Get Your Heart Racing and Contribute to a Great Cause

Want to make a contribution to a worthy cause while enjoying fine food, a one-of-a-kind Mustang, time at the track, and live 80’s music? If that sounds enticing, and you can get to Detroit on September 13th and 14th, you should check out the third annual “Get Your Heart Racing” fundraiser, co-produced by Ford Motor Company and Henry Ford Health System.

Before we get into the details, it’s important to know that the proceeds from this event will support the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Hospital. With a history that spans more than 90 years, the institute has earned international recognition as a leader and innovator in comprehensive cardiovascular care, research and education. The program treats 100,000 patients annually and is one of the few in the U.S. offering robot-assisted laparoscopic aortic surgery.

With that in mind… are you ready to “Get Your Heart Racing?” The fundraiser kicks off with the Pit Party, on Friday, September 13th at the Eastern Market’s recently revamped Shed 3. Pit Party guests can expect an evening filled with sumptuous food, premium cocktails, music from the popular Mega 80’s band and an auction filled with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

If that wasn’t enough, a soon-to-be famous movie star will be making an appearance at the event: a unique Mustang from the upcoming film “Need for Speed.” The car features a custom-designed wide body, unique 22-inch alloy wheels and beefed up air intakes to feed the supercharged engine under its twin-nostril hood. The vehicle is planned to be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson shortly after the film’s release in March 2014, with proceeds benefiting the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute.

But the fun isn’t over after the Pit Party concludes. On Saturday, September 14th, the fundraiser continues with a track experience being held at the Ford Development Center and Proving Grounds in Dearborn. We showed you a video of this event last year , and this year promises to be a similarly exciting experience.

The track event features celebrity drivers offering thrill rides, driving demonstrations, and opportunities for participants to get behind the wheel themselves to experience select Ford vehicles. You’ll be able to go for an electrifying ride-along with a pro driver in a Mustang Boss 302, experience the slippery Wet Pad, drive a challenge coned course, and other unique activities.

To find out more about this great fundraiser or purchase tickets, head over to Let us know in the comments if you plan on attending!

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