Jun 4, 2013

Flathead Community Foundation and FVCC to Host Screening of Award-Winning Film "Awaken the Dragon"

Awaken the DragonThe Flathead Community Foundation (FCF) and Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) will welcome the public to a screening of the award-winning feature documentary Awaken the Dragon on June 18.  Directed by Liz Oakley, Awaken the Dragon reveals how the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boat racing is enabling cancer survivors to face their challenges with the courage and ferocity of an immortal creature.  The film introduces the audience to an unlikely crew of people whose unconventional path to wellness takes viewers on a remarkable journey of healing.

Wrapped in a sport that is a feast for the senses, this story of nail-biting competition and intimate revelations challenges traditional medical thinking and reveals a path to wellness that holds hope for all survivors.  Awaken the Dragon is a moving and inspiring documentary for the entire family.  It will leave viewers wondering if they, too, have the power to awaken the dragon within.

The screening is free and open to the public; however, a $5 per person donation is encouraged at the door.  Proceeds will support the Flathead Community Foundation, the title sponsor of the Dragon Boat Races.  The movie is 88 minutes in length.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology Building at FVCC.  Refreshments will be served, and a raffle drawing for an evening of sailing and dinner on Flathead Lake will take place during the event.

The Montana Dragon Boat Festival is sponsored by the Flathead Community Foundation, a tax-exempt public charity whose mission is to improve quality of life in the Flathead.  FCF helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals through donor-advised funds and permanent endowments, and it partners with local nonprofits to address community needs and opportunities.

The Flathead Community Foundation was founded in 2005 by local residents who wanted to ensure the vitality of the Flathead Valley through the power of local giving.  Since 2008, FCF has awarded more than $600,000 in community and donor-advised grants to more than 70 nonprofits and has established permanent endowments, planned gifts and pass-through funds for charitable organizations, private donors, family foundations and community projects.

For more information about the film or to watch a trailer, visit  For more information about the screening, contact Allison Meilicke at 751-4167 or 212-7103.