Charity Ball to be the major fundraiser for the Grand Prix Americas Foundation.
Miami, FL -- March 24, 2003 -- The Grand Prix Americas, Downtown Miami's premier auto street race, is establishing a foundation to raise funds for local charities, announced Chuck M. Martinez, president and general manager, Grand Prix Americas. The charities involved will be Camillus House, Children's Home Society, Miami-Dade Community College Foundation, Cody Unser's First Step Foundation and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
The major fundraiser for the Grand Prix Americas Foundation will be the Charity Ball taking place Thursday night of race week, September 25, 2003. In addition, the Grand Prix Americas will donate $1 for every ticket sold on Saturday September 27, 2003, and during a specific time frame will offer a 5% donation on all tickets sold.
The establishment of this foundation is another example of our focused commitment to Miami," said Martinez. "These charities represent vital issues facing our communities."
The Grand Prix Americas Foundation will be headed by a Board of Directors that will examine every opportunity presented to raise funds for the charities.
"I am so pleased the Grand Prix Americas has established a foundation to support these wonderful organizations," said Adrienne Arsht, chairman of TotalBank and co-chairman of Grand Prix Americas foundation."Not only is the Grand Prix Americas a great event but now it will substantially give back to our community.
Also serving as honorary co-chairs of the Grand Prix Americas Foundation are Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi.
"It's great to see the Grand Prix Americas contributing to our community," said Honorable City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. "Building on the success of last year's race, the Charity Ball promises to raise a lot of money for these great organizations."
Camillus House has provided humanitarian services to the indigent and homeless populations of Miami-Dade County, Florida for more than 42 years. Established by the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd in 1960, Camillus House has grown steadily over the years from a small overnight shelter into a full service center offering a full "continuum of care" for the poor and homeless.
Children's Home Society of Florida is one of the oldest and largest statewide private providers of social services for children and families in Florida. More than 100,000 lives are touched each year through the services provided by 2,100 staff members at 204 locations throughout the state.
Miami-Dade Community College Miami-Dade Community College is internationally recognized as the largest and one of the finest community colleges in America. It is the nation's top producer of associate of arts degrees. M-DCC also has an Honors College which provides students with access to top universities throughout the nation. The college's six campuses and numerous outreach centers offer more than 150 degrees and vocational credit certificates, along with continuing workforce and adult education.
The Cody Unser First Step Foundation is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising research funds, public awareness and quality of life for those afflicted with all forms of spinal cord-related paralysis. The Foundation will also address the cause, rehabilitation, prevention and cure for Transverse Myelitis, and freely affiliate with other medical, charitable and corporate entities to achieve these goals.
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami School of Medicine, is the world's largest, most comprehensive research center dedicated to finding more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for paralysis that results from spinal cord injuries.
The Grand Prix Americas Foundation is a non-for profit, 501C-3, organization created to raise funds for various local charities. The 2003 Grand Prix Americas Foundation Ball is part of the Grand Prix Americas Festival which will feature numerous events such as the Fan Fest at Bayside, a concert at the American Airlines Arena and a Street Festival in Coconut Grove, and will culminate on the weekend with the American Le Mans Series race on Saturday and the Bridgestone presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford race on Sunday. The 2003 Grand Prix Americas Ball will benefit the Children's Home Society of Florida, Camillus House, the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (the Cody Unser First Step Foundation) and the Miami-Dade Community College Foundation. The Ball will take place at the InterContinental Miami Hotel on Thursday, September 25, 2003 and will be attended by numerous celebrities and race car drivers.
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