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Friday, November 7, 2003
RI Red Cross commends Sail Newport for humanitarian spirit

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island is honoring Sail Newport for their humanitarian spirit. Their "Sail for Hope" event was held on October 4, 2003 and, together with their community partners, raised over $22,800 for local charities. The event was established in 2001, in the wake of the September 11th attacks, to help those families who lost loved ones. At that time it was called "Sail for Pride" and raised over $110,000 for 9/11 charities. The event has now become an annual tradition called "Sail for Hope" and this year that patriotic spirit was unmistakable, as 98 boats and hundreds of participants gathered for the annual race around the island.

"The money raised was significant and all who gave should be commended," stated Brad Read, Executive Director of Sail Newport. "However," Read continued, "the atmosphere of good will, community and patriotism outweighed the substantial sum of money that was generated."

"Sail Newport's humanitarian spirit is a shining example to others of the good that can come from neighbors joining forces," states Barbara E. McGann, CEO of the American Red Cross of Rhode Island.

Sail Newport was founded in 1983, after the loss of the America's Cup, as an event management company to attract more sailing events to Newport. Today, Sail Newport manages many local, national and international sailing events and is one of the country's most active and versatile public sailing centers. Their next "Sail for Pride" event is scheduled for October 2, 2004.

The Red Cross of Rhode Island typically spends $1,000 per family of four that it assists. All Red Cross assistance is free, thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.

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