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U.S. Congressman Bill Keating to be Grand Marshal for 2014 Seaside Le Mans

August 12 2014

U.S. Congressman Bill Keating to be Grand Marshal for 2014 Seaside Le Mans

(South Yarmouth, MA – August 12, 2014) U.S. Congressman Bill Keating will be the Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual Seaside Le Mans-The Race for the Cape Cod Community, as over 10,000 spectators are expected to return to Mashpee Commons on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Opening ceremonies will kick off just before noon, followed immediately by the 4-hour race and awards presentation. In addition to comments from Congressman Keating, the patriotic opening ceremony will feature an honor guard and live music from the 30-member “We Are The Men” singing group.

Returning this year will be a medical tent hosted by Cape Cod Healthcare, the official medical care provider for the race, as well as a blood drive to support the Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Center.  Media sponsors Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine and Cape Cod Broadcasting will be on site as well as the Coca-Cola sampling truck. There will also be children’s activities, food and merchandise tents and music throughout the day. Spectators are also invited to visit some great new additions to Mashpee Commons including the Organic Market, Burrito Bistro and Setting the Space.

During this free, family-friendly event, dozens of local companies will be racing through the streets of Mashpee Commons in Formula One race karts on a ¼ mile outdoor track, complete with a bridge over the track to the infield. Spectators are welcome to view the race from outside the track or the center infield to get close to all the action and activities.

With kart sponsorships and matching funds, this year’s race will raise over half a million dollars, bringing the total funds raised to nearly $4.5 million over the past fourteen years – all of which has directly benefited the Cape Cod community. Beneficiaries of the race this year are the Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Cape Cod Baseball League, Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative and Cape Cod Healthcare, each of which has a specific focus for the funds received. The Davenport Companies work in partnership with The Cape Cod Foundation to manage the sponsorship donations and with F1 Boston to manage the race. "From the beginning, the whole focus of this event has been on bringing the community together to support Cape Cod," said event founder DeWitt Davenport, President of The Davenport Companies. Unique among fundraisers, 100% of sponsorship dollars from the event go directly to the chosen beneficiaries since expenses are underwritten by The Davenport Companies, covering all event costs. 

Additional event and sponsorship information can be found at www.seasidelemans.org or on Facebook.

Established in 1956, The Davenport Companies remain family owned and operated with a real estate holding and investment company and businesses in the hospitality, services and real estate industries. For more information on the race and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.seasidelemans.org or contact DeWitt Davenport or Beth Patkoske at 508-398-2293.