Sails Up 4 Cancer receives Chelsea Groton Foundation Grant

Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is the proud recipient of a Chelsea Groton Foundation grant for 2020. The Chelsea Groton Foundation, Inc. was established in 1998 as a Section 501(c) (3) organization. Initially endowed with a $2 million dollar donation from Chelsea Groton Bank, and recently gifted an additional $5 million from the Bank, the Foundation has awarded over $3.8 million in grants to non-profit organizations in the Bank’s Connecticut and Rhode Island market areas.

Through grants such as this, Sails Up 4 Cancer is able to fulfill requests from many area families for financial assistance due to cancer related medical bills or loss of income due to illness. Additionally, SU4C fulfills requests from area organizations such as the L+M Cancer Center in Waterford, CT and Center for Hospice Care in Norwich, CT.

Sails Up 4 Cancer is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research, education, care and prevention for all types of cancer. Based in Mystic, SU4C is dedicated to cancer research and care; and thanks to Chelsea Groton can continue their mission.


Holmgren Subaru chooses Sails Up 4 Cancer for Share the Love Partner

Sails Up 4 Cancer is proud to announce that it has been selected by Subaru America as part of this year’s Share the Love campaign in conjunction with Holmgren Subaru in Franklin, CT. Over the last twelve years, Subaru has donated over $170 million toward charities across the country. From November 16, 2020 until January 2, 2021 Subaru will donate $250 to Sails Up 4 Cancer for each car sold or leased.

Sails Up 4 Cancer, founded in 2011 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Mystic. Over the past nine years Sails Up has donated over $250,000 to a variety of research centers, hospitals, hospice care, & cancer patients. Sails Up 4 Cancer is especially proud of its Spinnaker Fund which provides direct financial relief to individuals battling cancer.

Subaru of America, Inc. donated over $30 million to charitable partners during the twelfth annual “Share the Love” event in 2019. Since the inception of the program, Subaru has donated over $170 million. Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is incredibly proud to have been chosen as one of this year’s charities for their campaign. Thanks to Holmgren Subaru, in Franklin, CT, Subaru was able to donate $250 for every new vehicle sold or leased earlier this year, resulting in an incredibly generous gift to SU4C.

“Don’t lose sight of the fact that the Holmgren team has educated their customers about Sails Up. Customers have a variety of options as far as where the donations go but has chosen Sails Up 4 Cancer to keep their gift local within the community and supports the Sails Up mission,” explained Ken Scanzio, Subaru District Sales Manager.

Bob Davis, CEO of SU4C has partnered with the Holmgren team for numerous years on a variety of projects. “Bob has been a personal friend and he is passionate about Sails Up, it is impossible not to get involved and be supportive when the leader is someone who has not only survived two cancers but works incredibly hard to raise funds for future research and individual cancer care. I am proud to be a part of such a great organization,” said Eric Holmgren.

“No one plans to get cancer; and everyone is affected by it,” said Scanzio. “Subaru is proud to give to an organization helping people suffering from cancer.” SU4C is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing.

 Save the date for the Sails Up Regatta & Wellness Expo on the weekend of June 18-19, 2021 at Mystic Shipyard.

For more information, please visit. www.SU4C.org 

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Holmgren Subaru Award $35k to Sails Up 4 Cancer

Sails Up 4 Cancer is beyond proud and grateful to be the beneficiary of $35,000 from Holmgren Subaru. Holmgren Subaru has always been a community-minded dealership and they have stepped up their generosity even more during this unprecedented time in our world.

The Corona Virus has changed our community in many ways but hope springs eternal as we fight the battle over this virus. While fighting the Corona virus is currently first and foremost on everyone’s minds, we also still have many cancer patients who need assistance from Sails Up 4 Cancer. Because of this incredible gift from the Holmgren Subaru Share the Love campaign, Sails Up 4 Cancer can continue uninterrupted grant funding through the Spinnaker fund. Financially-stressed cancer patients can apply for the Spinnaker fund to assist with day-to-day needs like groceries, rent and medical expenses. The collaboration with Holmgren Subaru and the annual Share the Love Campaign allows SU4C to provide funding for families and patients in New London county. Holmgren Subaru has been integral in the success of the Spinnaker Fund which SU4C is extremely proud of. This Fund has been specifically tailored to individuals and families suffering financial hardship as a result of the loss of income due to their struggles with cancer. Sails Up realizes that the last thing a cancer patient needs is additional stress as a result of this predicament. There are not many places to turn for assistance and Sails Up, with assistance from the Share the Love revenue, is proud to help fill this void.

