Racing to Recovery Gala at Indy announced

Ticket Reservations Now Being Accepted for Indy 500's Biggest Social Event INDIANAPOLIS, April 6 - Ticket reservations are now being accepted for the biggest social event surrounding the Indianapolis 500 - the fifth annual "Racing to Recovery ...

Ticket Reservations Now Being Accepted for Indy 500's Biggest Social Event

INDIANAPOLIS, April 6 - Ticket reservations are now being accepted for the biggest social event surrounding the Indianapolis 500 - the fifth annual "Racing to Recovery Gala" to benefit the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana on Sunday, May 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Eddie Merlot's restaurant, 3645 E. 96th St. in Indianapolis.

The title sponsor of the event is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The affair, hosted by Eddie Merlot's, is presented by Raymond James & Associates and Standard Management/U.S. Health Services, with Bridgestone/Firestone as a contributing sponsor.

The gala attracts many of the drivers and team owners who will participate in the Indy 500 later in the month, as well as many of the city and state's most distinguished personalities. Patrons of the event can mingle with the drivers and enjoy a lavish strolling dinner buffet complete with Eddie Merlot's signature menus items from its extensive menu, renown for its prime aged beef and seafood.

The evening will include a live auction of an oil painting produced on-site during the gala by noted artist Bill Patterson, as well as a live auction of a deluxe spa from Royal Spa. A silent auction featuring coveted sports memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind merchandise will also be held, and a champagne promotion will be staged in which one lucky attendee will go home with a diamond from Reis-Nichols Jewelers.

The ticket price is $125. All the proceeds go towards the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI).

To purchase tickets, contact RHI personnel by telephone at (317) 714-0340 or racingtorecovery@rhin.com. Reservations are limited.

The SSPF raises funds for medical research and rehabilitation for people impacted by paralysis. The gala is its biggest fund-raiser of the year.

Schmidt, an Indy car driver who was paralyzed in a racing accident on Jan. 6, 2000, founded the 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. In addition to guiding the foundation, he is currently an Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series team owner.

RHI is one of the few freestanding rehabilitation hospitals in Indiana. It has the backing of two of the largest and most respected organizations in the state: Clarian Health Partners and St. Vincent Hospitals & Health Services. RHI provides care throughout rehabilitation, including in-patient care (both acute and subacute), specialty outpatient services and vocation education and training. Schmidt was a patient there, as well as several other hospitals, during his rehabilitation program.

RHI has four convenient locations in the Indianapolis area. Its main hospital is located at 4141 Shore Drive in Indianapolis.

The SSPF's address is 411 Dorman St., Indianapolis.

For more information on the two groups, see www.samschmidt.org and www.rhin.org.

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