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July 14, 2021

Racing For Kids Shifts Into High Gear as Racing For Kids to the Hill Returns

by Rick Muzingo

UPDATE: To purchase your tickets online, please CLICK HERE to visit our Eventbrite page!

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 long-anticipated event will be held in person on Wednesday– September 1, 2021 – on Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms.

“After last year, when we had to hold the event virtually, everyone on the steering committee is committed to really gearing up this year and making the event bigger and better than ever” says Tom Buhl, who along with Ed Russell has co-chaired the event since it began in 2007.

This year’s event will again include the presentation of the annual Racing For Kids Courageous Kid Awards to three young people from the community, who have shown amazing strength and determination in dealing with their challenging health conditions.  This year’s honorees are twelve year old Payton Shock,  nine year old Kenyon Sims and seven year old Henry Hays.

The day-long event starts with a street fair community celebration, 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, racing demonstrations and activities for the whole family.  Kercheval Avenue will be closed from McMillan to Hall Place for the street fair.

In the evening there’s a cocktail reception and live luxury auction at 120 Kercheval from 6 to 9 p.m. to raise funds for the Racing For Kids hospital visit program and several local children’s hospitals.  Over the years the event has raised in excess of $1.3 million with the proceeds going to various pediatric programs at Ascension St. John Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Henry Ford Health System – Cottage and Beaumont Hospital  -Grosse Pointe.

This year’s gathering will feature gourmet fare from the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, the Bronze Door, 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 including exciting getaways and one-of-a-kind travel packages.

Tickets to the evening reception are $150 and will be available for purchase online beginning July 21.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Racing For Kids office at 313.882.3403 . Beginning July 21st tickets will be available  at