Our heartfelt condolences to longtime Racing For Kids driver Stefan Wilson, whose crash Monday took him out of this weekend’s Indianapolis 500. Stefan had a solid qualifying run and was highly competitive all week. Our prayers are with him to make a complete recovery. We’re disappointed not to see Stefan in the cockpit this weekend, […]
The checkered festoons will be waving overhead and the engines will soon be revving up for the last blast of summer – the 11th Racing For Kids to the Hill. The long-anticipated event will be held on the Wednesday– August 30, 2017 – on Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms.
“Every year we have surpassed the year before in terms of attendance, participation and enthusiasm, “said co-chair Ed Russell. “Our community has really come together for this event and the support has been amazing.”
This year there will again be a daytime street fair celebration for the community, which is free and open to the public from 11:30 to 3 p.m. Included will be games for the kids, inflatables, music, refreshments and activities for the whole family. Kercheval Avenue will be closed from McMillan to Hall Place for the street fair.
The College for Creative Studies will again offer an artwork station where kids and parents can exercise their artistic talent. Kart2Kart will have a racing simulator on hand to give a virtual racing thrill. There will be dream cars galore, including the Detroit Grand Prix showcar and a fire truck from Wayne County Community College District.
In the evening there’s a cocktail reception and live luxury auction at Northern Trust from 6 to 9 p.m. to raise funds for the Racing For Kids hospital visit program and several local children’s hospitals. Last year the event reached the $1 million mark, with the proceeds going to pediatric programs at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Beaumont Hospital – Grosse Pointe, Henry Ford Health System – Cottage and St. John Providence Children’s Hospital.
This year’s gathering will feature gourmet fare from the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, the Hill Seafood and Chop House, Jumps, Café Nini, Luxe Bar and Grill, Fresh Farms Market and National Coney Island. The Dirty Dog will provide music and the auction will feature many luxury items such as exciting getaways and one-of-a-kind adventure packages as well as a 2017 custom conversion Ford 150 truck from Crest Automotive Group.
Tickets to the evening reception are $100 for advance purchase or $125 at the door or if purchased after August 23. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Racing For Kids office at 313.882.3403. Tickets are also available at LaLonde Jewelers, 91 Kercheval.
Sponsors of Racing For Kids to the Hill include:
St. John Providence
Crest Automotive Group
Meridian Health Plan
Ann and Jim Nicholson
POLE POSITION SPONSORS
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation
Deeplands Development/Russell Homes
Fifth Third Bank
Henry Ford Health System
Kercheval Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Legacy Wealth Management
National Coney Island
Russell Development Company
Matilda Wilson Fund
Sam and Alaine Bush
The Hill Association
Peggy and Peter Kross
Pointe Capital Management
Robinson Capital Management
Wayne County Community College District
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel
Connell Building Company
Higbie Maxon Agney
Robert Loomis & Associates
Mike’s on the Water
Motor City Casino
Ralph C. Wilson Foundation
Village Palm and POSH
Warner, Norcross & Judd
IN KIND SPONSORS
Allegra Marketing Printing Mail
Allemon’s Landscape Center
Dirty Dog Jazz Café
Grosse Pointe Florists
Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing
Yellow Door Imaging and Photography
Woods Wholesale Wine
Grosse Pointe News
Buhl Sport Detroit