BIRMINGHAM (March 11, 2013) – Grand-Am Porsche 250 racing fans will have the chance to meet some of the sport’s most famous drivers while helping patients at Children’s of Alabama during the third annual Racing For Children’s Dinner on Friday, April 5 at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum (6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35094.) The event, which raises funds for the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s, is part of the 2013 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama weekend April 5 - 7.
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is the fastest weekend of the year, full of action-packed adventure for racing enthusiasts. Voted “Best Sporting Event” and “Best Annual Event” by readers of Birmingham Magazine for the second year in a row, the weekend includes the IZOD IndyCar Series, the PORSCHE 250, the Grand-Am Rolex Series and the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. More than 80,000 fans from 43 states and three foreign countries attended last year’s event.
The Racing for Children’s Dinner event, featuring renowned race car driver Hurley Haywood, begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. when guests gather to enjoy a cocktail hour and mingle with other teams and drivers including Leh Keen, Andrew Davis, APR and Foyt Racing. Last year, Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey was among the drivers attending.
Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the museum’s renowned collection of more than 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles and race cars before dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. A live auction of high-end items, such as VIP hot laps by George Barber and a South African Photo Safari for two, will be conducted by C King Benefit Auctions after dinner. Local sports media personality Jim Dunaway of WIAT-TV CBS 42 and WJOX 94.5 fm will emcee the event.
On Saturday, the Racing for Children’s race car will be running in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Porsche 250 at 12:45 p.m. This custom car will be covered by handprints of patients from Children’s of Alabama and will be unveiled and on display to the public at the hospital on Thursday, April 4, at 10 a.m.
Sponsorship opportunities including handprints, ticket information and other details about the event are available at www.racingforchildrens.org.
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past three years by US News & World Report. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.