The 21st edition of the Seaside Le Mans – The Race for the Cape Cod Community – hits the streets of Mashpee Commons on Saturday, Sept. 10, to benefit five Cape Cod nonprofit organizations.
The event has raised more than $8 million since its inception, providing grants to dozens of groups that impact the daily lives of Cape Cod residents.
This year’s beneficiaries are The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Calmer Choice, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Cape Cod Healthcare and Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center.
“The excitement is building at a feverish pitch this week as we make the final preparations for what has become a much-anticipated event each year. The exhilaration created by the actual race is only matched by the amazing work our beneficiaries have planned for their grants this year,” said DeWitt Davenport, CEO of the Davenport Companies and founder of the race.
Congressman William Keating (D-9th District) will again serve as the Grand Marshal for the Seaside Le Mans and take part in opening ceremonies that will include a musical performance from the Cape Cod Moonlighters Big Band, the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard, and a military aircraft flyover.
“Mashpee Commons is proud to serve as the host site for the Seaside Le Mans, which has become an annual highlight of our event calendar for more than two decades.” said Sarah Chace, partner, Mashpee Commons LP. “The Davenport Companies and the Seaside LeMans truly set the pace for fundraising on Cape Cod, having raised more than $8 million for nonprofit organizations throughout the region. Best of luck to all of the teams competing in this year’s race.”
The Davenport Companies in South Yarmouth created and underwrites the Seaside Le Mans – The Race for the Cape Cod Community, which features teams of sponsors driving Formula One karts during an endurance race on an outdoor track to determine the winner.
“This year our five beneficiaries will use the money for transformative programs. From educational opportunities for youth, to healthcare and veterans needs, those who donate to the cause can be assured their philanthropy will be well spent,” said Davenport.
The Davenport Companies covers all event-related costs. All race donations and sponsorships are sent to The Cape Cod Foundation, which distributes the funds to the designated beneficiaries.
The event is free to spectators and features food, music, and entertainment for the whole family, including a Family Fun Zone hosted by The Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Corporate and individual driving sponsorships range from $2,000 to $10,000 and provide the opportunity to participate in the endurance race, the sponsor pre-race gathering, team gifts and marketing and promotional benefits.
More event details are available at www.seasidelemans.org and on Facebook.