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August 29, 2016

Racing For Kids to the Hill Tenth Anniversary Celebration set for August 31

by Racing For Kids

Plans Underway for the 2016 Last Blast of the Summer

 Festoons will once again be flying overhead, checkered flags will be flapping in the wind and race car engines will be revving up for the last blast of summer – the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Racing For Kids to the Hill. The long-anticipated event will again be held on the Wednesday before Labor Day – August 31, 2016 – on Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms.

“This is our 10th year and everyone is working hard to insure the event will be bigger and better than ever, “explains co-chair Tom Buhl. “Every year we have surpassed the year before in terms of attendance, participation and enthusiasm. Our community has really embraced this event and the support has been amazing.”

Racing For Kids is a Grosse Pointe Farms-based national charity, which uses the popularity of motorsports to generate awareness and funding for children’s healthcare institutions across the country.   Founded at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in 1989, Racing For Kids has been bringing IndyCar drivers to the bedsides of hospitalized children for the past 26 years. The racers have visited more than 28,000 sick children in more than 575 hospital visits across the United States, as well as Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Australia. Additionally, nearly $6.5 million has been raised for the hospitals visited and for other worthy child healthcare institutions.

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 a sidewalk sale, games for the kids, inflatable toys, 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 be represented by young artists displaying their talents. One artist will be demonstrating the computer design skills used in automobile design and production. Another artist will be directing the children in their own creative endeavors.

There will be 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. The gathering will feature gourmet fare from the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, the Hill Seafood and Chop House, Jumps, Café Nini, Luxe Bar and Grill, and Fresh Farms Market. 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 2016 special edition Mustang from Crest Automotive Group.

Tickets to the evening reception are $100 for advance purchase or $125 at the door or if purchased after August 28. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Racing For Kids office at 313.882.3403.

Thank you to our sponsors! 

Winner’s Circle

Crest Automotive Group

Meridian Health Plan of MI

Northern Trust

St. John Provindence


Grand Sponsors

Gallagher Kaiser

Lear Corporation

Legacy Wealth Management


Pole Position

Backer Landscaping

Beaumont Hospital

Blaser Design Group

Bodman LLC

Chevy Racing

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation

Firestone Racing

Henry Ford Health System

Russell Development Company

Matilda R. Wilson Fund

Wolverine Bronze


Front Row

Sam and Alaine Bush

The Hill Association

Kart 2 Kart

MI Concourse

MOMO Automotive Accessories

Peggy and Peter Kross

Morgan Stanley

Pointe Capital Management

Robinson Capital


Village Palm and Posh

Wayne County Community College District

Zim’s Vodka


Finish Line

American House

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel

Connell Building Company

Ferrari Club of America

Grosse Pointe Farms Department of Public Safety

Higbie Maxon Agney

Kristen Townsend

LaLonde Jewelers


Mike’s on the Water

Pointe Alarm

Robert Loomis & Associates

Ralph C. Wilson Foundation

The Russell Company, LLC

Woods Financial, LLC


In Kind Sponsors

Allegra Marketing. Printing. Mail

Allemon’s Landscaping Center

Atwater Brewery

Dirty Dog Jazz Café

Grosse Pointe Florists

Kercheval Dance

Pratt and Miller Engineering

Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing Services

Yellow Door Imaging and Photography

Wahl Tents

Woods Wholesale Wine


Media Sponsor

Grosse Pointe News


Special Thanks

Buhl Sport Detroit