Business executives to race to raise money for Red Cross

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Photo from last year's Executive Forum race at the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix in Allentown.
Photo from last year's Executive Forum race at the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix in Allentown.

The Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley is looking for ladies and gentlemen to start their engines – to help raise money for a good cause.

The organization – a networking group of Lehigh Valley business owners and decision makers – is looking for donors and volunteers for its fourth annual "Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix" on March 16 to benefit the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Last year, the event raised a record $18,500. The indoor event is at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix in Allentown.

Kenneth MacKenzie, associate vice president at Stifel and founder of the Executive Forum, said the organization is looking for 12 teams of five racers each to race and raise money for the cause.

While many of them will be corporate teams with corporate sponsors, anyone can put together a team and raise the $750 entrance fee, MacKenzie said.

He said there are many ways that corporations can get involved.

"Companies have sponsored teams and named racers from the company, or have contributed to sponsor an already organized team," he said.

He said they have had two small companies partner to form a team.

"Some companies have used it for team building, where they put two teams in and competed not just for the fastest times but to raise the most money," MacKenzie said.

He noted that while $750 is the minimum a team must raise to enter, teams are encouraged to raise as much as they can through sponsorships or donations. Those raising $1,000 or more are named Red Cross Heroes.

Teams with higher funds raised also receive perks such as an early start or gift certificates for racers.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. March 16.

Those interested in entering a team should contact Ana Vega at the American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley at 610-865-4400 ext. 261

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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