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. We look forward to supporting the Cancer Patient Foundation at this 15th Anniversary of the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival.
Banchors Aweigh– Northfield Savings Bank Captain: Kristin O’Connor Many banks have a long history. Northfield Savings Bank has something even more powerful. From the day of our founding in 1867 and continuing to today, a constant and resilient thread of meeting and supporting Vermonters in the moment has defined us. This powerful legacy fuels our actions, shapes our character, and separates us from other banks and credit unions.
We are proud to be the largest bank headquartered in Vermont with 14 branches serving over 20,000 consumer and commercial customers. We are also one of Vermont’s few remaining mutual savings banks, owned by our depositors, not shareholders, and offering investment services through Northfield Investment Services.
We are proud to participate in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival supporting Dragonheart Vermont and the Cancer Patient Support Foundation.
Baystate Support Oars – Futuradesign – Baystate Financial Foundation Captain: Brittany Gaydos We are an amazing team of cancer survivors, professionals, family, and friends who’ve paddled many years together. We are so proud to paddle with Baystate Financial, a generous organization that understands when fighting cancer, it’s all about support!
Beta Motor-Boaters – Beta Technologies Captain: Jeff Solomon Beta Technologies is a 4-year-old Burlington startup that is building an electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle right here in Vermont. Our Alia-250c aircraft began as a simple sketch inspired by the Arctic tern and based on basic principles of engineering to fly in the most efficient manner possible. The Beta team is composed of passionate doers from a wide variety of industries and locations. This is Beta’s first LCDBF, but it won’t be their last. Beta’s team members want to contribute to the community in a meaningful way and show their support for cancer survivors.
BTBC Titans Ba Ka – Boston Taiwanese Boat Club Captain: Hoyu Wu The BTBC Titans team is made of enthusiastic, fun-filled, and competitive Taiwanese students and working professionals in the greater Boston area founded in July 2018. We aim for competing at a high level of the game while having fun and making friends. As united as a team, we believe that there is no MVP in a dragon boat. We paddle together and learn from each other. Everyone counts; Everyone matters. As buoyant as our boat, we brave the rough currents, wind, and rain. We believe that our heart and tenacity could bring out the best in us.
Ba Ka means beginners in Taiwanese, represents our spirit of fighting and facing new challenges together.
BTBC Titans Ba Bo Tea – Boston Taiwanese Boat Club Captain: Kelly Chao The BTBC Titans team is made of enthusiastic, fun-filled, and competitive Taiwanese students and working professionals in the greater Boston area founded in July 2018. We aim for competing at a high level of the game while having fun and making friends. As united as a team, we believe that there is no MVP in a dragon boat. We paddle together and learn from each other. Everyone counts; Everyone matters. As buoyant as our boat, we brave the rough currents, wind, and rain. We believe that our heart and tenacity could bring out the best in us.
Ba Bo Tea, as known as Bubble Tea, is a beloved drink that originated in Taiwan. Our paddlers are foodie from Taiwan who would like to share this delicious drink with the world.
BTBC Titans Ba Wan Numba One – Boston Taiwanese Boat Club Captain: Hsiou-Yuan (Herbert) Liu The BTBC Titans team is made of enthusiastic, fun-filled, and competitive Taiwanese students and working professionals in the greater Boston area founded in July 2018. We aim for competing at a high level of the game while having fun and making friends. As united as a team, we believe that there is no MVP in a dragon boat. We paddle together and learn from each other. Everyone counts; Everyone matters. As buoyant as our boat, we brave the rough currents, wind, and rain. We believe that our heart and tenacity could bring out the best in us.
The name of the team means that the meat ball (ba wan) is the best (number* one) food in Taiwan. This team is formed by almost all beginners who just started paddling this year. We want to aim high but also enjoy practice and the dinner gathering afterwards.
Cancer Avengers – UVM Cancer Center Captain: Kim Dittus The Cancer Avengers are UVM Oncology Medical Center staff, faculty and friends who are all focused on erasing cancer and allowing everyone to life a healthy, happy life. We race in support of the Cancer Patient Support Foundation.
Cancer Patient Support Foundation Captain: Jennifer Sullivan The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) is an independent, nonproﬁt organization. We serve Vermont cancer patients and their families in a time of extraordinary need by providing financial assistance and support during diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The Foundation’s vision is that all who face cancer can do so with dignity, confidence and serenity.
