AVIAN’s Flying Water Dragons Take to the Water

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September 6, 2016


AVIAN LLC’s Flying Water Dragons team not only took first place in the inaugural Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival Aug. 27, but also raised funds for the local community.

With a winning race time of 1:2.13 minutes, it was no surprise when the team approached the first-ever event with paddles and drummer ready to attack the water of the Patuxent River in support of the Southern Maryland Community Resources, Inc.

With a company culture focused on supporting causes employees are passionate about, AVIAN quickly filled the boat with paddlers excited to master the skills involved in dragon boating.

“Since day one, AVIAN has always advocated family first,” said Kevin Switick, president and an owner of AVIAN. “Our community is part of our family. Actively supporting the community in which we live is simply putting our money where our mouth is.”

The team donned their “Game of Thrones” themed warrior uniforms with their drummer dressed as one of the television show’s main characters, Daenerys Targaryen, the famed “Mother of Dragons,” which earned Flying Water Dragons the Best Dressed Drummer award for the festival.

“It was not only hard work, but also an amazing team-building event,” said Kristine Wilcox, AVIAN Communications/Multimedia Specialist and team drummer. “The team learned to work in sync, listen to the beat of the drum and paddle their hearts out.”

Nineteen teams participated in the festival. Each team consisted of 17 paddlers and one drummer. Dragon boats, steerspersons and paddles were provided by 22Dragons, a professional dragon boating club from Canada.

Proceeds from Solomons Island Dragon Boat Festival remain local to benefit Southern Maryland Resources, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) qualified charity focused on providing educational, recreational and social opportunities for individuals aged 21 and older with developmental differences.  Additional information on festival results and Southern Maryland Resources, Inc. can be found at http://solomonsdragonboatfestival.com/charity/.

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Sarah Aaron