IRL: Indy 500 Fashion Show Silver Anniversay

CARA CHARITIES' INDY 500 FASHION SHOW GAINING MOMENTUM FOR MAY 25 SILVER ANNIVERSARY AFFAIR Drivers, Wives, Celebrities To Highlight Annual Benefit Show At Indy Westin INDIANAPOLIS, IN May 18, 2006) -- The Silver Anniversary of the CARA...

CARA CHARITIES' INDY 500 FASHION SHOW GAINING MOMENTUM FOR MAY 25 SILVER ANNIVERSARY AFFAIR

Drivers, Wives, Celebrities To Highlight Annual Benefit Show At Indy Westin

INDIANAPOLIS, IN May 18, 2006) -- The Silver Anniversary of the CARA Charities Indy 500 Fashion Show -- one of the most popular social events surrounding the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race -- on Thursday, May 25 -- is gaining some serious momentum.

It started in an empty retail area at Keystone at the Crossing on May 25,1982 and has now grown into an annual fashion extravaganza. The event has seen Michael Andretti carry two month old Marco on the runway; Jim Nabors, Florence Henderson and Ruth Buzzi have the attendees in stitches; Thiago Medeiros have the crowd screaming in his checkered boxer shorts and local Survivor star Rupert delight the Westin ballroom contingent.

The CARA Charities Indianapolis 500 Fashion Show turns "25" next Thursday at the Indianapolis Downtown Westin when more then 1,000 attendees and sponsors raise valuable funds for local and national children's charities including the CARA/Shirley Bettenhausen Children's Fun at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Indy 500 drivers, including past BorgWarner Trophy recipients like three-time champion Johnny Rutherford, two-time winner Helio Castroneves and 2004 Indy 500 titleholder Buddy Rice, will walk the runway with their wives, girlfriends and celebrities prior to this year's 90th running of 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 25th anniversary edition of the CARA Indy 500 Fashion Show will be highlighted by the presentation of two women that were driving forces behind CARA Charities, the Fashion Show and the 500 Festival committee -- Betty Rutherford and Marge Tarplee. Rutherford, the founder of CARA in 1981, and Tarplee, the 500 Festival President in 1981, are this year's honorary chairpersons.

Rupert is among the celebrities returning for the 25th edition of the CARA event along with local news personalities Anne Marie Tiernon and Julia Moffitt from WTHR-TV, Angela Buchman, Karen Henzel and Nicole Manske from WISH-TV, Angela Ganote from WXIN-TV, Stephanie Soviar from WRTV-TV and Kelly McKay from WZPL-FM. In addition, Michelle Deighton of Terre Haute, runner-up in FOX-TV's America's Next Top Model will attend.

ABC-TV's IndyCar Series talent such as Jamie Little,Marty Reid, Jack Arute, Dr. Jerry Punch and NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace are scheduled to walk the runway next Thursday.

The downtown Westin serves as a spectacular backdrop with a packed ballroom for the 24th annual fashion affair that will open with a social hour at 11 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon. The unique fashion show is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

The CARA Charities spectacular will feature fashions from The Secret Ingredient, furs from Day Furs and children's fashions from Chocolate Soup this year.

CARA Charities, one of motorsport's leading charitable organizations, also is celebrating twenty-five years in operation and with more than $4 million donated to needy causes.

Tickets are still available with individual tickets priced at $75 per person. For more information on tickets, corporate tables or event sponsorships, contact the CARA Charities headquarters at 317-299-2277 or e-mail carachar@aol.com.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Michael Andretti , Buddy Rice , Jamie Little , Johnny Rutherford , Thiago Medeiros