One of the most exciting events that involves Ortec employees each year is the Dragon Boat Upstate Festival presented by The Greenville Hospital System. Ortec has been a proud participant for six years and the Presenting Sponsor for the last five years. The Festival is held on Lake Hartwell in SC, and benefits cancer research, the tissue bank and survivorship programs at the Cancer Institute as well as the SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation.
Bake sales, scooter races, pie-in-the-face contests, “feed the pig” candy jars, and spaghetti lunches are some of the means by which Ortec employees raised over $10,000 last spring for the cause. A fun day on the lake with some fierce completion among the 30 plus teams is a culmination of the fundraising efforts of the months preceding the festival.
The world record of $580,000 was set by the paddlers of the 2016 Dragon Boat Upstate Festival, and all of the monies raised remain in Upstate South Carolina.