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MarineMax International & FerrettiGroup USA present Yacht Hop: A Tour of Italy to Benefit UM/Sylvester


Miami, FL (March 21, 2006) MarineMax International and FerrettiGroup USA are teaming up to present an exclusive Yacht Hop to benefit cancer research at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Guests will have the opportunity to board ten different luxury yachts, each with a different Italian-themed experience. From pasta and seafood to pastries and espresso, guests will be treated to a complete Italian dockside experience. They’ll also have the opportunity to bid on fabulous donated auction items, enjoy fantastic entertainment and soak up the Italian experience with industry leader co-sponsors from around Miami and Fort Lauderdale. VIP guests will also have the opportunity to board a MarineMax and FerrettiGroup yacht for an intra-coastal yacht cruise just prior to the event.

WHO: In addition to having the ultimate Italian experience onboard luxurious Italian yachts, guests will also be able to mingle with Nadia Turner, one of 2005's hottest American Idol contestants, who will be on hand to support the cause.

WHEN: 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2006

WHERE: MarineMax Pompano South Marina, 750 South Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, Florida

WHY: Proceeds from the MarineMax/FerrettiGroup USA Yacht Hop will benefit cancer research at UM/Sylvester. Since opening in 1992, UM/Sylvester has made tremendous advances in building a cancer research, diagnosis and treatment environment. The cancer center is bringing laboratory advances to the bedside and creating vital new options for patients.

TICKETS: Tickets are $175 each or $250 for VIP tickets. For sponsorship and ticket sales information, call (305)243-9088.

About UM/Sylvester
UM/Sylvester opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. UM/Sylvester handles 1,400 inpatient admissions annually, performs 3,000 surgical procedures, and treats 3,000 new cancer patients. All UM/Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, UM/Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in 200 clinical trials and receive more than $31 million annually in research grants. UM/Sylvester at Deerfield Beach recently opened to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. This 10,000 square-foot facility at I-95 and S.W. 10th Street offers appointments with physicians from six cancer specialties, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events. http://www.sylvester.org.

Felicia Lopez-Walker
UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
(305) 243-5181 phone
(305) 243-4146 fax