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Avow Hospice Regatta
January 28, 2012

FL-Naples Stages Fun Competition at Post-Race Party

There’s more than one way to build a boat – especially when the materials at hand include pipe cleaners, a deck of cards, and drinking straws, among a few other odds and ends (see photo at left).

However, participants at the Avow Hospice Regatta’s shore party were up for the challenge to create the best boat.



2012 Benefiting Hospice
Avow Hospice
1095 Whippoorwill Lane
Naples Fl 34105
Phone: 239-261-4404
Fax: 239-261-8683

Avow Hospice Website :

Pre-event Info

Now in its eighth year, the Avow Hospice Regatta will sail Saturday, January 28 in the Gulf of Mexico near the Naples Pier. The event, a member of the National Hospice Regatta Alliance (NHRA), is held each winter to raise awareness of hospice care and funds for Avow Hospice. All NHRA members operate independently with a shared goal of raising public awareness and funds for hospices nationwide. The winning skipper and crew will represent Avow Hospice in the 2012 Hospice Regattas National Championship.

“Top sailors from hospice regattas across the country compete to advance the charitable work of hospices throughout America,” said Karen Rollins, president and CEO of Avow Hospice, “We’re fortunate to live in an area where this event is possible, and we’re proud that a local sailing team will represent their hometown in the national championship.”

The 2011 regatta drew 17 boats. The winning skipper and crew, Steve Romaine and his boat Air Supply, will participate in the 2011 National Hospice Regattas Alliance Championship Races scheduled for April 20-22, 2012 in St. Petersburg, FL.


Avow Hospice Regatta
January 29, 2011

Avow Hospice Regatta Class Winners and Nationals Delegate Announced. Under perfect January skies, 17 boats participated in the 2011 Avow Hospice Regatta, held Saturday, January 29 in theGulf of Mexico near the Naples Pier.

2011 Benefiting Hospice
Avow Hospice
1095 Whippoorwill Lane
Naples Fl 34105
Phone: 239-261-4404
Fax: 239-261-8683

Avow Hospice Website :

Pre-event info:


Join Avow Hospice for its seventh annual Regatta!

The Race:
Held in the Gulf of Mexico • Viewable from beach near Naples Pier
Memorial Ring Ceremony 9:30 AM • Race 10:00 AM

The Shore Party:

Ispiri - Avow’s new center for healing, education and celebration
1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples 34119
Cocktails 5:30 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Music by Michael Angelo
Silent auction
Awards ceremony conducted by Master of Ceremonies & Race Chair Jerry Watkins

Shore Party Tickets $100.

To order tickets call the Avow Hospice Office of Advancement at (239) 649-3683. Advance registration is recommended. Facebook RSVP is not considered a registration. 


If you are interested in racing, sponsoring/underwriting the event or contributing to the silent auction, please contact Bonnie Dinger at (239) 649-3686 or by email at


Avow Hospice Regatta
January 30, 2010

Winds of Hospice Challenge

November is National Hospice Month, which the Gulf Coast Sailing Club is proud to honor. The GCSC has been loyal supporters of the Avow Hospice Regatta since its inception six years ago. Our sailors participate both as racers and as fundraisers for Avow, the nonprofit hospice that serves Collier County.
This year’s Avow regatta’s race chair is Jerry Watkins, who is also a GCSC member.
The regatta is scheduled for January 30, 2010, and promises to be the most exciting one yet with boat entries from all over Southwest Florida.

One of the highlights of the Avow Hospice Regatta and Shore Party is the awarding of the ‘Winds of Hospice Trophy” for fund raising excellence. This tribute began in memory of Joan R. Day, beloved mother of local sailor Chris Day. The Winds of Hospice perpetual trophy will be awarded to the skipper of the boat that has the most donations pledged in its name; another prize will go to the individual who raises the most money for Avow.

Avow Hospice is privileged to work with some of our area’s finest people and to experience firsthand the generosity of the local sailing community. The financial support we’ve realized from the Regatta has helped us continue our mission of caring for some of our most vulnerable fellow citizens at the end of life.
We welcome any opportunity for businesses that would like to sponsor this year’s Regatta. We are searching for underwriting, auction and raffle items. All support is needed and appreciated! Please contact Bonnie Dinger directly at 239-649-3686 regarding sponsorship opportunities or for further information we invite you to visit our web site for forms and information.

