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New Chicago Regatta Donates $30,000 to

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Chicago hosted a major new regatta that brought boaters and businesses together to support a great cause.  Organized by the Pinnacle Foundation, the inaugural year of the Chicago Regatta included an epic sailboat race, a sail and powerboat cruising rally, and a rocking party - the likes of which have never been seen before on Chicago's lakefront.  $30,000 was delivered to Lurie Children's on Thursday, September 25, thanks to the generosity of those that participated in this fantastic event.

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago received a check in the amount of $30,000 as a result of the generous contributions of the boaters and business participating in the inaugural running of the Chicago Regatta.

Organized by the Pinnacle Foundation, the Chicago Regatta was a roaring   success by every measure - a highly productive fundraiser for the kids, a great competition for racers, an enjoyable rally for cruisers, and a phenomenal lakefront party - the likes of which have never been seen before in Chicago.


The regatta opened on Saturday, September 6, with 40 children from the Chicago Park District enjoying a morning of sailing aboard the Chicago tall ship, Red Witch.  The day continued with an epic competition of 32 racing sailboats, including the largest and fastest yachts in Chicago.  A rally took place at the same time for 18 cruising and sail and powerboats which toured the city's famous landmarks.  A total of 50 boats participated in the Chicago Regatta, more than anticipated by the organizers.  


Larry Kwiat, a well-respected organizer of other regattas, said "It was a wonderful day of sailboat racing for Lurie Children's, and a beautiful day to enjoy the Chicago skyline."     


Following a day of perfect weather, boaters converged to the Rocking Regatta Party at 31st Street Harbor.  In a massive tent, people came together to celebrate what they had achieved for Lurie Children's.  Fabulous foods were served and top-shelf drinks flowed.  After dark, DJ Miles rocked the house -- incredible music, a phenomenal light show and a dance floor packed with several hundred people having the time of their lives.  Party entry tickets sales were halted Saturday evening when they hit 500.


The great people and yachts of the Chicago Regatta have been captured in hundreds of high resolution images.  These are available and to view and copy free of charge as a courtesy of the photographers via the following links:

Paul Weltlich Gallery and Mary Lynn Bernacchi Gallery  

The Pinnacle Foundation Cup, a hand engraved perpetual trophy standing two feet tall, recognizes the first, second and third place overall finishers of the race.  This year's recipients: First Place - Dale Smirl's Defiance, Second Place - Mark Hauff's Imedi, Third Place - John Gottwald's Eagles Wings.  For all race results, visit .


The First Givers Award is another important recognition provided to the yacht  that collectively makes the largest donation.  The First Givers Award was won by the yacht Ocean.     


"The patients and families at Lurie Children's are grateful for the support of the Pinnacle Foundation, the sponsors and, especially, all who participated in the Chicago Regatta," said Ashley Lavore, Lurie Children's Foundation's Development Coordinator, Circle of Friends.  "Please know that this generous gift will help improve the lives of our patients."


The Chicago Regatta was sponsored by Larsen Marine, Jeanneau, Goose Island Brewery, Hinsdale Bank and Trust, Harken, North Sails, Crowley's Yacht Yard, Adapt, Mechanical Products Nevada, Avondale Electric, Westrec, Decision Support Services, DMB Resources, Nitel, RKI, MBHB Law, Hub International, PMW Photography, Carrozza Plumbing, Texas Instruments, Lavezzi, the Geldner Center and Pinnacle Yachts.  The yachts Il Mostro, Imedi, Defiance, Ocean and My Way also made significant contributions by serving as Pro-Am fundraising vessels.  


Chicago hosts several on-the-water charity events each year, the most popular being the Leukemia Cup Regatta organized by Columbia Yacht Club. Milwaukee has the popular Louie's Last Regatta in support of the Milwaukee Children's Hospital.  "We have been inspired by the great folks that make the Leukemia Cup and Louie's happen," said Pinnacle Foundation President, Gary Feracota.  "We hope to follow their excellent lead."


About Lurie Children's


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is a state-of-the-art hospital located in downtown Chicago on the campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  The hospital is ranked as one of the nation's top ten children's hospitals in U.S. News & World Report.  The hospital relies on philanthropic support to care for more than 153,000 children each year. Learn more about Lurie Children's at


About the Pinnacle Foundation


The Pinnacle Foundation is a 501(c)3 Public Charity that supports organizations that make a large difference in the lives of others through the arts, education and community service.  Funds are raised primarily by offering unique on-the-water experiences.  The Foundation is underwritten by Pinnacle Yachts which covers many Foundation expenses.  Learn more about the Pinnacle Foundation at www.pinnaclefoundation.orgLearn more about Pinnacle Yachts at