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Scene & Heard: Grand Prix "Yellow Party"
Melissa and Larry Hawes, Allison Auman and Beccy Hunter-Reay
Just-right summer temperatures seemed almost a given at the Yellow Party Baltimore, which looked to be a perfect confluence of people, place and purpose. The event -- benefiting the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, LIVESTRONG and Racing for Cancer -- was a social highlight of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, mixing local and visiting VIPS, officials and racing teams in the R2integrated offices high above the Inner Harbor." "It's awesome. It's not that often that three charities can come together and share an event," said Beccy Hunter-Reay, who co-hosted the event with husband and IndyCar race car driver Ryan Hunter-Reay. "But we have a common goal. It's a perfect welcome party for the race."
"I like meeting all the people who are here, and all the interaction. This is a big race for us," said Ryan Hunter-Reay.
"When you're not from Baltimore and you're looking out at the water, it's pretty neat," said Tom Vossman, who co-founded Racing for the Cure with Hunter-Reay two years ago.
I love the mix of people and these offices," said Lou Catelli, 27 Proof founder.
"It's an amazing combination of people," said Doug Ulman, Ulman Cancer fund co-founder, as he watched about a dozen race car drivers mingle in the crowd of 200.
"People make the party. Great people, great cause," observed Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport CEO.
"You get people who race hard, party hard and fight cancer hard," said Brock Yetso, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults president/CEO.
"It's a great group. It's a great event. And you can see the racetrack from here. You can't beat it," said Matt Goddard, R2integrated CEO.
At least a few of those folks there were also celebrating what would soon be happening on that track.
"It's great to come into town and see everyone organized. Things are going well. If it wasn't for J.P. Grant, this race wouldn't have happened," said Randy Bernard, IndyCar CEO, referring to the managing partner of Race On, the local group that stepped in just three months ago to make the race happen.
"I'm ecstatic that in 90 days we were able to pull this off. Most people can't pull off a wedding in 90 days," said J.P. Grant with a big grin.
-- Sloane Brown
August 30, 2012