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2016 Pink Paddle Party

The Indy SurviveOars annual PINK PADDLE PARTY will be held Friday, November 4th, 2016,  from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. The theme for this year's event is "Beach Ball."  Dig out your favorite flip flops and Hawaiian shirt and plan to join in the festivities!

The party will be held at Montage; a popular venue located at 8580 Allison Pointe Blvd. in Indianapolis.   There will be dinner,  drinks, entertainment, and both live and silent auctions! Guests are invited to wear beach resort attire (no swimwear).


Individual tickets are available for $65 each.  There is also an option for Patron tickets at a price of $90 each which includes a VIP reception and other amenities. Sponsorships are also still available.

The Pink Paddle Party is INSO's main annual fundraising event, providing the funds necessary for the team's equipment, boat maintenance, race fees, insurance and training, along with public awareness efforts.

For Additional Information or to purchase tickets, contact Elizabeth Anderson at or 317-997-4867.

Our sponsors for the 2016 Pink Paddle Party are:


Platinum Sponsor

Barnes & Thornburg

Gold Sponsor

Ed Martin Automotive Group


Bronze Sponsors

Joe and Ann Barber  
Dave and Susie Kinghorn  
Michael and Debbie Schutz
Indianapolis Auto Trade Association
Judith Earle
DOZ Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Lumina Foundation
Noblesville FOP #198
DeFur Voran LLP
Beth Cornelius and Susan Ford
Don and Nanette Barrett

Ed and Gemma Bastyr

Yopi and Larry Havlik / LIDS

Jan and Gina Walker

Globe Asphalt Paving Co., Inc.


2016 Passions Collide: Artists & Paddlers Meet

Indiana artists participated in a juried art competition using boat paddles as their canvas or sculpture medium producing unique and creative art.  This paddle art was on display in the Raymond James Stutz Gallery, judged and then sold by silent auction benefiting the Indy SurviveOars. The reception and silent auction was held March 18 where the artist awards were also announced.  Congratulations to the winners:






Passions Collide Logo


Paddle art Gallery Display:  March 4-18, 2016
Reception, silent auction and artist awards:  March 18, 6-9 PM.
Location: Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery is located in the Stutz Building, 212 West 10th Street, Indianapolis

Please visit the Paddles Collide Facebook Page for more information.


You can view the winning paddles and alll of the 2016 paddle art in our Photo Gallery


The Indy SurviveOars and the Stutz Artist Association thank the generous sponsor of this event:

Ed Martin Automotive Group

2016 Vines for Life - Connecting the Causes

A Tasting Event to Benefit Three Geist Cancer Charities

Held on January 22, 2016 at the The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club, this event benefits three Geist Cancer Charities: Creating Hope, Team Luke and the Indy SurviveOars. 

Guests enjoyed International Wines and a Craft Beer Tasting provided by Elite Beverages, a Silent Auction, tasty treats and live music.  The event was sold out and was a great success.


Once again, we thank the the premier sponsor for this fantastic event:

Ed Martin Automotive Group

2015 Pink Paddle Party

It was A Magical Evening at the 2015 Pink Paddle Party

The 2015 Pink Paddle Party, Indy SurviveOars' principal annual fundraiser, was held on November 6, 2015 at the Hillcrest Country Club.  The event included a wonderful dinner, guest speaker Jeff Stone, and live and silent auctions.  This sold-out event was a grand success and a thoroughly entertaining evening.  INSO wishes to again thank all those who made the Party possible, especially our very generous sponsors:



