By: staff
Luminina to sponsor 2nd Annual
Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival in WNY

Luminina; operating as Hope Chest; a local 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit agency which provides free exercise classes, emotional support and paddling training for breast cancer survivors, will sponsor the 2nd annual Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday June 15, 2013 at Gallagher Beach located in the NFTA Boat Harbor.

Dragon Boat Teams will number over 60 (with 22 members per boat) from all over the US and Canada. Susan Mumma, Luminina Board President is expecting as many as 1200 participants and over 5000 spectators. The festival challenges local corporations to sponsor participation of their own team to compete against local community groups...such as the Police and Firemen. Buffalo's own Hope Chest Team will showcase their paddling skills against these teams as well as out of town Breast Cancer Survivor Teams . Team registration and information can be found at

The Dragon Boat Festival is a family oriented event with raffles, refreshments and of course the exciting boat races. Laurie Irish- Jones, who is chairing the Dragon Boat Festival for the second year, recommends visiting our website or facebook page to receive the most up to date information on the festival.

Opening ceremonies and Blessing of the boats will commence at 8:30 am with races promptly following at 9:00 am. This year races will be held in the morning and the afternoon to accommodate all of the teams.

All proceeds will be donated to the Hope Chest of Buffalo.

To participate, sponsor or learn more about the organization, please contact Betsy McGraw (716) 713-4179 or go to

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