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AYC AUCTION -- Experience a sailing adventure and cruise into the sunset with one of the charity auction items available at the AYC 2009 Leukemia Cup. One package that will be available is an up-to-six-day cruise on a Catalina 42 out of San Diego.
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Three Days Of Sailing, Fundraising To Cure Blood Cancer
The 10th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta will take place with the 49th Birthday Regatta of the Arizona Yacht Club, Jan.16-18 at Lake Pleasant.
The first national Leukemia Cup Regatta was held in Annapolis in 1993, and since then, the series has expanded to other sites across the county, including Arizona. Gary Jobson, world-class sailor and ESPN Sailing Commentator is National Chairman of the event; he is also a survivor of lymphoma.
In 2008, this event raised over $55,000 to help fund national research and to serve patients and their families in Arizona and Utah.
This giant race and party kick off with a one-day regatta on Friday to practice some tacks and then dinner and a live jam session around the campfire on Friday night. Racing continues on Saturday and Sunday with 80 or more entrants, circled by a fleet of spectator boats.
After a Saturday afternoon of racing, step into the party of the year: dinner, bustling bar stocked with Mount Gay Rum and Full Sail Beer, and live and silent auctions. The action continues Sunday with morning races, lunch, and awarding of the trophies.
Sailors from out of state are able to get on the road that afternoon if they wish (helped on the trip home by the Monday holiday), or they can decide to stay around and enjoy the afternoon in the desert.
The Desert Mountain States of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society benefits from live and silent auctions, as well as registration fees for the Birthday Regatta and fundraising by the crews. There will be exciting prizes for top fundraisers. Participants who raise $8,500 or more can also qualify for an all-expense-paid Fantasy Sail in Miami!
Local sponsors are Full Sail Brewery, Baker Wee, Sara Lee Bakeries, and Poore Brothers.
To obtain a fundraising packet, a list of local and national prizes, or to donate an item for the Saturday evening auction, and/or learn more about Society programs, please contact Cameron Childs at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Phoenix at (602) 567-7650 or e-mail Cameron.Childs@lls.org.
To learn more about the AYC Birthday Regatta, please contact Arno Marcuse at (480) 749-1210. Information can also be found at www.leukemiacup.org/dm www.leukemiacup.org/dm or www.arizonayachtclub.org. www.arizonayachtclub.org
Credit: Tawnya Mecham
RAFFLE QUILT -- For the 10th year, Arizona Yacht Club has partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise funds for the society. The 2009 goal is $65,000 through a variety of efforts, one being the raffle of this"Lake Pleasant Sunset" quilt by Tawnya Mecham. Tickets are $1 or six for $5; the drawing will be Jan. 17 at Lake Pleasant, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the L & L Society. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com or (602) 567-7605 or (602) 956-5101 for more information.
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