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Virtual Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival going on now

Howard Young Foundation launches a virtual festival July 15-Aug. 15

July 17, 2020

The Howard Young Foundation recently announced its annual Minocqua Dragon Festival will be moving online from July 15 to Aug. 15 following the cancelation of the in-person event. This year, funds raised will be used to purchase critical monitoring equipment needed at Howard Young Medical Center. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to health care. The Emergency Department Patient Monitor System must be upgraded to function at optimum capacity and ability if they have a surge of patients. The Phillips InteilliVue X3 would allow for customized patient information to ensure appropriate vitals are monitored for patients in all 17 rooms (nine have monitors now). All monitors will be portable to provide a seamless transition to other departments in the hospital.

Celebrating the fifth anniversary of the event, all teams who have ever participated have been set up with a virtual boat. “Paddlers” can register to be part of a boat of their choosing. Participation in the virtual festival is free and consists of two components: a fun community-building Spirit Race and a Fundraising Race. The Spirit Race gives “paddlers” the chance to propel their boat forward in the virtual race and fundraising gives paddlers the chance to achieve different levels of fundraising awards. All registries will net “paddlers” the chance to win various prizes including shirts, pins, socks, and lawn chairs depending on team results. Registration is free and participation will help transform and sustain health care in northern Wisconsin for generations to come.

“Starting this event five years ago, I did not know it would quickly become a staple for our community. When we had to cancel our in-person event in May, I immediately began searching for a way to bring our racers together and get them excited for our Festival in 2021,” Howard Young Foundation president Erin Biertzer said. “Our virtual event includes a fun community-building Spirit Race and Fundraising Race. Participants have an opportunity to get active and to support the community while also fundraising for current COVID-19 related hospital needs. As in our traditional festival, anyone who wants to participate can easily sign up on our website and join any team they would like to “paddle” for,” added Biertzer.

People can support the Virtual Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival in three ways:

• Participate by registering for the Virtual Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival at minocquadragonboat.com.

• Support a Dragon Boat team by donating at the Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival website.

• Visit online Festival Store to buy gear that is accessible through the Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival website.

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