Sailors and power boaters in Chicago are blessed in many ways... it’s fitting that the Chicago marine community comes together and shows what we are made of by supporting the great kids of Lurie Children’s.
Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) March 27, 2014
The Pinnacle Foundation announced today that it has organized a new regatta to benefit the Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The Chicago Regatta will include an epic sailboat race, a powerboat poker run, and a rocking party that promises to be among the best ever on the shores of Lake Michigan.
The Chicago Regatta has attracted some of the largest and most prestigious yachts in the region, including Dale Smirl’s 66 foot Defiance, Mark Hauf’s 52 foot Imedi, Peter Thornton's 70 foot Il Mostro, and Gary Feracota's syndicated 77 foot Ocean. In addition to fifteen or so skilled crew, these “Turbo Class” yachts will have aboard several business executives that are making considerable donations to support the hospital. “I can’t imagine a more exciting way to help the kids,” said Brian Holdampf, President of Adapt Telephone Technologies, who will be racing on Defiance.
“This is going to be an epic competition,” said Jim Banovitz, Captain of the 77 foot yacht Ocean and Pinnacle Foundation board member. “The course combines the endurance of a distance race with the action of a short course.” The sailboat race course is being designed and officiated by Jim Hellquist and Don Waller, two highly regarded experts in yacht racing who have more than 80 years of race experience between them. “We expect more than 50 racing sailboats of all sizes to compete,” said Hellquist.
Powerboats will compete in the Chicago Regatta as well. The Power Poker Run is competition of luck and skill where powerboats cruise Chicago's lakefront haunts to gather cards and build a winning poker hand. The last card is drawn at the regatta party with much fanfare and excitement. "The power boaters I know are very generous," said Ron Silvia, supporter of the event. "They will be a big part of the regatta."
After the race, the Rocking Regatta Party will happen. “Landlubbers, power boaters, sailors -- everyone is invited to what will be one of the best post-race parties on the lake,” said Tracey Kreiling, sailor and organizer of the party. "The food and venue will be as epic as the race itself."
"This will be one of the best parties of year,” said Nicholas Foderaro, sailor, law student and newly seated Pinnacle Foundation board member. “The great music, dancing, food and people will make this a night to remember."
But the Chicago Regatta is much more than a boat race and party. “It is a unifying event for the entire marine community to support a great cause,” said Gary Feracota, President of the Pinnacle Foundation. “Sailors and power boaters in Chicago are blessed in many ways. Our city has vast parks and beautiful marinas along the shore of the finest boating waterway in the US. We have superb yacht clubs, outstanding boat yards and support facilities, and a well-run race circuit for boats large and small. We have active involvement from the Coast Guard and Marine Police which keeps us safe and sets the standard for the rest of the nation." "So it’s fitting that the Chicago marine community comes together and shows what we are made of by supporting the great kids of Lurie Children’s,” he concluded.
Chicago hosts several on-the-water charity events each year, the most popular being the Leukemia Cup Regatta organized by Columbia Yacht Club. Milwaukee has the popular Louie’s Last Regatta in support of the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital. “We have been inspired by the great folks that make the Leukemia Cup and Louie’s happen,” said Feracota. “We hope to follow their excellent lead.”
The Chicago Regatta will take place on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the city’s new, award winning 31st Street Harbor. Chicago boasts the largest municipal marina system in the US with slips for more than 5,000 vessels. The Chicago Park District and Westrec, its marina management firm, have volunteered 100 slips for the regatta, showing strong support for the event.
Learn more about the Chicago Regatta at http://www.chicagoregatta.com
About Lurie Children's Hospital:
The Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll rankings. Lurie Children’s provides pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design.
Take a virtual tour of Lurie Children's Hospital at http://tour.luriechildrens.org
About the Pinnacle Foundation:
The Pinnacle Foundation is a 501(c)3 Public Charity that supports organizations that make a large difference in the lives of others through the arts, education and community service. Funds are raised primarily by offering unique on-the-water experiences. The Foundation is underwritten by Pinnacle Yachts which covers the majority of Foundation expenses.
Learn more about the Pinnacle Foundation at http://www.pinnaclefoundation.org
Learn more about Pinnacle Yachts at http://www.pinnacleyachts.com