Townsend Tree Service

Platinum Sponsors


Barnes & Thornburg


R.B. Annis Educational Foundation


Gold Sponsors

Ed Martin Automotive Group


RBC Wealth Management


Ed and Gemma Bastyr


Susan Calhoun in Memory of Nancy Calhoun Merkel

Silver Sponsors


Enterprise Title ... Simply Service


August Mack Environmental

National Bank of Indianapolis

Indiana Behavioral Support Services, LLC


Bronze Sponsors

David and Etta Biloon  
Globe Asphalt Paving Co. Inc.  
Encouraging Insight Counseling Services, LLC
Michael and Debbie Schutz
Indianapolis Auto Trade Association
DeFur Voran, LLP - Attorneys, Business Counselors and Neighbors
Don Hinds Ford
Yopi and Larry Havlik / Lids
Rob and Betty Anderson
Gina and Jan Walker
Genie and Gerry Barker
PNC Bank
Dauby, O'Connor & Zaleski LLC
Monarch Beverage




Healing on the Water


WISH-TV, a local Indianapolis TV station, recently featured Indy SurviveOars in a media spot. The reporter even joined the team during practice on a chilly, blustery October evening on Geist Reservoir, seated in the drummer's seat at the front of the boat. We thank WISH-TV for taking an interest in Indy SurviveOars and for helping us share our message with a larger audience. Please enjoy the article and video on their site:

Breast Cancer Survivors find Healing on the Water



Indy SurviveOars' 2014 Race Season

Indy SurviveOars participated in four dragon boat races during the 2014 season.  To adequately prepare, we begin practice in the spring, meeting three times a week throughout the season at the Geist Marina.  Team practices are essential to prepare for races, but more importantly to the team mission.  During practice teammates are able to visit, encourage one-another, set goals, improve strength and stamina and truly “team build”.  The bonds and friendships that are created and built during these sessions are strengthened and solidified at race events.  In addition, the goal of the team is to improve race times throughout the season, so time and energy during practice is focused on technique, endurance and practice races.


The first race of the 2014 season, on July 26th, was The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a favorite for the team. On September 6th, the team traveled to Alexandria, Kentucky to take part in the Paddling for Cancer Awareness Kentucky Dragon Boat Festival. These first two races are close by and provide a great opportunity for family and friends to attend.  The Stratford Rotary Dragon Boat Festival, in Stratford, Canada, September 13th, was a new race for the team this year.  It was a cold rainy day, but a wonderful venue and opportunity to meet and compete with some great teams. 


Participation in the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival, Sarasota, Florida on October 24-26 was the highlight of the season.  This international race is held once every four years.  Of 103 teams from around the world participating in this event, Indy SurviveOars placed well within the top half of the finishers! The opportunity to meet and interact with fellow paddlers and breast cancer survivors was a priceless experience.  View Video.

2015 Vines for Life - Connecting the Causes

The fifth annual Vines for Life - Connecting the Causes event took place on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the beautiful and spacious Hawthorns Golf and Country Club in Fishers.  This yearly Wine, Craft Beer and Craft Liquor Tasting event benefits three Geist Area cancer charities:  Creating Hope, Team Luke and Indy SurviveOars!

Once again, the premier sponsor for this fun and worthwhile event was:

Ed Martin Automotive Group

In addition to the opportunity to taste a wide variety of quality wines from around the world, craft beers and craft liquors, the evening entertainment included delicious hors d'ouvres, a silent auction, a live auction with several one-of-a-kind trips and live music by Bongo Boy.  


Passions Collide: Artists & Paddlers Meet

We thank everyone who joined us on March 6 at the Stutz Center, Indianapolis, for a unique collaboration between Indy SurviveOars and the Stutz Artist Association.  This special event featured paddle art by Indianapolis artists available for viewing and sale by silent auction.  Participating artists competed for two very special awards. Congratulations to Christian Felder who won the Best of Show and to Paula Aramendia Wright for winning the People's Choice award.  To view those, and all of the amazing artist creations that were auctioned, click here.



