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Drive or Ride in an Exotic Car with Sam Schmidt and IndyCar Drivers James Hinchcliffe and Robbie Wickens at Drive to Conquer Paralysis Fundraiser in Support of Conquer Paralysis Now and DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center
Tickets and sponsorships available for two-day event on October 19-20 at DRIVEN center and SpeedVegas to raise funds for finding a cure for paralysis and supporting rehabilitation needs
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 10, 2019) – Drive or ride in an exotic car around a racetrack with Sam Schmidt and IndyCar Drivers James Hinchcliffe and Robbie Wickens at the Drive to Conquer Paralysistwo-day fund-raising event being held October 19-20 in Las Vegas by Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN). Las Vegas resident and CPN founder Sam Schmidt said proceeds from the event will be used in support of the organization’s mission of furthering advancements in spinal-cord injury research and treatment, as well as funding therapy scholarships for CPN’s DRIVENNeuroRecovery Center.
Stacey Gualandi, Emmy-winning television/radio host, correspondent and producer will emcee the Drive to Conquer Paralysisweekend. The event begins on October 19 from 6:00-9:00 pm at the DRIVEN center at 701 E. Bridger Avenue with a cocktail reception and live auction. CPN founder, former IndyCar driver and current team owner, Sam Schmidt, will be there and offer pictures with him inside the ARROW semi-autonomous Corvette, which Sam, a quadriplegic, is able to drive.As DRIVEN turns no one away for lack of financial resources, funds raised will support scholarships for those with neurological issues including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Transverse Myelitis and more. Guests will meet current DRIVENclients, hear their stories and see demonstrations of the equipment that helps them day to day in the center, which is the only one of its kind in the region. The live auction will include incredible entertainment and travel items. Cocktail attire is preferred.
Then on October 20 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm at SpeedVegas, 14200 S. Las Vegas Blvd.,guests will have the opportunity to drive or ride in an exotic car around a racetrack. A limited number of tickets are available to upgrade their experience to ride with Sam Schmidt in the ARROW Corvette and IndyCar Drivers James Hinchcliffe and Robbie Wickens. Disabled clients of the DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center will also have the opportunity to drive again in the ARROW car.
Lunch and drinks are included, and a silent auction will be held featuring a wide range of items from tickets to sporting events to worldwide vacations with items priced for everyone. Dress is casual.
Tickets start at $250 for both events and are available at www.conquerparalysisnow.org. Sponsorships also are available. For more information, visit the website or email Conquer Paralysis Now firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who cannot attend, but would like to be a part of the auction, check the www.conquerparalysisnow.orgwebsite after October 15 for a link to register for the auction. Winning bids will have the items shipped at the winner’s expense. All donations are tax deductible per extent of the law; Conquer Paralysis Now is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit foundation. Updated event information is available on CPN’s Facebook and event pages.
CPN was founded by Schmidt in 2000 after he sustained injuries in an Indy Racing League practice that left him a quadriplegic. Last year, Schmidt and CPN opened DRIVEN, a not-for-profit center, to create an affordable multidisciplinary center where individuals with disabilities can improve their physical, mental and emotional health, increase independence, and enhance their overall quality of life using a holistic approach to wellness.
“DRIVENserves people with all forms of disabilities and neurological conditions, not just those with spinal cord injuries, including pediatric patients, veterans and wounded warriors,” Schmidt said. “The center makes available at affordable prices to the people of Las Vegas and Clark County living with disabilities the same life-changing rehab and support that I have received to help them live longer, healthier, more independent lives.”
Sponsors of Drive to Conquer Paralysis include: Vicki and Bill Mullis, The Wheeler Foundation, The Hopp Foundation, Yacktman Capital Group, Vicki Hafen and Richard Scott, Professional Auto Transfer, Gary and Jennifer Geiger, Dignity Health Rehabilitation Hospital, Lucas Oil, and Donald and Leigh Brooks. In-kind donors include Southern Glazers, Beam Suntory, Pianetta Winery, Halcyon Vineyards, Las Vegas Party Rentals, Copper Moon, Joey T. Lee, ARROW, Lea Lana’s Bananas and Khamis Jewelers.
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About Sam Schmidt
Sam Schmidt is a resident of the Las Vegas area. He was a driver in the Indy Racing League before suffering an injury in practice in January 2000 in which he sustained a C-3/4/5 spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic. He created the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) that year to raise funds for medical research, innovative equipment used for rehabilitation, and quality-of-life issues. In 2014, the foundation was rebranded as Conquer Paralysis Now with a mission to cure paralysis while assisting those who are already disabled. To date in total, the organizations have invested more than $14 million in research and programs looking to cure paralysis and support people with disabilities to live better lives.
Today, besides chairing Conquer Paralysis Now, Sam is a highly successful business person and Indy Racing League owner with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
About Conquer Paralysis Now
Conquer Paralysis Now is a 501c3 nonprofit devoted to furthering advancements in spinal cord injury research and treatment. Backed by an international coalition of medical doctors, research scientists and business leaders, CPN is motivated by a singular goal of finding a cure for paralysis – that is, restoring important functions for those living with spinal cord injuries. For more information visit the CPN website at ConquerParalysisNow.org.
DRIVEN is a multidisciplinary center located at 701 E. Bridger Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, where individuals with disabilities can improve their physical, mental and emotional health, increase independence, and enhance their overall quality of life using a holistic approach to wellness. DRIVEN provides options for individuals with disabilities to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle. DRIVEN’s goal is to fill in the gaps in Southern Nevada and provide options for those with limited mobility. While offering a variety of new opportunities, DRIVEN will also coordinate with existing programs in the area that cater to this population to ensure that all of their needs are met. It is an extension of Conquer Paralysis Now, a 501c3 non-profit organization. For more information, visit the DRIVEN website at www.drivenlv.org.