Sail Newport’s Annual Regatta Benefits American Red Cross

“We are grateful for the support of Sail Newport and Sail For Hope,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno

PROVIDENCE, RI, October 2, 2013 – The 12th Annual Sail for Hope will take place Saturday, October 12, 2013. Proceeds from the event will benefit local charities, including the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter and its Service to the Armed Forces program.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and in the skies over Pennsylvania, a few local sailing enthusiasts scrambled to organize a regatta to honor and support those affected.

The first Sail For Pride Regatta rallied more than 180 boats and raised $110,000 designated for charities to support the firefighters, police who responded to the attacks, as well as the victims of the attacks and their families. The display of patriotism and generosity on and off the water made a lasting impression in the sailing community.

After the inaugural year, the organizers retired the name Sail For Pride, but Sail Newport has continued the event as Sail For Hope, reflecting the Rhode Island state motto and aimed at supporting local charities. To date, more than $900,000 has been raised for a wide variety of charities.

This year’s regatta again supports the American Red Cross in Rhode Island and its Service to Armed Forces Program. Through this program, the Red Cross provides emergency communications between deployed service members and loved ones at home; connects military families with local community resources; provides access to emergency financial assistance; and offers resiliency, coping and reintegration education for members of the military and their families. Red Cross support of military members and their families improves service member morale and eases the stress of deployment for military families.

“We are grateful for the support of Sail Newport and Sail For Hope,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno, “the Red Cross was a significant part of the response to the terror attacks of 9-11. And Rhode Island Red Cross volunteers continue to support the emergency needs of Rhode Islanders and Rhode Island military families.”

For more information about the Sail For Hope Regatta visit the Sail Newport website or contact Kim Cooper at (401) 846-1983. For more information about the American Red Cross and its Service to Armed Forces program, visit the Red Cross website.

About the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter:

The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter responds to an average of 200 local disasters each year; provides disaster preparedness information and life safety training to thousands of Rhode Islanders annually; and supports Rhode Island’s military families with emergency communications services, counseling, advocacy and access to emergency financial assistance. Visit www.redcross.org/ri for more information. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/riredcross and on Twitter @RIRedCross

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.