Baystate Support Oars
Captain: Phyllis Bartling & Brittany Gaydos
We are an amazing team of cancer survivors, professionals, family, and friends paddling for our eleventh year together. We are so proud to paddle with Baystate Financial, a generous organization that understands when fighting cancer, it’s all about support!
Captain: Kim Dittus
We are a team of UVM Medical Center employees, family and friends all paddling with a purpose and in support of McLure Miller Respite House and Dragonheart Vermont. We look to support cancer patients with a passion. We are grateful to support such a worthy cause.
Captain: Cailin McMurdo-Minnich
Citizenship will sail through the waves and the wind with the strength exemplified by the survivors. As each paddle hits the water with the force of our community, we are reminded of the everyday.
Collins Boats of Glory
Captain: Amanda Mason
We are a team of Aerospace gurus. If we can make aircraft fly, you can only imagine what we can do in the water! Come watch us fly at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival.
Community Bank, N.A. Hakuna Ma Ta Ta
Captain: Jonathan Roddy
Our employees come from our 32 branches across Vermont 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.
Dragon Fuel (Rowley Fuels)
Captains: Scott Allard
Employees from Rowley Fuels of Milton Vermont, and friends and family of Dragonheart Vermont’s own Senior B Women’s Team, Green Mountain Girls, have joined together as a first-time team–Dragon Fuel. This fiery group of paddlers is excited to join forces and set Lake Champlain ablaze as we paddle to support DHVT and the University of Vermont Health Network’s McClure Miller Respite House.
Dragonheart Vermont Sisters
Captain: Cathy Buck
Our Sisters team is made up of Breast Cancer Survivors who have found that paddling a dragon boat has helped them recover, get back into tip-top condition and find support with a great group of women and men in the Dragonheart Vermont organization. We are a strong team, competing around the country and the world. We have a fun time, but we are tough to beat in a boat!!
Dragonheart Vermont Soul Sisters
Captain: Donna Butkus
Soul Sisters are breast cancer survivors who, like our Sisters, focus on enjoying life and improving our health and well-being through the sport of Dragon boating. Membership in Dragonheart Vermont translates to a commitment to our cancer survivorship mission and a dedication to community service. We are women who paddle for fitness, fun, and camaraderie. Whether we have been paddling for 15 years or 15 days, we paddle with the mission of doing our personal best. We are clearly a team with HEART.
East Coast Connections
Captain: Debbie Brooks
This team is made up of breast cancer survivors from Florida, Kentucky, New York, Vermont and New Brunswick, Canada. who have come to join us on this very special day to honor breast cancer survivors all over the world. We feel very special joining this festival. Thank you for your support and the support of Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.
Captain: Donna Wilson
Founded in 2009 by Donna Wilson, James Lozada, and Jennifer Merendino, Empire Dragons NYC is New York City’s first and only breast cancer survivor team comprised of members from throughout the tri-state area. In addition, we are one of over 150 breast cancer survivor teams worldwide that serve to promote the sport of dragon boating as part of a healthy lifestyle and provide a unique support for those fighting cancer.
Empire is dedicated to empowering women to survive and thrive beyond cancer. We work to improve the environment in which we all live, as well as promoting exercise and nutrition as a means toward a healthy and fulfilling life. We are proud supporters of Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.
Freedom and Unity
Captain: Diane Vachon
“Freedom and Unity” is a group of Town and City Clerks, our families, and friends from all over Vermont. Clerks take an oath to support the Constitution of the State of Vermont and of the United States. We are the record keepers at the heart of our communities, serving everyone equally, justly and respectfully. We come together under the leadership of Co-Captain Jessica Alexander, whose vision of “Freedom and Unity” came to her in a dream. Some of us on Freedom and Unity are cancer survivors, and all of us are supporters. In the spirit of teamwork and community giving, we are honored to Ride the Dragon in support of breast cancer survivors, this year’s partner the McClure Miller Respite House, and so much more!
Game of Foam – Twincraft
Co-Captains: Melody Shaw & Lisa Ashley
Twincraft Skincare is located in Winooski, Vermont. We are a custom contract manufacturer that makes high end bar soap and skincare products for brands across North America. We are proud to support Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Come see us race!! https://www.twincraft.com
Go Pink! DC
Captain: Elizabeth Rumpf
We are GoPink!DC, Washington’s only dragon boat team for women touched by breast cancer. Through participation, women experience the healing power of community and the physical benefits of an activity that can relieve the side effects of treatment.
