LONG BEACH, Calif. – What would make Ryan Hunter-Reay don an evening gown? Raising money for Racing for Cancer, of course.
The 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion put on a red Michael Costello creation during a live auction at the Yellow Party at Long Beach’s Federal Bar.
It sold for $15,000 – part of the more than $85,000 raised during the event, which featured live music from multi-platinum recording band LIVE and Art Alexakis from Everclear.
“Tonight’s Yellow Party event was a blast, we raised a crazy amount of money to beat Cancer,” Hunter-Reay wrote on Twitter after the event, which attracted Hunter-Reay’s Andretti Autosport teammates as well as model Joanna Krupa and cast members from Bravo’s reality shows “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “Real Housewives of Orange County” and “Shahs of Sunset.”
“I can’t tell you how much we appreciate the support.”
The cause is near and dear to Hunter-Reay’s heart as he co-founded Racing for Cancer in honor of his mother, who lost her battle with colon cancer in 2011.
“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” Hunter-Reay said. “Long Beach was my mom’s favorite race. She always came here to watch me race. It makes this one very special.”
Hunter-Reay, who won at Long Beach in 2010, and his wife Beccy will co-host in The Yellow Party in conjunction with four more Verizon IndyCar Series events this season.
“This is the first full year that we’re trying to branch out beyond Indianapolis,” Hunter-Reay said. “Last year, we had parties in Houston and Baltimore but this is going to be a busy year. It seems like we have a promising bunch of venues. I’m thrilled for how long this charity has come in such a short period of time.”