In a twist on the usual event sponsorship program, Carlisle Events’ 2020 Import & Performance Nationals will not have a presenting sponsor.
“Instead of a presenting sponsor supporting the event,” Carlisle said, “the event is supporting the sponsor, so to speak. From May 15-17, the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals benefit Driven to Cure!
“Since the car community is such a tight-knit group, they often come together to support ‘one of their own’ in times of need. That solidarity will be on display with the aforementioned partnership and benefit car show in May in Carlisle.”
Driven to Cure is a non-profit established by car enthusiast Andrew Lee to raise awareness and provide funding for the research of rare kidney cancers in children and young adults. Lee was among those suffering from such a cancer. He died in April 2019, at age 23, but through various events and fundraisers he had raised $600,000 in three years for Driven to Cure.
Being featured at Carlisle’s event is Lee’s customized Nissan GT-R.
“My GTR has proven to be the closest thing I have to a cure for my cancer,” Lee said before his death. “Driving the GT-R has become a tremendous outlet for me. The places I have gone, the people I have met and the passions I have developed just because of this gift have become the best medicine available.”
“Carlisle Events takes great pride year in and year out by giving back,” Carlisle Events co-owner Lance Miller is quoted in a news release. “This year will be extremely special due to Andrew and Driven to Cure evolving around the automotive hobby.
“Andrew started Driven to Cure to help others. He poured his passion into helping others. We at Carlisle Events want to honor his legacy and help his mission. What better way to do so than to pay tribute to an amazing person that was taken away from this earth way too early.”