On May 25, 2012, Garth attended the Indy 500 Soiree, presented by Lucas Oil and held at the Lucas Estate in Indianapolis. The first of what will be an annual event hosted by INDYCAR and Lucas Oil to raise money for charities that support Indianapolis, this party was the kickoff fundraiser for a Child Life Zone at the Riley Hospital for Children, which is slated to open in 2014.
“We wanted to give Indianapolis a spectacular event that residents could look forward to each year and also support the community that has loyally followed Indy car racing and the ‘500’ for decades,” said Randy Bernard, CEO of INDYCAR. “With each annual soiree, we plan to celebrate the Indy 500 and champion a cause worthwhile to our community. Teammates for Kids’ Child Life Zone at Riley Hospital for Children is the first of many causes we hope to benefit.”
Said Dr. Jeff Sperring, president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health: “We are honored and grateful that Teammates for Kids has selected Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health as one of the next children’s hospitals to receive their gift of a Child Life Zone. Teammates recognizes the important role Child Life plays in children’s healing. The Teammates Child Life Zone at Riley at IU Health will feature spaces where children and their families will be able to receive therapy together. We know the space will be incredible. Even more incredible, however, will be how our Child Life professionals use this space to produce better outcomes for our Riley patients and families. We’re very thankful to INDYCAR, Lucas Oil and IMS for working with Teammates to put on the Indy 500 Soiree for our benefit.”
In one evening, over $ 600,000 was raised, and Garth had the opportunity to chat with INDYCAR drivers including Helio Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe and tell them about plans for the Child Life Zone.
“Teammates is honored to team with Riley Hospital for Children in bringing the Child Life Zone to the great city of Indianapolis,” Garth said. “Not only will the Zone improve the lives of Indiana's children, it will also improve the lives of children around the globe. Teammates is a large believer in Child Life programming, and we look forward to the many great opportunities the Zone at Riley Hospital for Children will create.”