December 17, 2001- Indianapolis, Indiana - The 2001 CARA Charities Christmas Ornament, designed this year by actor and CART Champ Car team owner Paul Newman, is still available and ready for shipment before Christmas, but last minute shoppers better act fast. Orders will be taken only through Noon ET this Wednesday, Dec. 19, before closing for the remainder of the year.
Proceeds from the sale of the 2001 ornaments will benefit the CARA Charities Shirley Bettenhausen Children's Fund at Methodist Hospital that has contributed over $200,000 for a specialized play area, toys for young patients and holiday parties at the hospital throughout the year. The late Bettenhausen, who was the 1996 CARA Charities President and a long-time supporter of the organization, founded the Children's Fund project and also introduced the Christmas Ornament tradition.
Newman, who also serves on the CARA Charities Advisory Board, is the first team owner to design a CARA Charities Christmas Ornament. Other motorsports notables who have designed ornaments include drivers Mario Andretti and Michael Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, A.J. Foyt, Arie Luyendyk, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, Johnny Rutherford and Al Unser Jr. A limited number of ornaments designed by these drivers are also available.
Ornaments are available for a $20.00 donation through the CARA Charities office at (317) 299-2277. Or you can email an order at email@example.com. Please type "Christmas Ornament Order" in the subject/topic area of all email orders. An additional shipping charge of $4 is required for all ornament orders although individuals are free to provide their own FedEx number or similar shipping account to ensure delivery before Christmas. Note: Although all orders received by the Dec. 19 deadline will be shipped before Christmas, CARA Charities cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas using regular shipping methods.
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.