Indy 500 Races to Save Horses Auction to Benefit The HSUS Horse Protection Efforts

The Humane Society of the United States announced today the start of an online auction featuring VIP packages donated by Mari Hulman George, the Chairman of the Board of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to raise funds for HSUS equine protection programs. The three packages are for the 2008 Indianapolis 500 on May 25, the 2008 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard race on July 27 and the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race on Sept. 14.

The packages include seats in Mari Hulman George’s luxury suite (which are not available for sale to the public other than this opportunity), hotel accommodations, a police escort to the race, special behind-the-scenes VIP access and more. Last year’s winners of the Indianapolis 500 package, HSUS supporters and racing enthusiasts, Cindy and Glen Myers raved: “Everything, from the beautiful suite, fantastic food and drink, amazing access to the garage and pit areas and very fun police escort was just incredible! Our ride around the track in a pace car was the thrill of a lifetime! It was a spectacular trip we will always remember and gave us memories we will treasure, and on top of all that, we were supporting a wonderful charity in The Humane Society of the United States”

Proceeds from the event will be used to aid The HSUS in helping neglected horses, promoting responsible horse ownership and combating equine abuse and cruelty.

“Mari Hulman George has been a great supporter of our equine protection efforts in the past, and we are very grateful that she’s decided to donate the proceeds of these packages to enable us to continue to help horses,” said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for The Humane Society of the United States.

Last spring, George’s financial support allowed the HSUS to rescue 30 horses when the last horse slaughterhouse in the country was forced to close its doors due to a court ruling. In 2006, she auctioned off Indy 500 packages with the proceeds going to an HSUS program to assist drought-impacted horse welfare organizations.

For more information and to bid on the items, please visit humanesociety.org/indy500.

The auction ends on March 13.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.

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