We race in festivals against other breast cancer teams, in a spirit of competition and camaraderie. The vibrant gatherings are transformational and teach survivors and supporters that breast cancer is an experience, not an identity. Tournaments support healing, growth and offer poignant opportunities for remembrance of sisters who have died. We are proud members of a worldwide community of breast cancer survivors who have discovered the physical, emotional and mental restorative benefits of the addictive sport of dragon boat paddling. We are also very proud to support Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.
Graceful Passage Community Team- (Respite House)
Co-Captains: Madeline Sullivan-Drake and Kelly Fridinger
The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) opened the doors to the new McClure Miller Respite House in September, 2016. The ribbon cutting celebrated completion of the 21-room Respite House, which replaced the 13-room Vermont Respite House located in Williston. We are very honored to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont and its pledge partner UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice.
Groovy UV (UVM)
Captain: Pam Blum
UVM staff and faculty paddling to support Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House. We are ready to compete with the other teams. Watch Out for Groovy UV!!
Captain: Sharon Downs
Hazelett Corporation designs, manufactures, installs, and services continuous casting equipment for customers in the metals industry in more than 27 countries. We are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont, and we have been a dedicated supporter of our local communities for more than 60 years. Our team is made up of employees, family, and friends who have come together for a day of fun to proudly support a great cause. Go Whitecaps!
Home Health Heroes
Captains: Jean Harry
We are employees, friends and family of the UVM Home Health & Hospice Network that supports those needing help with services or programs for themselves or loved ones in their most vulnerable time. It is with the ultimate care and compassion that we service those in need. We are honored to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.
Hope Afloat USA
Captain: Suzanne Scullion
We are the Survivors of Breast Cancer helping each other to reclaim healthy, joyful lives through the ancient sport of Dragon Boat racing. We are a team that accepts any and every breast cancer survivor regardless of her age, physical strength or athletic ability.
Hulks Brew (14th Star Brewery)
Captain: Rebecca McGregor
We are employees, friends and family of the 14 Star Brewing Company and proud to support Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.
In This Together
Captain: Sara White
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. –African Proverb
Board members and friends of HOPE Works, Steps to End Domestic Violence and the Burlington and South Burlington Firefighters Associations join Dragonheart Vermont’s efforts to strengthen and empower breast cancer survivors and supporters in the shared spirit of teamwork and community giving.
The Burlington and South Burlington Firefighters Associations represent the men and women of the Burlington and South Burlington Fire Departments who provide both fire and emergency medical services to our communities. Our members are passionate and committed to public service and work hard to ensure our respective communities are safe and healthy.
HOPE Works is dedicated to ending all forms of sexual violence. We are committed to serving the Chittenden County community through the continued provision of our services and to being a leading voice in the State of Vermont for meaningful change in law and society. We provide crisis counseling and advocacy for those whose lives have been affected by sexual violence. Our education outreach work strives to change attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate and condone the cycle of violence. We constantly seek to expand our efforts to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse community and welcome all to our agency.
Steps to End Domestic Violence addresses the needs of those affected by domestic violence in Chittenden County, Vermont. Our mission is to assist in the transition to a safe, independent life for all those who have been affected physically, sexually, emotionally, or economically by domestic abuse and to promote a culture that fosters justice, equity and safety.
Justice League Against Cancer
Captain: Kim Dittus
Justice League Against Cancer or Justice League for short are the University of Vermont Internal Medicine residents and friends. These residents know a thing or two about taking care of individuals with cancer who need to be in the hospital. Between Cancer Avengers and Justice League, we pretty much have the whole hero world covered!
Livin’ on The Edge
Captain: Lynn Griswold
We’re a group of fitness enthusiasts who are paddling at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival and supporting Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.
Living Our Best Lives
Captain: Cristy Monty
We are a group of health conscious friends who love to live life to the fullest and are paddling with these friends in support of Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.
Make Waves for Wellness
Captain: Greg Lamoy
Our crew is comprised of 21 UVM MC 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 McClure Miller Respite House.
National Life Group Life Savers
Captain: Rebecca Pecor
At National Life Group we are committed to our “Do Good, Be Good, Make Good” way of life. It really is a way of life that we live at the office, as well as in our personal lives. One of the many ways that we spread the GOOD is by giving back to our communities. What better way to Do Good than to give back through this wonderful yearly event hosted by Dragonheart Vermont. We are proud to sponsor and participate in this event and hope you can help us DO GOOD!
Norwich University (Norwich University)
Captain: Crystal Drown
We are a team of university faculty, staff, and friends excited to be a part of this important fundraiser and to show our support for cancer survivors, their impacted families, and communities. We are paddling in the spirit of one of Norwich’s Guiding Values to nation and others before self.