Cape Cod BarBEERians Captain: Stacy Grass Our seas are white with foam, our mugs are overflowing with ale and joy! We’ve all been great friends for 30+ years, vacationing together, biking, hiking, running, kayaking, SUPing, drinking beer and so much more! We are fearless warriors in the battle against cancer. So many of us have been touched by this disease, some deeply affected. We are all excited to participate and raise funds to battle this enemy. The BarBEERians will paddle their way to help cross this finish line! We are excited to join the fun and fundraising for the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Come see us splashing our way to the finish line on August 7th!
Collins Boats of Glory – Collins Aerospace Captain: Daisy Sosa Aerospace gurus from United Technologies. If we can make aircrafts fly, you can only imagine what we can do in the water!
CVHHH Homecare Heroes – Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice Captain: Jon Irwin We are Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, and we are the Homecare Heroes! This is CVHHH’s first time entering the Dragon Boat Race, and we are honored to participate to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer survivors in Vermont. CVHHH is a mission-driven not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) that provides medical care, education, and supportive services to Central Vermonters of all ages. CVHHH has proudly served its community for over 100 years, delivering hospital-level care to our loved ones, friends, and neighbors where they want it, at home. The Homecare Heroes team includes a mix of CVHHH clinicians and administrative staff.
DHVT Sunshine Sisters (BCS) Captain: Bernadette Whitcomb The DHVT Sunshine Sisters are all breast cancer surviviors and new paddlers to Dragonheart Vermont. They are excited to paddle In their first race and to help support such a worthy case as the Cancer Patient Support Foundation. We hope you can catch sunshine and smiles on Festival Day!
DHVT Veterans Captain: Karin Kasupski Our team is made up of paddlers that have served our great country and we are proud to have done it. We now are paddling to support Cancer Patient Support Foundation and Dragonheart Vermont.
DHVT Youth Captain: Colton Poulin We are Dragonheart youngest paddlers and we are proud to be paddling for Cancer Patient Support Foundation and Dragonheart Vermont.
Family Reunion Captain: Sara White A team of family and friends in the same place, at the same time, for a great cause!
Groovy UV – University of Vermont Captain: Cara Feldman-Hunt UVM staff and faculty paddling to support Dragonheart Vermont and the Cancer Patient Support Foundation. We are ready to compete with the other teams. Watch Out for Groovy UV!!
Hakuna Ma Ta Tas – Community Bank, N.A. Captain: Cassy McDonough Our employees come from Vermont and New York and bring 100% enthusiasm as they paddle together at this year’s Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. HaKuna MaTaTa means ‘worry free for the rest of your days’ and that’s our cancer free philosophy! Community Bank, N.A. is happy to help support cancer survivors in our community.
Hakuna Ma Ta Tas 2 – Community Bank, N.A. Captain: Erinn Perry We have a second boat this year. Our employees come from Vermont and New York and bring 100% enthusiasm as they paddle together at this year’s Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. HaKuna MaTaTa means ‘worry free for the rest of your days’ and that’s our cancer free philosophy! Community Bank, N.A. is happy to help support cancer survivors in our community.
Hope in the Boat Captain: Ellen Schell Hope In The Boat came into being from the dream and determination of our founder, breast cancer survivor Lucille Allegretti Freeman. After learning about dragon boating and its connection to breast cancer, Lucille worked avidly to promote the idea of a dragon boat team in the Capital Region (New York). Team members raised money through a variety of sources (including contributions from our families, friends, and community members) and we purchased our first dragon boat in the Spring of 2009. Through 2013 we practiced on the Hudson River, with dockage provided by Van Schaick Marina in Cohoes. In 2014, with the closing of the Van Schaick Marina, we found a new home – Blain’s Bay Marina in Colonie. We continue to paddle several times a week from May through September on the Mohawk River and are a visible sign of hope for all those on the breast cancer journey. By paddling together, our mission is to promote wellness, and provide hope and partnership to those on the breast cancer journey. Our goals are to offer camaraderie, comfort, and information to each other; to offer a unique way to get together with other survivors – an unconventional support group; to challenge ourselves physically in an exciting team sport where we are all doing the same thing at the same time; because dragon boating allows us to see ourselves as athletes, not patients; because, although we work hard paddling, we find being on the water soothing and peaceful. We welcome everyone on this journey to join us on the water!
