Over $29,000 Raised for Sails Up 4 Cancer at the 2024 CT Spring Boat Show

Press Release from First Position Media –

The eighth Connecticut Spring Boat Show raised over $29,000 for Sails Up 4 Cancer. Funds raised included 50% proceeds from ticket sales, a $3,000 anonymous donation, $530 from J. McLaughlin, and over $750 in merchandise sales proceeds.

The three-day event held was held from April 26-28 at Safe Harbor Essex Island and greeted 2,500 show attendees. The show was grateful to see good weather this year, as opposed to the rain, wind, and low temperatures of last year’s event. This sunny weekend brought an increased number of guests, as well as more funds raised.

“What an amazing boat show and a fantastic weekend. Kudos to Ben Cesare of Windcheck Magazine for organizing a fabulous array of boats and exhibitors,” said Bob Davis, founder of Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization supporting cancer care, education, prevention, and research. “This is Sails Up 4 Cancer’s eighth year at the CT Spring Boat Show, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We realized close to $30,000 thanks to all who came out to support both our cause and the show. This money will go to our Spinnaker Fund, which will help to support about 20 families in need of financial aid while battling cancer. Looking for a repeat in 2025!”

Ben Cesare, the director of the event, was very happy about the way everything unfolded that weekend.

“I have to say that what really makes this event special is the number of local businesses and organizations that get involved as either exhibitors or sponsors or contributors,” Cesare said. “But in addition to their involvement, the generosity of everyone with their time and efforts and monetary contributions is really special—from the Essex Steam Train team aboard Adventure and their 100% donation of the Cocktail Cruise proceeds, to the ferry drivers from Safe Harbor who donated their tips for the weekend, to the teams from Essex Boat Works led by John Lewis who go all out to make the entrance and parking for the event better each year and, of course, the Safe Harbor Essex Island team led by Henry Domenie and Adam Yaegar who, again, make the island more attractive each year. I think the Town of Essex should be very proud of all that gets done to show off this great venue and event.”

The show is a production of WindCheck Magazine and hosted by Safe Harbor Essex Island. Show sponsors include Essex Boat Works, Maritime Insurance International, Surfridge Brewing Co., Mohegan Sun Casino, Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA), Risk Strategies/Gowrie Group, Dryvebox, The Griswold Inn, The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Experience Essex, and Saybrook Point Resort & Marina.




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


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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