CHAMPCAR/CART: Runway Madness changed to a "Red, White & Blue Celebration"

Red, White & Blue Patriotic Theme Announced For Runway Madness IV FedEx And CARA Charities Change Event To A Fundraiser For America's Victims Oct. 4, 2001- Indianapolis, Indiana - Answering the call to support the families of the fallen heroes...

Red, White & Blue Patriotic Theme Announced For Runway Madness IV FedEx And CARA Charities Change Event To A Fundraiser For America's Victims

Oct. 4, 2001- Indianapolis, Indiana - Answering the call to support the families of the fallen heroes and victims of the recent attacks on America, representatives of FedEx and CARA Charities announced today that the fourth annual Runway Madness charity fundraiser in Ontario, Calif., Nov. 2, will be turned into a "Red, White & Blue Celebration."

The evening's entertainment program is currently being transformed into a patriotic, Stars and Stripes salute to the United States, and the majority of the event's proceeds will be donated to the New York Police and Firefighter's Widows and Children's Benefit Fund. The same fund is being supported by CART drivers and personalities through the donations of memorabilia and autographed collectibles for auction.

"Without question, this was the only appropriate action to take in light of the events of the past few weeks," said CARA Charities National Director Mary Lou Bogner. "We are in the privileged position of being able to use this year's Runway Madness event to aid the families who have been touched the most by our nation's recent tragedies. We are extremely grateful to FedEx and our other valued sponsors who did not hesitate in supporting this change."

A super-party extravaganza, Runway Madness annually features food and refreshments and a full line-up of entertainment featuring FedEx Championship Series drivers, other members of the CART community and celebrities from Hollywood and the music industries. Runway Madness also includes silent and live auctions showcasing priceless motorsports-related experiences and memorabilia, travel packages and luxury items. All of these elements are being put through last minute changes to reflect the new Red, White & Blue theme of the event.

This year's honorary co-chairs of Runway Madness - A Red, White & Blue Celebration, are FedEx Championship Series star Dario Franchitti and fiancée Ashley Judd.

Since its debut in 1998, Runway Madness has been the primary CART-related fundraiser for CARA Charities that will conclude its 20th anniversary year of celebration with the 2001 edition of the entertainment extravaganza. In addition to the recent theme change, other new developments in store for Runway Madness IV include an all-new venue - the Ontario Convention Center (OCC) - located just one mile from the former Ontario Airport hangar that hosted the first three editions of the CARA Charities event. Less than four years old, the OCC offers a state-of-the-art venue complete with professional audio support and first-class hospitality service.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, CARA Charities was founded in 1981 to serve the community through charitable work and promote the friendship of all those involved in the motorsports family. Over $3.25 million dollars has been distributed to numerous racing and community organizations, including the nationally recognized and award-winning "Buckle Up Baby" program that is a partnership between CARA Charities and the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust. In addition to the CARA Shirley Bettenhausen Children's Fund, other recipient charities include CART Ministries, San Bernardino Children's Fund, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Foote Memorial Hospital, International Vehicular Injury Research Center, California Highway Patrol "Kids" Program, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Championship Drivers Association Benevolent Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer and Valley View Medical Center.

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Series Automotive , IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti