RCM&D's 21st Annual Regatta Set for Friday, October 17, 2014

Baltimore, MD – RCM&D, a leading Baltimore-based risk management, insurance and benefits advisory firm, will host their 21st Annual Regatta on Friday, October 17, 2014 from the Downtown Sailing Center located at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (1425 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The Regatta benefits non-profits in the many communities served by RCM&D’s regional offices located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Since its inception, the annual benefit event has raised more than $620,000 for over 35 community non-profits.  The 2014 Regatta will benefit Cool Kids Campaign, Dragonfly Forest, and Good Shepherd Services

The Regatta is RCM&D’s pinnacle corporate wide philanthropic event.  The benefit event celebrates Baltimore’s history as a port city, provides a unique sailing competition experience and fun-filled day on the water for the non-profit communities, corporate and individual sponsors and their families to come together in the spirit of giving.

All funds go directly to the non-profits to support their missions.  The $67,500 fundraising goal for this year was met and exceeded.  In addition to the corporate Regatta sponsorships, the RCM&D team and regional businesses support the non-profits through a variety of fundraising efforts throughout the year, including an online silent auction.

“We have the greatest respect for these three beneficiary organizations who work daily to help meet the most challenging needs of the children in our communities,” said RCM&D President Bob Cawley. “We are proud to support these organizations by raising essential funds and increasing awareness of their missions.   It is rewarding to experience our team working together, on a volunteer basis, demonstrating the importance of giving back to our communities and fostering our culture of collaboration.”

The Downtown Sailing Center runs the races, providing the opportunity for first-time sailors to experienced watermen to participate.  The races will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on the Inner Harbor while the event guests will cheer on the sailors and enjoy on-land celebration activities.  The awards ceremony will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., including remarks from the non-profit beneficiaries, sponsorship recognition and the Regatta awards.   

About the Non-profits

Cool Kids Campaign:  The Cool Kids Campaign is devoted to improving the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients and their families by focusing on the academic, social and emotional needs brought on by a cancer diagnosis. This is done through free programs such as tutoring, Mommy & Me classes, Super Sibs, Teens.CanSur.Vive club, and other various activities at the Cool Kids Learning Center in Towson.  For more information, please visit www.coolkidscampaign.org and www.cancerfearsme.org.

Dragonfly Forest:  Dragonfly Forest provides programming that is designed to empower kids with Autism and other medical needs with the ability to do things they never dreamed they could do, in an environment that allows them to enjoy the activities of a "traditional" camp. From early morning swims and zip lining in the afternoon, to evening campfires and talent show contests, Dragonfly Forest encourages these children to be 'just kids'. For more information, please visit www.dragonflyforest.org.                               

Good Shepherd Services:  Good Shepherd Services provides residential treatment services and therapeutic educational programming for at-risk, disadvantaged and underserved girls and boys, ages 13 to 21, who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and psychological disorders.  Good Shepherd Services strives to create a safe environment based on respect and caring which empowers youth to reach their maximum potential for wholeness while promoting an understanding of moral and ethical values.  For more information, please visit www.gssmaryland.org.          

About RCM&D

Founded in 1885 and ranked among the top privately-held insurance advisory firms in the country, RCM&D provides strategic insurance consulting, risk management and employee benefits services to diverse clients. We employ more than 270 professionals and are headquartered in Baltimore, with regional locations in Bethesda, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Philadelphia and Harrisburg.   As a founding member of Assurex Global, we also maintain a strong national and international perspective.  RCM&D combines vast experience, specialized expertise and personal attention to deliver solutions individually tailored to each client's needs.  Our clients are leaders in their respective industries and represent diverse business segments such as healthcare, education, professional services, construction, non-profits, manufacturing, real estate, associations, and technology.

Contacts

RCM&D: Kristin Kluga, Marketing & Communications Manager

Office: 410.583.5457 | Cell: 410.375.8261 | Email: kkluga@rcmd.com

Cool Kids Campaign: Sharon Perfetti, Co-Founder/Executive Director

Office: 410.560.1770 | Email: Sharon@coolkidscampaign.org        

Good Shepherd Services: Diana Ellis, Director of Development

Office: 410.247.2770, extension 421 | Email: diana.ellis@gssmaryland.org

Dragonfly Forest:  Fred Weiner, President

Office: 610.298.1820 | Cell: 215.450.9444 | Email: fweiner@dragonflyforest.org