IRL: Make-A-Wish and Blair Racing announcement

INDIANAPOLIS (June 12, 2002) - Indianapolis based Blair Racing and its Indy Racing League (IRL) team awarded a check to the Make-A-Wish foundation for $10,600.00. Team owner Larry Blair of San Jose, Calif. hosted a party the evening before his...

INDIANAPOLIS (June 12, 2002) - Indianapolis based Blair Racing and its Indy Racing League (IRL) team awarded a check to the Make-A-Wish foundation for $10,600.00.

Team owner Larry Blair of San Jose, Calif. hosted a party the evening before his team raced in the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500, gathering over 200 friends and colleagues to celebrate and enjoy the upcoming festive 500 mile event. Blair organized an auction that was held during this reception, auctioning off a racing helmet and driver's suit worn by IRL driver Alex Barron of Menifee, Calif.

George Prodan started the windfall that will benefit the San Francisco, Calif. Bay area office of the Make-A-Wish foundation. Prodan of Fremont, Calif. donated $5000.00 for a helmet worn by Barron while driving over 200 mph in his Rayovac Blair Racing entry. Bill Lanfri, formally of the Greater Bay area, quickly matched Prodan's offer. As the evening wore on Blair offered a three layer fire suit that Barron wears as protection while driving the methanol powered car; Rick Bennion and Broadchoice of San Mateo, Calif. donated $600.00 for the collectable item. Blair's three friends raised a collective total of $10,600.00 by the evening's end. The items and donation was even more prized by the three contributors when the Rayovac Blair team went on, with Barron at the wheel, to lead twice and finish fourth at the Indy 500, the day following the auction.

"Going to the Indy 500 as a first time spectator and team owner was magical in itself," said Larry Blair. "To have friends and family surround our team and unselfishly give to such a great cause like Make-A-Wish made the event even more meaningful. This now has a lasting impression and will make a difference in a child's life and dream."

"The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation is honored to be a recipient of such a generous donation by Blair Racing. We are touched that Blair Racing would choose our Foundation to support as they continue to have such success on the race track. Our Foundation does not telephone, door-to-door, or email solicit so we rely solely on contributions from donors. Because of this donation of $10,600 a child's wish to go to Japan with his family of 4 to see the World Cup became a reality. We fulfill magical wishes such as this every week thanks to our donors support. Blair Racing's donation has helped us to continue to create a bright oasis for families during uncertain times. Thank you for sharing the power of a wish!."

The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation® was founded in 1984. In its first year, a total of 27 wishes were granted. Now the 6th largest chapter nationwide, the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted over 2,700 wishes; they expect to grant approximately 300 wishes this year. While the Foundation follows the policies and guidelines of the National Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation® operates as a separate 501(c) 3 organization. All funds raised by the Foundation are used to fulfill wishes in the Bay Area. Of each dollar raised, an average of 80% is spent on wish granting, with the remaining amount going towards administration and fund raising costs. The average cost of one wish is approximately $9,900 (plus in-kind contributions of nearly $1,200). The Foundation relies on financial contributions from individuals, corporations, clubs and other groups to fund their mission. The Foundation also receives enormous community support through volunteerism, special events, fund-raisers and their car donation program. For more information on the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation® please call (800) 464-9474.

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Series Charity , IndyCar
Drivers Alex Barron