“The Holmgren team and family have long been supporters of Sails Up 4 Cancer. We appreciate the organization for its unique niche in bringing much needed financial support directly to cancer patients and not through a third party,” said Eric Holmgren, president of Holmgren Subaru. Eric Holmgren is an avid boater and dear friend to Bob Davis, President and founder of SU4C. Davis is a two-time cancer survivor and has an intimate relationship with cancer and cancer patients. Eric, and his wife Dawn, along with the Holmgren Family and the staff at Holmgren Subaru, believes that because of Davis’ experience with two cancers and his personal empathy with the agony that patients endure, he is the perfect person to address their needs. Having lived through the stress of cancer and loss of income, Davis is in a formidable position to support those suffering with the hidden effects and stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

“We cannot just provide lip service to those in need of financial assistance. We must heed the call and respond effectively and efficiently in sending financial relief,” explained Davis, “Imagine receiving a check from Sails Up 4 Cancer. Not a check large enough to cure your cancer or pay off your mortgage or satisfy all your bills. But maybe just enough to alleviate some financial stress – maybe just enough to know there is an organization that identifies with your issues and is here to help. Some people feel forgotten, helpless and lose all hope. Sails Up 4 Cancer is here and cares deeply.

For Further information: Bob Davis, Sails Up 4 Cancer, Rdavis@su4c.org – www.su4c.org


Holmgren Subaru chooses Sails Up 4 Cancer for Share the Love Partner

Sails Up 4 Cancer is proud to announce that it has been selected by Subaru America as part of this years Share the Love campaign in conjunction with Holmgren Subaru in Franklin, CT. Subaru has donated over $147 million toward charities across the country. From November 14, 2019 until January 2, 2020 Subaru will donate $250 to Sails Up 4 Cancer for each car sold or leased.
Sails Up 4 Cancer, founded in 2011 is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation based in Mystic. Over the past eight years Sails Up has donated over $225,000 to a variety of research centers, hospitals, hospice care, and individuals dealing with all types of cancer.
Subaru of America, Inc. donated over $27.5 million to charitable partners during the eleventh annual “Share the Love” event in 2018. Since the inception of the program, Subaru has donated over $147 million. Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is incredibly proud to have been chosen as one of this year’s charities for their campaign.
Thanks to Holmgren Subaru, in Franklin, CT, Subaru was able to donate $250 for every new vehicle sold or leased earlier this year; resulting in an incredibly generous gift to SU4C.
“Don’t lose sight of the fact that the Holmgren team educated their customers about Sails Up. Customers have a variety of options as far as where the donations go… Wounded Warrior Project, ASPCA and many other national charities but Holmgren believes in Sails Up and wanted to see the gift stay local,” explained Ken Scanzio, Subaru District Sales Manager.
Bob Davis, CEO of SU4C has partnered with the Holmgren team for numerous years on a variety of projects. “Bob has been a personal friend and he is passionate about Sails Up, it is impossible not to get involved and be supportive when the leader is someone who has not only survived cancer but works incredibly hard to raise funds for future research. I am proud to be a part of such a great organization,” said Eric Holmgren.
“No one plans to get cancer; and everyone is affected by it,” said Scanzio. “Subaru is proud to give to an organization helping people suffering from cancer.”
SU4C is a non profit organization dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing.
Save the date for the Sails Up Regatta & wellness weekend, June 26-27, 2020 at Mystic Shipyard For more information, please visit. http://su4c.org

###For further press info., please contact Courtney Moore, courtney@cmbcreativegroup.com – 860/536.5870


