The Committee of 300 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Kick-Off Party

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The Committee of 300 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Kick-Off PartyGet ready for “The Start of the Engines” as you Celebrate at the Committee of 300’s 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Inc. Kick Off Party, Thursday March 15, 2012, introducing the revamped, revved up Paddock Club.  While listening to music provided by DJ Danny and enjoying delicious appetizers provided by Bliss 525 and desserts by Rossmoor Bakery, guests can meet members of the 2011 Miss Toyota Grand Prix Court, see the Toyota Prius, and closed circuit film of Toyota Grand Prix of LB highlights. There will be a drawing for a Pace Car ride on Friday of race weekend.  The Silent Auction of unique items and gift certificates and those “Balloon” prizes will be back this year to raise funds for this year’s charity, the Pacific Maritime Sailing Center.   Very special guests are Mayor Bob Foster and Jim Michaelian, President and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.

The event will showcase the new look of the Paddock Club, a “50”s theme designed by Events by Noonan.  Located behind Grandstand 24 and the hairpin turn, the   Paddock Club is one of the hottest entertainment spots on the track.  Fans can enjoy both three day and one day packages including reserved   seating, catered breakfast and lunch, full service no- host bar, Indy Garage pass, complementary Paddock Club Pin and a Toyota Grand Prix program as well as real restrooms. The party atmosphere is enhanced by some of Long Beach’s hottest bands and a dance floor. Dance to the Emperors on Friday, the Dave Silver Band on Saturday, and After Party and Surf’s Up on Sunday.  DJ Danny will continue the music during the races.  Adding to the excitement, are visits from the several of the drivers for autograph sessions and the Tecate Girls for photo opportunities.  This year, anyone with a Military ID is invited to visit the party at the   Paddock Club free of charge. (Admission does not include track admission, food or any other of Paddock Package gifts) Tickets can be purchased by calling   562- 981-9200.

Guests will also have an opportunity to learn more about the Committee of 300.  Created with the original race in 1975, the Committee of 300 is an all volunteer, year round, non profit organization dedicated to promoting, not only the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, but the City of Long Beach as well.  Along with staffing the grandstands and information booths, running the Paddock Club and assisting the press on race weekend, the Committee also staffs the Toyota Grand Prix booth at the L.A., Orange County, the Belmont Car   shows and various race venues. The Committee of 300 Redcoats, named for their distinctive red jackets, can also be seen marching with the Grand Prix car in all the local holiday parades.   The Committee assists other organizations anytime a group of dedicated, experienced volunteers is needed for an event.   Recently, the Committee has operated two water stations at the Long Beach Marathon, assisted the Long Beach Historical Society with it’s Halloween tour, served holiday dinners, provided operators for a K’Jazz Fund-raiser and members to work registration and silent auctions for many of Long Beach’s   other non-profit organizations’ fund-raisers. This week, the Committee is excited to volunteer at the Downtown Amazing Chase.

The The Committee of 300 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Kick-Off Party is Thursday March 15, 2012 from 6:00p.m-9.00 p.m at Bliss 525, 525 East Broadway, Long Beach, 90802. For additional information call 562-981-9200 or visit

Each year, the Committee of 300 also adopts a local charity, helping those in need through a wide variety of   fund-raising events.  This year, these benefit the Pacific Maritime Sailing Center. The Center provides educational and fun events to children and families battling childhood cancer and other illnesses, affording them a respite from the daily challenges they face. The Committee is also supporting the 100 Men Group and the Substance Abuse Foundation.  Each Friday, the 100 Men Group provides backpacks of food to students from low-income families so they will.

Committee   of 300 volunteers also know how to have fun. The Activities Committee provides a monthly slate of social events for the members, their friends and families.

There are still some membership opportunities   available for new volunteers.  A Junior Membership is also available for volunteers 21-25. Please visit the membership table during the evening for additional information.

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