The Greater Bay Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will be celebrating its 10th Annual Bay Area Leukemia Cup Regatta this coming October 17 to 18, 2015. The fundraiser will be at the San Francisco Yacht Club (SFYC) in Belvedere, California and will feature a VIP dinner on the first night with special guest speaker Joe Lacob, the 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. The second day will proceed with the Leukemia Cup Regatta competition and festivities. This 10th regatta will be celebrating the society’s success at raising more than $5.1 million since its founding in 2006, in support of research initiatives for a cure for cancers of the blood, and efforts to improve patients’ quality of life.
During the event, Bay Area sailors have the opportunity to take their boats out, compete, and honor their local blood cancer patients. All sailors, regardless of level, are invited to participate in the competition and attend the VIP dinner. The 10th annual regatta has invited the following honorary skippers: Douglas Holmes, Drake Jensen, Steve Johnson, Chris Kostanecki, Rhett Krawitt, Brit Lacey, Chris Laub, Campbell Nolan, Bernard O’Driscoll, Lynn Spiller and Robert Wilson.
This year also commemorates the 1-year inauguration of the event’s sailing competition, the Perkins Corporate Challenge. On October 17, corporate teams of 4 will set out in J/22 sailboats to vie for the Thomas Perkins Trophy, which will be awarded to the winning team during that night’s VIP dinner. The next day, the Leukemia Cup Regatta will kick off with a Sponsor Breakfast at 10:00 a.m. at the SFYC, followed by boarding at 11:30 a.m. There will also be non-racing boating activities, such as a water parade of the power boats, which will serve to honor the event’s sponsors and skippers. At 2:00 p.m., there will be a Leukemia Cup Regatta Awards Celebration and BBQ.
Those interested to join the event can visit www.leukemiacup.org/gba. Registration fee is $125 for sailboats and $100 for power boats, which will be totalled with the attendee’s personal donation. VIP Dinner seats are $1,000 per person, and can be reserved through 415-625-1139. For fundraisers donating a minimum of $2,500, a complimentary VIP Dinner seat will be granted.