Newport International Boat Show names 2016 charitable and environmental partners

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced Tuesday that The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Leukemia Cup Regatta is its official charitable partner, while Sailors for the Sea is its environmental partner for the 46th Annual Newport International Boat Show. These non-profit organizations will receive complimentary exhibit space at the event and the opportunity for their staff to educate and share information regarding their important missions.

“Both of these wonderful organizations have linked the love of boating to their very vital missions,” said Nancy Piffard, show director, Newport Exhibition Group. “Finding a cure for cancer and ocean conservation are two causes that are very close to the Newport Exhibition Group. We are thrilled to support The Leukemia Cup Regatta and Sailors for the Sea at the Newport International Boat Show this year.”

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Cup Regatta is a thrilling series of sailing events that combines the joy of recreational boating with fund-raising dedicated to helping LLS find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to 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, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

"As the world’s leading voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers and ensuring that patients have access to life saving treatments, LLS is proud to join forces with the Newport International Boat Show,” said Gary Jobson, national chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regatta. “As a lymphoma survivor, I appreciate all the more how partnerships like the one between LLS and the Newport International Boat Show inspire others to join our efforts to accelerate cures and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.”

Sailors for the Sea is the leading conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community towards healing the ocean. The sailing and boating community in the United States is 12 million strong. The goal of the organization is to rally this community, unite them around their passion for the sea and power one of the most significant ocean conservation movements of our time. Sailors for the Sea’s high-impact, results-oriented programs support the boating community to protect the waters boaters’ love. The Clean Regattas program, the world’s only sustainability certification system for water-based events, has certified over 800 regattas with over 300,000 sailors participating. Additional programs include their Ocean Watch Magazine, Kids Environmental Lesson Plans (KELP) and their new Green Boating Guide. The Green Boating Guide is designed for recreational boaters and cruisers; it is the go-to resource for quick, easy to understand information on sustainable boating.

“At Sailors for the Sea, we are changing lives, protecting the ocean, and building a community of ocean stewards,” said R. Mark Davis, president, Sailors for the Sea. “The Newport International Boat Show is the perfect venue for us to increase awareness of ocean health issues and our mission to protect the ocean. The quality of guests and exhibitors that attend the show, whether they are new boaters or lifelong sailors, are exactly the kinds of people we need to join our cause. We are excited for this wonderful opportunity.”

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The Newport International Boat Show will take place September 15 - 18, 2016 on the Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country and the kick-off to the boat show season, the event will host exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters. For more information on the 46th Annual Newport International Boat Show and to purchase tickets, please visit www.newportboatshow.com. For more information on The Leukemia Cup Regatta, please visit www.lls.org. For more information on Sailors for the Sea, please visit www.sailorsforthesea.org.

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