Grand Prix Foundation

The Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach was incorporated in January of 1991 as a 501 (c)(3) publicly supported organization whose purpose is to raise funds, through a series of charitable events held in conjunction with the annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Building on the drama and fanfare surrounding the race, which annually attracts crowds in excess of 185,000, the Foundation schedules exciting events open to businesses and public participation.


With the cancellation of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Grand Prix Foundation events scheduled around the Race have also been cancelled for 2020.   This includes the Grand Prix Foundation 5K (scheduled for April 5) and the Grand Prix Foundation Monte Carlo Night (scheduled for April 17).

In order to accommodate our customers and supporters, we are offering the following opportunities.   Entrants who have paid for and registered for either event can select which option they would like and we will process their request as soon as possible.

Grand Prix 5K:

All those who registered for the Grand Prix 5K should have received an e-mail with the following options:

Option 1:    You may elect to use the funds paid for registration/entry to donate directly to the Grand Prix Foundation and its recipient charities.   Individuals who select this option will receive a 2020 5K Participant Medal as a “thank you” from the Foundation.  Please include your name, address and telephone number for this option so that your medal may be mailed to you.

Option 2:    You may roll over your funds paid to 2021 and use them for payment/registration to the 2021 Grand Prix 5K.   Your name(s) will be kept in a separate database showing paid entry for the next event.

Option 3:    You may elect to take a full refund, minus the processing fee you paid when you signed up.   If you select this option, you will receive your funds in a return credit against the credit card used for entry.

Monte Carlo Night:

For those who purchased tickets to Monte Carlo Night, the following three options are available:

Option 1:  Funds paid for registration/entry may be donated to the Grand Prix Foundation and its recipient charities.

Option 2:  Funds paid may be “rolled-over” to the 2021 Monte Carlo Night and used for payment to that event.

Option 3:  Full refund.   Individuals may request and receive a full refund of entry fee.

We are obviously saddened by the cancellation of these events, but assure you that we will be back in 2021 to once again provide activities supporting the local charities of Long Beach in conjunction with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

For more information, call (562) 490-4509 or send us an e-mail.

Please use the link below to make a tax-deductible donation to the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach.


The Foundation (Federal tax number 33-0446818) was founded as an “all-volunteer” organization and continues to operate as such. Generous support from corporate sponsors allows the Foundation to keep overhead to an absolute minimum. The Foundation’s activities are governed by a twelve member Board of Directors, each elected to a two-year term. Beneficiaries are selected by a committee and members of the Board and approved by the Board of Directors. The Foundation benefits as broad a cross section of the community as possible and continually re-evaluates the needs of the community.

Long Beach Grand Prix Beneficiaries

Scholarship Program

The Foundation, in 1997, established the annual Robert E. Leslie Memorial Scholarship program which provides a $1,000 grant to seven graduating seniors from the seven high schools in the Long Beach area. Leslie was a former Long Beach Fire Chief and founding director of the Foundation. Students are selected by a panel of civic leaders and are evaluated on scholastic achievement, potential, extra curricular activities, community service and financial need.

Recipients must be citizens of the United States and residents of Long Beach or Lakewood.  Proof of citizenship may be required.  These awards shall not be conditioned upon race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, physical disability, or national origin of the recipient.


The application should include the following:

  • Completed Application (2 pages)
  • Digital photo of applicant (head shot preferred)
  • 2 Reference Letters, at least one from a non-school source.
  • Certified Transcripts – Grades 9 through 12


Selection of recipient shall be based upon an evaluation of a student’s academic achievement, academic potential, extra-curricular activity, community service, work experience, educational or vocational goals, and financial need.


Please complete and return your application by February 26, 2020 directly to

Valerie deMartino, Scholarship Chair by email to:  [email protected] or mail to GP Foundation c/o Valerie deMartino 10282 Wesley Circle, Huntington Beach, CA 92646


The Grand Prix Foundation, since its inception in 1991, has donated more than $4 million to Southern California charities. In addition, the Foundation donates tickets and hospitality packages to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and tickets to the Foundation’s “Grand Prix Charity Days” events to charitable and civic organizations to assist them in their fund raising efforts or, in some cases, to bring the physically or mentally challenged to a “day at the races.” For more information on the Grand Prix Foundation, please call the Foundation office at (562) 490-4509.

To request a ticket donation for a charitable organization in the Long Beach area, please send a letter to: Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach, 3000 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806.