On behalf of Avow Hospice and the patients and families they serve, those at the GCSC thank everyone for their participation and support. We also send our best wishes to the staff at Avow and encourage everyone in the sailing community to support those who care for our families, friends and neighbors at life’s end.
We’re looking forward to a great day of racing!
Learn more:

The 2010 Avow Hospice Regatta will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2010.

The race, chaired by Jerry Watkins, will be held in the Gulf of Mexico near the Naples Pier.  Race begins at 10 AM.  Spectator boat passage is available for $50 per person (space is limited - early reservations recommended). The shore party will be held at Pelican Isle Yacht Club and will feature live music, great food, silent auction and awards presentation. Party begins at 5:00 PM. Shore party passes are $100 per person. A combo package is available (spectator boat passage plus shore party pass) for $125 per person. To reserve your seat on a spectator boat or to reserve shore party passes, call Bonnie Dinger at (239) 649-3686.

If you are interested in entering the Regatta please download our NOR (Notice of Race) brochure here! We also invite you compete for the "Winds of Hospice" trophy awarded to the individual and to the single boat that raises the most funds for Avow Hospice. To learn more, download the Winds of Hospice form now.

SPONSORS NEEDED: Avow is currently seeking interested sponsors at all levels. This is a great opportunity to support a great cause, watch an exciting sailing race, enjoy a fun shore party and promote your business - sponsor recognition opportunities abound! Call Bonnie Dinger for more details at (239) 649-3686.

To view photos from the 2009 Avow Hospice Regatta visit our Regatta Photo Gallery now!

Contact Information - Bonnie Dinger 239-649-3686 or email

2010 Benefiting Hospice
Avow Hospice
1095 Whippoorwill Lane
Naples Fl 34105
Phone: 239-261-4404
Fax: 239-261-8683

Avow Hospice Website :


Avow Hospice Regatta
January 31, 2009

2009 Avow Hospice Regatta – January 31, 2009

Nearly 20 boats competed in the Avow Hospice Regatta on Saturday, January 31. FLAME owned by James Doan (red sail) won the competition and qualified to race in the 2010 Hospice Regattas National Championship which will be held in Rochester, New York.

Early arrivals to the shore party held at the Pelican Isle Yacht club including Skipper Robert McElwain (in red), watch video footage of the race captured earlier in the day by David Fralick (far left).


The shore party silent auction table was a busy place during the party. Lisa Brice, Regatta sailor from Air Supply, fills in a bid.

George Walters, Avow Hospice Chairman of the Board & Karen Rollins, Avow Hospice President & CEO stand in front of the “Memorial Sail.” For a small donation, attendees could write a message honoring a loved one lost.


Avow Hospice Regatta Race Chairman Jerry Watkins congratulates Sea Quell Skipper Harrison Tempest who earned the Winds of Hospice Memorial Trophy given to the race team that raised the most funds for Avow.


Avow Hospice Regatta Race Chairman Jerry Watkins recognizes Skipper Gary Schwarting, skipper of the boat Obsession. Gary’s boat won the 2007 Avow Hospice Regatta and competed at the National Championships held this past May in Annapolis, Maryland.

Avow Hospice President and CEO Karen Rollins presents a Winds of Hospice Trophy to Carefree Skipper Tom Gross in recognition of his individual efforts to raise funds for Avow Hospice.


2009 Benefiting Hospice
Avow Hospice
1095 Whippoorwill Lane
Naples Fl 34105
Phone: 239-261-4404
Fax: 239-261-8683

Avow Hospice Website :

Pre-event information:

The Fifth Annual Avow Hospice Regatta will take place on January 31, 2009 in Naples, Florida. Sanctioned by the National Hospice Regatta Alliance, the race will raise funds for Avow Hospice, which has been providing end-of-life care and bereavement support to Collier County for more than 25 years.
As in past years, the race will be a West Florida Performance Handicap Racing Fleet Boat of the Year event.  It will be held in the Gulf of Mexico, in the vicinity of the Naples Pier, under the leadership of Race Chairman Jerry Watkins. A shore party at the Pelican Isle Yacht Club will follow, featuring a silent auction, raffles, entertainment, awards presentation, drinks and food.