Sails Up 4 Cancer awards $14,000 to L+M Hospital

Sails Up 4 Cancer was proud to be an honored guest at the sold-out L + M Gala on Saturday, September 28. Bob Davis, CEO and President of Sails Up 4 Cancer presented a $14,000 check to Bill Stanley during the event. Speaking to almost 600 attendees, Davis explained the great need for supporting the local hospital.
While, the evening’s focus was mainly on fund raising for the L+M Emergency Facility and services in New London, CT. Sails Up 4 Cancer provided these funds with the understanding that they are, and will be, ear-marked for the Patient Transportation Fund, Patient Exercise Program, and Beauty Boosters Program at L+M’s Cancer Center.
“On behalf of the Sails Up 4 Cancer Board of Directors, friends, and donors we are sensitive to the needs of our local Cancer hospital and are dedicated to its support. Sails Up 4 Cancer is extremely proud to be one of the first to acknowledge and contribute to this often neglected need,” said Bob Davis, Founder and CEO of SU4C.
“As they always do, Sails Up 4 Cancer has recognized an important cancer-related need in our community and stepped up to fulfill it. Very often, there is so much focus on cancer and the appropriate cures for it that some of the important incidentals – such as reliable transportation to and from treatment – can be overlooked. That is why we are so privileged to have a knowledgeable and generous partner like our good friends at Sails Up 4 Cancer. Their support for our Cancer Center and our patients over the years has been nothing short of incredible,” said Bill Stanley, Vice President of Development & Community Relations at L+M Hospital.
Sails Up 4 Cancer is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research, education, care and prevention for all types of cancer.

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For further information:Bob Davis, Sails Up 4 Cancer: Rdavis@su4c.org – su4c.org

A Sold out room ready for guests at the Mystic Marriott.
Local business owner Jonathan Duncklee (Duncklee Cooling & Heating), CEO and founder of Sails Up 4 Cancer, Bob Davis and CT State Senator Heather Somers

CT Spring In-water Boat Show to benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer Announces 2019 Show Dates

Essex, CT (January 24, 2019) The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5 at Essex Island Marina, a Safe Harbor Marina, 11 Ferry Street, Essex, CT. The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and is sponsored by Essex Island Marina, Yacht Brokers Association of America, Essex Boat Works, Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and YachtWorld. 100% of attendee gate proceeds will go to Sails Up 4 Cancer, last year over $10,000 was raised for the organization.

“Boaters from all over New England down to New York get excited to visit the Connecticut Spring Boat Show to experience the wide selection of power and sail boats. The venue makes it easy to hop aboard and spend time chatting with knowledgeable brokers in a relaxed and fun environment.” said Tom Pilkington, owner of Prestige Yacht Sales. “Due to changes in CT Tax law, which lower the state tax on boat purchases from 6.35% to 2.99% in 2019, we anticipate a growing interest in this boutique show.” said Pilkington.

“Safe Harbor Marinas is proud to sponsor this event annually” said Doug Domenie, Northeast Central Regional Vice President. “It is truly unique because of our beautiful, family friendly venue in the historic waterfront village of Essex, CT. No other show, boutique or otherwise, has a setting like ours and the SHM team really take pride in hosting it.” Essex Island Marina is located on a 13-acre private island on the Connecticut River, accessed by a complementary ferry service, and offers 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. Over thirty land based nautical exhibitors are expected to grace the dockside lawns on the Island along with the seventy plus expected in water boats.

Over 2500 visitors are anticipated with a suggested donation of $5 per person to benefit Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization and local charity who distributes funds raised to families impacted by cancer. Attendees will see a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models with sea trials available. Boating gear, accessories, waterfront real estate and “water lifestyle” service companies will also be on site.

“We are really proud to have raised over $10,000 last year for Sails Up 4 Cancer.” said Ben Cesare, Publisher of WindCheck Magazine, the producer of the event. “This year, with the help of sponsor Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, we hope to double that! They will again bring their riverboat Becky Thatcher to provide food and beverages during the event and host a cocktail cruise to benefit the charity.”

Sails Up 4 Cancer is a non-profit organization based in Mystic, Connecticut. SU4C has been dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut. To learn more, go to SU4C.org.

