Detroit APBA Gold Cup Races Fundraiser Set For Friday, April 27


tDETROIT – The Detroit Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Detroit River Regatta Association (DRRA), will host a fundraising dinner party and
tauction on April 27 to benefit the 2012 APBA Detroit Gold Cup Races, scheduled for July 13 – 15 on the Detroit River. Last year’s event raised more than $100,000 from ticket sales and live and silent auctions. Approximately 600 people were in attendance, including local dignitaries and guests from both the U.S. and Canada.

tMoney raised from the fundraiser will go toward operating expenses for this year’s Gold Cup Races.

tThis year’s fundraiser will feature WJR Radio’s Frank Beckmann as Master of Ceremonies and include musical entertainment by Detroit-area songstress Dal Bouey, who has opened for Michael Jackson and the Spinners. Big names in hydroplane racing are scheduled to attend, including the Seattle-based owners and drivers of 88 Degree Men and the Pennsylvania-based owners and driver of the U22, Steve and Mike Webster and
tthe local owner of the U13, Spirit of Detroit, Dave Bartush and Cal Phipps.

t“The Detroit Yacht Club is proud to once again host this important fundraising event for the APBA Gold Cup Races,” said Bryan Barlow, Commodore, Detroit Yacht Club. “This fundraiser is critical in helping to keep the century old tradition of hydroplane racing alive on the Detroit River.”
tThe Detroit Yacht Club was named the 2011 Site Sponsor of the Year and the APBA Gold Cup in Detroit was named Race Site of the Year by the H1 Unlimited’s Air National Guard Hydroplane Series at its annual meeting held on February 25 in Seattle. 

tThe Detroit Yacht Club is the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Gold Cup Races again in 2012, leading the fundraising efforts for the event, including seeking businesses, individuals and clubs to help by donating auction items and by attending the event on April 27. A Title Sponsor is still needed for the Gold Cup Races. Interested companies or individuals should contact either Scott Allen, Vice Commodore of the DYC at 248-
t841-3656 or Mark Weber of the Detroit River Regatta Association (DRRA) at 586-774- 0980.

tThe Gold Cup is considered the oldest contested motorsports trophy in the world, with Detroit hosting the longest running, yearly hydroplane race in the world. The Detroit River racecourse is considered the most famous powerboat racecourse in the world. 

t“We greatly appreciate the region’s support of the APBA Gold Cup Races for the past 100 years,” said Tom Bertolini, President, DRRA. “Even in tough economic times, the generosity of metro Detroiters shines through. We look forward to another great event this year, supporting a tradition of boating excellence and for many an annual family event along the shores of the Detroit River.”

tFor ticket information, contact the DRRA at 586-774-0980 or visit