Avow Hospice relies on community donations to serve all Collier County residents who seek assistance, regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay. Many patient care services Avow provides for comfort, pain relief and enhanced quality of life are not reimbursable by Medicare or other payer sources, so Avow must raise funds from the community to be able to provide them. Avow also provides charity care to those who are not covered by a health insurance plan, and bereavement support to the entire community without charge. This is possible only because of the generosity of people who support Avow through charitable giving and events such as the 2009 Regatta.

The 2009 Avow Hospice Regatta is seeking sponsors. For information, call Bonnie Dinger at 239-649-3686 or email



Avow Hospice Regatta raises funds, awareness for Collier County’s original community hospice

Sailors and landlubbers alike are invited to join in the festivities of the fourth annual Avow Hospice Regatta, scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2008. Proceeds from the event will help support the 25-year-old Avow Hospice – known formerly as Hospice of Naples – which cares for individuals and families affected by a terminal illness.

The competitive sailing race, which draws teams from all over Florida, is a West Florida Performance Handicap Racing Fleet Boat of the Year Regatta.

The race will begin at 10 a.m. in the Gulf of Mexico with spectator viewing near the Naples Pier.  At 4:00 p.m. the fun moves to the Collier Athletic Club for a shore party featuring live music from the band Tripleshot, entertainment by magician Keith Raygor, a seafarer’s buffet, a large silent auction , wine raffle and special drawings.

Funds raised from the day’s events help underwrite Avow Hospice’s expenses for providing patient and family care. The not-for-profit agency cares for more than 1,600 patients each year, from infants to those who’ve reached the century mark. Avow Hospice also offers counseling and guidance to thousands of patients’ family members. Each year Avow Hospice must raise approximately $1.5 million from events such as the Regatta to cover shortfalls in reimbursement payments and to cover charity care.
 Avow Hospice is the founding hospice in Collier County, serving all of its communities since 1983. Until 2007, the agency was known as Hospice of Naples. It employees almost 200 professionals and operates from offices in North Naples, Central Naples, South Naples, Immokalee and Marco Island. The Joint Commission has granted Avow Hospice its certification “seal of approval” for outstanding performance and quality care.

The Avow Hospice Regatta is generously sponsored by n Magazine. Other sponsors include Bear’s Plumbing, Brown & Brown Benefits, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cahners, Carleton & Cindy Case, John Chesney of Regions Morgan Keegan, Phil & Martha Cole, Collier Athletic Club, Cynthia Harrold, Intech Printing, Naples Shutter, Prysi Cosmetic Surgery & SpaMed, TIB Bank and Yamron Jewelers.  Shore party tickets are $125; the sailor’s registration fee is $100. For reservations, tickets and information, contact event chairperson Carolee Steelman at (239) 691-8458.

Download the following:

2008 Avow Hospice Regatta Notice of Race

Avow Hospice Regatta Entry Form

2008 Benefiting Hospice
Avow Hospice
1095 Whippoorwill Lane
Naples Fl 34105
Phone: 239-261-4404
Fax: 239-261-8683

Avow Hospice Website :


Naples~Marco Island Hospice Regatta
February 3, 2007

NMI Regatta 07


Hospice regatta harnesses the wind for successful fund-raiser
By Sue Keller

The Third Annual Naples-Marco Hospice Regatta provided plenty of excitement for sailors and spectators and raised more than $85,000 for Hospice. More than 25 boats raced in this year's regatta in the Gulf of Mexico off Gordon Pass.

Race in progress

Preparation for the event went on without a hitch on Saturday, Feb. 3, as guests boarded the Naples Princess and headed out to watch the race. Sailors followed the course set by the race committee. Wind and weather conditions determined the buoy placement. Former Americas Cup sailor Charles Shumway narrated the race for the spectators who were quite comfortable on board the Naples Princess.

Tom Holly, Kevin O’Reilly, Barb Ames, Allison O’Reilly,   Joanne Smith, Gerry Smith

The four categories of boats in the regatta included the Spinnaker Class, Non Spinnaker Class, Multi Hull and True Cruising. The winner of each class was hoping to win a chance to compete in the Hospice Regatta National Championship in Annapolis, Md., in 2008. "I was thrilled that the sailors really embraced the regatta this year, said Regatta Chair Carolee Steelman. "Their ongoing support assures me that this event will continue on for future years."