Leader of the ‘PAC’ – University of Vermont Medical Center Captain: Jess Rodrigues Leader of the PAC is part of The University of Vermont Health Network. Our department, Patient Access + Service Center is located in South Burlington and our mission is offering patient access focused activities to clinics and practices across the health network. We are a team who highly value customer service and creating quality patient experience for our community. Our team members are highly compassionate, experienced and dedicated individuals who all care immensely about serving patients well during their healing journeys.
Love What We Do – Bayada Hospice Captain: Heather McAllister Support Burlington Bayada Hospice as we race for a great cause! We love what we do! Bayada Hospice is an organization that supports patients and families at end of life with a holistic model of care that explores mind, body, and soul. We are a team of nurses, social workers, spiritual caregivers, support staff, and volunteers who all believe in our mission to support our patients throughout their journey with quality of life for however long they have left.
Make Waves for Wellness – UVMMC Captain: Greg Lamoy Our crew is comprised of UVMMC employees and family members from a wide range of professional and clinical care areas across the hospital and from our satellite sites across the state. Together our team members are energized and interested in participating in the Dragonheart event this year to support our patients and families living with a cancer diagnosis. Many on the team have been touched themselves by a cancer diagnosis and have used integrative therapies to heal and live healthy lives. Everyone on the team is excited to participate and support the Cancer Patient Support Foundation.
Making Waves – Champlain College Captain: Miriam Horne We are a dynamic team of educationally focused, spirited paddlers. Champlain College has participated in this event regularly. It is an honor to be a part of this fun and very meaningful fundraiser to join in the effort to support those who previously or currently live life fully with cancer.
Making Waves Too – Champlain College Captain: Jennifer Perlee We are a dynamic team of educationally focused, spirited paddlers. Champlain College has participated in this event regularly. It is an honor to be a part of this fun and very meaningful fundraiser to join in the effort to support those who previously or currently live life fully with cancer.
North Star’s Legends of Leasing – North Star Leasing Captain: Susie McNamara North Star Leasing Company finances a wide variety of equipment from vendors of your choice including trucks, trailers, kitchen and restaurant equipment, computers, point of sale systems, medical and scientific equipment, plumbing and heating equipment along with construction and landscaping equipment. When its for your business, chances are we can lease it. We are thrilled to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont and Cancer Patient Support Foundation at this Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and look forward to getting on the water for a worthy cause. Come down and see us race.
Plattsburgh Pacemakers – CVPH Cardiology Captain: Anna Hilton CVPH Cardiology is excited to come together for the first time as the Plattsburgh Pacemakers dragon boat team to support our friends and family near and far who have fought the breast cancer fight. On a daily basis we put heart into all we do, caring for patients with all types of cardiac conditions across the north country. Although we’re used to using a different type of paddle to set the pace, for a great cause we’re putting paddle to water and getting the pace going for the dragon boat festival 2021!
Rhythm and Blues – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Captain: Tamara Haywood Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Rhythm and Blues team will rock (but hopefully not roll!) through the waves to victory, paddling toward a healthier Vermont! Our goal is to make the competition sing the “blues” and help find a cure for breast cancer. Come race day, we’ll be paddlin’ with rhythm.
SMC Dragon Slayers – Saint Michael’s College Captain: Allison Close We are staff, faculty, students, alumni, and friends of Saint Michael’s College. We are here to slay the dragon and rescue our dear princess, paddling hard and fast, but most importantly, together! We are the Knights, and we have the right, to paddle!
Snap Destroyoars – SNAP Fitness, Berlin Captain: Jackson McCoy The Dragon Boat Team Snap Destroyoars is made up of members from the community who attend our local gym, Snap Fitness Berlin. We are all dedicated, self-motivated, driven people who are so excited to be a part of this great cause! Many of us have never paddled before, but we are up for the challenge! See you all on the water!
Soaring Ruckers Captain: Jamie Hayes Back again for 2021, this compilation of friends, family, hockey and rugby connections, and the Soaring on team from 2017 will try again to take home a trophy! Soaring On was created by the team captain after surviving ovarian cancer. From diagnosis to survivor Gabrielle appreciated the support of community and the resources needed for cancer survivors. Our team is completely funded by the fundraising done by each of the individual paddlers on our team. We look forward to seeing you on the water!
