This year’s Peake BMW Leukemia Cup Regatta presented by IberiaBank and Jack Henry & Associtates raised over $230,000 and is targeted to set a new fundraising record this year in raising money to fight blood cancers to benefit the MSLA Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Regatta Chair Allen Borne Jr. and Sponsor Chair Bob Kottler steered the event along with several committee members. Honored Hero Lucy Boudreaux wore her ‘fancy dress’ and amazed everyone with her Beads of Courage.
Team Mystic, led by Guy Brierre, took home the Leukemia Cup for being the top fundraising team. A close 2nd place was awarded to Dave Erwin and Team Zephyr. Burt Benrud’s Demitasse and Mark Palermo’s Last Call were also among the top fundraising teams.
Guy Brierre was awarded the Carl Barre Memorial Award for being the top individual fundraiser. Second place was awarded to Blaine Gahagan. Dave Erwin, Bob Kottler, Burt Benrud and Bob Maher were among the top individual fundraisers. These overachievers will all be heading to Bermuda in the fall for the Gary Jobson Fantasy Sail!
Over 500 guests poured out onto the Southern Yacht Club lawn for the post-race party. Guests sipped on Goslings Rum and Stella Artois as they danced the night away to the tunes of Refried Confuzion and dined on tastings from local restaurants.
A silent and live auction kept everyone bidding often and bidding high. A coveted item was a custom Melges 24 Half Hull by artist Norman Angus. Auction Chair Angie Provensal and team put on a fantastic display.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Leukemia Cup Regatta Party,” benefiting the MSLA Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
When: Saturday, March 21
Where: Southern Yacht Club