Polly Barton & Jacob Tuchman

Bob Sanson, one of the guests on board the Naples Princess, praised Hospice for the care they gave both his son and wife. When the Hospice of Naples' Frances Georgeson Hospice House was under construction, Sanson donated money for a room in memory of his family. When his son was ill, Sanson related that family members took care of his son as long as they could. When they were no longer able, he was cared for by Hospice. "Loving care is what hospice is all about. They really do a fantastic job of caring for the ill," said Sanson.

Diane Hansen, Arlene Minder & Bob Sanson

The regatta fund-raiser, benefits Hospice of Naples, Marco and the Immokalee Division. The annual regatta has the support of several major donors, as well as in-kind sponsors, silent auction donors and the guests who attend the event and lend their support. This year's shore party was held indoors and out at the Collier Athletic Club in Naples. Guests enjoyed a seafarers buffet and danced to the music of Fakahatchee.

Kristen Workinger, Michael Masius, Maurica Hurley,   Lauren Kuzek, Jackie Young, Bianca Beatty

Guests each paid $100 for a raffle ticket, hoping for the opportunity to win the classic watches donated by Regatta Title Sponsor, Tiffany & Company, valued at $10,000. Diane Hansen of Naples let out a very happy shout when Steelman called Diane shortly after she left the party to announce she was the big winner. Guests participated in games of chance that included netting a rubber duck with a number to coincide with bottles of wine valued from $20-$300. The treasure chest full of money was another game. Guests bidding on the silent auction items hoped theirs was the final name at the bottom.

  Carolyn Randall & Richard Ballo

Some high-scale items were a Broadway New York theater package valued at $6,328, Disney World Resort Family Adventure valued at $8,081 and a chance to ride in a jet with a fighter pilot. One high bidder took home the Nascar/Nextel racing package.

Wine Styles in Naples donated all the wine for the event, which included three bottles of expensive wine. Diane Hansen, winner of the classic watches, won one of the bottles of wine along with Liz Sanders and Greg Walters.

Glenna Hayhoe

Nancy Nowosielski and her trained birds are part of the PAWS program at hospice and were at the party to entertain guests. Nancy takes her birds to visit assisted living homes, the hospice facility and into homes to bring some cheer to hospice patients.

Regatta sailors arrived at the shore party for a bit of rest and refreshment after a day on the water. Hospice of Naples President and CEO Karen Rollins welcomed the guests at the celebration shore party and talked about the organization. The skippers and their crewmembers waited for Race Chair Dean Heard to announce the winners for each class. Steelman, Heard and Gretchen Landolt handed out the trophies. Each first-place skipper's name was thrown in the hat for the drawing to see who would go to nationals.

Racing view off the back of Naples Princess

Gary Schwarting and his crew of five won the Spinnaker Division. He was the lucky skipper who took home the Chairman's Cup and the chance to race at nationals in Annapolis. Schwarting said his boat sails 14-18 knots easily, even up to 22 knots. "We loved it today," said Schwarting. "We like a little breeze." The Winds of Hospice Memorial Trophy was presented to the skipper of the boat whose team raised the most money for Hospice. This year, the trophy went to skipper Joe Barrett, president of Dolphin Mortgage.


Hospice of Naples offers their services to anyone who needs them regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay. The goal of hospice is not to cure the ill, but to ease a patient's passage from this life by controlling both their symptoms and pain. Hospice also gives grief support to the family, helping them cope with their feelings and fears.

 Mackie Barrett

Naples Hospice founder Glenna Hayhoe attended this year's regatta shore party. She recalled in the late 1970s doing volunteer work at a hospital close to where she lived. During that time, her daughter was working on a college paper about hospice facilities in the United States. Hayhoe saw there was a great need for a hospice in Naples and went to work to bring it to pass.

For more information on hospice, call (239) 261-4404

Naples~Marco Island Hospice Regatta 2007 Results

Download the following:

2007 Naples~Marco Island Hospice Regatta Notice of Race

Naples~Marco Island Hospice Regatta Entry Form



2007 Benefiting Hospice l
1095 Whippoorwill Lane
Naples Fl 34105-3847


Naples-Marco Island Hospice Regatta
November 18, 2006 - Make-up Date


Click here to download the Fall 2006 Highlights, NOR & Entry Form

August 21, 2006
To All Sailors Registered for the 2006 Naples~Marco Island Hospice Regatta (NMIHR):

The make-up date for the “rained out” 2006 NMIHR has been set.

