IRL: Michael Andretti Foundation donates $30,000

THE MICHAEL ANDRETTI FOUNDATION DONATES $30,000 TO SAM SCHMIDT PARALYSIS FOUNDATION NAZARETH, PA (August 11, 2006) - The Michael Andretti Foundation recently donated $30,000 to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation to support paralysis ...

THE MICHAEL ANDRETTI FOUNDATION DONATES $30,000 TO SAM SCHMIDT PARALYSIS FOUNDATION

NAZARETH, PA (August 11, 2006) - The Michael Andretti Foundation recently donated $30,000 to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation to support paralysis research programs. The money was raised from an eBay auction for a VIP trip to the 2006 Indianapolis 500 as guests of Michael Andretti.

"We're so happy that we were able to put together a fun auction package to raise money for such a great cause. The response to the auction was overwhelming and we had such a great weekend entertaining the winning couple at Indy," commented Michael Andretti.

The donation for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) will be used to further spinal cord research by supporting the work of the most accomplished medial investigators throughout the world. Through the Foundation's Quality of Life Programs, funds will be distributed to organizations that directly impact the lives of individuals who have spinal cord injuries and other types of disabilities. Additionally, the donation will help to expand SSPF's 'Day at the Races' program. Since the program's inception, SSPF, along with the generosity of Andretti Green Racing, entertained over 1,000 spinal cord individuals including patients from rehabilitation hospitals, VA hospitals and members of the Paralyzed Veterans Association and provided resource materials, mentoring opportunities and the chance for an up-close experience of IndyCar racing.

About MAF
The Michael Andretti Foundation is a 501(c)(3) foundation that was established to help people who have shown need and to help promote programs for better health, education and welfare of America's children and citizens. For more information about The Michael Andretti Foundation, visit www.andretti.com.

About SSPF
The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) helps individuals overcome spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances. This research also benefits stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. SSPF also funds quality of life programs throughout the country benefiting people with paralysis and other disabilities and through its national Day at the Races programs. SSPF works tirelessly in its advocacy efforts both locally and nationally. Further information is available at www.samschmidt.org or (317) 236-9999.

-credit: maf

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Sam Schmidt