Kart4Kids blows past the competition this year (themselves!) to bring in $130,000 in fundraising for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, besting last year's total of $81,000.
The loyal third-party event fundraiser set another first this year by moving the Kart4Kids event from Bradenton to St. Petersburg to capitalize on the growing popularity of the annual Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The move should bring even more attention to the annual charity event that is doing wonders to raise money for pediatric health.
Fundraising efforts involved auctioning off helmets, fire suits, gloves and shoes from nationally known drivers such as Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais, himself a St. Petersburg resident and one of the Kart4Kids leaders. The rest of the money came in through donations from race fans.
Event leaders, many of whom come from the Suncoast Porsche Club of America, work hard every year to bring top racecar drivers to the event. Some of the members have children who have been treated at Johns Hopkins All Children’s after facing issues such as pediatric cancer, and they see the event as an opportunity to give back.
“This year’s event included 22 professional race car drivers with seven Indianapolis 500 wins, 10 IndyCar/Champ Car championships, three LeMans, 10 Daytona 24, and seven Sebring 12-hour wins, along with 22 Sports Car championships, volunteer to race on 16 fully sponsored go-kart teams with over 70 amateur racers at a temporary track built at Turn 1 of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for a 1½-hour kart race,” president of Kart4Kids Dave Bassett says.
This seventh-annual event brings the group’s total donations to Johns Hopkins All Children’s to an impressive $410,000 and growing.
“Community fundraisers, like the incredible races that Kart4Kids holds every year on our behalf, show us just how significant this hospital and our mission are to our community,” Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation executive vice president Jenine Rabin says. “They require an incredible amount of effort on behalf of event volunteers, who commit their time and energy to making them a success. The continued dedication and enthusiasm of the Kart4Kids team thrills us every year—almost as much as their exciting event. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish next year.”
Visit www.hopkinsallchildrens.org/foundation for more information on how you can start your own third-part event.