IPS: Prendeville receives special honor

Prendeville Is Doing Good One Search at a Time; Indy Pro Series Driver Will be Honored By GoodSearch.com on Aug. 18-19 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 - Indy Pro Series driver Andrew Prendeville will be honored for his charitable works by GoodSearch.com...

Prendeville Is Doing Good One Search at a Time; Indy Pro Series Driver Will be Honored By GoodSearch.com on Aug. 18-19

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 - Indy Pro Series driver Andrew Prendeville will be honored for his charitable works by GoodSearch.com on Aug. 18-19.

Past honorees have included Jessica Biel for her work with Much Love Animal Society; Jeff Bridges and Heal the Bay, and Melissa Gilbert and Children's Hospice.

GoodSearch.com - powered by Yahoo - is the socially responsible Internet search engine that donates 50 percent of its revenue, or approximately a penny per search, to the charities designated by its users. It is used exactly like any other search engine, and the pennies add up quickly. Just 500 people searching four times daily would earn a charity approximately $7,300 annually.

"There is absolutely no reason not to use Goodsearch.com; it's so easy," said Prendeville, who supports the Best Friends Animal Society using GoodSearch. Best Friends operates the largest no-kill animal shelter in the United States, and it works on behalf of animal welfare concerns around the world.

Prendeville, 25, of Morristown, N.J., developed a program called "Racing Laps for Best Friends" that allows fans to make donations to the not-for-profit organization based on how many laps he competes in his races. Fans make the donations through a Web site at racinglapsforbestfriends.com or on-site at the different tracks he races at across the country from March through September. Prendeville also donated signage on his RLR/Andersen Racing car, the Best Friends Animal Society No. 5, to increase awareness of Best Friends. All of his races are broadcast on ESPN2. The series he competes in, the Indy Pro Series, is the official development series of the IndyCar Series, which includes the Indianapolis 500, the largest single-day sporting event in the world.

Prendeville also recently participated in a program organized by the Think First National Injury Prevention Foundation, visiting the children's ward at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to talk to children about the importance of wearing seatbelts and bicycle helmets.

To date, supporters of the Best Friends Animal Society have earned more than $2,000 by using GoodSearch as their search engine.

More than 40,000 non-profit organizations are now actively generating revenue via the site, and more than 100 charities and schools are registering daily. GoodSearch's popularity has quickly spread via word-of-mouth and the blogger community.

Examples of other organizations generating much-needed funds through GoodSearch include: the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ($4,600 to date), the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which helps children with disabilities ($4,300 to date), and the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee ($4,300 to date).

Using GoodSearch is simple. Because the site is powered by Yahoo, users are assured of high-quality results. Each time they search, money is generated by the site's advertisers for the users' favorite charity or school.

"We know there are a lot of people who want to do good but may not have the time or the money to help out," said Ken Ramberg, co-founder of GoodSearch and former president of MonsterTRAK, the largest on-line career site for college students (now a division of Monster.com).

"GoodSearch makes it as easy as possible," Ramberg added. "We've taken something people do every day - search the Internet - and have turned it into doing good."

-credit: restart communications

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Series Charity , Indy Lights
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