(PRS | Posted 2008-05-27)

Paul Reed Smith Guitars, the National Auto Sports Association Mid-Atlantic (NASA) and the 944 Cup premier amateur racing series are working together again this summer to raise funding and awareness for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center with the unique pledge-based “Laps for Life” racing event. PRS Guitars President Jack Higginbotham, a 944 Cup racer himself, helped create the charity event last year as an extension of PRS Guitars’ ongoing philanthropic efforts for the center.

PRS Guitars has helped raise more than one million dollars for the Kimmel Cancer Center since 2000, mainly through proceeds raised the annual PRS Guitars Charity Golf Tournament that Drivers in the Porsche 944 Cup race held June 21 at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia will raise money based on the number of laps they complete Laps for Life works similarly to other pledge based programs. Drivers in the Porsche 944 Cup race group will solicit pledges based on the number of laps they will complete during the June 21st race at Summit Point Raceway. PRS Guitars has Pre-event activities and onsite guitar raffles have benefited patients and families of the cancer center since the 2005, PRS Guitars and Johns Hopkins extended their efforts into the automotive scene at the Hyperfest event in Summit Point, WV. In 2005, The 944 Cup Racing Series is the premier amateur racing series on the east coast for the Porsche 944.

Laps for Life works similarly to other pledge based programs. Drivers in the Porsche 944 Cup race group will solicit pledges based on the number of laps they will complete during the June 21st race at Summit Point Raceway. This race typically is comprised of 9-12 laps and the 944 group is one of the largest at the event, with more than 40 cars on track at once. Dave Derecola, National Director of the 944 Cup enthusiastically joined the fund raising efforts early on. "Both Johns Hopkins and PRS Guitars have long been associated with the best in what they do. The 944 Cup is honored to partner with these organizations in such a worthy cause in this race to find effective treatments for cancer. We hope the rest of the racing community will join us in this noble fight." Bev Fowler of PRS Guitars, who has been involved with the PRS/Hyperfest partnership for four years stated, “Laps for Life is a unique, challenging and fun way to raise money for Johns Hopkins. We’re pleased to have the help of NASA Racing and the 944 Cup Race group as we continue our efforts at PRS to support cancer research at the Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.” To pledge, simply go to www.lapsforlife.com, select a driver and pledge an amount. Johns Hopkins will contact you after the event for payment.

For more information on a corporate sponsorship, pledge or contribution, please visit www.lapsforlife.com

For more information on Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, visit www.hopkinskimmelcancercenter.org

Details pertaining to Hyperfest can been found at: www.hyper-fest.com

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