Charitable Partner

Essentia Health Foundation

Supporting the Essentia Health Cancer Program

Your paddle has powerful purpose when you help support cancer survivors in the Northland community.

Through your partnership with the Essentia Health Foundation, you help bring our goal to life – to celebrate cancer survivorship by supporting patients emotionally, socially, physically and financially.

Thanks to a total of 11 teams and almost 220 individual paddlers, the Essentia Health Foundation received over $22,517 in donations from the 2017 Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival for its Cancer Survivorship programs. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be dedicated to continued support of Essentia Health’s Cancer programs and services.

Blue Moon Paddlers claimed the Crystal Dragon Top Fundraising Trophy this year by raising $8,500. Which team will claim the Crystal Dragon in 2018?

Essentia Health Foundation thanks the paddlers for their support and the rotary clubs for their partnership. Together, we can help survivors take back their lives.

Visit our Donation Page at to create your own personalized website to raise donations. You can make a donation to a team, a specific paddler or give a general gift to Essentia Health cancer survivorship.

Incentives for teams:

  • Raise $2,500 or more as a team and the Foundation will pay for half of your 2019 boat registration (that’s a $450 savings).
  • Raise $5,000 or more and we will pay for your entire 2019 boat registration ($900 value)!

The Top Fundraising team received the traveling Crystal Dragon trophy, free 2019 registration and recognition in Foundation publications.

For more information contact Deb Ellingsen at or 218-786-1062.