The Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach was incorporated in January of 1991 as a 501 (c)(3) publicly supported organization whose purpose is to raise funds, through a series of charitable events held in conjunction with the annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Building on the drama and fanfare surrounding the race, which annually attracts crowds in excess of 185,000, the Foundation schedules exciting events open to businesses and public participation.
The Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach will hold the 6th Annual Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach 5K on Sunday, April 14.
Participants will run a two-lap tour of the world-famous Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach racecourse including Pine Avenue and Seaside Way, with the finish at the official Grand Prix start/finish line on Shoreline Drive. Kids 12 and under can get in on the action with the Kids’ Turbo 1K, which will take place after the main races on a portion of the regular racecourse. The other two races will be the Elite/Pro 5K (those who can finish the race in under 25 minutes) which will start at 7:00 a.m. and the run for the general public, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Each runner will receive a finisher medal, an official Grand Prix Foundation 5K t-shirt, post-race refreshments and two complimentary Friday general admission tickets to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, an $80 value. There will also be photo ops and activities in the 5K festival area at the conclusion of the run.
For more information, call (562) 490-4509 or send us an e-mail.
The Grand Prix Foundation, since its inception in 1991, has donated more than $4 million to Southern California charities. In addition, the Foundation donates tickets and hospitality packages to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and tickets to the Foundation’s “Grand Prix Charity Days” events to charitable and civic organizations to assist them in their fund raising efforts or, in some cases, to bring the physically or mentally challenged to a “day at the races.” For more information on the Grand Prix Foundation, please call the Foundation office at (562) 490-4509.
The Foundation (Federal tax number 33-0446818) was founded as an “all-volunteer” organization and continues to operate as such. Generous support from corporate sponsors allows the Foundation to keep overhead to an absolute minimum. The Foundation’s activities are governed by a twelve member Board of Directors, each elected to a two-year term. Beneficiaries are selected by a committee and members of the Board and approved by the Board of Directors. The Foundation benefits as broad a cross section of the community as possible and continually re-evaluates the needs of the community.
The Foundation, in 1997, established the annual Robert E. Leslie Memorial Scholarship program which provides a $1,500 grant every Spring to seven graduating seniors from the seven high schools in the Long Beach area. Leslie was a former Long Beach Fire Chief and founding director of the Foundation. Students are selected by a committee of civic leaders – including Chief Leslie’s sons – and are evaluated on academic achievement, academic potential, extra-curricular activity, community service, work experience, educational or vocational goals, and financial need.
Recipients must be citizens of the United States and residents of Long Beach or Lakewood. Proof of citizenship may be required. These awards shall not be conditioned upon race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, physical disability, or national origin of the recipient.
Information on the 2024 Robert E. Leslie Memorial Scholarship will be posted at a later date.
To request a ticket donation for a charitable organization in the Long Beach area, please send a letter to: Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach, 3000 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.