Celebrates 21 Years
The 21st Annual Hospice Cup
will take place Sept. 14. This all-volunteer fundraising event
benefits four hospices serving Maryland, Virginia, and Washington,
D.C. Casual sailors as well as serious racers participate in the
regatta that benefits this noble cause. Since its inception, Hospice
Cup has raised more than $4.3 million for local hospice organizations.
This year, famous local photographer Marion Warren will lend his
image "Race Day" to support Hospice Cup XXI. Mr. Warren has spent
his career photographing the Chesapeake Bay region. Warren's work
has been featured in several books and countless galleries.
"Race Day" will be featured on T-shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts
and commemorative note cards. All of these items may be purchased
through the participating hospices, on race day or by visiting
the Hospice Cup website.
This year the event's honorary chair is Philip Merrill, chairman
of the board of Capital-Gazette Communications.
On race day, sponsors who have donated $250 or more will be able
to view the race from a luxurious spectator boat where a continental
breakfast and other refreshments prepared by local caterers will
be served. Following the race, a shore party will be held at a
magnificent waterfront estate on the South River. Many of the
area's finest restaurant chefs will serve their culinary specialties.
The party will feature live music and a silent auction. At dusk,
the regatta ends with a special awards ceremony for sailors and
founders of the Hospice Cup.
Again this year, Shearwater Sailing Club will host the regatta.
Since 1984, Shearwater has managed the race and the trophies as
well as the net race fees. The club offers three racing classes
for the regatta. They include handicap, cruising one-design boats,
and a special class for sailors who do not usually race at all.
The participating hospices are not-for-profit organizations that
help families care for terminally ill loved ones in their homes.
In excess of 80 percent of the funds raised annually by the regatta
are distributed to the participating hospices. Participating groups
include Hospice of the Chesapeake, Hospice of Northern Virginia/Washington,
D.C., Hospice of Queen Anne's County and Montgomery Hospice. For
more information about Hospice Cup XXI, please visit www.hospicecup.org.