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Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball Kick Starts Race Week in Long BeachGrand Prix Foundation of Long Beach Hosts Celebrities, Teams, Drivers, Local Philanthropists and Race Enthusiasts at Gala on April 13 at the Westin Long Beach (March 30, 2012)
LONG BEACH, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/30/12 -- Kicking off this year's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach will once again host the Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball evening gala on Friday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Westin Long Beach.
Drivers from the various series running on Grand Prix weekend as well as celebrities from the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will be on hand to meet the Charity Ball guests, typically race enthusiasts who savor the stories and experiences that only the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach can deliver. Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball guests will also mingle with race personalities; enjoy live music from Squeezebox, and an exceptional sit down dinner served by the Westin staff.
Guests will witness one of the largest local live auctions for a single prize, a chance to drive in the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. According to Grand Prix Foundation President, Rick DuRee, "This year's auction is expected to be the most competitive in years and we have an amazing list of live auction items this year."
Live auction items include a special dinner date with reality television star Brody Jenner, a Randy Owens original painting of the 2011 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a race helmet autographed by the 2012 participants in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, a 2013 Charity Days Events and Race Package, a very special NYC trip and tickets to a dress rehearsal for the Tony Awards, a helmet autographed by the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series Drivers, a Grand Prix Road Racing package from the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, and 4 tickets to a 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series Race.
The Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball has served as a cornerstone fundraising event for the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach, providing funds and support to select community non-profit organizations. This year's Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball beneficiaries include Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Long Beach Area Special Olympics and the Robert E. Leslie Scholarship Fund and other local Long Beach organizations.
Co-chairs Tom Bussa and Al Israel are promising a fun, festive evening. "There's nothing more elegant than the sheer speed and precision of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach," said Bussa. "This evening will be a fun tribute to the drivers, promoters, fans and volunteers who make race week possible. It's a can't miss event for Long Beach." Ticket prices remain the same as last year's rate of $150 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight, and can be ordered by phone at (562) 490-4509.
About the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach
The Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach annually raises the money through its "Charity Days" events during the week of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Since its inception in 1991, the Foundation has contributed over $2 million to organizations representing a cross-section of the city's charitable and civic community. Thanks to low administrative costs, more than 95 cents of each dollar goes directly to the organizations selected by the Foundation's 11-member Board of Directors.
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