Signature Medicine Raises Money Competing in Local Boat Festival

At Signature Medicine, we extend the exceptional care we provide for our patients to the community around us in many ways. My team enjoys participating in various charity events and local activities to show support. One of our latest community involvements was the inaugural Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival, which entails a series of sponsored boat races to raise money for charity.

The festival was held on Sept. 24 at Core Creek Park in Langhorne, PA, to raise funds for the food pantries of the Bucks County Housing Group, which operates out of Penndel, Doylestown, and Milford Square. Every year the festival raises donations for a different cause; last year’s festival benefited A Love for Life – a non-profit organization dedicated to pancreatic cancer research.

I, Dr. Ashish Sitapara, and my highly qualified concierge medicine practice group entered the race and joined “Team Namaste” to compete under the St. Mary’s division. The St. Mary’s division included teams from various affiliates of St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA, with myself included. I serve on several of the healthcare facility’s committees, so when I saw that they were sponsoring the event, I signed up Signature Medicine to join in supporting the festival’s efforts.

The festival was also sponsored by the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Bucks County Dragon Boat Association (BCDBA). By coming together for the competition, the Signature Medicine team and other members of Team Namaste altogether managed to raise over $3,000 for the food pantries! It was well worth it, and we are pleased to have played a role in helping this great cause.

During the race, we put as much effort as possible into paddling and came out winning first place in our division! The day was filled with fun and exciting moments as we worked together to participate in a sport that has been associated with the city of Philadelphia for years. We look forward to participating in the Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival next year!



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