CHAMPCAR/CART: IRL: CARA Charities introduces Soap is Hope

CARA Charities introduces "Soap is Hope" project For Battered, Abused Women, Men and Children. Open-Wheel Racing community set to assist disadvantaged with toiletries. SPEEDWAY, Indiana (March 20, 2003) - This month CARA Charities ...

CARA Charities introduces "Soap is Hope" project For Battered, Abused Women, Men and Children.

Open-Wheel Racing community set to assist disadvantaged with toiletries.

SPEEDWAY, Indiana (March 20, 2003) - This month CARA Charities has introduced its newest project, "Soap Is Hope", for battered, abused and homeless women, men and children throughout North America by donating items from the racing industry.

CARA Charities, founded in 1981 and serves the open-wheel community through charitable work, plans to bring hope to battered and abused women, men and children, the homeless and disadvantaged by helping provide them with toiletry essentials.

"All of us in the racing industry travel, and our hotel rooms always have sample size soap, shampoo, conditioners, etc," said Mary Lou Bogner, national director for CARA Charities. "We are asking our community to collect any extra-unused items and bring them to the track. We will have a collection site at the ministry location for the event weekend. Every little bit helps. These efforts will go a long way toward improving this group's self esteem and independence. If everyone could donate any new full sized items, they would also be very welcome. Together we can make a difference!"

The "Soap Is Hope" toiletries, donated from the entire racing community including spectators, sponsors, officials, crew persons and drivers, will be collected by CARA Charities members at the IRL and ChampCar events - in a designated paddock area - and distributed to the local women and children's shelters in the local areas surrounding the racing events.

CARA Charities, entering its third decade of service to the auto racing community, has been one of the most recognized charitable groups in all of motorsports and has donated nearly $3.5 million in the charity's 22 years.

Projects like "Buckle Up Baby" has helped CARA Charities, along with the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund, donate over $500,000 to children's hospitals and clinics throughout North America. In 2000, CARA Charities was awarded the National highway Traffic Safety Administration's Buckle Up America Champion Award in recognition of this successful program.

In 2003, CARA Charities is preparing for another outstanding year of fund raising through its activities including the Indy 500 Fashion Show in May, the "Taste of CART" at Mid-Ohio in August, Indy Shop Tour in September and the Christmas Ornament program

For further information on the 2003 CARA events, please contact the CARA Charities office at (317) 299-2277 or e-mail to carachar@aol.com.

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