Sailing school donates to leukemia society

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On Dec. 7, Offshore Sailing School founder and owners Steve and Doris Colgate, were presented with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Chairman’s Citation at the annual Fantasy Sail Celebration held at South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Fla.

“The National Chairman’s Citation is presented with deepest appreciation for the Colgate’s support of the Leukemia Cup Regatta fundraising events through the years, which includes over $100,000 in donations generated from a portion of paid sailing course tuitions from the Colgate’s Offshore Sailing Schools in Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and the British Virgin Islands,” director of campaign development Marty Siederer Sr. said.

Leukemia Cup Regatta participants from around North America who raised $10,000 or more at an event in 2013 came together for Fantasy Sail weekend with Gary Jobson, a Leukemia survivor, world-class sailor, television commentator, author, and Chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regatta.

Offshore Sailing School donated the use of their fleet of Colgate 26 sailboats from its schools located at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach, and South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, for use in the Leukemia Fantasy Sail Regatta held off the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel on Dec. 7.

Headquartered in Fort Myers, Fla., with eight sailing vacation and commuter locations, the company has taught more than 130,000 adults and their families to sail or sail better since Olympian and America's Cup sailor Steve Colgate founded it in 1964.