HEY! It's 11:30 pm and I'm back home. I went to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation Benefit tonight. It took me so long to post the pictures above, that I didn't show up until 9 pm. when it started at 6!
Anyway, it was downtown at Mortons of Chicago. We had a thunderstorm roll through before I got there. They had the red carpet rolled out for us and a motorcycle and go-kart on display outside the door. They were some of the items that were being auctioned off for charity tonight. The bike was awesome, it was a Titan donated by Tony George. It's twin was given to Juan Pablo Montoya for winning the Indy 500 last year. Inside, there were some autographed racers stuff, like helmets and gloves, tickets, and some donations by baseball and basketball stars like a basketball signed by Koby and Shaq.
Well, I was 3 hours late, so who knows what drivers I missed seeing. I did get to (cocktail)party in the company of Arie Luynendyk, Scott Sharp, Robbie Buhl, Billy Boat, Robbie McGehee and Jeff Ward.
Of course Sam was there. He looked really well and in high-spirits. They had a auction on some racing memoribilia, proceeds to go toward medical research. This was a stand up buffet, but there were some booths around the perimeter and IMS had a few tables reserved. I enjoyed some steak and fish, some unknown items(!) and some cheesecake. It was all tasty. They provided beer and wine. I also had some mixed drinks in the bar with a couple drivers.
I am not sure how much they raised in the silent auction. That custom Indy 500 Titan motorcycle was by far the most valuable in the lot. This was the second year for this benefit dinner. I've heard Sam's foundation has raised $750,000 before tonight for spinal research.
[a few days later... I have since heard that Jack Arute served as master of ceremonies. He must have left before I got there. I would have liked to talk to him, he's been broadcasting Indycars for a long time.
I heard that Fred Treadway, owner of Treadway Racing, won the auction for the Titan bike at $35,000 and Rob Sabatini won the go-kart auction for $4,600.]
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