Philadelphia boat race benefits local charities

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The Philadelphia police and fire departments held a boat race last weekend to raise money for several charities, including the Independence Seaport Museum’s High School Boat Building Program.

The race along the Delaware River last Saturday was organized by the fire department and hosted by the museum, according to Philadelphia’s CBS-TV affiliate.

City Fire Capt. Neil Calore helped to organize the event, which the seaport museum hosted. The fire department chose a boat race “because a lot of us are dragon boat racers,” Calore said. “I row myself as a hobby and we just thought it was a good way to do something fun and raise some money.”

Funds also will be allocated to the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital, a widow’s fund and the FOP Lodge No. 5 survivor’s fund.

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