Seaside Le Mans Fund-raiser To Return This Fall

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Seaside Le Mans – The Race for the Cape Cod Community will return to racing on Sept. 11, 2021, raising money for five Cape Cod non-profit organizations.

The 20th edition of the event, which was postponed in 2020 amid the COVID-19 outbreak, will take place at Mashpee Commons. More than $7 million has been raised for more than 50 local organizations since the race’s inception in 2001 through sponsorships and matching funds.

This year’s beneficiaries include:

  • Cape Cod Healthcare – Hospice Services
  • Cape Cod Military Support Foundation – Enhanced Services for Military Families
  • Cape Cod Baseball League – Youth Clinic Scholarships
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History – Youth Education Programs
  • Cape Kid Meals – Expanded Weekend Hunger Relief Program

Despite last year’s postponement, $100,000 was still raised from generous sponsors and donors in 2020.

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.

“We are so excited for our return to racing this year after the pandemic brought nearly every event and activity to a halt in 2020. The work that our five 2021 beneficiaries do is more important than ever as we rebound collectively as a community,” said DeWitt Davenport, CEO of The Davenport Companies and founder of the race.

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.

“As part of the event, we will commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and pay tribute to first responders, active-duty military members and veterans. The race has always been about supporting the Cape Cod community, and our dedication to that has never been stronger,” said Davenport.

Congressman William Keating has again been named the Grand Marshal and will take part in the opening ceremonies.

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.

All equipment is included, no racing experience is required, and sponsorships are tax-deductible. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license. Companies or individuals interested in driving sponsorships should contact Kelsey Ellis, event director at 508-760-9265 as soon as possible since the field will be limited to 20 teams. More event details are available at www.seasidelemans.org and on Facebook.

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