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2017 Chinese New Year Banquet
Friday February 10, 2017 - 6:30pm-10:00pm (Century Palace Restaurant, Markham)
This annual event organized by the Ministry of Finance has been attended by the Rusty Dragons for 10 years. Organizer Thomas Chong is a big supporter of dragon boat racing, and he in turn gives both Steve Kwok (Outer Harbour DBC) and Tim MacFarlane (OPS / Rusty Dragons) a chance to talk to the 500+ attendees about dragon boating locally and internationally.  This year, our spotlight will be on the Pink Crusaders breast cancer survivor team.  In addition, the Spirit of Life organization will be celebrated, lead by Anny Chow.  They have a few dragon boat teams which the Rusty Dragons fully support financially by covering all their practice and regatta fees, and provide volunteer steers / coaches.

The cost is $42/person which includes a 10-course Chinese banquet dinner, on stage entertainment, guest speakers, MANY lucky draws, a Valentines dance afterwards for those who want to stay later.

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Latest News (Dec. 29):  This will be our 10th year at the event. EANG does a great job organizing the event.  Last year, Rusty Dragons had one table, and we were joined at the event by tables of the EANG dragon boat team, Outer Harbour Dragon Boat Club, and the Spirit of Life.  Anny Chow of Spirit of Life was honoured, as well as the OPS Diversity EANG Dragons, who won the Rusty Dragons sponsored "OPS Challenge Cup" at 2016 OPS Canada Day Regatta.  In all, there were about 60 paddlers in attendance among the 600 attendees.  Gung Hei Fat Choy!
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Picture of East Asian Network Group which includes Rusty Dragons and many paddlers.
Above: 2013 Banquet picture of EANG members at the banquet, including Deputy Minister Carol Layton.
Photo courtesy of Kit-Mei Chan.  EANG Dragon Boat managers are Kit-Mei Chan, Lele Chiu, & Zoe Lam.
Above: 2015 Banquet picture of EANG executive members at the banquet.  Lele and Kit-Mei with their trophy! 
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