Sailor's Charitable Giving

Sailor's Charitable Giving

Gary Jobson, one of the biggest names in sailing, recently said that yacht clubs should all hold a Charity Regatta.  Gary put together the Leukemia Regattas across the nation years ago, only to find one day that he had Leukemia himself.  His fight against this cancer was successful and he is even more convinced that more events are needed to help those in need.

If you don’t sail, or are thinking about sailing, go ahead and give to these charities now.  Most events make it clear that they want you sailing in it, even if you don’t own a boat, you can come crew.  Look to see how you can get involved.  This is easy to get involved with, and could possibly cost you nothing other than the amount you are willing to give to charity!

What does Lake Michigan Sailors offer?

Louie’s 16th Last Regatta Raises Money for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

The name of this event always takes me back, but it has nothing to do with an ill child.  It has to do with the Milwaukee Ale House owner’s uncle who met his demise in a bar fight in 1886 in Sheboygan, WI.  The Ale House is a sponsor of the event.  There are all sorts of awards – funniest costumes worn while sailing, 1st place gets a 1/4 barrel, 2nd place gets a 1/2 barrel, 3rd place gets a full barrel of beer – it’s better to be 3rd!  Who the heck would want to win it?  No doubt, the shenanigans at this event make it the most fun sailing event on Lake Michigan. After starting in 1999, they are close to having raised $1,000,000.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Cup  Raises Money for the battle against Leukemia, Myeloma and Lymphoma.

So far, this event has raised more than $2,000,000.

The Chicago Regatta Raises Money for the  Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
This is the newest event beginning in 2014. The Pinnacle Foundation (Chicago based) jumped forward to create this event to give back to the community. Let’s see what we can do Chicago!

Kathryn A. Zukasky Memorial Breast Cancer Awareness Regatta Raises Money for the Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Vandeerleek Cup Hospice Regatta Holland, MI   Raises Money for the Hospice of Holland.
In 2013, they were able to raise $117,000 to help those navigating through their terminal illness.

Hospice Regatta Muskegon, MI Raises Money for Harbor Hospice.
In 2012, with 40 boats participating they raised $24,000 to help those who need care for serious and terminally ill patients.

541 Hospice Regatta Organized by the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge of the United States of America. This Raises Money for local Veteran’s Charities.

Joey Shepro Race Organized by the Marinette and Menominee Yacht Club (M&M Yacht Club) Raises Money for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

What a great bunch of people involved in all of these events, from the volunteers, contributors, sailors all going out of their way to make the world a better place.

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