Get Your Heart Racing

Henry Ford Health Systems Fundraiser

Larry Jewett - June 25, 2012 07:19 AM


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Executives from Henry Ford Health Systems and Ford Motor Company recently gathered to announce a unique fundraiser. “Get Your Heart Racing” will feature a uniquely prepared 2013 Shelby GT500 exclusively available via an auction to be held at the “Get Your Heart Racing” fundraiser on September 22 at the ultra-private Ford test track in Dearborn, Michigan.
 “Get Your Heart Racing” is more than just Henry Ford Health System’s most successful fundraiser. It is a car enthusiast’s dream come true with an exclusive opportunity to experience Dearborn’s test track and proving grounds with hot laps, drag races, wet pad tests, coned driving challenges and off-road experiences. A three-minute video of last year’s event and more information can be seen at
 Following the driving events, guests will kick back at the pit party to watch a drifting and driving demonstration hosted by world class professional drivers. One very lucky participant will win a brand new tricked-out Ford Focus.
 “The September 22 date needs to be etched into the minds of any auto and Ford enthusiasts who have wanted to experience the Ford test track, but never had the opportunity…that is, until now,” said Sandy Hudson, Senior Development Officer at Henry Ford Health System. “Spend the afternoon in a veritable auto Nirvana and then, in the evening, let the pros take over and show us all how it’s really done.”
 The one-of-one 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, customized by Ford designer and former Henry Ford patient Melvin Betancourt, features a stunning white exterior paint scheme with contrasting white graphics and 20-inch white wheels. The racing-inspired cockpit boasts white leather Recaro seats stitched with a black contrast thread for an overall design theme that is worthy of the car’s outstanding heritage.
 The Ford Focus “giveaway” vehicle is also a one-of-one outfitted with “Euro Series” body kit from aftermarket specialist 3d Carbon. The vehicle exudes confidence with an aggressive stance and styling cues including a rear spoiler, custom exhaust and black tuxedo metallic paint.
 Tickets for the full day’s driving events including the Pit party are $1,000 each or $1,750 for a two-person team. Tickets for the Pit Party are $250. Both tickets include sumptuous food, beverage, music, the drifting demonstration, the chance to win the ford focus and the opportunity to tour the track and mingle with professional drivers. Event proceeds benefit the important work of the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Health System. A portion of the ticket purchase is tax deductible.
 All guests will be able to bid on a range of fabulous auction items, including the one-of-one 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. Phone bidders are also welcome. For more information, visit