Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation news 2009-10-27

IRL DRIVERS, CELEBRITIES REV ENGINES FOR 4TH ANNUAL RACING TO RECOVERY GOLF TOURNAMENT LAS VEGAS (October 27, 2009) -- While the Indy Racing League season is crossing the finish line, the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation doesn't slow down. ...

IRL DRIVERS, CELEBRITIES REV ENGINES FOR 4TH ANNUAL RACING TO RECOVERY GOLF TOURNAMENT

LAS VEGAS (October 27, 2009) -- While the Indy Racing League season is crossing the finish line, the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation doesn't slow down. The Foundation is pleased to announce its fourth annual Racing to Recovery Golf Tournament on Monday, November 2nd at the Revere Golf Club's Lexington Course in Henderson.

The foundation, which helps fund research and quality of life programs for those with spinal cord injuries, was founded by former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt. Schmidt, a Henderson resident, raced his way through a successful Indy Racing League career before a practice-run crash on the Walt Disney World Speedway left him paralyzed from the chest down.

The annual tournament is a light and fun day that brings out racecar drivers, professional golfers, celebrities, and friends of the foundation to raise funds. The Lexington Course provides a blend of beauty and challenges while offering views of the Las Vegas Skyline and mountains beyond.

Last year's tournament raised over $175,000 to benefit paralysis and scientific research.

The night before the tournament sponsors, golfers, supporters and the public are invited to attend the pre-party at Pole Position Racing (4175 South Arville, Las Vegas, NV 89103) from 7 -- 10 p.m. for a fun-filled evening of indoor go-cart racing, silent and live auctions, and refreshments.

WHAT: 4th Annual Racing to Recovery Golf Tournament

WHEN: Monday, November 2, 2009
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Golf Clinic (for Presenting, Championship, and Victory Lane Sponsors)
10:30 a.m. Shot Gun Started
11: a.m. Box Lunch provided
4:00 p.m. Happy Hour and Dinner Buffet
4:30 p.m. Award Ceremony

WHERE: Revere Golf Club, 2600 Hampton Road, Henderson, NV 89052

COST: The fee for an individual golfer is $500; a range of sponsorships are available. For individuals interested in attending the Pole Position Racing pre-party (but not the golf outing) the cost is $150.

HOW: Contact Melanie Johnstone to purchase tickets
Phone: 317-236-9999
Email: mjohnstone@samschmidt.org

WHY: Money raised from the event will go towards funding research to help discover a cure for paralysis and to help those with disabling spinal cord injuries.

In a report recently released by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, approximately 5,596,000 people in the US are living with some form of paralysis. Of that population, nearly 1,275,000 people are spinal cord injured, about five times the number of people previously thought.

About The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) was started in 2000 by Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt shortly after a practice-run crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. SSPF is leading the charge to cure paralysis by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances, benefiting stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. In addition to initiating local and national advocacy efforts on behalf of those disabled, SSPF funds various quality of life grants to organizations, provides college scholarships for people with spinal cord injuries/paralysis, and funds the national Day at the Races program. The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation is a member of the Spinal Cord Leaders Council.

Sam Schmidt was recently recognized by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation with the 2008 Visionary Leader Award, because of his dedication and commitment to funding research and bettering the lives of those who are paralyzed. For more information, visit www.samschmidt.org.

-credit: sspf

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