Make Plans for the Rose Regatta!

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is hosting the second annual Rose Regatta Dragon Boat Race and Festival at The Village, Lake Las Vegas Marina on Saturday, October 16, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dragon Boat racing at Lake Las Vegas

Sixty dragon boat teams – each with 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson – from Nevada, southern California, Arizona, Colorado and Canada will compete to raise funds to benefit St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ breast health services including medical care and psychosocial support for uninsured women and men facing breast cancer. Nine of the 60 dragon boat teams (eight from outside of Nevada) are comprised solely of breast cancer survivors.

“Dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water sports in the country,” said Rod Davis, President/ CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. “The response we have received from dragon boat teams across the country and in Canada wanting to participate in this fundraising festival has been overwhelming.”

In addition to the dragon boat races, which begin at 8 a.m., the festival will include activities such as:

  • Flowers on the Water Ceremony – This ceremony honors women currently living with breast cancer and those who lost their lives to the disease. A regular ritual at dragon boat races with breast cancer survivor teams, survivors and supporters assemble near the foot bridge in their dragon boats. After a few words, participants toss flowers into the water as a celebration of survival and to remember those lost.
  • Painted Paddles Gallery – Paddles painted by breast cancer survivors or those touched by the disease will be on display.
  • Light the Way Lantern Tribute – Traditional Chinese lanterns will adorn the floating stage at The Village with dedications to those affected by breast cancer.
  • Entertainment – Entertainment and activities will run during the race and The Village shops and restaurants will be open for your enjoyment.

For more information, please visit www.roseregatta.org or call 702.616.4900.

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