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World Children's Transplant Fund to Honor Carroll Shelby at "Global Partners Dinner".

Carroll Shelby Foundation to sponsor WCTF's dinner fundraiser

GARDENA, Calif. -- Automotive racing legend Carroll Shelby will be the guest of honor at the World Children's Transplant Fund's (WCTF) inaugural Global Partners Dinner fundraiser on Thursday, May 12, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Calif. The exclusive fund-raising dinner will highlight the famed car manufacturer's charitable contributions and activities through the years, as well as his support of the WCTF's mission to provide children the opportunity to receive life-saving organ transplants.

"Carroll has been a strong advocate in the fight to help children receive the medical support and equipment they need," said Jenni Shreeves, executive director of The Carroll Shelby Foundation. "Understanding firsthand the physical and financial challenges of receiving an organ transplant, Carroll established a foundation of his own, The Carroll Shelby Foundation, to promote this important cause. Carroll and our team are delighted to attend this fundraiser and support the WCTF in their battle to help children receive the care they deserve, but many times can't afford."

Known for his roles in "Falcon Crest" and "Grease," celebrity ambassador for the WCTF Lorenzo Lamas will emcee the evening. Bert Boeckmann, owner of Galpin Ford and longtime friend of the CSF founder, will present Carroll with the prestigious award. Guests at the event will have the opportunity of a lifetime to dine with one of the automotive industry's most iconic members. The dinner is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. PDT, with a cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m.

"Funds gathered as a result of this event will go toward saving lives of children by enhancing the opportunity for a transplant surgery in the U.S. as well as in Mexico and Armenia," explained Mark Kroeker, founder and chairman of WCTF. "With very small overhead costs, the WCTF leverages donations with key life saving programs in places where we are needed the most."

Inspired by his personal battle with heart disease and a life-saving heart transplant, Carroll established the Carroll Shelby Foundation in 1991. It provides support to children and medical institutions battling life-threatening diseases and promote continuing education for today's youth.

Since its inception, the Foundation has donated funds to numerous organizations and children's hospitals, including Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Mending Kids International and the Children's Organ Transplant Association. The Foundation also helps raise money for America's youth through programs such as Garth Brooks' Teammates For Kids and Jordin Sparks Charities.

In support of the WCTF fundraiser, The Carroll Shelby Foundation has purchased a $10,000 sponsorship package. Tickets to attend the evening are $250 per person. Those interested in attending should RSVP by May 6, 2011. All proceeds will benefit the World Children's Transplant Fund. For more information about sponsorship or buying an advertisement in the program book, please follow the link to www.cscf.org.

About The Carroll Shelby Foundation

The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created by legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support for children and medical professionals to help overcome life-threatening health issues worldwide and promoting continuing education. For more information visit CarrollShelbyFoundation.org.

About the World Children's Transplant Fund

The World Children's Transplant Fund is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of pediatric transplantation around the world. WCTF's mission is to provide as many opportunities as possible for lifesaving pediatric transplant surgery to children. The organization focuses on establishing World Children's Transplant Centers in regional site locations of key population centers around the world attached to preexisting medical facilities, with the goal being to assist nations in developing and then sustaining independent pediatric organ transplant programs using training, technology and teaching. For more information visit www.wctf.org.
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