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Wintrust Signs Five-Year Extension to Be Presenting Sponsor of the Race to Mackinac

Chicago Yacht Club
400 East Monroe St. | Chicago, IL 60603
Friday April 5, 2018
Media Release
Tracy Gladden
Communications Director
(312) 861-7772

Wintrust Signs Five-Year Extension to Be Presenting Sponsor of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and the Chicago Regatta Charity Event         
Chicago, IL

Chicago Yacht Club is pleased to announce that Wintrust has signed a five-year extension to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Club’s Annual Race to Mackinac, and the Club’s Chicago Regatta that raises funds to benefit children in Chicagoland. The extension runs through 2023.

The Race to Mackinac brings together over 300 boats and 3,000 sailors from around the world to compete in the 333-mile Race to Mackinac, now in its 110th year. This year’s Race will have starts on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. Wintrust has been the Presenting Sponsor over the past four years and plays a key role in many of the Race’s major events including the kick-off Warning Gun Party in Chicago and the Sailor’s Celebration on Mackinac Island.

Wintrust also became the Presenting Sponsor of the Club’s Chicago Regatta this past year. This event will take place on September 8th and raise funds for Comer’s Children’s Hospital, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, and the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation program to expand sailing opportunities for children throughout Chicago communities. The five-year sponsorship extension includes the Chicago Regatta plus two other Cruises hosted annually by the Club and co-sponsored by Wintrust over the past four years, that benefit nearly 200 persons in the Chicagoland area with special needs and visual impairment.

“We could not be happier with the relationship we have formed with Wintrust” said Leif Sigmond, Commodore of the Chicago Yacht Club. “Not only has Wintrust played a significant role in our Race to Mackinac that is recognized throughout the world but Wintrust has been our partner in a number of our major community outreach initiatives here in Chicago. We very much look forward to continuing to work closely with Wintrust over the next five years.”

“As Chicago’s Bank, we are proud and honored to be part of the Race to Mackinac that has been a century old tradition of our City” said Ed Wehmer, CEO and Founder of Wintrust. “We are also thrilled to be able to work with the Chicago Yacht Club to expand efforts to reach out to Chicagoland communities to help in different ways. Serving those communities is a key part of who we are.”

ABOUT WINTRUST: Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $28 billion focused on providing service- based community banking to each and every customer through fifteen community banking subsidiaries and over 150 banking locations in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market area.

 Founded in 1875, the Chicago Yacht Club is one of the oldest and most respected yacht clubs in the world. Its mission is to encourage, promote, and develop knowledge, participation, and enjoyment of all aspects of yachting. To that end, the Club hosts many world class competitions, including its signature Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and numerous North American and World Championships. The Club is also recognized as a leader in sailing education, with one of the largest junior sailing programs in the United States. The Club is home to more than 1400 members, including a winning America’s Cup skipper, Olympic medalists and hopefuls, and outstanding boaters of all types, from ages 4 to 104. The Club offers year-round activities for its diverse membership at two locations on the city’s shoreline, at Monroe and Belmont Harbors. Learn more at chicagoyachtclub.org