The 18th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival Sees Record Number of Corporate Teams

The 18th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco International Dragon Boat 
Festival Sees Record Number of Corporate Teams 
Raytheon Joins Largest Dragon Boat Festival in the United States:
September 14 & 15 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/05/13 --  Buoyed by
record-breaking crowds every year and ever-increasing corporate
support, this year's 18th Annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
International Dragon Boat Festival ( on Saturday
& Sunday, September 14 & 15 takes place in the midst of an
unprecedented focus on San Francisco Bay. Occurring during the final
week of America's Cup sail boat racing and in the shadow of the newly
completed Bay Bridge eastern span, this year's Festival, also caps a
successful fundraising effort including new major sponsorship from
Raytheon Corporation (  
"This Festival is the largest family friendly event in Northern
California," said Linda Cheu, Festival Director of the California
Dragon Boat Association that sponsors the event. Raytheon's support
this year is a perfect complement to an event so focused on youth
participation, especially with Raytheon's commitment to math and
science education." Raytheon will be sponsoring the Raytheon Math
Moves U area within Dragon Land, the children's pavilion at the
Festival, featuring a series of interactive math-oriented activities
for kids.  
"Raytheon is supporting this year's festival to excite San Francisco
area youth about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
careers," said Christine Shimizu, Vice President of Information
Technology for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services
business. "We are keenly aware that investing in math and science
education is critically important for a strong economy." 
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in
defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a
history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides
state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other
capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control,
communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of
mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham,
This year's Festival features several an unprecedented number of
novice teams, representing a wide range of corporations such as
Google, Wells Fargo, KPMG, AT&T, and PG&E, hospitals such as Kaiser
Permanente, Sutter Health's Palo Alto Medical Foundation, San
Francisco General, St.Mary's Medical Center, and Chinese Hospital,
and an array of community serving organizations including schools,
labor unions, and other non-profits. There will also be dozens of
visiting teams from around the United States and Canada. 
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee will help kick-off the event on
Saturday as he visits the teams, including one, "the Golden
Serpents," representing City Hall and ChinaSF, the Mayor's China
business initiative. Both days of the Festival feature racing from
8am - 5pm, and an on-land Festival of Dragon Boat cultural and
related activities from 10am - 5pm. Entrance to the Festival is free
and open to the public, as is viewing of the races. The festival
provides an exciting array of activities off the water as well, from
food trucks to entertainment to children's activities and is a very
family friendly event.  
After 18 years, the California Dragon Boat Association is now the
largest dragon boating organization in the Bay Area and organizes one
of the largest competitive dragon boat festivals in the United
States. In addition, the Association oversees the largest high school
and college dragon boat program in the nation. 
Media Contact: 
David Perry & Associates, Inc. 
(415) 693-0583 
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