PacifiCare Foundation and Newman's Own make a Dream Come True at Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix.
-- Organizations Donate $100,000 to Dream Foundation
-- Rossmoor, Calif. Family has a "Day at the Races"
It was hardly a typical day at the races for Elizabeth and Michael Rorman and their two sons, Ben (age seven) and Josh (age nine), of Rossmoor. In addition to watching the climactic finish to the 29th annual Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix, they were special guests of actor/race car co-owner Paul Newman and PacifiCare Health Systems, the sponsor of Newman/Haas Racing's number-one car driven by third-place finisher Bruno Junqueira.
The special day was made possible thanks to a $100,000 donation from Newman's successful food business, Newman's Own, and the PacifiCare Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cypress, Calif.-based PacifiCare, one of the nation's largest consumer health organizations.
"It couldn't have gone better," said Elizabeth Rorman, who, at age 37, is battling metastatic breast cancer, and saw a wish come true for her two young sons and their father. "They took pace car rides around the track at more than 100 miles-per-hour. I don't think they'll ever feel like riding in the car with their dad again -- it's just too boring compared to today."
The Rorman family also enjoyed a festive lunch and took in the race at PacifiCare's Pit Row race suite, and Elizabeth and Michael appeared in a pre-race ceremony highlighting the $100,000 donation. The ceremony included actor Paul Newman, PacifiCare President and Chief Executive Officer Howard G. Phanstiel, PacifiCare Foundation Director Riva Gebel and Thomas Rollerson, founder and president of the Dream Foundation, the Santa Barbara, national charity that helped make the Rorman family dream come true.
"We, and our Dream Foundation family, the Rormans, are very grateful for the support and compassion Newman's Own, PacifiCare and its foundation, and the entire Long Beach Grand Prix Association showed us this weekend. It was a special event for all of us," said Rollerson. "It is so wonderful to see an organization such as PacifiCare go beyond the medical needs of the body to address the heart and soul of the human spirit. Thanks to this extraordinary contribution from both Newman's Own and PacifiCare, the Dream Foundation can continue to keep hopes and dreams alive for those in need."
"We share the Newman/Haas Racing team's dedication to innovation and a willingness to take well-calculated risks in order to win," said Phanstiel. "We also share Mr. Newman's commitment to caring backed with action. All of us at PacifiCare were happy to help, demonstrating again that 'Caring is good. Doing something is better.'"
Dream Foundation is a national pioneer in granting wishes to terminally ill adults. Since its founding in 1994, the Dream Foundation has fulfilled thousands of dreams from adults who are emotionally, financially and physically devastated by terminal illness.
The goal of the foundation is to ensure that no adult, whose life will end prematurely due to a terminal illness, must ever pass from this earth without realizing one final wish from the heart. Additional information on the Dream Foundation can be found on its Web site, www.dreamfoundation.org.
PacifiCare Health Systems serves more than 3 million health plan members and approximately 9 million specialty plan members nationwide, and has annual revenues of more than $11 billion. PacifiCare is celebrating its 25th anniversary as one of the nation's largest consumer health organizations, offering individuals, employers and Medicare beneficiaries a variety of consumer-driven health care and insurance products.
Specialty operations include behavioral health, dental and vision, life insurance, and complete pharmacy and medical management through its wholly owned subsidiary, Prescription Solutions. More information on PacifiCare Health Systems is available at www.pacificare.com.
Newman's Own is a Westport, Conn.-based food products company offering a complete line of delicious, all-natural salad dressings, pasta sauces and beverages created by its owner and founder, Paul Newman. Founded in 1982, the company has donated more than $125 million to local and national charities.
Eve Lechner, 858/336-5023
SOURCE: PacifiCare Health Systems