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Dragon Boat Festival celebrates 15th anniversary

Organizers of the Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival rode into town to yesterday  kick-off their 15th
anniversary and the Year of the Horse.

From high atop his trusty steed, honorary chair, Gerry Lougheed Jr. officially opened registration for this year’s event and unveiled plans
for the 15th anniversary celebrations. The festival will take place July 12 at Bell Park.

A Launch Party takes place April 25, at the Radisson Hotel in Sudbury.
 Tickets are available from the Sudbury Dragon Boat Office.

Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival founder, Steve Lee echoed his excitement. “We brought
this water sport to the city 15 years ago and during that time we’ve seen an unwavering
spirit of fun and competition while raising funds for some of this community’s most
important organizations and projects.”

Lee  announced the six honorary chairs and long-time supporters who will spear-head
this year’s 15th anniversary celebrations; Bill Whitehead, Regional Director, Investors
Group; Scott Lund, Vice-President & General Manager, CTV a division of Bell Media; Kelly
Strong, Vice-President, Vale Operations; Rick Tompkins, Program Director, Rewind
103.9/The New Hot 93.5, Peter Zuliani, Smelter Director at Glencore Nickel; and Gerry
Lougheed Jr., President, Lougheed’s Ltd.

The Northern Water Sports Centre (NWSC) is the designated pledge beneficiary of this
year’s Festival. Its aim is to further develop community engagement with Ramsey Lake
by providing non-motorized, water sport programming.

Having long outgrown the current facilities on Elizabeth St., the Centre is being
developed on a larger property near Science North; situated between the Sudbury Yacht
Club and the municipal boat launch. NWSC will be a year-round, fully accessible facility,
with shared infrastructure, increased boat storage, improved water access, and yearround
training facilities.

Over 1.4 million dollars have been poured back into charitable capital campaigns.
Historically, the Hospital Foundation, M.S. Society, Alzheimer’s, Sudbury Food Bank,
Independent Living Resource Centre, Meals on Wheels have been the recipients of the
donor dollars.

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