Andretti Foundation makes donation

The Michael Andretti Foundation recently donated $30,000 to the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation to support paralysis research programs. The money was raised from an eBay auction for a VIP trip to the 2006 Indianapolis 500 as guests of Michael Andretti.

"We're so happy that we were able to put together a fun auction package to raise money for such a great cause," the IndyCar Series championship-winning team co-owner said. "The response to the auction was overwhelming, and we had such a great weekend entertaining the winning couple at Indy."

The donation for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) will be used to further spinal cord research by supporting the work of the most accomplished medial investigators throughout the world.

Through the Foundation's Quality of Life Programs, funds will be distributed to organizations that directly impact the lives of individuals who have spinal cord injuries and other types of disabilities.

Additionally, the donation will help to expand SSPF's 'Day at the Races' program. Since the program's inception, SSPF, along with the generosity of Andretti Green Racing, have entertained more than 1,000 spinal cord individuals, including patients from rehabilitation hospitals, VA hospitals and members of the Paralyzed Veterans Association and provided resource materials, mentoring opportunities and the chance for an up-close experience of IndyCar racing.

"It doesn't surprise me, but at the same time, I'm almost embarrassed by what they've given us this year," Schmidt said.. "They sponsored the gala in May, they sponsor all of our Day at the Races programs at the track – with lunch and everything else. We've got a great business relationship with them in the Indy Pro Series. They're so generous."

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