The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) will host the 14th annual Racing to Recovery Gala on Wednesday, May 22, at The Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis. The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m.
During the event, SSPF founder Sam Schmidt will present the 2013 Legends of Racing Award to Al Speyer, executive director of Firestone Racing. The Foundation’s Visionary Award will also be presented to both Indiana University Health and Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine.
The Gala, one of the most anticipated events in the days leading up to the Indianapolis 500, will feature appearances by some of the biggest names in auto racing. Festive cocktails, gourmet food stations and a silent and live auction are among the highlights of the evening.
In advance of the live auction, an online auction has been created to sell unique items, such as a collection of coins signed and carried by 32 drivers from the 2005 Indianapolis 500. Coins signed and carried by Danica Patrick, Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves and the late Dan Wheldon are included. The 2005 race was Wheldon’s first Indianapolis 500 victory.
The coins and other items can be found at www.racing2recoveryauction.com.
The Racing to Recovery Gala and auction raises funds to support medical research to find a cure for paralysis. Last year’s event raised nearly $300,000 for spinal cord injury (SCI) research.
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