IRL: Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation benefit success!

Morton's Benefit Raises Over $100,000 For Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation Sunday Night; Average Joe's Fund-Raiser Set for May 22 INDIANAPOLIS, May 8 - "Over $100,000 was raised for medical research at the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation's ...

Morton's Benefit Raises Over $100,000 For Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation Sunday Night;

Average Joe's Fund-Raiser Set for May 22

INDIANAPOLIS, May 8 - "Over $100,000 was raised for medical research at the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation's Benefit Sunday night at the Indianapolis branch of Morton's of Chicago, The Steakhouse.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing were the title sponsors of the gala, which featured a strolling buffet, cocktails and a silent auction. The event was presented by Raymond James & Associates and hosted by Treadway Hubbard Racing, Arie Luyendyk and Sprint PCS. The Hubbard Foundation and Ilmor Engineering were contributing sponsors. Among the others who assisted were BG Products, Jim Freudenberg and Tom Kelley of Kelley Racing, Coca-Cola Bottling and Brad Stout of Delphi Automotive Systems.

Seventeen Indy Racing Northern Light drivers were among over 300 people who attended.

Fred Treadway of Treadway-Hubbard Racing purchased the 2000 Titan custom motorcycle, IMS serial number 001, which was donated to the auction by Tony George and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It went for $35,000 through the auctioneer and emcee for the evening, ABC/ESPN broadcaster Jack Arute.

Robert Sabatini, managing partner of Average Joe's Sports Bar at 812-820 Broad Ripple Ave. in Indianapolis, purchased Schmidt's 1999 KGB "Spy" 125cc shifter go-kart. The kart came with a one-year membership to Gary Lee's Whiteland Karting Center in Whiteland, Ind., the oldest karting facility in America.

Average Joe's and its adjacent sister restaurants, Rock Lobster and Mineshaft, will host a benefit for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday night, May 22. That event is sponsored by radio station WRZX, 103.3 FM in Indianapolis. It carries a $5 cover charge that will go to the charity.

A schedule will be available at the restaurants that evening, but an auction of racing memorabilia and other special items is slated for 9 p.m. at Average Joe's that night. The Dave and Ray band will begin a set at 10:30 p.m., which is the same time that a karaoke session will begin in another section of Average Joe's. Three Indy Racing show cars will also be on display to add to the festivities.

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation helps individuals overcome spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses by facilitating scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technology advances. It was founded by Sam Schmidt, who is recovering from serious spinal cord injuries suffered when he crashed during an Indy car practice session on Jan. 6, 2000.

He is now an Indy Racing team owner through Sam Schmidt Motorsports. No proceeds from the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation are used in the motorsports program, but the foundation benefits greatly from the exposure that the racing program supplies.

Donations may be made to the foundation at any time. Checks should be made out to The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and mailed to 411 Dorman St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46202-3647. For more information call (317) 236-9999 or access www.samschmidt.org.

-SSPF-

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Arie Luyendyk , Brad Stout , Sam Schmidt