Sailors raise $25,000 for Perram House at the inaugural Toronto Area Hospice Regatta

    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - The National Yacht Club is pleased to announce
that the 1st Annual Toronto Area Hospice Regatta held on June 21 & 22,
presented by ING DIRECT, was a great event raising $25,000 for Perram House, a
residential hospice in downtown Toronto. This two day event attracted 30
racing boats from across Ontario and the United States.
    Affiliated with the National Hospice Regatta Alliance in the United
States, this is the first Canadian regatta giving sailors a chance to qualify
in subsequent years for the national championships. Beneteau 36.7 boats
competed in the Canadian championships at this regatta.

    First Place Winners in each one design division are as follows:

    Beneteau 36.7 - "Family First" skipped by Dr. Erik Yeo "Canadian
    C&C 99 - "Trumpeter" skipped by Bob Wilson
    C&C 115 - "Act II" Skipped by Geoff Atkins
    Melges 24 - "Zingara" Skipped by Richard Reid

    "We are grateful for the generosity and kindness of the participants of
the Toronto Area Hospice Regatta," said Mary Ellen Hopgood, currently managing
Donor Relations and former Executive Director, Perram House. "This regatta is
a wonderful example of businesses and individuals coming together to support
and enrich the lives of individuals and families in our community. As a
residential hospice, we rely heavily on corporate funding and donations in
order to offer a special kind of medical and emotional support to our clients
and their families during the final journey of a life-threatening illness."
    Find more about Toronto Area Hospice Regatta at

    About Perram House:

    Perram is a pioneer in residential hospice care in Toronto, offering
palliative care to individuals who have a limited life expectancy. In the
spirit of compassionate care, Perram House has roots in the community that
extend back to 1988 as The White Light Hospice, founded by Anne Norris. In
2003, the hospice closed its doors to reorganize, rebuild and renovate, and
emerged as Perram House in 2005, named after the building's owner, Mary Anne
Perram. This eight-bed facility offers continuous palliative care in a home
setting with a dedicated nursing staff and physicians, along with trained
volunteers placing the client in control of his or her life and care.

    About The National Yacht Club:

    Established in 1894, The National Yacht Club is a city based club and
located at One Stadium Road. It is conveniently situated at the western
entrance to the Toronto harbour, within minutes from the downtown core. The
National Yacht Club promotes sailing at its best whether it be cruising or
competitive racing, and fosters an environment that supports and rewards its
members' commitment to sailing.

    About ING DIRECT:

    ING DIRECT is Canada's largest direct bank with over 1.5 million clients
and more than $23 billion in total assets. ING DIRECT gives the power of
saving to all Canadians by offering high-value, simple products such as high
interest savings accounts with no fees or service charges and low rates on
mortgages. ING DIRECT has been operating in Canada since 1997, and since that
time customers have earned more than $3 billion in interest. Customers can
bank with ING DIRECT 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at or by
calling 1-800 ING DIRECT.

For further information:

For further information: Nancy Cottenden, (416) 935-4726, (416)

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