King Taco Provides Underprivileged Kids The Opportunity To Go To The Races

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To thousands of underprivileged youngsters in Long Beach and L.A. County, King Taco is much more than just the “Official Mexican Restaurant” of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

For five years, King Taco has been purchasing Sunday race grandstand tickets and distributing them to youngsters from the Long Beach Boys and Girls Clubs, along with 28 other Boys and Girls Clubs in greater Los Angeles, and YMCA and church groups.

To date, more than 5,000 youngsters have enjoyed a day at the races thanks to King Taco’s generosity, according to Don Rodriguez who, as Executive Director of the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club, distributes the tickets.

“For most of them, it’s their first time at the race,” said Rodriguez. “In fact, for a lot of them it’s their first time at the beach, so they have a terrific time with the combination of sun, sea and the racing environment.

“It’s something they really enjoy.”

King Taco also feeds the youngsters at the track and occasionally provides guest speakers to the groups.

“It’s all about the kids,” said Raul D. Martinez, King Taco Vice President. “We enjoy inviting kids from all walks of life to a fun-filled day. We’re privileged to be involved.”

The Grand Prix ticket program is just one facet of King Taco’s continuing community involvement. The company also supports, among others: AltaMed Health Services, providing health care and services to the underserved multi-ethnic community of L.A. County; the Los Angeles Mission; Down Syndrome Association of L.A., and Camp Laurel, which provides education and support programs to kids and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Tickets for the 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, featuring six races including the third round of the IZOD IndyCar Series, are available now at Fans can select their seats, parking and paddock passes there or by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 82-SPEED. Also featured on is the latest Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach news, a downloadable ticket brochure and racetrack information, photos and ongoing announcements of special race week activities.

Ticket prices range from $26 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $130 for a three-day ticket that includes Sat./Sun. reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. A wide variety of Hospitality Club packages are also available, including the exciting Vista Club – featuring a nearly 360-degree view of the race circuit – located high atop the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

Fans can follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB and on Twitter @ToyotaGPLB.

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