CHAMPCAR/CART: CARA donates money to "Buckle Up Baby"

Two Hospitals To Receive "Buckle Up Baby" Infant Car Seat Donation May 2, 2001- Indianapolis, IN CARA Charities and the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund will present $2,500 to St. Lukes Hospital and Valley Health Foundation for Easton Hospital...

Two Hospitals To Receive "Buckle Up Baby" Infant Car Seat Donation

May 2, 2001- Indianapolis, IN CARA Charities and the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund will present $2,500 to St. Lukes Hospital and Valley Health Foundation for Easton Hospital during the pre-race ceremonies of the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota at Nazareth Speedway on Sunday, May 6, 2001. The funds will provide infant car seats to needy families in the Allentown-Easton area.

"We became involved with CARA Charities and the "Buckle Up Baby" project three years ago", said Al Speyer, Motorsports Director of Bridgestone/Firestone. "It is very rewarding for us to know there are hundreds of children now riding more safely in car seats we helped provide". "This project, in addition to providing free seats, is also doing an excellent job providing information about using the seats. We are hopeful this heightened awareness about the importance of using car seats will encourage parents to use them whenever there's an infant or small child in the vehicle."


CARA gives check to hospitals. Photo: Bob Kozel/Motorsport.com

"The Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund is continuing its support of the "Buckle Up Baby" Infant Car Seat project for the third year," said Mary Lou Beaudry-Bogner, CARA Charities National Director. "The dedication of Bridgestone/Firestone to the racing community is evident by their sponsorship of this worthwhile program which helps thousands of families across the country."

Since 1993, when the "Buckle Up Baby" project was initiated, over $385,000 has been donated to children's hospitals and clinics all over North America.

In July 2000, CARA Charities was awarded the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Buckle Up America Champion Award in recognition of this program.

CARA Charities was founded in 1981 to serve the community through charitable work and promote the friendship of all those involved in the motor sports family. Over $3.25 million dollars have been distributed to numerous racing and community organizations. Some of those charities include CART Ministries, San Bernardino Children's Fund, CARA Benevolent Fund, Inc., Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Foote Memorial Hospital, International Vehicular Injury Research Center, California Highway Patrol "Kids" Program, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Championship Drivers Association Benevolent Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer and Valley View Medical Center.

-CARA

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