Grand Prix Foundation Builds Excitement!
LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 12, 2013) -- The Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach will stage two events leading up to the 39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach: the Toyota Grand Prix Charity Golf Tournament at a new and challenging site – El Dorado Park Golf Club in Long Beach on Mon., April 15 – and the Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball on Fri., April 19 at the Westin Long Beach.
“We’re looking forward to two exciting events to benefit local charities, beginning with bringing the Golf Tournament back to Long Beach with actor and singer Paul Williams serving as Honorary Celebrity Chair," said Rick DuRee, president of the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach. "Paul promises he will be bringing out some surprise celebrity guests for the tournament and dinner afterward.
“The Grand Prix Foundation is very proud of the work we do in support of local charities while at the same time playing an active role in the overall experience that is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.”
The Foundation, established in 1991, has contributed nearly $3 million to an array of charitable organizations throughout the greater Long Beach area. In 2012 alone, the Foundation contributed more than $175,000 to local charities such as Miller Children’s Hospital, Women’s Shelter Long Beach, Operation Jump Start, the Short Stop Program, Ronald McDonald House and the Long Beach Century Club, along with the Robert E. Leslie Scholarship Program for graduating high school seniors.
Among the 2013 charities that will benefit from the Foundations activities are Miller Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the Long Beach Area Special Olympics and the Robert E. Leslie Scholarship Program. Thanks to low administrative costs and a volunteer base of more than 200 local citizens, 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to charities selected by the Foundation’s 11-member Board of Directors.
The Toyota Grand Prix Charity Golf Tournament begins at 9 a.m. with registration, putting contest, driving range, and breakfast/a.m. bar and will tee off at 11 a.m. on April 15. A cocktail reception, prizes and a live auction will follow. The Toyota Grand Prix Charity Ball, meanwhile, will start at 6 p.m. on April 19 with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction featuring many unique opportunities and one-of-a-kind items at 7:30 p.m.
For more information about the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach, visit www.gplb.com or call (562) 490-4509.