Austin Hatcher Foundation Partnering for Fundraising Auctions During Race Weekend at Circuit of the Americas

  • Foundation’s Heralded Diversionary Therapy Program Coming to Dell Children’s MC
  • Stevenson Motorsports Drivers Aschenbach and Bell Joining Foundation at Dell Visit

 

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (May 2, 2017) – The famed Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, one of the world’s premier racing venues, will be the backdrop this weekend for four fundraising auctions to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.

 

COTA is the site of the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown on Thursday-Saturday, featuring races in the International Motor Sports Association’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The Austin Hatcher Foundation is an official “Proud Charity” of IMSA.

 

Auctions are slated for the Cadillac, Corvette and Porsche Corrals and also for the Corvette Racing Team hauler. Racing-themed photography and paintings, used race-car parts and other racing memorabilia is typically available at the at-track auctions. Here is the schedule for COTA:

 

  • Friday, 1 p.m. – Corvette Corral
  • Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – Porsche Corral
  • Saturday, 10:45 a.m. – Corvette Racing Team hauler
  • Saturday, 12:30 p.m. – Cadillac Corral

 

In addition to the auctions, the foundation will bring its renowned Diversionary Therapy program to the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin on Wednesday afternoon. Foundation staff members will be joined by two special guests, Lawson Aschenbach and Matt Bell, drivers with Stevenson Motorsports, one of IMSA’s most established and successful organizations.

 

The Austin Hatcher Foundation partners with hospitals throughout the United States to provide Diversionary Therapy, offering children and families a much-needed respite from the everyday realities of a fight against pediatric cancer. The Diversionary Therapy visits provide families that are facing pediatric cancer with specialized activities involving leisure and recreation, in the process reducing barriers to enjoyment. The aim is to promote self-esteem, personal fulfillment and psychological, social, intellectual and spiritual/cultural well-being.

 

A popular staple of the visits is the building and racing of Pinewood Derby race cars.

 

“And when IMSA drivers join us on our hospital visits and help the children build and race the cars, a good thing gets even better,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “It’s always wonderful to see the reaction of the young patients when they realize they’re going to spend the afternoon with professional race-car drivers. The parents get pretty excited, too.

 

“Our foundation is benefiting from the help of many individuals and organizations this week, like those at Stevenson Motorsports. We are especially grateful that this has all come together for one of the biggest weeks of the IMSA season at COTA, a truly spectacular facility. The Austin Hatcher Foundation has deep roots in motorsports and our current growth is receiving great assistance from that connection.”

 

Diversionary Therapy remains at the core of the ever-expanding foundation programs and services. That expansion is being facilitated by a new permanent facility in downtown Chattanooga – the Austin Hatcher Foundation Cancer Care Center. That facility houses the new automotive-themed Education Advancement Center (EAC), focusing on diagnosing and treating educational and functional deficits associated with pediatric cancer and its life-saving treatments. The center’s programs include industrial arts and school tutorial programs, neuro-cognitive testing and remediation and other specialty programs designed to optimize recovery from cancer by both patients and their families.