It will be run November 18, 2006 in conjunction with the Marco Island Yacht Club Fall Regatta 2006.  The first two races of this regatta will be scored as the make-up races for the February 4, 2006 NMIHR.  This will determine the team that will represent Hospice of Naples in the Hospice Regattas National Championship in Annapolis in May of 2007.  You will be notified as soon as all details are complete.

And, please mark your calendar for February 3, 2007 for the Third Annual Naples~Marco Island Hospice Regatta.  Immediately following the ‘07 races, the Shore Party will be held at the Collier Athletic Club.  Delicious food and beverages, trophy presentations, entertainment by the band, “Fakahatchee,” a Silent Auction, a wine raffle and a special drawing for a pair of classic watches provided by Tiffany & Co. will complete a festive day promoting Hospice care.  The winner of this race will represent Hospice of Naples in the Hospice Regattas National Championship in Annapolis in May 2008.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Dean Heard. We are looking forward to seeing you on November 18th and again in February 2007!

Sincerely, Carolee Steelman Chairperson
Naples~Marco Island Hospice Regatta 2007

Rained out regatta still a winner for Hospice
02/09/2006 - By Sue Keller

Some not-so-typical chilly, windy and wet weather caused this year's Second Annual Naples-Marco Island Hospice Regatta to change course. The regatta, which had been scheduled to take place last Saturday, was cancelled. However, the shore party staged at the Bayfront in Naples was a big success. The 26 participants in this year's regatta received the sad news at 6:30 a.m. that officials had decided to cancel the race due to a fast-moving weather front bringing high winds, rain and lightning to the region.

Guests of the regatta still managed to have some fun despite the weather. Major sponsors boarded the luxurious 106-foot yacht Susanna Bella. They were guests of generous hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gohl. Sponsors and guests planned to watch the race, but opted to stay at the dock and celebrate.

The Naples Princess left dock at Port-O-Call with Hospice supporters aboard for a sightseeing tour. It would have normally headed out to Naples Bay to watch the race, but instead guests went up and down the Gordon River and through the waterways of Port Royal. Princess Capt. Strickland spent the cruise giving commentary about the local history.

Gary Schwarting, the winner of the “Winds Of Hospice” Memorial Trophy poses for a picture with regatta chairperson Mary Baron. Schwarting, the skipper of the yacht Obsession, raised over $20,000 in donations for Hospice.

Passengers who came to observe the race from the Princess didn't let the weather dampen their spirits. Stanford and Elva Wilson from North Naples were first-time regatta supporters. "We're Hospice people from Pennsylvania," Elva said. "I lost my son a year ago. He died at Hospice, so we're very tuned in." The Wilson's daughter is also a Hospice volunteer up in Lancaster, Pa. Virginia Brown, founder and member of the board of directors of the National Hospice Alliance, Inc. was on board the Princess, mingling with guests. Brown understands all about sailing in a regatta and is an experienced sailor in her own right. The Hospice Alliance is a network that promotes communication between the different regatta events around the United States. The mission of the alliance is to help fund-raise for Hospice care and help educate with community awareness.

The shore party at the Bayfront included a silent auction, games of chance, a lavish buffet lunch and music by the legendary Stan Gober, the owner Stan's Idle Hour in Goodland. Gober and his band kept the party rocking and rolling. Other entertainment at the shore party included Fred Astaire dancers demonstrating some salsa steps, the rhumba, cha-cha, foxtrot and tango.

The raffle winner of a $4,750 Rolex watch, donated by Gary Bigham, owner of Bigham Jewelers in Naples, was Thad Guiliford of Naples. The winner of the "Winds Of Hospice" Memorial Trophy, skipper of the yacht Obsession Gary Schwarting, raised over $20,000 for Hospice. He will keep the Memorial Trophy for one year until the 2007 regatta. "I'm glad they called it off because we didn't break any gear," Schwarting joked. "Last year's regatta here was very nice. Even though the weather is not so hot today, it's a beautiful party."

