SOURCE: Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach

Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach

April 09, 2010 08:00 ET

Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball Hosts IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights Drivers

Long Beach's Premiere Gala Offers Live and Silent Auction Items to Benefit the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach's Support of Children's Charities

LONG BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - April 9, 2010) -  Celebrating the drivers and excitement building around the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball will host IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights drivers throughout the evening gala that will benefit the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach and the area charities it supports.

The gala, taking place on Fri., April 16 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight at The Westin Long Beach, features live and silent auctions, dinner and live band music performed by The Elm Street Band. Awards and recognition will also be given to the drivers attending the event, who include:

IZOD IndyCar Series Drivers:
Alex Tagliani of the FAZZT Race Team
E.J. Viso of KV Racing Technology
Mario Moraes of KV Racing Technology
Takuma Sato of KV Racing Technology
Justin Wilson of Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
Mike Conway of Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
Raphael Matos of de Ferran Luczo Dragon Racing
Simona De Silvestro of Team Stargate Worlds/HVM
Mario Romancini of Conquest Racing
Bertrand Baguette of Conquest Racing

Firestone Indy Lights Drivers:
James Hinchcliffe of Team Moore Racing
Stefan Wilson of Bryan Herta Autosport
Martin Plowman of AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport
Charlie Kimball of AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport

"This year, we're hosting double the amount of drivers who were able to attend last year. And, between the IZOD IndyCar teams and Firestone Indy Lights teams, we have a diverse group," says Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball co-chairman, Al Israel.

This year's live auction items feature: a chance to drive in the 2011 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race; a signed Jim Swintal Giclee print of Gil de Ferran winning the 2009 American Le Mans Series at Long Beach; VIP Trip for two people to the 2010 Honda Edmonton Indy; Airship Ventures champagne Zeppelin flight over Southern California for 12 people; autographed racing helmet signed by '10 IZOD IndyCar Series drivers; original Randy Owens painting depicting 2009 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach; "VIP" week for two people at the 2011 "Charity Days Celebration" events and the 37th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach; "VIP" trip to Chicago for the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300; and a Seaside Suite for 25 people on Sun., April 18 for the 36th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Silent auction items range from a Toyota Motorsports Special Edition Nirve bicycle to a Tony Hawk autographed skateboard deck. In addition to the auctions, raffle tickets are currently on sale for a Pace Car ride at the 2010 Grand Prix with tickets starting at $25 each, or five for $100. The Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball is the Grand Prix Foundation's main fundraising event, providing funds and support to: Memorial Miller Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Long Beach Area Special Olympics and the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach Scholarship Fund.

Ticket prices remain the same as last year's rate of $150 per person or $1,200 for a table of eight, and can be ordered by phone at (562) 490-4509.

About the Grand Prix Foundation
The Grand Prix Foundation annually raises the money through its "Charity Days" events during the week of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Since its inception in 1991, the Foundation has contributed over $2 million to organizations representing a cross-section of the city's charitable and civic community. Thanks to low administrative costs, over 90 cents of each dollar goes directly to the organizations selected by the Foundation's 11-member Board of Directors.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Jennifer Anaya
    ID8 Marketing for Grand Prix Foundation
    714-335-5344 or Email Contact