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June 19, 2012
The 2nd Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta at River Dunes on June 8-10 helped to raise $106,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Carolina. About three dozen boats competed in the three sailboat races on Saturday and Sunday.(Click here for photos from the Sunday race and results.) Even more people turned out — 300 tickets were sold — for the Shoreside Celebration of dinner, dance and silent and live auctions on Saturday night.The top fundraisers among the boats competing at the Leukemia Cup Regatta. From left, Will Scott, 3rd place, Steve Ura, 2nd place, and David White, 1st place. At right is JC Cappelmann, Director of Operations at River Dunes.
Cherith Hunter Robison of the LLS lays much of the credit for the weekend’s success goes to Jean White, the Fundraising Chair. The Oriental resident “played a pivotal role” in getting sponsorships and organizing the auctions and, Robison says,“gave her time, talent, and energy above and beyond” to raise the $106,000.Saturday night dancing at the Shoreside Celebration.
The money raised goes toward the LLS work “to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”The crew of Godspeed, which was first in the Jib and Main Division. From left, Charlie Garrett, Cheryl McFadden, Mike Anderson and Ned Albee. There were about three dozen boats competing in 6 divisions. (For the rest of the first place finishers, see the next page.)Jean and David White of Oriental, flanked by Cherith Hunter Robison and Tiffany Alexander of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of NC. The weekend event at River Dunes raised $106,000. Jean White was the Fundraising Chair for the weekend. Her husband David raised the most money in pledges among the competing boats in the regatta.
The funds raised this year represented a 25% increase over what the event raised in its inaugural year in 2011. A date has not yet been set for the Third Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta at River Dunes, but the LLS says it will very likely have one there again in 2013.Millie Lero had her eye on the tunic and earrings that were donated to the auction by Marsha’s Cottage. (She would have the winning bid.)
More photos from the part of the Leukemia Cup Regatta that took place on land at River Dunes and Grace Harbor…on the following pages.