Captain: Lea Stretch
Orangetheory Fitness is a community of individuals who strive to improve themselves and help others achieve their goals. New to the Burlington area, we are so excited to be participating in the Dragonheart Vermont dragon boat festival. We will be participating with our employees, members, friends, and family to help raise awareness in the community. We always strive for more life here at Orangetheory and we can’t wait to help empower others through this event!
Paradise City Dragons
Captain: Elizabeth Powell
Paradise City Dragon Boat is a team of cancer survivors and supporters paddling on the beautiful Connecticut River in Northampton, Massachusetts. Our focus is on dragon boat racing, building and sustaining fitness, contributing to our community, and stewardship of the Connecticut River. We are actively recruiting new team members, if you live in Western Massachusetts come check us out! www.paradisedragons.org
PC Paddlers (PC Construction)
Captain: Esmir Hadzic and Cameron Hunt
We are a team of 1,200 employees who share over half a century of industry-leading excellence with every craft and expertise in the field that allows us to offer general contracting, construction management, and design-build services to private and public companies for projects of all sizes from a single office fit-up to water supply programs valued at over $300 million. With our headquarters in Vermont and a network of locations in Florida, Georgia, Maine, New York and North Carolina we are a 100% employee owned company. We are very proud to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont again this year along with its pledge partner the McClure Miller Respite House We look forward to FUN on and off the water.
People’s United Paddlers (People’s United Bank)
Captain: Chris Venner
Let’s Make Our Presence Felt In Market Share And Fundraising!!
Our story reflects not only our banking history, but also our fundamental principles. At People’s United Bank, we believe that, by offering empathy and expertise to our customers, giving back as partners in our communities, and valuing the know-how of our employees, we all succeed together. We are excited to be back again supporting Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House. See you on the water!!
Rhythm and Blues (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont)
Captain: Megan Peek
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.
Captain: Michelle Baldino
The River Sisters is a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team based at the Cooper River in Pennsauken, NJ. We are committed to fostering strength, wellness and camaraderie for women who have survived breast cancer. We practice in preparation for festivals throughout the east coast and abroad and we competed last year in Florence Italy at the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival. We gather to provide a community of encouragement, hope and friendship to those who have been touched by breast cancer. We welcome Dragonheart members who join our team for the 2019 Sisters at Heart Celebration and the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival.
Saint Michael’s College 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!
Seas the Day (Instrumart)
Captain: Ron Johnson
Instrumart is a global supplier of industrial instrumentation rooted her in our home state of Vermont. We have a team of 25+ application engineers that serve as our primary sales force, troubleshooters, and technical support staff. Instrumart will work with you to find the best solution for your unique situation and, once you’ve made your purchase, will continue to provide support for the life of that product. There’s an engineer behind everything we sell. We are proud to support the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, Dragonheart Vermont, and the McClure Miller Respite House.
Seven Seas (Seventh Generation)
Captain: Matteo Gianella-Borradori
We’re on a mission to transform the world into a health, sustainable & equitable place for the next seven generations. For the past 30 years, we’ve been a company with strong beliefs about the rights of people and planet. We believe that a company’s values are as important as the products it makes. We have a lot of beliefs, but the biggest one is that we have a responsibility to this generation and the next seven. What do you believe? We invite you on our journey to nurture the health of the next seven generations. We are proud to support the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, Dragonheart Vermont, and the McClure Miller Respite House.
Smaug’s Hazelett Gliders
Captain: Robert Libby
We are the second team from Hazelett Corporation. Hazelett Corporation designs, manufactures, installs, and services continuous casting equipment for customers in the metals industry in more than 27 countries. We are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont, and we have been a dedicated supporter of our local communities for more than 60 years. Our team is made up of employees, family, and friends who have come together for a day of fun to proudly support a great cause. Go Gliders!
Snap Destroyoars (Snap Fitness – Berlin)
Captain: Lori Lockwood
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!
Snap Dragonz (Snap Fitness – Burlington)
Captain: Justine Zolotas
Snap Fitness is a community gym dedicated to improving the lives of its members and the community. Our team is a collection of people at various fitness levels looking to engage in something new, fun, and challenging. The Snap Dragonz is a group of fitness enthusiasts that range from goal setters, goal getters to trend setters. This is year three for us in the Dragon Boat Festival. Last year we made a splash with our wild tent site and offered chances to get swole in between heats. This year is a treat as we will race our fellow Snap Fitness gyms in the goal of raising the most money for cancer survivors. Instead of just training hard to win easy we are looking to fundraise like never before for a goal and cause that is close to so many of our hearts. We want to race to help end cancer and help all of our survivors. Look for red on race day and you’ll find us. Come by our Burlington location to get your fitness fix before, during, or after the race. We’ll see you at the finish line.
Captain: Neal Hayes
Back again for 2019, 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!
