SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) 10th Annual Bay Area Leukemia Cup Regatta, which took place on October 17-18, 2015 at The San Francisco Yacht Club (SFYC) in Belvedere, Calif., has raised over $680,000. 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 $6.3 million for LLS and this year's event won the honor of being the top fundraising Leukemia Cup Regatta in the nation for the ninth 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 Jennifer Daly, Leukemia Cup Regatta Senior Campaign Manager. "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 17 and the Leukemia Cup Regatta on October 18. The inaugural Perkins Corporate Challenge was hosted at The St. Francis Yacht Club with four corporate teams from Accel, Kilroy Realty, Pacific Union International and Visa. To commemorate the Perkins Corporate Challenge Thomas Perkins, Leukemia Cup Regatta Honorary Chairman and founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, commissioned the Perkins Challenge Trophy, a perpetual trophy designed by Danish silversmith Georg Jensen. The trophy was presented to the winning team, Kilroy Realty, at the VIP Dinner.
The VIP Dinner at SFYC featured guest speaker Joe Lacob, owner, co-executive chairman, CEO and governor of the Golden State Warriors, co-managing member of the Golden State Warriors' ownership group and strategic advisor to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who brought along the 2015 NBA Championship Trophy to share with the guests. On October 18, the Leukemia Cup Regatta hosted 89 sailboats racing for a cure across the San Francisco Bay. John McNeill, who is a member of the Bay Area 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 Regattas 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 2016 Leukemia Cup Regatta will be taking place on October 22-23, 2016 at The San Francisco Yacht Club. Registration for next year's event will open summer of 2016.
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.
SOURCE Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Greater Bay Area Chapter