Mardi Gras Race Weeks : New Orleans Yacht Club

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Mardi Gras Race Week (MGRW) sponsored by Gulf Coast Bank & Trust and hosted by New Orleans Yacht Club is schedule for March 3-5 and March 18-9. MGRW’s Committee is pleased to announce that it will be supporting the Sails for Sustenance Program. This unique program accepts donations of used sails from sailboat owners and distributes them through other charitable organizations to fishermen in Haiti. To learn more about the program, go to

Guy Williams, President of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, said “This is a perfect fit for the Races. Every sailor has old sails taking up space in their garage or attic that are no more than a fire hazard and not getting any better with age.” To sweeten the donation, Williams has contacted Benz Faget of North Sails in New Orleans who has agreed to evaluate each sail donated through MGRW. Faget will provide a certificate which can be used along with a receipt for the donation from Sails for Sustenance as a tax deduction.

Williams added, “We need all of the sailors participating in MGRW and in the New Orleans area to jump onboard with this win- win opportunity. The donated sails will benefit the fishermen in Haiti who are still suffering from the effects of the earthquake in 2010 and the donor will receive a tax deduction.”

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