Catholic Charities boat races planned for Inner Harbor

Teams in replicas of Chinese dragon boats will take to the Inner Harbor Saturday for a Catholic Charities fundraiser, an event that's expected to raise $700,000.

The all-day event, held every other year, begins at 8 a.m. and features a match-up between corporate-sponsored teams. The money raised will go toward the charity's 80 programs that benefit children, families and seniors, and includes individuals who are poor, immigrants or have developmental disabilities.

"Our programs, and most importantly our clients, benefit tremendously from the generosity and energy that the teams bring," Bill McCarthy, director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore, said in a statement. "This event really showcases the best of Baltimore — individuals, corporations and service providers working together to improve the lives of people in need right here in our community."

This is the ninth time Catholic Charities has held the Dragon Boat Races.

The races begin at the World Trade Center and end in front of the Maryland Science Center.

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