CT SPRING BOAT SHOW: The CT Spring Boat Show, May 3-5, 2019 features some of the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and sail boats. The show is open to the public at Essex Island Marina, a Safe Harbor Marina with a requested $5 dollar donation to Sails Up 4 Cancer for attendees ages 13 and up. Free parking is provided. Visit www.ctspringboatshow.com for specific event details or Ben Cesare of WindCheck Magazine at​ contactus@windcheckmagazine.com for dealer and vendor application information.

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Holmgren Subaru chooses Sails Up 4 Cancer for Share the Love Partner

Sails Up 4 Cancer is proud to announce that it has been selected by Subaru America as part of this years Share the Love campaign in conjunction with Holmgren Subaru in Franklin, CT. Subaru has donated over $50 million towards a variety of charities across the country.

From November 15, 2018 until Jan 2, 2019 Subaru will donate $250 to Sails Up 4 Cancer for each car sold. Sails Up 4 Cancer, founded in 2011 is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation based in Mystic. Over the past four years Sails Up has donated over $150,000 to a variety of research centers, hospitals, hospice care, and individuals dealing with all types of cancer.

Subaru of America, Inc. donated $10 million to charitable partners during its seventh annual “Share the Love” event. Since the inception of the program, Subaru has donated over $50 million. Sails Up 4 Cancer (SU4C) is incredibly proud to have been chosen as one of this year’s charities for their campaign. Thanks to Holmgren Subaru, in Franklin , CT, Subaru was able to donate $250 for every new vehicle sold earlier this year; resulting in an incredibly generous gift to SU4C.

“Don’t lose sight of the fact that the Holmgren team educated their customers about Sails Up, customers have a variety of options as far as where the donations go… Wounded Warrior Project, ASPCA and many other national charities but Holmgren believes in Sails Up and wanted to see the gift stay local,” explained Ken Scanzio, Subaru District Sales Manager.

Bob Davis, CEO of SU4C has partnered with the Holmgren team for numerous years on a variety of projects. “Bob has become a personal friend and he is passionate about Sails Up, it is impossible not to get involved and be supportive when the leader is someone who has not only survived cancer but works incredibly hard to raise funds for future research. I am proud to be a part of such a great organization,” said Eric Holmgren.

“No one plans to get cancer; and everyone is affected by it,” said Scanzio. “Subaru is proud to give to an organization helping people suffering from cancer.”

SU4C is a non profit organization dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing. To fulfill these goals, SU4C partners with local yacht clubs, sailing clubs and other like-minded organizations to host regattas. The aim is to have these regattas appeal to everyone and not just the racing enthusiast.

Save the date for the Sails Up Regatta & wellness weekend, June 21-22, 2019, Mystic Shipyard For more information, please visit. www.SU4C.org


Holmgren Subaru Donates $30k to Sails Up 4 Cancer

Holmgren Subaru is proud to donate over $30,000 to SailsUp 4 Cancer through the Share The Love Campaign.
The money, raised by Holmgren, will go toward funding education, prevention, care and cure for all types of cancer. For nine years, Subaru and its retailers have partnered with more than 660 non-profits to show the company’s commitment to helping local communities. By the end 2017, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $90 million donated since the creation of Share the Love.
Sails Up 4 Cancer, one of Southeastern Connecticut’s leading providers of financial assistance to cancer patients, is ecstatic to be the recipient of $30,000 from The Subaru America Share the Love 2017 campaign via Holmgren Subaru of North Franklin, CT.
“The Holmgren team and family have long been supporters of Sails Up4 Cancer. We appreciate the organization for its unique niche in bringing much needed financial support directly to cancer patients and not through a third party,” said Eric Holmgren, president of Holmgren Subaru.
Eric Holmgren is an avid sailor and dear friend to Bob Davis, President and founder of SU4C. Davis is a two-time cancer survivor and has an intimate relationship with cancer and cancer patients. Eric, and his wife Dawn, along with the Holmgren Family and the staff at Holmgren Subaru, believes that because of Davis’ experience with two cancers and his personal empathy with the agony that patients endure, he is the perfect person to address their needs. Having lived through the stress of cancer and loss of income, Davis is in a formidable position to support those suffering with the hidden effects and stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis.
“We cannot just provide lip service to those in need of financial assistance. We must heed the call and respond effectively and efficiently in sending financial relief,” explained Davis.
For more information please visit www.su4c.org or contact Rdavis@su4c.org

