Pro/Celebrity Race for Rainbow Benefits Kids at
& Children’s Hospital
CLEVELAND, Nov. 6, 2006 – The cause of children’s health in Cleveland received a boost today, when Cleveland Grand Prix Charities presented its 2006 contribution – a $20,000 check to Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital of University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The contribution is comprised of funds raised during the 2006 Grand Prix Charities Pro/Am-Celebrity Race for Rainbow Go-Kart Race, which took place as part of the 2006 Grand Prix of Cleveland race weekend.
Lending their professional talents to the event (with four Indy 500 wins between them) were racing legends Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Al Unser, Jr. Celebrities on hand included actor/racer Paul Newman, rock star Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, television anchors Denise Dufala and Stephanie Schaefer, former Ohio State football standout and Cleveland Browns player Tom Cousineau, and former Cavalier star Tony Cedric.
The professional racers treated the amateurs and celebrities alike to some high-speed thrills and wheel-to-wheel racing action, as well as on-track driving instruction. After the Pro-Am/Celebrity Race, Paul Newman and Danny Sullivan went one-on-one for 10 laps, attempting to best each other all the way. As for the outcome, it was age over experience, as Paul Newman was first to the checkered flag.
Corporate support for the Race for Rainbow was generously provided by Cleveland-area corporations, including Enerco/Mr.Heater, Premier Truck Sales, Independence Excavating, Executive Caterers, Minutemen Staffing, Premier, Medview, Nerone & Sons, Sherwin-Williams, National City Bank, B&B wrecking, KM&M, Tenable Protective Services, Stein, Inc., Shima Limo, and Racing for Kids, a charitable group that brings attention to children’s health issues through racing events.
In addition to hosting the Pro-Am/Celebrity Event, the go-kart track was made available to the general public and corporate groups throughout the Grand Prix of Cleveland race weekend.
Cleveland Grand Prix Charities was born in 1981, when a small group of area businessmen rallied Cleveland’s business leaders to get involved in a new event in town, the Champ Car race at Burke Lakefront Airport. Throughout the years, Cleveland Grand Prix Charities has hosted a wide array of special events, highlighting the Race, benefiting many charitable causes in Cleveland.
For more information on the Grand Prix of Cleveland contact the event’s downtown business office at (216) 619-RACE (7223) or visit www.grandprixofcleveland.com.