Event Will Again Honor Three Courageous Kids The checkered festoons will be waving overhead and the engines will soon be revving up for the last blast of summer – the 15th Racing For Kids to the Hill — Shifting Into High Gear 2021. After changing to a virtual event last summer during the pandemic, the […]
Award is presented during the annual Pointer of Distinction Dinner
GROSSE POINTE, MICHIGAN — Racing For Kids has received the prestigious 2020 Pointer of Distinction Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Activity given annually by the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce. Since 2007 the chamber has publicly recognized outstanding individuals and organizations that have demonstrated excellence and passion in their commitment to their missions and the community. The award was presented during the chamber’s Annual Membership Dinner and Pointer of Distinction Awards on January 30 at the War Memorial.
In his presentation remarks, Ted Everingham, former chamber president, said Racing For Kids “helps children when they are most vulnerable – sick and hospitalized.”
- Patrick Wright, Executive Director and CEO of Racing for Kids, accepted the award on behalf of the board of directors and the Racing For Kids staff. He thanked the chamber and all the people who have helped support and advance the Racing For Kids mission over the past three decades. “For thirty we have had a great team, focused on a great mission in a great and giving community. You can’t beat that combination,“ said Wright.
Racing For Kids has a strong presence in the Grosse Pointe community and began its annual event – Racing For Kids to the Hill – in the summer of 2007. The event has grown considerably over the years to become one of the most highly anticipated and popular attractions in Grosse Pointe. With strong community-wide involvement, the event now draws several thousand people to the daytime motorcar exhibition and street fair and more than 600 guests to the evening reception and luxury auction.
During the past thirteen years, Racing For Kids to the Hill has raised and donated more than $1.7 million to fund special projects at four local children’s hospitals. Some of the projects include therapeutic toys and games for a pediatric oncology department, a Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD); Neonatal Oral Motor Feeding Therapy, Serial Casting Intensives and Schroth Physical Therapy for Scoliosis as well as portable cardiac monitors for a Home Heart Monitoring Program for High Risk Infants.