Sailors in the Naples-Marco Island Hospice Regatta will still have the chance to compete in a make-up race. The regatta committee will announce a future date for the race. "I stay involved with Hospice because it's just the best organization imaginable in terms of doing good things for people who are really in trouble," noted past chairman of Naples of Hospice and supporter Bob Morris.
Morris also noted that there are no economic levels required to qualify for Hospice care. "The mission of Hospice is to give dignity to the patient's final days. They do a great job," he added.

Hospice has over 250 volunteers, which now includes 77 freshmen from the Community School in Naples. Several Hospice volunteers were present throughout the day to help make the regatta a success. Hospice Director of Development Gretchen Landolt commended the tireless effort of their committee members who made the event possible. "We also had a bunch of sailors who came out for us, even though the weather was so terrible and they weren't able to sail," said Landolt. She called the day "a success" even though the weather didn't cooperate.

Marco resident Mary Baron chaired this year's regatta. She worked through the year with other committee members to assure another successful fund-raiser. This year's Naples-Marco Island Hospice Regatta brought in over $65,000. "I thank all the sponsors, volunteers and sailors, said Baron. "All of you have made this day a success."

©Marco Island Sun Times 2006

2006 Benefiting Hospice
1095 Whippoorwill Lane
Naples Fl 34105-3847

Naples-Marco Island Hospice Regatta - First annual!
November 19-20, 2004

Hospice Regatta raises $90,000 - Marco Island Sun Times - 11/25/2004
By Sue Keller

The Naples/Marco Island Hospice Regatta course was about four nautical miles for the 32 boats competing in the race. Photo by Sue Keller

The regatta has long been known as the sport of kings. On Nov. 20, 32 boats of every size and shape gathered at the starting buoy in the Gulf of Mexico for the first Annual Naples/Marco Island Hospice Regatta Fund-raiser.

Friday night, the regatta committee and other guests attended a reception at the Marco Island Yacht Club to honor all the sponsors. Zola Keller of Bonita Springs presented a fashion show for the audience that included several gowns.

This year's regatta continued as an annual Hospice signature event to raise awareness in the community about Hospice of Naples and all it stands for. In its mission statement, Hospice of Naples states that it is committed to being the leading provider of quality, compassionate, physical, emotional and spiritual care for those living with a life-limiting illness.

The organization's far-reaching support helps patients and supports family and friends. The staff of doctors, nurses and trained volunteers makes it possible for people to live and die with dignity. Many of Hospice's staff volunteered to come to the event on Saturday to help.

Sponsors not only donated financially but also supported the event by attending.

Capt. David Strickland, of the Naples Princess, kept up with the race by quickly going to different locations on the course so Princess passengers could see the boats competing. Charlie Shumway was the Princess' race commentator. "I'll try to use non-technical terms," Shumway said, smiling. "Instead of 'port,' I'll say 'to the left' and 'forward and back.'"

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gohl provided their 106-foot luxury yacht Susanna Bella so major sponsors, who donated $5,000 or more, could view the regatta.

Gary Bigham from Bigham Jewelers has worked with Hospice for the last two years. Several of his clients are involved with Hospice. Gary donated the $10,000 Rolex watch raffled at the shore party. His sister, Bonnie, helped in the drawing. "We thought a Rolex time piece would work well with the nautical theme," Bigham said. "We're really excited, because this was a big undertaking," said Gretchen Landolt, director of development for Hospice of Naples. "We're now a part of a national regatta that includes Naples as one of the stops." Regatta committee member Joe Fedoryk lost his wife to invasive breast cancer last year. He was working the fund-raiser in her memory. "It's really a marathon day," said Fedoryk.

Nancy and Steve Nowosielski rescue and adopt birds that need homes. They were at the shore party with several of their trained birds entertaining the crowd that gathered around to watch their large white cockatoo, Roger, sing and perform. The birds make regular trips to nursing homes, day cares and schools. Roger is part of the Hospice Pets Are Wonderful Souls (PAWS) program. "He can do what I can't do alone," said Nancy. "Roger can make people laugh and smile on days they never thought they would."

George Domenech from the Marco Island Model Yacht Club and many of their members gave a demonstration at the shore party with a mini-regatta featuring their R/C Laser model boats. The shore party at the Bayfront in Naples included a seafood buffet, silent auction, and the raffle for the $10,000 Rolex watch. Stan Gober and his band from Goodland's Stan's Idle Hour provided the entertainment, priming the crowd with a joke or two and singing his famous theme song, What Kind of Fish is That.

