The France Foundation is Passionate About Helping Others and Giving Back to the Community!

On June 21-22, 2014, The France Foundation team provided “helping hands” at the 4th Annual Sails Up 4 Cancer Regatta held in beautiful Mystic Connecticut. The regatta featured both spinnaker and cruising class sailboats and brought more than 300 people together for an amazing cause. The weekend included a special day for the Sunshine Kids complete with a sail on the historic sailboat Argia, swashbuckling pirates; a painting session courtesy of Florence Griswold Museum and music by the String Theory School of Music. The Post Regatta Shore Party was held under the “big top” where sailors and friends raised additional funds with a silent auction, and enjoyed dinner and a live band with dancing. The France Foundation was thrilled to be part of such a great cause and looks forward to giving back in years to come.

In addition, The France Foundation continues to support the Child and Family Agency of Southeast Connecticut, which promotes the well-being and development of children and their families. Corporate and employee donations also include both cash and food donations throughout the year to the local food banks in the Old Lyme area.

About Sails Up for 4 Cancer
SU4C’s mission statement really says it all. “SU4C is a non profit organization dedicated to funding research in the education, prevention, and cure for all types of cancer through the art and enjoyment of sailing.” To fulfill these goals, SU4C will partner with local yacht clubs, sailing clubs and other like minded organizations to host regattas. The aim is to have these regattas appeal to everyone and not just the racing enthusiast. In addition to the traditional racing format with various classes and types of boats, there will also be a “Picnic Fleet”. This class of sailors will be comprised primarily of the sailors who have no interest in competitive sailing. The skippers in this class will be encouraged to take on board cancer patients and family members for a relaxing time watching the race. These passengers should be required to meet the physical challenges an afternoon on a boat will require.

Funds will be raised by traditional fundraising methods by sailors with family members, friends, and local businesses. Donations will not be limited to just money but items of value that may be auctioned off at the Post Regatta Shore Party. Boats will be encouraged to sail with their crew as a “team” in honor of someone who has or had cancer. Awards will be given to sailors in two categories; one, the traditional manner for the top three finishers in each class raced, and two, the top three fundraisers. The awards will be given in a ceremony at the Post Regatta Shore Party. In addition to the awards the party will also hold live and silent auctions, serve food and beverages, music and have an array of information made available to the attendants regarding education, prevention and cures for cancer. The majority of the funds raised will be distributed to the Stand Up 2 Cancer Organization and the Cancer Project. Remaining funds will be distributed to organizations at the discretion of the SU4C Board of Directors which best exemplify the Mission Statement.
www.su4c.org

About Sunshine Kids
Mission - The Sunshine Kids Foundation adds quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting, positive group activities, so they may once again do what Kids are meant to do...have fun and celebrate life!
www.sunshinekids.org

About Child and Family Agency of Southeast Connecticut
Child & Family’s mission is to promote the well-being and development of all children and their families, in particular to give priority to the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional and intellectual care and nurturing. www.childandfamilyagency.org

 

 

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