GARDENA, CA – The Carroll Shelby Foundation was a key sponsor of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ (CHLA) inaugural Walk L.A. event, which raised funds to improve healthcare for children. The fundraiser eclipsed its goal as over 1,200 people participated in the 4-kilometer walk on the morning of June 17, 2017, at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California.
“Born with a congenital heart defect, Carroll Shelby spent a lot of time in the hospital throughout his lifetime,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing and Co-President of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “He was always moved by the strength of the many sick children he encountered there, especially when he was waiting for a heart transplant. Creating the Carroll Shelby Foundation, he vowed to help kids battle their illnesses, which is what the organization continues to do today in his name.”
The Foundation board is committed to following Mr. Shelby’s original vision. Recently, fate provided the non-profit with a new opportunity to fulfill their charge.
“The recent monologue by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel about how the wonderful staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles helped his son battle for his life due to a heart condition was amazing,” said Cummings. “It inspired us to get involved. We connected with the hospital to see how the Carroll Shelby Foundation could support their mission of improving healthcare for kids.”
When the opportunity to sponsor the inaugural Walk L.A. event arose, the Carroll Shelby Foundation immediately got on board. Along with showing their public support at the event, their sponsorship included a $5,000 donation that went directly to the Helping Hands Fund. This program ensures that all CHLA patients receive the critical, lifesaving care they need.
The 4-kilometer walk began at 8:30 am at the Crystal Springs picnic area of Griffith Park and was followed by a Wellness Family Festival that included activities, giveaways, food trucks, Zumba class, drum circle, games and entertainment. Members of the Shelby team were also at the event to help raise money and awareness for CHLA.
The event’s initial goal of $250,000 was exceeded as more than $370,000 was raised. Individual donations reached an impressive $336,212, with nearly $40,000 more raised from corporate sponsors. Donations are still being accepted through the end of July at WalkLA.org.
“Being a part of the Walk L.A. event was a rewarding experience for everyone at the Carroll Shelby Foundation,” said Aaron Shelby, Board Member of Carroll Shelby International and Co-President of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “It was incredible to be able to help an organization that does so much for the children of Los Angeles.”
The funds raised from the event will go to CHLA, which provides more care for children than any other hospital in the region. CHLA relies on the generosity of its supporters to provide lifesaving care for children.
About the Carroll Shelby Foundation
The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created by legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the Foundation is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children; educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs; and also benefits the Shelby Automotive Museum. Visit www.shelby.com