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 is once again planning on staging an exciting activity around the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach:
Grand Prix 5K – April 2, 2023
The popular Grand Prix 5K will return on April 2, 2023 – two weeks before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. With a unique course that will take participants on to the actual Grand Prix racetrack in downtown Long Beach, the race has been a hit since its inception in 2018.
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.
The 2021 scholarship winners were given their awards at a ceremony on May 15, 2021.
The winners were, left to right: Calyce Jones, Millikan; Leigh Anderson, St. Anthony; Angelica Gonzalez, Poly; Alivia Ross, Cabrillo; Angelika Canete, Poly; Maceo Glenn, Millikan; Ashley Potter, McBride. Also pictured: Grand Prix Foundation President Rick Duree (left), Grand Prix Association President & CEO Jim Michaelian and Grand Prix Foundation Board Member Bob Funari (right).
Information on the 2022 Robert E. Leslie Memorial Scholarship will be posted at a later date.
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.
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.