Grand Prix of Baltimore Launches Initiative to Support Kennedy Krieger Institute's Efforts to Improve the Treatment of Children with Brain Injuries

May 14, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Organizers of the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT today announced a fundraising campaign to support the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ongoing research to develop new and innovative treatments for children recovering from brain injuries. The initiative, which provides race fans with an opportunity to make voluntary $1 donations to Kennedy Krieger when purchasing Grand Prix tickets online, will enable the institute to expand its work to identify transformative brain injury rehabilitation techniques.

J.P. Grant, the managing partner of Grand Prix of Baltimore promoter Race On, LLC, kicked off the campaign at a press conference this morning by presenting Kennedy Krieger Institute executives with a check for $50,000. The initial contribution will seed a fund into which race fans can make voluntary donations between now and the Grand Prix’s third annual running over Labor Day weekend.

“We at the Grand Prix of Baltimore are pleased to have this opportunity to support a worthy cause and an exceptional institution,” Grant said. “The work performed at Kennedy Krieger changes the lives of young people who struggle admirably to perform everyday tasks that most of us take for granted. As we look forward to a Labor Day weekend filled with fun and excitement, it is an honor to acknowledge the noble work being done here in our city to improve the quality of life of children around the country.”

Grant introduced the fundraising initiative with Kennedy Krieger Institute President and CEO Dr. Gary W. Goldstein and Executive Vice President for External Relations Lainy LeBow-Sachs. On hand to help accept the check was 15-year-old Kokayi Thomas, a Kennedy Krieger patient who is recovering from a brain injury.

“After a brain injury, many children lose motor abilities and struggle to walk or to lift an arm and hand to eat,” said Dr. Goldstein. “For more than a decade, Kennedy Krieger researchers have studied the effect of this type of injury on the brain and body and have spurred the development of treatment methods designed to help these children recover the ability to once again walk and play alongside their peers. With donations from the Grand Prix of Baltimore and its many fans, we will be able to build on this critical effort and move our research into the clinic by training therapists in the latest techniques and purchasing essential rehabilitative equipment.”

Those wishing to make a donation to the Kennedy Krieger Institute through the Grand Prix of Baltimore may do so online at http://grandprixofbaltimore.missiontix.com/step1.

About the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT

The third annual Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT will feature the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. The Grand Prix’s races are held on a 12-turn, two-mile course through downtown Baltimore, adjacent to the famed Inner Harbor. The 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT will take place Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2013. For more information, please visit www.grandprixofbaltimore.com.

About SRT

Chrysler Group's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand leverages a distinct product development formula of five essential hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its promise of well-rounded performance. The SRT vehicle lineup includes the SRT Viper, 300 SRT, Challenger SRT, Charger SRT and Grand Cherokee SRT.

New ‘Core’ versions of the 300 SRT and Challenger SRT join the lineup in 2013, applying the same philosophy as the existing Charger SRT Super Bee and SRT Viper. Visit driveSRT.com for the latest SRT vehicle and community news.

About the Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, serves more than 19,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis.  For more information on the Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

Contact:

Dave Curley | Harry Hammel
Media Relations, Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT
dcurley@hillmanpr.com | hhammel@hillmanpr.com
410.616.8951 | 410.616.8945