SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) 11th Annual Pacific Union Leukemia Cup Regatta, which took place on October 22-23, 2016 at The San Francisco Yacht Club (SFYC) in Belvedere, Calif., has raised over $675,000. All of the funds raised from the event will go towards LLS's mission to find a cure for blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Since 2006, the Bay Area Leukemia Cup Regatta has raised over $7 million for LLS and this year's event won the honor of being the top fundraising Leukemia Cup Regatta in the nation for the tenth consecutive year.
"We are beyond grateful and honored to have the support and generosity of the Bay Area sailing community and corporate sponsors for the Leukemia Cup Regatta," said Chris Kostanecki Leukemia Cup Regatta Co-Chair. "We are also thankful for the countless volunteer hours spent by our committee members preparing and executing this successful event. The Bay Area Leukemia Cup Regatta continues to be the top fundraising regatta in the nation year after year, and it is all due to the support of the entire Leukemia Cup Regatta community."
The weekend-long event included the Perkins Corporate Challenge and VIP Dinner on October 22 and the Leukemia Cup Regatta on October 23. The 2nd Annual Perkins Corporate Challenge was hosted at The St. Francis Yacht Club with seven corporate teams from Accel, Capital Pacific, Cromar Foundation, Hannig Law, Kilroy Realty, Pacific Union International and Wells Fargo. The Perkins Corporate Challenge was created last year in honor of the late Thomas Perkins, Leukemia Cup Regatta Honorary Chairman and founder of Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers. The Perkins Cup trophy was presented at the VIP Dinner to the winning team, Kilroy Realty.
The sell-out crowd at the VIP Dinner, hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club, was entertained by featured guest speaker Ethan Zohn, a two-time lymphoma survivor and the winner of CBS hit reality television show, Survivor Africa. On October 23, the Leukemia Cup Regatta hosted 94 sailboats racing for a cure across the San Francisco Bay. Matt Cromar, who is the co-chair of the Leukemia Cup Regatta Planning Committee, was awarded the Top Individual Fundraiser honor for the Bay Area as well as nationally, which includes 50 Leukemia Cup Regatta events held annually across the country.
The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a thrilling sailing event that combines the joy of boating with the important task of raising money to cure cancer. The 2017 Leukemia Cup Regatta will be taking place on October 21-22, 2017 at The San Francisco Yacht Club. Registration for next year's event will open spring of 2017.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services for patients and their loved ones.
Major LLS fundraising campaigns include Team In Training, Light The Night Walk, School & Youth, Man & Woman of the Year and Leukemia Cup Regatta. To reach the widest possible audience, LLS partners with national and regional level companies and brands, including Nike, Disney, Burlington and others.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients and caregivers should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
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SOURCE Pacific Union