Paddle Challenge Receives $2,500 Grant

The 2015 Heroes 2 Oregon (H2O) Dragon Boat Paddle Challenge received a $2,500 grant from Lane County’s Transient Room Tax grant program. The event is an annual community event and fundraiser for the Eugene Parks Foundation Veterans Adaptive Sport Project, which “provides funding for injured, ill and disabled Veterans to be able to engage in adaptive sports all year long and encourage veterans to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.” The paddle challenge is a joint effort between Eugene, Cascades and Coast Sports, Emerald City Dragon Boat Club and the City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation.

“We are fortunate to live in a community with a wealth of activities. Each of these projects will help grow tourism in Lane County, bringing additional visitors to our hotels, restaurants and area attractions,” said Glenda Poling, Lane County Community and Economic Development manager said in a press release on the Lane County website.

The goal of the TRT grants is to increase tourism in Lane County, and it is the hope of the H2O organizers that dragon boat teams from Washington and Oregon will travel here to participate.

“Receiving this grant is deeply exciting for us,” ECDBC Board President Erin Zysett said. “It’s not only an acknowledgement that what we are doing means something to the people of this community, but a vote of confidence from the Tourism Council that we can and will be an asset to the county in years to come.”

Last year’s inaugural event raised $4,438.08 for veteran’s adaptive recreation in Eugene and Lane County at large and helped Emerald City refurbish the dragon boat they bought last year, which will launch in April. To learn more about how individuals and organizations can participate in the Paddle Challenge visit our H2O page.

To learn more about how to become a dragon boater visit our membership page.

Your Amazon.com Purchases Can Help

We are part of the Amazon Smiles program. This means, that our supporters can go to the Amazon Smiles website and register their existing Amazon.com acount and when they ask what organization you want to support type in: Emerald City Dragon Boat Club.

This is how it works:

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GoFunMe Campaign Has Ended

Paddlers participating in the 2014 Heroes to Oregon (H2O) Paddle Challenge on Dexter Lake.
Paddlers participating in the 2014 Heroes to Oregon (H2O) Paddle Challenge on Dexter Lake.

We closed our GoFundMe campaign on December 5, 2014. At the close of business we had raised $1,010 in total. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the cause, it means so much! We still have a little over $1,000 to raise before we are completely free and clear on the boat, but the GoFundMe as well as the contributions raised at the paddle challenge and the Eugene Marathon Water Station have put us in good shape as we head into 2015.

Next year promises to bring excitement and challenges as we prepare to launch our boat on to Dexter Lake for the first time, and begin paddler recruitment in earnest. Stay tuned for our annual report and 2015 preview which we will publish at the beginning of January. There are some exciting things on the horizon for the Emerald City Dragon Boat Club. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the magic!

Help Us Buy A Boat!

jwj-dragon-boat-races-00212bIn order to have a club, we need to have a boat. Dock and pool practices just aren’t as fun as being on the water together. So, we need to raise some money. In the next few months, this section of the website will be filled with updates, thank yous and coming events. If you want to be involved in establishing this club from the ground up, contact us through the web form on the contact us page. We can do this, but we need the community’s help! If you are ready to donate, feel free to do so through our Paypal account.