Dragon Boat races benefit 2 charities

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery's riverfront downtown hosted the second annual Dragon Boat races on Saturday and raised big money for two local charities.

About $60,000 to $70,000 was raised with this one event for Bridge Builders and Rebuilding Together.

This is the second year in a row the Dragon Boats have raced for these two charities, but this year, the number of teams more than doubled.

The number of spectators almost doubled as well, with an estimated count of 7,000 people enjoying this charitable event.

"Such a new and unique sport. People aren't accustomed to something this different. Big success that we've been able to rally people from all different walks of life, all ages, different backgrounds to come together and participate in the festival. We have business, churches, schools, colleges, accounting firms, architecture firms, it's just been wonderful," said Dragon Boat festival director Andrew Szymanski.

Bridge Builders Alabama helps youth leadership development with high school students and Rebuilding Together of Central Alabama does home repairs for low income and elderly residents all across the River Region.

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