Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SJU Dragon Boat to support outreach at Old St. Joe's

Hey Tom - how goes it? Can you do me favor and include the below in what you send out in your next ' World According To 44 ' and set it up as reminders in future 44 Blogs.

'81 Hawk

I would be a fool not to want to go down to the banks of the Schuykill and hang in the "Athletes' Village"!!!

For those who wish to help out with the homeless served by those at Old St. Joe's writing a check is only one way to help. #3 below enumerates the other ways you can help by providing the homeless with the necessities of life. Please contact Rich directly if you can lend a hand.

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Alumni, students, and friends of Saint Joseph's University are again participating in the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival and will be raising funds to support the outreach program for the homeless at Old St. Joseph's Church - Philadelphia's Jesuit Parish!


You are invited to come down to Fairmount Park (Strawberry Mansion area) to cheer on your SJU Dragon Boat team as they compete in the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival (view more festival info at ' '). The Festival is an all day event between 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. with 150 individual teams racing in 3 heats throughout the day. The SJU Dragon Boat team has 30 members who are either alumni, faculty, staff, students, or friends of SJU. The team's first race on 10/3 will be in the Collegiate Challenge with the other 2 teams being the Drexel Dragons and the Drexel Moto Dragons.

On Festival Day, the Hawks will have 2 tents (#'s 161 & 162) in the Festival's Athletes Village and set up along the rivers edge.This year our team is supporting Old St. Joseph's Church - Philadelphia's Jesuit Parish, and in particular Old St. Joseph's Parish Outreach Program which provides homeless men in Old City with meals and essential items.

Here are a few ways you can support the Outreach Program and our SJU Dragon Boat Team:
1) Donations in the form of a check payable to Old Saint Joseph's Church can be mailed to the attention of

Rich Brennan
3816 Berry Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026-3620

Also during the Festival, at our tent site we will have a container set up where cash and/or check contributions can be dropped.

2) SJU Dragon Boat hats and visors are being sold for $20/each with all proceeds going to the Outreach Program. The hats are white with the Flying Hawk over the ' SJU ' on the front of the hat and on the side, Chinese symbols are displayed which translate into ' THE HAWK WILL NEVER DIE '. The visor is also white and has the Chinese symbols displayed on the front of the visor. To order a hat and/or visor, write a check payable to Rich Brennan and mail it to

Rich Brennan
SJU Dragon Boat Hat
3816 Berry Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026-3620

Depending on the demand, hats and visors may be may be available for sale at the festival. See above for photo of the hat.

3) Here's a list of items that the Outreach Program requires for their program. These items are not large in size and we will be collecting these items at our tents for delivery to the program. Plastic bags (like the grocery store & drug store kind) are needed for when lunches are prepared, placed in the bags with water, and distributed. Suggested Food Donations: Peanut butter, grape jelly, small packs of peanut butter crackers, juice boxes, dried lentils (in bags), non-dairy creamer in large containers, sugar in 5 lb bags, coffee; non-food suggestions: men's clothing sizes L, XL, XXL, socks, underwear, shoes, belts, backpacks, tote bags, toiletries: razors, soap, moisturizer, deodorant, toothpaste & brushes.

Thank you in advance for your support !!!

Rich Brennan SJU '81
SJU Dragon Boat Team Captain
Cell Phone: 610-416-7013

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