Debut of the 2021 Dragon Boat CMN Challenge video on Saturday, October 30, at Noon on Facebook. The winners of all categories announced, along with highlight footage submitted by teams and individuals across the community keeping the Dragon Spirit alive.
Out of an abundance of caution and with community safety in mind, the annual Dragon Boat Race presented by CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwest Louisiana Foundation scheduled for October 30, 2021, will not take place as anticipated. However, a new fundraising experience is available for all to enjoy. The Dragon Boat Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Challenge is expected to bring the same level of action, competition, and excitement with the CMN fundraiser.
“We don’t have to paddle to make waves,” said Patricia Prudhomme, Executive Director of Development, CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwestern Louisiana Foundation. “The Dragon Boat CMN Challenge looks and feels different, but the mission remains. We will continue to make a difference for the lives of children and families in the communities we serve.”
Ready to catch the Dragon Spirit? From jean days to spaghetti dinners, teams will compete in individual challenges and fundraising events to support the work of CMN Hospitals here in Southwest Louisiana.
Teams participating in the Dragon Boat CMN Challenge will have the opportunity to win top awards and bragging rights in these categories:
Dragon Boat CMN Challenge Top Fundraising Team
Dragon Boat CMN Challenge Top Individual Fundraiser
Dragon Boat CMN Challenge Best Team T-Shirt Design
The Dragon Boat CMN Challenge will also include these fun experiences for the community—that’s you!
#PaddleForCMN– Hashtag and post a photo or video of your dragon boat creations on social media. It can be a pool, a box or even a bathtub! Get creative and win a prize.
#DragonFever – Head to one of five locations (listed on website) and look for the Dragon displayed to snap a winning selfie! Post your Dragon Fever Selfie with the hashtag on Facebook and enter to be shown in our event day video.
#DragonsLair—Visit the Imperial Calcasieu Museum of Southwest Louisiana, 204 W. Sallier St. in Lake Charles, November 2-6, to view the “awakening” gallery of each sponsor’s dragon painting. Check in and post a photo using the hashtag.
The annual Dragon Boat Race has not only become a family-friendly tradition and staple in the Lake Charles community, but the funds raised through the event are critical in providing life-saving equipment for babies treated in Labor and Delivery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital, along with CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital and Foundation Children’s Miracle Network initiatives.
“We look forward to a time when we can gather again safely at the Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall for the Dragon Boat Race we all love,” said Prudhomme. “Until then, we are getting creative and making new waves while hosting a memorable and rewarding experience for all who are involved. In the same spirit, we encourage everyone to support the Dragon Boat CMN Challenge and the many teams participating.”
Events will take place throughout the month of October and into early November. For more information about the Dragon Boat CMN Challenge, team participation or becoming a sponsor, please visit www.christusochsnerswlafoundation.org/dragon-boat-races/ or call (337) 430-5353.
Golden Nugget Hotel
CHRISTUS Ochsner Health
Coushatta Casino Resort
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
L’Auberge Casino Resort
Lake Charles Credit Union Chapter
Southwest Louisiana Credit Union