SOURCE: Grand Prix Foundation

Grand Prix Foundation

March 22, 2011 11:59 ET

Long Beach Grand Prix Foundation Announces 2011 Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball Gala

Annual Black Tie Gala Features Live Auction, Drivers from the Izod Indycar Racing Series and Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Drivers

LONG BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - Serving notable Long Beach children's charities, the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach today announced that this year's Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Fri., April 15 at the Westin Long Beach, 333 East Ocean Blvd.

The black tie gala takes place during race week and features an exciting live auction for a chance to enter the 2012 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, as well as drivers and celebrity guests from the Izod Indycar Racing Series and Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. Grand Prix Foundation president, Rick DuRee explains, "Last year, Tony Hawk, Megyn Price, Patrick Warburton, Dario Franchitti and others joined the festivities, which made it fun for guests and contributed to raising more than $103,000 in funds for our Foundation's very deserving children's charities."

"The winning bid to drive in this year's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race was $67,000. We're expecting to bring in even more from some healthy competition brewing among several race enthusiasts for the 2012 Pro/Celebrity Race," says event co-chairman Tom Bussa. The live auction will feature:

  • An entry on the starting line in the 2012 Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, including training and activities with racing professionals and celebrities
  • Pace car ride
  • Autographed helmet by Izod's Indycar Series drivers featured in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
  • Edmonton Grand Prix race package
  • 2012 Charity Days package with entry into the Toyota Grand Prix Golf Tournament, Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball and three-day race attendance
  • Randy Owens painting

More live auction items will be announced shortly.

The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. Ticket prices remain the same as last year at $150 per person or $1200 for a table of eight, and include a four-course formal sit-down dinner which begins at 7:30 p.m., dancing to local live band Squeeze Box, and access to exclusive silent and live auction items. Drivers from the Indycar Series and Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be on-hand for photos and autographs. Additional celebrity guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

The gala has served as a cornerstone fundraising event for the Grand Prix Foundation, providing support to select community non-profit organizations. This year's Charity Ball beneficiaries include Memorial Miller Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Orange County, The Robert E. Leslie Scholarship Fund, and the Grand Prix Foundation Scholarship Fund among other Long Beach children's charities.

To order tickets or get more information about the Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball call: (562) 490-4509, visit Facebook [search: Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball], or follow us on Twitter @TGPCharityBall.

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 go directly to the organizations selected by the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Contact Information

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