Austin Hatcher Foundation at The Glen: Fundraising Auctions Set for Famed Watkins Glen International Road Course

  • Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Enables Auction Partnerships with Cadillac, Wayne Taylor Racing
  • Acclaimed Motorsports Artist Bill Patterson Producing Paintings For Auctions

 

CHATTANOOGA, TENN.  (June 29, 2017) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) is traveling to Watkins Glen International in upstate New York this weekend – and so is the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer (AHF).

With one of the world’s iconic road course facilities as a backdrop, the AHF, an official IMSA “Proud Charity,” will partner with Cadillac, Wayne Taylor Racing and acclaimed motorsports artist Bill Patterson for fundraising auctions on Saturday. Patterson, the official artist for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, is noted for his “live art” style of motorsports painting called “motionsports.”

This weekend’s IMSA event, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, will take the green flag at 10:10 a.m. (ET) on Sunday. The race is the sixth of the season for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“We always look forward to our Watkins Glen activities,” said AHF President Amy Jo Osborn. “It increases our visibility in the Northeast but it’s also an extra-special experience just to come to the Glen and be immersed in so much history and tradition.

“We are grateful to Cadillac and Wayne Taylor Racing for another round of support and we of course can’t say enough about Bill Patterson’s efforts in helping the foundation. This weekend will be a highlight of our 2017 at-track initiatives.”

On Saturday, Patterson will produce a painting at the Wayne Taylor Racing transporter in the paddock area from 10:30-11:15 a.m. with the work auctioned off at noon; Patterson also will paint at the Cadillac Corral from 12-:1:30 p.m. with that work auctioned at 1:30. At-track auctions typically also include racing photograph, memorabilia and

used sports car parts.

Throughout 2017, the Austin Hatcher Foundation is commemorating its first decade of operation. The foundation began in 2006 and prior to its IMSA Proud Charity status, it was the Official Charity of the American Le Mans Series. As part of the commemoration, the foundation is amid its “Five for Ten” fundraising campaign that has resulted in a number of a 10-year commitments by donors.  The organization’s “building a foundation for the future” platform is all about continuing and expanding programs that benefit those dealing with pediatric cancer and its lasting effects.