SOURCE: Burgess Yachts

November 20, 2007 12:23 ET

Rock for the Cure's Highest Auction Prize Raises a Half-Million Dollars on Week-Long Tahitian Superyacht Voyage Aboard Famed "Arctic P"

Total Event Raised More Than $15 Million

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 20, 2007) - Thursday's star-studded Rock for the Cure event, the Nevada Cancer Institute's (NVCI) 6th annual fundraising gala at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, which attracted a bevy of the nation's most beautiful, powerful and mega-rich, was a resounding success.

The Silent Auction alone had many glitterati digging deep into their own personal fortunes -- not just for the chance to bid on some of the world's most unique and exciting "bragging-rights-for-life experiences" but the opportunity to help this nonprofit in its efforts to reduce the burden of cancer and provide hope to communities in Nevada, the southwest and beyond (

From having one's own personal Zero-Gravity party for 35 close friends, to exclusive dinners in private manses prepared by the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, all charity auction items were generously donated, including the much talked about week-long Tahitian cruise aboard the famed Arctic P expedition yacht. The Arctic P cruise reportedly fetched $500,000 -- the highest bid of the evening.

Among the world's largest privately owned yachts, the Arctic P was originally an icebreaker and has been refitted to provide the ultimate luxury cruising experience. With a separate owner's suite and uber-luxe accommodations for 12, the fully crewed superyacht also features an observation lounge, games room, cinema, screening room, swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, and gadgets galore.

According to Jonathan Beckett, CEO of Burgess, the yachting company that manages many of the world's finest superyachts, "The Arctic P is an exclusive, retro-fitted 288-foot commercial vessel that is now one of the 100 largest private yachts in the world. The larger and more unique a yacht is, the more people want to experience her firsthand. We are excited about working with this generous bidder to co-ordinate their dream vacation arrangements and ensure their Tahitian yachting experience aboard the Arctic P exceeds their every expectation."

Founded in 1975 with offices across Europe and North America, including New York and Miami, Burgess is the global superyacht industry leader, uniquely specializing in yachts of over 130 feet. Renowned for its professional yachting services, the company leverages its expertise to guide clients through every aspect of the yachting experience, including sale and purchase, new construction, charter and operational management. The Burgess brokerage division has been involved in the sale of many of the world's most significant yachts, while the new construction division is currently supervising more new build superyachts than any other firm. Burgess' first-class charter service offers a portfolio of the finest yachts in the most stunning destinations. The company's highly qualified operational yacht managers have extensive seagoing experience and can take care of every aspect of managing a large yacht. The superyacht credentials of Burgess are unmatched in the industry, ensuring that clients enjoy the highest levels of customer service. More information on Burgess can be found at

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