Bentley Collins, marketing manager for Sabre Yachts and a member of the Sail America Board of Directors, is spearheading the associations efforts. Collins challenged the Sail America membership to donate generously to the fundraising cause, in the hopes of reaching a minimum goal of $250,000. Collins said the fundraising drive runs through December, 2001, with the final donation amount and specific charitable organization to be announced during Atlantic Sail Expo, January 24-27, 2002. "Freedom is a word that epitomizes the sailing lifestyle--its what were all about," said Collins. "As sailors and as an industry, we need to unite together in one voice to help those in need and to stand up for what we value most as Americans."