In a special ceremony, trophies were awarded to the winners of the different classes and categories competing in the regatta. Mary Baron and the organizing committee were credited with working for the past two months to assure the event was a success. Baron lives on Marco with her husband, George, who was also a volunteer. Baron is also on the Hospice board in Naples. "Between the silent auction items, raffle tickets for the Rolex watch, donations from major sponsors and boats sailing in the regatta, we raised $90,000 for Hospice of Naples," said Baron. She expressed how grateful they were to all the sponsors and guests who made the fund-raiser a success.

Stoneburner Company, Bayfront, Four7Five Bayfront Place and Shane's Cabana Bar provided the catering for the event. All the servers helping at the party donated their tips to Hospice. "That's a wonderful testimony to the event," Baron said.

Major sponsors for the fund-raiser were Bigham Jewelers, Mr. and Mrs. Vinny Von Zwehl, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cahners, Mr. and Mrs. Moe Kent, Naples Shutter, Northern Trust and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Roth.

Please check out these other Newpaper Articles:

Naples Sun Times

Naples Daily News: Sports

Naples Daily News: Features

'04 Naples-Marco Island Hospice Regatta are available in Word Format, please click on the following link to view the results:

'04 Naples-Marco Island Hospice Regatta Results

Hosting Yacht Club: Marco Island Yacht Club

2004 Benefiting Hospice
1095 Whippoorwill Lane
Naples Fl 34105-3847

Early bird sponsor:
Bigham Jewelers

Join Us in Helping Hospice of Naples!


Raise public awareness of your service or product while supporting Hospice of Naples through sponsorships, silent auction donations, multi-year trophy sponsorships, program book ads or a customized package to suit your marketing needs.
Packages range from $2,000 - $50,000.

Includes: invitation to Friday evening reception; passage and lunch onboard a Spectator Boat; Shore Party festivities; preferred seating; and, shuttle service. Tables of 10 - $2500.00 Tables of 6 - 1700.00


The all-inclusive Regatta Package includes: passage and lunch onboard a Spectator Boat; Shore Party festivities; and, shuttle service.
Cost: $200.00 per person.

Novice or experienced, show your support for Hospice Of Naples by participating in this Regatta. Show additional support by raising funds. Prizes will be given to the three boats with the largest total donation over $500.00.

Business and Corporations:
Contact Ann Younkers @ 239-591-4073.
All Others: Call Carolee Steelman @ 239-594-0690.

We have the Reservation/Donation form available in Adobe Acrobat and MS Word format. These files are easy to print and use. You may obtain the Adobe Acrobat reader for free Here.

Reservation form WORD document: Click here
Reservation form pdf document: Click here

Committee members:
Mary Baron, Bob Cahners, Phil Cole, Joe Fedoryk, John Leach, Brenda Pierce, Carolee Steelman, Connie VonZwehl, Ann Younkers, Jane Sullivan and Judy Herthorn.

Marco Island Sun Times - 04/22/2004

Mark your calendar for the November Hospice Regatta - By Sue Keller

Regatta Committee members invite all boaters to get a head start on the Nov. 19 and 20 Regatta. This year's event to be held in both Marco Island and Naples invites novice and seasoned sailors and boaters to hop on board for a great time and a great cause.

The Regatta is looking for sponsors for this year's Hospice Fund-raiser that includes a festive reception at the Marco Island Yacht Club.

Starting in the back row is Regatta Committee Member Bob Cahners, Ann Younkers, Carolee Steelman and Mary Naylor. In the front starting at the left is Brenda Pierce, Connie Von Zwehl and Mary Baron.
Starting in the back row is Regatta Committee Member Bob Cahners, Ann Younkers, Carolee Steelman and Mary Naylor. In the front starting at the left is Brenda Pierce, Connie Von Zwehl and Mary Baron.

The race course will be from Big Marco Pass to Gordon Pass in Naples. At the conclusion of the race, the presentations of trophys will be highlighted by a gala shore party held at Bayfront, Naples. There will be plenty of food, drink and entertainment.

For information on the upcoming event, contact Mary Baron, 642-5365, or Connie Von Zwehl, 649-1767. For sponsorships, call Ann at 591-4073.

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