June 9-10

KEYPORT, NJ  –The New Jersey Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is proud to partner with the Keyport Yacht Club to host the 12th Annual Bill Volk Leukemia Cup Regatta, June 9-10 in Keyport, NJ. Sailors from around the Raritan Bay will be raising sails to help raise funds for blood cancer research and patient services.

“We are working very hard to surpass last year’s fundraising total of $48,000 to help fund research for a cure,” said Carole Olufsen, co-chair of the Keyport Yacht Club Bill Volk Leukemia & Lymphoma Society committee.

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There are many exciting events planned for both racers and non-racers during the Regatta weekend. This includes two days of competitive racing for one design divisions, mono-hull boats over 21’ in length, and a fun Navigator Division race on Saturday.  Racers can register for the Regatta online at: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=223

     Mount Gay Rum, a national sponsor of the Leukemia Cup Regatta, will host the “After the Races”

     Happy Hour on Saturday, June 9 at 4 p.m. Happy Hour will include Mount Gay Rum drinks, a raw      

     bar and live music provided by “Free Beer & Tips.”

Activities continue on Saturday with the Leukemia Cup Regatta Dinner Reception at 6:oo p.m. The evening will feature dinner, a silent auction, raffle prizes, and live entertainment. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25.

A new addition to this year’s Regatta will be the first annual Light the Bay Remembrance Ceremony. Light the Bay is a maritime innovation based on the renowned Light the Night events sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

On the evening of June 9, shortly after sunset, boaters in Keyport Harbor will light their boats and illuminate the bay while those on shore will carry lighted balloons. A remembrance ceremony will be held on shore to remember lost loved ones and pay tribute to cancer survivors. Light the Bay will bring the concept of the Light the Night events to the public in an unforgettable, moving ceremony right on the water in Keyport Harbor.  

For more information about the Bill Volk Leukemia Cup Regatta weekend and Light The Bay ceremony, please contact Christin Haggerty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit they Keyport Yacht Club web site at http://www.keyportyachtclub.com/Home/LLSCUPRacing.aspx.

Secure online donations benefiting the New Jersey Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society can be made by visiting the Keyport Yacht Club online fundraising page: http://nj.lcr.llsevent.org/kycregatta

Event Sponsors:

Celgene Corporation, Aberdeen Shop Rite, Compression Therapy Concepts, Bloog

National Sponsors:

Mount Gay Run, Ken Gardiner, Model Maker, Sailing World, North Sails, West Marine, Jobson Sailing, Inc., Offshore Sailing School, The Moorings.

About the Leukemia Cup Regatta

The Leukemia Cup Regatta is a series thrilling sailing events that combines the joy of boating with the important goal of raising money to fight blood cancers.  Since its inception 20 years ago, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Leukemia Cup RegattaSM has raised millions of dollars for lifesaving research and patient services, helping to bring hope to patients and their families.

At events held at yacht clubs across North America, skippers register their boats and recruit friends and colleagues to help crew and to raise funds. Crew members seek donations from friends, family, co-workers and employers to sponsor their boat. National and local event sponsors also support Regatta.

Visit www.leukemiacup.org/NJ to learn more about the Regatta series.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.  

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.lls.org.

About the Keyport Yacht Club and the Bill Volk Leukemia Cup Regatta

115 First Avenue, Keyport, NJ, 732-739-0727, http://www.keyportyachtclub.com

Founded in 1908, the Keyport Yacht Club, is located in historic Keyport, New Jersey on the southwest shore of the Raritan Bay. For over a hundred years, the club has been providing a superior boating experience for local and regional water sport enthusiasts.

The Keyport Yacht Club hosted its first annual Bill Volk Memorial Regatta in 1994 to honor longtime club member, William Volk, Sr. who served as a trustee and chairman of the race committee and significantly upgraded the club’s race program. On June 8, 2001, the club held the first Volvo/Leukemia Cup Regatta to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The annual fundraising campaign, now known as the Bill Volk Leukemia Cup Regatta, has raised close to $200,000 for the New Jersey Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.