Wendy Franklin PaddleArtist Wendy Franklin


April Willy paddleArtist April Willy










Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Pink Paddle Party 2013


Thank you to our wonderful 2013 Pink Paddle Party sponsors:



Townsend Tree Service

Platinum Sponsors

Warnecke Investment Group
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Gold Sponsors

RBC Wealth Management

Ed Martin Automotive Group

Midwest Sports & Social Complex

United Surety Agents, Inc

August Mack Environmental

Silver Sponsors

Wire Supplies / Genie and Gerry Barker  
Gina and Janet Walker "In Memory of
   Joseph Casson"
City Real Estate Investors  

Bronze Sponsors

The Havliks  
David and Etta Biloon  
Noblesville Fraternal Order of Police  
Stonegate Mortgage  
Globe Asphalt Paving  
G. Daniel Kelley
Sarah Demmon
Susan Calhoun
Monarch Beverage
Robbin and Betty Anderson
Gimbal Financial
American Health Network, Greenfield Physicians
Indiana Behavioral Support
Estridge Family Foundations, a fund of Legacy Fund
  Community Foundation in honor of Mr. Mark Seymour


Indy SurviveOars' 2013 Race Season

Indy SurviveOars participated in four dragon boat races during this 2013 season.  To adequately prepare, we began practice April 27, meeting three times a week throughout the season at the Geist Marina.  Team practices are essential to adequately prepare for races, but more importantly to the team mission.  During practice teammates are able to visit, set goals, encourage one-another, improve strength and stamina and truly “team build”.  The bonds and friendships that are created and built during these sessions are strengthened and solidified at race events.  In addition, the goal of the team is to improve race times throughout the season, so time and energy during practice is focused on technique, endurance and practice races.


The first race of the season was June 22 & 23 when the team traveled to The 25th Tim Hortons Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, Toronto, Canada.  Over 175 teams participated; a great opportunity for team members to be exposed to world class dragon boat athletes and teams. The next race was July 27, The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival in Arlington Heights, Illinois. There were enough Indy SurviveOars and SupportOars attending this event to enter two boats into the competition.  The Kentucky Pink in the Park Dragon Boat Festival in Alexandria, Kentucky, September 7, is one of the team’s favorite races.  This 250m race is held to support and bring awareness to breast cancer causes.  The team ended the 2013 race season at the Walgreens Orlando Dragon Boat Festival, in Disneyland, Orlando, Florida on October 19, competing in the Breast Cancer Division.  The race venue was located in Disney Downtown. Team members, family and friends were able to visit and interact with 85 teams from around the country. 

Heartland Film: Awaken the Dragon

Indy SurviveOars was given an exciting and emotional opportunity to participate in the Indianapolis showing of the 2012 Heartland Film Festival's extraordinary film AWAKEN THE DRAGON.  This inspiring film documentary is about a crew of cancer survivors transformed by the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boating.  The Sunday, October 21st screening of the film at AMC Castleton Square was dedicated to the Indy SurviveOars and included the showing of our own introductory video in the theatre, prior to the featured film.  We were thrilled and honored to have the film's director, Liz Oakley, available for comment, questions and discussion following the sold-out showing. In attendance was a great many INSO paddlers, along with friends and families, coming together to celebrate the amazing and moving documentary.  We urge anyone who has an opportunity to view AWAKEN THE DRAGON to do so.

Please "like" the movie's Facebook page to help Director Oakley and the film creators to offer this remarkable and inspiring film to a wider audience.

Battle of the Paddles

On Sunday August 19, 2012  the Indy SurviveOars hosted the 2nd BATTLE OF THE PADDLES at Geist Reservoir!  The fun started at noon at the Fishers Town Hall with a breast cancer awareness event featuring the Pink Heals Pink Fire Truck Tour, Indy SurviveOars, St. Vincent's Foundation Walk of Hope, and Fishers Fire and Police Departments.  A convoy of the fire trucks and the dragon boat was police escorted to Geist mid afternoon where teams competed in a series of dragon boat races.  The Braggin' Dragon Trophy was presented to the Fishers Fire and Police paddling team for winning the Battle of the Paddles.

Indy SurviveOars Pays It Forward

Indy SurviveOars pays it forward and awards Self-Advocates of Indiana with grant money to use in helping them fulfill their dreams!