The Greater Bay Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will be hosting the first Perkins Corporate Challenge on October 17, 2015 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, as part of the LLS’ 10th Annual Bay Area Leukemia Cup Regatta. Several teams from Accel, Kilroy Realty, Pacific Union International and Visa have committed to competing for the Perkins trophy. The winner will be presented at the Leukemia Cup Regatta VIP Dinner later that night. The Perkins challenge presents a golden opportunity for local Northern California businesses to band together and invest in LLS research and patient support initiatives.
“We are honored to have these leading Bay Area companies join us for the inaugural Perkins Corporate Challenge,” said Matt Cromar, Perkins Corporate Challenge Committee Chair. “They are not only leaders in their industries but also in their philanthropic endeavors. With their participation and support, LLS is able to fund critical research efforts and provide assistance to local families affected by a blood cancer diagnosis. We look forward to seeing them compete on the water in what will become a cornerstone event for the Leukemia Cup Regatta.”
The five corporate teams will be racing on J/22 class sailboats, care of the St. Francis Yacht Club. The participating corporations will be investing $20,000 per team and will be recognized at the VIP dinner. The challenge commemorates Thomas Perkins, the Leukemia Cup Regatta Honorary Chairman and founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who has devoted a decade of his time and effort to the Bay Area Leukemia Cup Regatta since its establishment as a leading fundraiser for Leukemia research.
The 10th Annual Bay Are Leukemia Cup Regatta is scheduled to take place on October 17-18, 2015 at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere, Calif. The VIP dinner on the 17th will feature guest speaker Joe Lacob, the owner, co-executive chairman, CEO and governor of the Golden State Warriors, and the co-managing member of the Golden State Warriors’ ownership group and strategic advisor to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Ever since the regatta’s inception in 2006, it has successfully raised more than $5.1 million to fund the LLS’s mission to find a solution for blood cancers and help these patients and their families live fuller, longer lives.