Newport Exhibition Group names charitable partners

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup Regatta will be the show’s charitable partner; Sailors for the Sea will be the environmental partner.

The Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, named the charitable and environmental partners for the 46th annual Newport International Boat Show, which is set for Sept. 15-18 on the Newport waterfront in Rhode Island.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup Regatta will be the show’s charitable partner; Sailors for the Sea will be the environmental partner.

Both nonprofits will receive complimentary exhibit space at the event and the opportunity for their staff to educate and share information about their missions.

“Both of these wonderful organizations have linked the love of boating to their very vital missions,” Newport Exhibition Group show director Nancy Piffard said in a statement. “Finding a cure for cancer and ocean conservation are two causes that are very close to the Newport Exhibition Group. We are thrilled to support The Leukemia Cup Regatta and Sailors for the Sea at the Newport International Boat Show this year.”

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup Regatta is a series of sailing events that combines recreational boating with fundraising dedicated to helping the LLS find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

“As the world’s leading voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers and ensuring that patients have access to life-saving treatments, LLS is proud to join forces with the Newport International Boat Show,” Leukemia Cup Regatta chairman Gary Jobson said. “As a lymphoma survivor I appreciate all the more how partnerships like the one between LLS and the Newport International Boat Show inspire others to join our efforts to accelerate cures and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.”

Sailors for the Sea is a conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the oceans.

The Clean Regattas program has certified more than 800 regattas, and more than 300,000 sailors participate. Additional programs include the group’s Ocean Watch Magazine, Kids Environmental Lesson Plans and its new Green Boating Guide.

“At Sailors for the Sea we are changing lives, protecting the ocean and building a community of ocean stewards,” said R. Mark Davis, president of Sailors for the Sea.

“The Newport International Boat Show is the perfect venue for us to increase awareness of ocean health issues and our mission to protect the ocean. The quality of guests and exhibitors that attend the show, whether they are new boaters or lifelong sailors, are exactly the kinds of people we need to join our cause. We are excited for this wonderful opportunity.”


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