Mayor's Cup to return next week

"It's the most popular sailing race on the lake," said Recore.

This year's regatta will be made extra special, she said, with the unveiling of The Mayor John Ianelli Spirit Award. The award will be bestowed upon an individual who "represents, in their own way, a 'community does matter' spirit and attitude," in honor of the late John Ianelli, who passed away earlier this year. Ianelli, who served as city mayor during the 1970s and '80s, was founder of the Mayor's Cup race and known for his dedication to the community.

"We wanted to remember him in a special way because he was so instrumental in making the regatta happen," said Recore.

The recipient will be chosen each year by the current city mayor and official organizing the annual regatta, which, this year, are Donald M. Kasprzak and Dr. Kjell Dahlen, respectively.

"And, it can go to a sailor or a landlubber," Recore said with a laugh.

The award, which will be presented at an awards ceremony at the Naked Turtle Saturday night, will be in line with the theme of this year's Mayor's Cup Regatta and Festival, "Community Does Matter," which was also modeled after Ianelli, said Recore.

Whatever event attracts people to this year's Mayor's Cup, Recore said she is grateful on behalf of the Sunrise Rotary Club, for which the majority of events benefit.

"This is our largest fundraiser for Sunrise Rotary and it makes us be able to give back even more to the community in other ways," she said.

Recore also notes this year's event will also have limited edition Mayor's Cup T-shirts for sale, featuring the 2010 Mayor's Cup logo, designed by Katie Jennett-Caska. The shirts will be on sale for $18 each, with proceeds to benefit the Sunrise Rotary Club.

For more information about the 33rd annual Mayor's Cup Regatta and Festival, visit www.mayorscup.com or call 561-8790.

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