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Making a Difference

(October 25, 2006) In 2005, there were 47 Leukemia Cup Regattas held throughout the US to help raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their fight against leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma. Over 17,000 participants helped to raise more than $3.2 million that year, bringing the overall campaign
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results to more than $18 million since the fundraising concept began in 1988.

For this year’s LCR schedule, a Midwest J/105 team conceived the idea of not just attending the event in their local area, but in creating a coast-to-coast tour where they would attend six events in all. This unique fund raising/ racing team is based out of Carlyle Lake outside of St. Louis, MO, and is co-owned and skippered by Rick Bernstein, and co-owned by Marcus Raichle. Their schedule had the team participating in regattas in Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago, Annapolis, Keyport New Jersey and Savannah (where they sailed their boat in 5 of 6 events, chartering only in Seattle).

Having completed their final LCR event in Savannah last month, Bernstein reflected on the impact they had during their circuit, “The mission was to help increase participation and thus increase fund raising dollars, and we were really pleased to see this occur at 5 of
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the 6 regattas, with increased attendance leading to thousands of dollars more was raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We were able to raise the level of awareness of the LCR’s in general, as our story and sailing model began appearing on national TV, in write-ups in the Seattle and Annapolis newspapers, along with exposure in Scuttlebutt.”

In 2007, Bernstein said they were looking to add a Melges 24 and Star to their fleet and attend upwards of 16 Leukemia Cup Regattas from coast to coast. One of the keys of their 2006 program was the support the team received from their sponsor, SimmonsCooper, a law firm based in East Alton Illinois outside of St. Louis. For 2007, the team is interested in signing another corporate sponsor. More on the Vindicator Racing Team can be found on their website: - Scuttlebutt

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