Soaring Shamrocks Captain: Neal Hayes Soaring Shamrocks are a group of friends and family members who love to play ice hockey. We are take it on the water for a great cause. We support Cancer Patient Support Foundation.
Stream Team – UVM Medical Center Urology Department Captain: Scott Perrapato This team is made up of the urology division at UVM fully supports integrative care. We continue to do so, especially after one of our main urology nurses, Kathy, developed breast cancer and is currently undergoing therapy while continuing to work and continuing to be part of our stream team! The support of integrative therapy has taken on a new meaning for us. We look forward to coming together to race for this cause. Thank you Dragonheart Vermont and the Cancer Patient Support Foundation.
Team Tortuga Captain: Wendy Cogswell >Betty J Borry Breast Cancer Retreats provides empowerment, sisterhood and adventure to women of all ages and stages of breast cancer. At Betty J Borry Breast Cancer Retreats, women living after breast cancer move from surviving to thriving. We use a challenge by choice activities and expressive/healing arts to create a supportive, inclusive, invigorating environment. Participants gain confidence, make new friends, find healing in the outdoors, and discover their own strengths in the recovery process. The Sisters are really looking forward to paddling!
The Fanny Pack – UVMMC Acute Inpatient Rehab Captain: Kristin Laskowski We are compiled of physicians, nurses, physical therapists and other staff from the Inpatient Rehab, outpatient therapy and inpatient acute therapy departments! We all enjoy working with our patients in the community get back home as safely as they can after life changing injuries or medical events. We all strive to give our best at work and plan to do the same in our Dragonboat! We want to defend our Division C Gold Medal, but most of all have fun!!!
We are excited to join in on the fun again for our 6th year and fundraise for the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Come see us splashing our way to the finish line on August 7th!!
Traveling Dragons – VBT/Country Walkers Captain: Joe Flynn All you have to do is show up at the airport—we’ll handle the rest from there! From our tour consultants who help you find the perfect vacation to our expert local leaders who show you the best place for gelato, we take care of all the little details that make your trip memorable. We book your flights, arrange all your transfers and accommodations, and transport your bags between hotels. Our support vans are available to give you a lift up a hill or quickly fix a flat tire. We are excited to participate in this 15th Anniversary of the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and support the Cancer Patient Support Foundation.
UB Stay Local, Go Fast – Union Bank Captain: Stacie Griffiths Live Life Well, the newly adopted slogan of the Union Mutual Wellness Team, is more than words on paper – it’s a philosophy brought to life with numerous community and internal events our employees participate in throughout the year. In 2017, highlights included the Dragon Boat Festival, Strike Three Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament, the American Cancer Society’s Pulling for Hope, and the fourth straight year as the lead sponsor of the Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games – which has grown to include over two dozen employees and family members taking part in the Penguin Plunge in early February. For 2018, we’re excited to continue our community and civic engagement, and we’re proud to work alongside the individuals that share our passion and dedication. See you on the water!
UVMMC Dragon Techs – UVMMC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Captain: Cathy Buck The UVMMC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is happy to be back paddling and racing for a great cause.
Vermont Mutual – Captain: Devyn LaFrance Vermont Mutual Insurance Group is one of the ten oldest mutual property/casualty insurers in the U.S. We are owned by its policyholders, unlike public insurance companies. We provide financial security for our policyholders and agents by offering quality products and outstanding service. Our workforce is highly motivated, loyal and dedicated. We are happy to support the Cancer Patient Support Foundation at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival.
Vermont Paddle Fitness – Captain: Brett Haug Vermont Paddles Fitness is a fitness center focusing on improving the health and wellness of participants from all paddle sports. We look forward to getting out on the water and vying for the Champ Cup this year in support of Cancer Patient Support Foundation.
Veterans Dragon Boat USA Captain: Alan Symington Veterans Dragon Boat USA is the nation’s first sustained all-military veteran dragon boat team. This team started coming together in 2019, whose members represent a diverse population representative of western Massachusetts, and range in age from late 20s to mid-70s. Our mission is to harness the power of dragon boating to promote a cohesive team of veterans, built on the foundation of strength, camaraderie and support, as a unit of force on the water. Our team strives to bring awareness to the needs of veterans whether they be emotional, physical, psychological, or spiritual.