Lighthouse Family Retreat Is Official Charity of Petit Le Mans

Lighthouse Family Retreat is a wonderful organization, and Road Atlanta is proud to be associated with the Official Charity of Petit Le Mans.

In 2006, total donations to Lighthouse Retreat totaled $33,509 through a variety of events surrounding Petit Le Mans. An original painting by Bill Patterson, who designed the cover for the Petit Le Mans souvenir program, fetched $3,500 at an auction during Dr. Don Panoz’ traditional Friday evening VIP dinner at Chateau Élan.

The third annual Petit Le Mans Charity Motorcycle Ride, held Sunday after the race added to the total fund raising efforts, which also included a cash donation from Road Atlanta.

A raffle awarded a new Suzuki motorcycle and a two-day Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School gift certificate to Aaron Coalwell of Austell, Ga. One thousand raffle tickets were sold during the race in a booth in Vendor Village.

The Lighthouse Family Retreat offers a seaside vacation for families of children battling cancer. Based in Roswell, Ga., the Lighthouse Family Retreat has been the Official Charity of Petit Le Mans for three years. SCCA World Challenge driver Dr. Jim Osborn of Ooltewah, Tenn., originally got Road Atlanta involved with the Lighthouse Family Retreat, and he and his wife Amy Jo, direct the fund raising activities, including organization of the Charity Motorcycle Ride.

Tragically, the Osborn family lost their nine-week-old son, Hatch, to cancer on Oct. 19, 2006. The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer (www.hatcherfoundation.org) was formed in December 2006 and is a non profit 501-c3 corporation. The Austin Hatcher Foundation has partnered with Road Atlanta and Chili Pepper Racing to raise money during the Petit Le Mans weekend to help raise money for the Lighthouse Family Retreat.

The Lighthouse Family Retreat’s mission is “to serve children with cancer and their families at a seaside retreat and help them to laugh, restore family relationships and find hope in God. Our hope is that families return home from The Lighthouse and continue their journey with renewed strength, hope and love”. For more information, visitwww.lighthousefamilyretreat.org.