Weigh anchor and hoist the sail, the 12th annual Vanderleek Cup Hospice Regatta sponsored by National Bulk Equipment kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 18. This full-day event begins with a sailing Regatta on Lake Michigan organized by the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. Organizers expect over 20 boats to take to the water to raise awareness and funds for Hospice of Holland.
The afternoon begins at Yacht Basin Marina with a Dinghy Poker Run, where people can take a dinghy out on Lake Macatawa and pick up poker cards at designated stops to build a full hand. The poker run allows non-sailors to participate in the day’s activities. Participates often appear in wacky costumes and blast other dinghies with water pistols. Last year, over 25 dinghies registered for the poker run.
“There’s a little something for everyone at this event,” said Mark Lazarock, fund development manager for Hospice of Holland. “There’s no shortage of fun to be had.”
The day’s festivities conclude with a corn roast dinner, auctions, raffles, drinks and dancing. Beginning at 5 p.m. in the Yacht Basin Marina Boat Barn, everyone is invited to come for the food and stay for the fun. Pre-registration dinner tickets are $25, and $30 on the day of.
“The dinner, auctions and dancing are the most popular events of the day,” Lazarock said. “We see anywhere from 600–700 people come out to support Hospice of Holland. It’s a great atmosphere, and it’s amazing to see the community give back.”
The evening will feature both silent and live auction items, as well as several raffles. All proceeds go toward Hospice of Holland programs and services. Music will be provided by the popular ‘80s cover band, The Square Pegz.
Registration for the sailing regatta, poker run and dinner can be found at vanderleekcup.com. The website also includes a schedule of events and additional information about the regatta. Attendees may also register by calling 616-396-2972 or by stopping by the Hospice of Holland office or Yacht Basin Marina.