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Hannig Cup Gets Celeb Guest

The Bay has some of the most productive charity events on the West Coast, not the least of which is the Sequoia YC’s Hannig Cup. Named in honor of its biggest booster, club member Ted Hannig, the event started when its namesake was offered a "milestone birthday" party by fellow club members five years years ago. The peninsula-based entertainment lawyer demurred, deciding that he’d rather have an event go toward giving back to the community at large. In the ensuing time, the Cup has raised almost $225,000 for Peninsula-based youth charities including those dealing with juvenile cancer research and gang abatement programs, the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation, Marine Science Institute and Sea Scouts.

Dancing With the Stars’ Louis Van Amstel will be the celebrity guest at the Sequoia YC’s Hannig Cup on June 17.

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On June 17, sailors will race not only for the on-the-water trophy, but also for the "real" trophy for the top fundraiser, which has been won the last few years by a "virtual" boat made up of non-sailors who just like to party for a good cause. After a beer can-style race on the South Bay, sailors will retreat to the club for "Louis’ Luau," named in honor of celebrity guest and world champion ballroom dancer Louis Van Amstel — who you may know from the TV show Dancing with the Stars, where he’s led celebs like Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, Priscilla Presley and Kelly Osbourne through the paces.

The club will be roasting a pig, Hawaiian-style, and dress is tropical-casual. Tickets — ranging from $15 to $45 — are anticipated to sell out weeks in advance, so make sure you get your reservations into the club’s Kris Butler.

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