Indianapolis charity abounds in the Circle City. The 12th Annual Race to Recovery fundraiser takes over the Chase Tower in Indianapolis downtown Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 pm. This extremely important Indianapolis event is designed to raise money for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. The evening will honor Roger Penske, chairman of the Penske Corporation. The event also features food, drinks and a silent and live auctions. Bring your checkbooks to help put an end to paralysis.
The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation has a vision to find a permanent cure for people afflicted with chronic and acute paralysis. The Indianapolis not for profit organization leads this campaign by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances. In addition, the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation provides quality of life grants to organizations that help people living with paralysis. By working on both a local and national scale, the SSPF benefits thousands of paralysis patients each year.
A cause that is close to the heart of racers everywhere, the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation was founded in 2000 after Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt was in a practice run crash that left him paralyzed. Since then, his organization has been at the forefront of research and treatment of paralysis across the United States.
The 12th Annual Race to Recovery Gala is an opportunity of Indianapolis people to donate funds and rub elbows with Indianapolis sports stars of Indianapolis Motor Speedway fame. This gala attracts hundreds of people each year including many Indianapolis business leaders, the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone IndyLights drivers and team owners.
This year’s foundation gala will honor Roger Penske with the Legends of Racing Award. As the owner of the Penske racing team and the Penske Corporation, Roger Penske is a major name in the racing business. However, this titan of the Speedway first made a name for himself in the 1950s as a race car driver. In 1961, he was named the Sports Car Club of America Driver of the Year by Sports Illustrated.
Since then he as created one of the most successful teams in both IndyCar Series racing and NASCAR racing. His teams stats are nearly unbeatable with 332 major race wins, 396 pole positions, 23 national championships and 15 Indianapolis 500 race wins. Past winners of the Legends of Racing Award include Rick Mears, Parnelli Jones, Arie Luyendyk, Michael Andretti and Mario Andretti.
“I am looking forward to being a part of this wonderful event,” says Penske. “The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation has done so much to support this important cause, and I am honored to be included in the evening’s activities. The Racing to Recovery Gala is a terrific event and it has become an important tradition during the month of May in Indianapolis.”
Guest will have a chance to mingle with the stars of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race from this year and past years. Support the important work of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation during a wonderful gala evening filled with auctions and hob knobbing with Indianapolis sports greats. Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 race in style.
Tickets to this fancy Indianapolis event are $150 per person. Visit the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (below) for more information. After the gala, enjoy a respite at any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Consider getting a room at any of these Indianapolis hotels to ensure your evening ends safely. Stay tuned to FunCityFinder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts, Indianapolis theatre, Indianapolis music, Indianapolis shopping and more. Get out in Indy and find some fun!
12th Annual Racing to Recovery Gala
Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 pm
Tickets are $150
111 Monument Circle