Springfield Dragon Ray’s
Captain: Lisa Murphy
We are a group of dragon boat paddlers that has been a vital part of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC) since 2013. The first established dragon boat team in Western Massachusetts, the Dragon Rays paddle two or more times a week on the Connecticut River and we spend the winter season working out together to build strength and endurance as a team. PVRC also is committed to raising awareness about breast cancer research. We are proud to participate in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival supporting Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House..
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 McClure Miller Respite House.
TD Bank Titans
Captain: Chuck Cherhoniak
As one of the ten largest banks in the US, TD Bank’s corporate responsibility is more than a tradition. Every day we affirm our commitment to our community. We are proudly supporting the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, the McClure Miller Respite House and Dragonheart Vermont in what they give back to the community. Come down to the Waterfront and watch the TD Bank Titans take on the other teams.
Team Banchors Aweigh (Norhtfield Savings Bank)
Captain: Gary Delphia
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 13 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 McClure Miller Respite House.
The Essex Resort & Spa
Captain: Bernadette Whitcomb
The Essex Resort & Spa is not only a destination for relaxation but it’s the perfect place for family and friends who come into town to visit. It’s also a perfect place to plan your next even, whether it’s that special wedding or an office meeting/party. We are a team of employees, friends, and family who are paddling at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival for a very worthy cause. We are proud to participate in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival supporting Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.
The Fanny Pack (In-patient Rehab Center at UVM Medical Center)
Captain: Kristin Laskowski
This is our 5th year and we are ready for another day of fun and friendly competition! We have some returning paddlers and some new faces! We represent the Inpatient Rehab Center at UVM Medical Center where we are dedicated to helping people return to everyday life. We proudly support Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.
Captain: Joe Flynn
VBT delivers Award-Winning Tours Worldwide. Biking Tours, Walking Tours, Bike & Barge Tours. We have also been voted one of the World’s Best Tour Operators in Travel & Leisure. Our team is made up of employees, family and friends of VBT. We look forward to supporting Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House.
Captain: Nathan Magne
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. Highlights of the past years 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 2019, 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 Pain Train
Co-Captains: Elizabeth Moore & Paige Bascom
UVMMC Pain clinic staff consisting of doctors, nurses, x-ray techs, medical assistants, and patient support staff, paddling and competing for our community.
We are more than a TEAM.
We are a FAMILY.
We are FRIENDS.
And with our strengths combined we will paddle to show our support for all diagnosed with the many different types of cancers.
Captain: Sara Springer & Ellane Corey Austin
A group of randomly connected women. Spirited and High Energy, who have boundless imagination! We work hard to raise as much money as we can, each Dragonboat Season! Supporting our local Cancer Charity pledge partners in creative ways each year. Keep an eye out for upcoming fundraising events and to see what surprises we will to festival this year!
VIP Dragon Bytes
Captain: Tom O’Keefe
As past champions of this auspicious event (2018), we are putting the pressure on ourselves to take this one again. As a company we adhere to a work hard, play hard attitude and are hopeful that this initiative brings us across the finish line again. VIP is a solution provider to the US beverage industry and dedicated to helping the community through athletic charity events like the Dragon Boat Festival. Paddle On!
VIP Dragon Drops
Captain: John Simard
We have created a second team this year because we had so many employees, friends and family that wanted to participate. Vermont Information Processing, VIP is the leading technology supplier for brewers, distributors, wineries, soda bottlers, and other companies in the beverage industry. We are a mere representation of the 400+ employee-owners of a great company and insatiably competitive athletes. We are hockey players, basketball players, bikers, runners, skiers… and now Dragonboat paddlers. Our first entrance into this event this year, we are looking forward to staying “afloat in our boat”. Long live the Dragonboat Fest! We are very proud to be supporting Dragonheart Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House by racing at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival.
Captain: Julianne Nevins
Wellness Warriors is Massachusetts’ first dragon boat team for cancer survivors. We provide a paddling support group for men and women of all ages diagnosed with many different types of cancer. No matter where we are on the cancer journey, it is our rise to the physical challenges of dragon boat paddling, our love of this exciting sport and our deep care for each other that create magic in the boat. Our mission is to provide new opportunities for cancer survivors to heal – both physically and emotionally – by being active participants in their own recovery and part of a mutually empowering dragon boat team.
Work ‘ARD, Play ‘ARD (Tetra Tech Ard)
Captain: Gail Kramer Thomas
Team Work ‘ARD, Play ‘ARD has been paddling in the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival for many years now! We are a group of colleagues, friends, and family from Tetra Tech ARD and are proud to be part of Dragonheart Vermont’s efforts and contributions to the community. We love participating in the festival and thank everyone for their donations!