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Ryan Hunter-Reay announces his Racing for Cancer 2015 The Yellow Party schedule.

Ryan Hunter-Reay announces his Racing for Cancer 2015 The Yellow Party schedule.

The Yellow Party: 2015 Indianapolis Edition

Thursday, May 21 at the Indiana State Museum, 6:30pm

For tickets: www.TheYellowParty.org

Live auction, silent auction, cocktails & hors-d’oeuvre

Appearances by Verizon IndyCar Series & Indianapolis 500 drivers

Behind the wheel of the DHL Honda, Ryan Hunter-Reay returns to the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series circuit to defend his title as reigning Indianapolis 500 champion. With 14 career race wins in open wheel competition, the 34-year-old has recorded over 170 career IndyCar starts, six from the pole position.

Returning Indy 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay drives No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport

Because its been so long, its been so much work leading up to that point that once its achieved you can’t believe it and the great thing with the Indy 500 is the work just keeps coming…We have a new car coming basically, with the new Aero Kit we’re going to go quicker and over the next couple of years maybe approaching the new track record at the Sppedway so we basically have a different car that we have to work with.  We can’t get complacent, always pushing forward, we have to be better than anyone else out there.

Although he boasts twelve years of open-wheel racing experience, the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion has proven to be more than just a racer. Together with wife Beccy and their two children, the Hunter-Reays have become America’s first family of racing working as advocates for the sport and fighting to beat cancer via their charity Racing for Cancer. The devoted father proudly carries the No. 28 in tribute to the 28-million people worldwide living with the disease.

Racing for Cancer, AutoNation Donate $2.5 Million to Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center in Ft. Lauderdale

When Racing for Cancer was founded, it may have seemed like a far-fetched dream for Ryan Hunter-Reay to be able to raise more than a million dollars in support of his mother, Lydia Hunter-Reay, whom he lost to colon cancer in 2009, and the other 28 million who are still fighting.

Last week, his dream soon became a reality when he and co-founder of Racing for Cancer, Tom Vossman, and partner AutoNation made a joint donation of $2.5 Million to the new Cleveland Clinic Florida Maroone Cancer Center.

“The Cleveland Clinic Ft Lauderdale will be a turn-key world class cancer facility. I remember back when Ryan, Beccy and I met and thought how cool it would be to one day support a program in Lydia’s honor. And with the support of so many great people, we did it! Ryan told me often, if somebody walked up to him someday and thanked him for his focus on prevention and early detection and that it helped save that person’s life or the life of his/her parents, it would mean the world to him! He’s as passionate as anyone I’ve met in fighting this disease. And we’re just getting started!”- Tom Vossman, President and Co-founder, Racing for Cancer.

Both Racing for Cancer and AutoNation donated $1 Million and AutoNation donated an extra $500,000 which was equal to every mile that Hunter-Reay drove on his journey which ended with an Indianapolis 500 victory. Along with the donation, the lobby of the new cancer center will be named after Ryan’s mother, Lydia Hunter-Reay.

“Just a few short years ago, this was just a dream. And now, with the help of DHL, Dr Pepper/Snapple Group, my team, fellow drivers, and hundreds of supporters from around the country, our collective generosity will truly help save lives. Of course it would not have been possible without our new partnership with AutoNation! To forever be able to honor my mom, Lydia, and know that it represents support for the 28 million living with cancer, Beccy and I couldn’t be happier!” -Ryan Hunter-Reay

Racing for Cancer’s The Yellow Party 2015 Schedule

Friday, March 27 St. Petersburg, FL

Thursday, May 21 Indianapolis, IN

Friday, August 28 Napa, CA

For more information, donate to the cause or to reserve tickets, please visit TheYellowParty.org.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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