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Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA
231 Furys Ferry Road, Suite 210
Augusta, GA 30907

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Goodwill's Annual DragonBoat Race

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Thanks to everyone who made our fourth annual GoodBoats: Paddling for a Purpose dragon boat festival such a great success! With over 2,500 people in attendance it was an incredible celebration of the Asian culture and the mission of Goodwill.

Jim Stiff, President, said the event is already on next year's calendar. It's something new! Not another Gala or golf tournament. Dragon boat racing is the fastest growing sport in America, but it originated in China dating back more than 2,000 years. Not only did the event raise money, but it also raised awareness of our life-changing mission. There was delicious Chinese, Korean and American food, captivating entertainment on the cultural stage, and a day of sunshine to enjoy cheering for the dragon boat teams.

Cab Stitt,long time Goodwill volunteer and past board member, served as the festival chair for the fourth year in a row. A rowing regatta expert, Mr. Stitt provided the vision and leadership for GoodBoats for Goodwill.

Two awards were presented at the end of the day. Georgia Power placed first in the races, and J. Smith Lanier won Most Team Spirit.

Misson Statement

We build lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people discover their God given gifts through work, education and career services.


  • What is Dragon Boat Racing? Dragon Boat racing, dating back over 2,000 years to ancient China, is the fastest growing sport in the United States. Teams of 10 per boat will paddle for a purpose with 2 boats racing at a time on a short course. The competitive racing will be combined with an Asian arts festival surrounding Lake Olmstead. Its a day of family fun and Asian traditions.
  • What advantage does paddling a boat have for my company or group? What better way to build your team and/or friendships than working together to reach the finish line? We challenge your team to come up with a catchy name for your "crew" and promote your business or group with team t-shirts and signage at the event.
  • In addition to the races, what will be happening at the Dragon Boat Festival? GoodBoats for Goodwill will include an Asian festival as along the banks of Lake Olmstead. The days events will include food, childrens activities and a performance stage featuring local Asian food and culture. This day of family-fun will be a great opportunity to make your team visible to the community and support your communitys Goodwill.

CONTACT US - dragonboat@goodwillworks.org or 706-650-5760
Goodwill Industries of Midldle Georgia and the CSRA
231 Furys Ferry Road, Suite 210
Augusta, GA 30907