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$150,000 raised / 5,000 people / 5 great causes

The Fuse Project’s Second Annual Dragon Boat Festival

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the Fuse Project raised $150,000 at its second annual Dragon Boat Festival at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. With the participation of 45 teams and over 5,000 people in attendance, the event surpassed expectations and numbers from the previous year.

The festival is focused around the races, which consist of 20-person teams rowing a 46-foot long boat down the river with a drummer at the helm to keep the strokes on beat. Teams consisted of local businesses, nonprofits, educational leaders and several community groups. The free event allowed spectators to watch the races and enjoy music from iHeartMedia, a kids’ zone with inflatables and a petting zoo, several food trucks and local vendors.

Last year the proceeds raised went toward two local projects impacting Mobile County Public Schools. This year they have partnered again with Mobile County Public Schools, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama, Soccer4Life, Prichard Preparatory and the Gulf Coast Exploreum.

The Fuse Project was established in May 2012 by eight community leaders looking to impact local children with hands-on and achievable projects. They focus on events for all age groups and demographics as a way to raise funds and awareness.

Bellator joins with Truland Homes to make a powerhouse team

For the second year in a row, Bellator Real Estate & Development joined up with our sister company, Truland Homes, to compete in the Dragon Boat Festival. Following last year’s participation, we’re proud to have worked with the Fuse Project for over two years and counting. Our company enjoyed a great set-up with over 40 attendees from both Bellator and Truland including Realtors®, staff, family and friends. We believe we’re only as strong as the community around us and enjoy finding opportunities to give back.

According to Fuse Project’s executive director, Rebecca Howard, the team always focuses on offering a “wow” experience with everything they do. This year our very own Truland Homes had the honor to host the WOW moment with the crowd.

Just before noon, Fuse team members set up a perimeter for the crowd to gather around. There was an announcement that a “surprise” moment was about to take place. As the spectators anxiously waited for the surprise, two skydivers from above came soaring down and landed right in front of the river. The first skydiver flew down with the Truland Homes flag waving, and the second flew the official Fuse Project Dragon Boat Festival flag.

This “WOW” spectacle was both an honor and proud moment for Truland and the entire team. We’re humbled to have contributed to such a great cause and thankful to the Fuse Project for letting us entertain our local community.


For results from the 2015 Dragon Boat Festival and more information, visit www.facebook.com/TheFuseProject, or if you’re interested in registering for the 2016 Dragon Boat Festival, visit http://fusedragon.causevox.com/.

To learn more about Truland Homes, visit www.trulandhomes.com.

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Posted on June 8, 2015