Tons of money was raised for a host of charities, Racing for Cancer, The Little Red Door Cancer Agency and the Indy Family Foundation
With several drivers in attendance, Ryan and Beccy Hunter-Reay’s Yellow Party managed to raise several thousand dollars to benefit Racing For Cancer, The Little Red Door Cancer Agency and The Indy Family Foundation.
Several drivers donated autographed items to a silent auction, including visors, gloves and pit crew shirts. Among other items, a Cooper tire signed by all Mazda Road To Indy drivers and a checkered flag signed by 2013 race winners were also auctioned off. However, the live auction was where everything kicked off in earnest.
A watch donated to the auction by Helio Castroneves and a helmet signed by all 2014 Indy 500 drivers both fetched $800. A one day Skip Barber racing school experience sold for $1000. A custom aquarium sold for $7500, but there were two items that brought over $10,000.
Bill Patterson did a painting at the party of the front row of the Indy 500. Ed Carpenter and James Hinchcliffe signed the painting on stage while Will Power wasn’t able to go to the party but will sign it later on. The painting sold for $11,000. A massively upscale golf cart sold for $22,000, bringing the total to $43,100.
However, AutoNation matched all proceeds from the auction, so $86,200 was raised from the live auction alone. That pleased Ryan Hunter-Reay and gave him a great outlook on the night.
“It was a great night, every year it gets bigger and better and we’ve already got big plans for next year,” Hunter-Reay said.
Hunter-Reay did not elaborate when asked for details. The next Yellow Party will be in Houston on Thursday, June 26th at the Mercedes Benz of Greenway in Houston, TX.