Racing For Cancer Hits High Gear With Two Events in 2016
The Yellow Party Indianapolis and Race To Beat Cancer To Raise Funds Toward Cure
INDIANAPOLIS (March 8, 2016) – Racing For Cancer, the charity co-founded by 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, will focus on two fundraising events this year, setting its sights on raising the most funds in its history to support the global fight against cancer.
The first event is the fifth annual Yellow Party to be held on Thursday, May 26 at the Biltwell Event Center in Indianapolis, kicking off race weekend for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Guests will celebrate in Roaring Twenties style with deco details and trappings that nod to a time period rich in fashion and racing history.
Hosted by Hunter-Reay and his wife, Beccy, in partnership with automotive retail giant, AutoNation, the fundraiser will determine the pace for Racing For Cancer as the organization sets a goal of raising more than $500,000 in 2016. Sponsorship opportunities are available and tickets are now on sale.
In addition to The Yellow Party, a limited number of VIP tickets will be available to purchase for a Champagne Brunch and Karting Experience on Friday, May 27 at the new Speedway Indoor Karting in Speedway, Indiana, less than a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Doors will open to the general public from 1:30-3:30 p.m, following the Champagne Brunch and Karting Experience event. Regular karting rates apply, and 100 percent of net proceeds go to Racing For Cancer.
The second event will be the second annual Race to Beat Cancer on Dec. 1-4 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in beautiful Monterey, California. This exclusive event will be open to 32 participants (20 amateurs and 12 aspiring professional drivers) to experience a two- or three-day Skip Barber Racing School at the track, coached by IndyCar drivers Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe. Participants also can play golf at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links with Hunter-Reay or Hinchcliffe. The inaugural event in 2015 was spectacular.
The Hunter-Reay’s, dubbed America’s first family of racing, look forward to continuing their campaign to improve early detection and prevention efforts for a disease that affects more than 28 million people worldwide. Hunter-Reay’s mother passed away from cancer in 2009, inspiring him to launch Racing For Cancer in 2010.
“We’re really excited to focus on The Yellow Party Indianapolis and our second Race to Beat Cancer event this year,” Ryan Hunter-Reay said, “Our team at Racing For Cancer, in partnership with AutoNation, is working hard to make both of these events our best to date. We are so grateful for the continued generous support from our sponsors and supporters across the country!”
Since its inception in 2010, Racing For Cancer has contributed, with the help of sponsors and corporate matching funds, more than $3.1 million in the global fight against cancer. AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer, has committed to not only match all net funds raised, dollar for dollar, but to underwrite all Racing For Cancer events in 2016 in order to help ensure that 100 percent of net proceeds raised will go directly to the charity.
One of Racing For Cancer’s greatest milestones came in November 2014 when Hunter-Reay and his family, with the help of AutoNation, presented the Cleveland Clinic Florida Maroone Cancer Center with a gift of $2.5 million. This state-of-the-art clinic provides turn-key cancer support and treatment services and has a research focus on genetic risk management, consistent with a focus on early detection and prevention.
Racing For Cancer 2016 Schedule
May 26: The Yellow Party, Indianapolis
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the event taking place from 7-11 p.m.
May 27: VIP Champagne Brunch and Karting Experience, Speedway, Indiana
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
General Public Karting from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Dec. 1-4: Race to Beat Cancer, Monterey, California
For more information or to donate to the cause, please visit www.RacingForCancer.org.
About Racing For Cancer
Racing For Cancer is a non-profit organization founded by 2012 IndyCar champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay following his mother’s passing from cancer in 2009. Since 2010, Racing For Cancer has been uniting motorsports fans, teams, drivers and sponsors to join in the global fight to beat cancer. Founded with the goal of beating cancer, Racing For Cancer celebrated a successful first four years in 2014 by exceeding its fundraising goals, highlighted in November 2014 when the board, Hunter-Reay and his family had the honor of presenting the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Maroone Cancer Center, with a $2.5-million gift. The generous donation was made possible by top sponsor AutoNation, Inc. and numerous donors nationwide. The cancer center is a first-of-its-kind facility providing comprehensive services under one roof, something Hunter-Reay could not find when he was trying to help his mother. The center’s lobby was named in memory of Hunter-Reay’s late mother, Lydia Hunter-Reay. Racing For Cancer continues its mission to focus on early detection and prevention by fundraising to support various initiatives consistent with our mission…to simply, Beat Cancer!
About AutoNation, Inc.
AutoNation is America’s largest automotive retailer, currently owning and operating 373 new vehicle franchises from coast to coast. AutoNation sold its 10 millionth vehicle in 2015, the first automotive retailer to reach this milestone. AutoNation is also the only automotive retailer to guarantee every vehicle retailed is recall-free. A commitment to delivering a peerless experience through customer-focused sales and service processes is what drives AutoNation’s success. In 2015, AutoNation committed $1,000,000 to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through its Drive Pink Campaign. AutoNation is transforming the automotive industry through bold leadership, technology and innovation.
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