Dragon Boats, blue skies and employees

By Domenick Graziani

You couldn’t have asked for a better last Saturday of summer. Blue skies, moderate temperatures and, if you looked hard enough, you might have seen a wisp of clouds forming a trio of dragons hovering over the Port Jefferson harbor on Long Island.

This setting was the backdrop for a team of more than 20 National Grid employees teaming up with the Suffolk County Police Asian Jade Society for the annual Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce fifth annual Dragon Boat Festival. More than 30 teams participated from across Long Island at the all-day event.

Dragon Boat racing stems from an ancient Chinese tradition and is a show of patriotism. Races involved three boats at a time holding 10 women, 10 men and 1 drummer.

“Though we didn’t fare too well in the races, we couldn’t have had more fun,” says Director of Customer and Community Management Keith Rooney. “We got wet, cheered for each other and enjoyed the beautiful Asian culture and food that was on display throughout the event.”

“It was a fun team-building day for the employees who came out and rowed with us,” added Bel Pagdanganan, Customer and Community Management and National Grid’s recent Jefferson Award winner. “It was also a great opportunity to once again partner with the wonderful folks at the Suffolk County Police Asian Jade Society.”  

This was the second year in a row that National Grid supported this event.

Check out the fun the team had with this short You Tube video

National Grid employees participate in Dragon Boat race

All photos by Fred Alston

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Alanna Russo

Such a great day supporting the community and having fun with colleagues. A great way to spend a Saturday!


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