CT Spring Boat Show Raises Over $10k for Sails Up 4 Cancer

The Connecticut Spring Boat Show welcomed over 60 boats, varying in size from 10-55 feet, to the third annual show.The show was a production of Windcheck Magazine and was sponsored by Brewer Essex Island Marina / Safe Harbor, Essex Boat Works, and the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA).
Sails Up 4 Cancer, a Connecticut-based non-profit organization, was this year’s beneficiary. Working with the producers of the show, a $5 suggested donation was collected at the entrance of this year’s show. CT Spring Boat Show is in full support of SU4C, who are dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research.
“We were honored to be chosen as the shows’ charity; we enjoy working with Anne Hannan and Ben Cesare, of Windcheck and are overwhelmed by the generosity of the 2018 show attendees,” said Bob Davis, two-time cancer survivor and president of SU4C. “We are just blown away by the palpable good will of the people coming to enjoy the show; not to mention the vendors and brokers who make this show a tremendous success.”
New this year was the addition of a special cocktail cruise aboard the Becky Thatcher, from Essex Steam Train and River Boat. Visitors could set sail on Friday evening for a beautiful CT River cruise with proceeds also going to SU4C.
“It was terrific to have Becky Thatcher at the show;” said Ben Cesare, publisher of Windcheck Magazine. “She added to the family-fun of the entire event.”
With the suggested $5.00 donation, Sails Up 4 Cancer will continue their mission of supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Shoreline and Southeastern regions of Connecticut.
“We’re absolutely ecstatic about the donations that came in,” says Davis. “We will be able to provide direct financial relief to a significant number of families.”
With the creation of the financial, family-assistance program, the Spinnaker Fund, SU4C has been able to alleviate financial stress and give much-needed financial relief to many families. Additionally, SU4C gives significant donations to local Cancer Hospitals, Center for Hospice Care, and Visiting Nurses among others.
While SU4C recognizes the serious nature of their organization, they are also all about having fun! Join them for their weekend of events:
  • June 15, 6pm: BBQ & Cornhole Tournament with live music from Lone Wolf Trio
  • June 16, 10am: Regatta on Fishers Island Sound (PHRF rating)
  • June 16, 1-5pm: SU4C Wellness Expo with Be The Match on site followed by the post-regatta party
  • June 16, 5pm: Post Regatta Party with Rock N Soul Revue and Dark N Stormy Stations!
For more information please visit www.su4c.org or contact Rdavis@su4c.org

Sails Up 4 Cancer awards $13,000 to L+M Hospital

Sails Up 4 Cancer was proud to be an honored guest at the L + M Gala on Saturday, May 12. Bob Davis, CEO and President of Sails Up 4 Cancer presented a $13,000 check to Bill Stanley during the event.

“The money will go toward the L+M Cancer Center in Waterford, CT. The donated funds will be used for their Transportation Fund and Patients Assistance Fund. As a sub-part of the Patients Assistance Fund, L+M has established the Single Women/ Head of Household Fund., said Davis. “Sails Up 4 Cancer is extremely proud to be one of the first to acknowledge and contribute to this often neglected need.”

Sails Up 4 Cancer is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research, education, care and prevention for all types of cancer.

“As they always do, Sails Up 4 Cancer has recognized an important cancer-related need in our community and stepped up to fulfill it. Very often, there is so much focus on cancer and the appropriate cures for it that some of the important incidentals – such as reliable transportation to and from treatment – can be overlooked. That is why we are so privileged to have a knowledgeable and generous partner like our good friends at Sails Up 4 Cancer. Their support for our Cancer Center and our patients over the years has been nothing short of incredible”, said Bill Stanley, Vice President of
Development & Community Relations at L+M Hospital.

“The Cancer Center is so grateful for the grant money from Sails Up 4 Cancer. We all know someone who is affected by cancer, and with the monies from this grant, we can help patients that may have no transportation to get to the Center to receive their treatments. The additional money from this grant will help with programming for our women who have minimal support at home,” said Cathy McCarthy, Oncology Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the L&M Cancer Center.

For more information: Bob Davis, Sails Up 4 Cancer, Rdavis@su4c.org, www.su4c.org