For ten years, Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi partners and employees have been “Going Red for Women” and the American Heart Association (AHA) to help bring awareness to women and heart disease. According to the AHA, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke are the No. 1 cause of death in American women, claiming nearly 400,000 lives each year, or about one death each minute. CVD kills approximately the same number of women each year as all forms of cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and diabetes combined.
On July 15, 2017, an eager boatful of coworkers, family and friends of Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi paddled in the 2nd Annual
Gilda’s Club of South Jersey Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Lenape in Mays Landing. We joined hundreds of other participants from other local organizations and businesses for a day of fellowship and a little healthy competition. Our group was able to edge out our competition and finish second in both our heats. Our time improved dramatically in our second heat. Look out next year!!
The beautiful venue enhanced the experience along with the perfect weather. In between heats there was lively music, exercise and dance performances and even an authentic Chinese Dragon Dance Show. Competition also occurred on land as well as teams pulled their hardest during the Tug of War. Our palates were satisfied as delicious food options were also offered.
On July 9th, 20 of our most adventurous associates, friends and family members participated in the Inaugural Gilda’s Club South Jersey Dragon Boat Festival. We joined about 30 other teams from our region to paddle down the Bay at Bader Field to help raise $90,000 for Gilda’s Club South Jersey. The local chapter of Gilda’s Club offers support to people of all ages dealing with cancer, including a clubhouse known as “Noogieland” for children 4 to 12 years old.
It was the first time rowing for most of us but a wonderful time was definitely had by all. We even recruited a young man to be the Drummer in our boat. Most of all, we were all humbled and grateful that we could take part and help raise money for such a worthy cause. We are looking forward to next year’s Festival, and we hope to improve on our rowing times from this year.