The fifth annual Dragons On the Lake Festival on July 8 drew the largest crowd ever for spectators and participants to Portage Lakes State Park Beach and another successful year of sponsorships, according to Susan Balmert, breast cancer survivor and marketing representative for the event.

The event supports Boatloads of Hope, an outreach program offered to breast cancer patients in 12 Ohio hospitals and breast care centers. The festival is presented by the Dragon Dream Team, Ohio’s first all breast cancer survivor dragon boat team.

The Gold Medal Champions in each of three categories were:

Corporate – Merrill Lynch team, Paddle Your Assets; 5 years undefeated.

Community – Shameless Sailors

Breast Cancer Survivor – Dragon Dream Team – Rex Dream (Hometown favorites)

Spirit Awards were also presented:

Top Fundraiser – Mogadore VFW Pickleball Dragons

Best Dressed Drummer – Shameless Sailors

Best T-Shirt – Banana Peel Produce Company Fruits & Breastables

Corporate sponsors of the event were: Summa Health, Akron Children’s Hospital, Merrill Lynch, Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group, Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons, Prime 93 Restaurant, American EMS, Hubbell Power Systems, Cost Sharing Solutions, Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation, Timothy Frank, Salem’s Wrenchworks and Stinnett Padrutt & Aranyosi Co.