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10th Annual Racing to Recovery Gala hosted by the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation

sspf_printer-friendlyFriends For Michael travels to Indy for the annual  Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation Indy 500 Racing to Recovery  Dinner.

2009 GALA TO CELEBRATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE SAM SCHMIDT PARALYSIS FOUNDATION
Note: Gala date changed to Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The 10th Annual Racing to Recovery Gala hosted by the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation will be held at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana on Wednesday May 13, 2009.  (Note date change from previous posting.)

The annual gala celebrates the achievements of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances to help those who have been afflicted with chronic and acute paralysis, as well as other neurological disorders such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.  The gala is the largest annual event the Foundation holds.  With 2009 marking its 10th year, the upcoming Gala is expected to be very special.

Besides food, fun and socializing, annual SSPF Racing to Recovery Gala includes awards and a silent auction to benefit research.  Last year Mario Andretti received the 2008 Legendary Driver Award.  With accomplishments not only in an Indy Car, but also in stock cars, midgets, Formula 1 and Prototypes, are simply phenomenal, the name “Mario Andretti” defines “legend” in motor sports.

The Hulman-George Family were also honored at last year’s gala, presented with the “Partner for a Cure Award” for their passionate dedication to the foundation. The Hulman-George Family has worked tirelessly to support Sam Schmidt since his accident in 2000. They have also provided countless resources and encouragement to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.  The Hulman George family, along with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series, has supported the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation by helping fund research, grants and the “Day at the Races” program. The SSPF is truly grateful to them for their belief in the Foundation’s mission.

The Sam Schmidt Foundation helps individuals overcome spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders by funding scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances.  This research benefits stroke victims and people diagnosed with ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.  SSPF funds its national Day at the Races program and quality of life grants to organizations throughout the country benefiting people with paralysis and other life challenges.  It also provides college scholarships for people with spinal cord injuries/paralysis.  The Foundation works tirelessly in its advocacy efforts both locally and nationally on behalf of the disabled.

For more information: www.samschmidt.org (http://www NULL.samschmidt NULL.org/)

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