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    Seaside Le Mans – The Race for the Cape Cod Community will return to racing on September 11, 2021, raising money for five Cape Cod non-profit organizations.
                  The 20th edition of the event, which was postponed in 2020 amid the COVID-19 outbreak, will take place at Mashpee Commons. More than $7 million has been raised for more than 50 local organizations since the race’s inception in 2001 through sponsorships and matching funds.
    This year’s beneficiaries include:
    Cape Cod Healthcare – Hospice Services
    Cape Cod Military Support Foundation – Enhanced Services for Military Families
    Cape Cod Baseball League Youth Clinic Scholarships
    Cape Cod Museum of Natural History – Youth Education Programs
    Cape Kid Meals – Expanded Weekend Hunger Relief Program
                  Despite last year’s postponement, $100,000 was still raised from generous sponsors and donors in 2020.
                  The Davenport Companies in South Yarmouth created and underwrites the Seaside Le Mans – The Race for the Cape Cod Community, which features teams of sponsors driving Formula One karts during an endurance race on an outdoor track to determine the winner.
                  “We are so excited for our return to racing this year after the pandemic brought nearly every event and activity to a halt in 2020. The work that our five 2021 beneficiaries do is more important than ever as we rebound collectively as a community,” said DeWitt Davenport, CEO of The Davenport Companies and founder of the race.
    The Davenport Companies covers all event related costs. All race donations and sponsorships are sent to The Cape Cod Foundation, which distributes the funds to the designated beneficiaries.
    The event is free to spectators and features food, music, and entertainment for the whole family.
    “The 2021 edition of the Seaside Le Mans – The Race for the Cape Cod Community, will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. As part of the event, we will commemorate that anniversary and pay tribute to first responders, active-duty military members and veterans. The race has always been about supporting the Cape Cod community, and our dedication to that has never been stronger,” said Davenport.
    Congressman William Keating has again been named the Grand Marshal and will take part in the opening ceremonies at Mashpee Commons.
    Corporate and individual driving sponsorships range from $2,000 - $10,000 and provide the opportunity to participate in the endurance race, the sponsor pre-race gathering, team gifts and marketing and promotional benefits.
    All equipment is included, no racing experience is required, and sponsorships are tax-deductible. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license. Companies or individuals interested in driving sponsorships are encouraged to contact Kelsey Ellis, Event Director at 508-760-9265 as soon as possible since the field will be limited to 20 teams. More event details are available at www.seasidelemans.org and on Facebook.
    Established in 1956, The Davenport Companies remain family owned and operated. The South Yarmouth-based operation has evolved into a real estate holding and investment company with businesses in the hospitality, services, and real estate industries. For more information on The Davenport Companies, please visit www.thedavenportcompanies.com or contact Matt Pitta at 508-760-9293.


    Cape Cod Baseball League • Youth Clinic Scholarships
    The Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier college summer league in the nation, dating back to 1885, with 350 players on teams in 10 villages across the Cape. The league recruits college players from across the country who quickly become part of the Cape community, living with local families and teaching youth clinics during the day. In addition to the fundamentals and skills of baseball, these college players are also role models, teaching the benefits of hard work, respect and teamwork to local kids in a fun environment. The Cape League players are very accessible after their nightly games, much to the delight of their clinic “students” who often attend with their parents to cheer on their mentors. www.capecodbaseball.org
    Cape Cod Healthcare Hospice Services
    The mission of Cape Cod Healthcare is to coordinate and deliver the highest quality, accessible health services to all Cape Cod residents and visitors. The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Cape Cod Hospice enhances the quality of life for those facing terminal illness through compassionate care thoughtfully tailored to each patient and family as they navigate the end of life together. Hospice philosophy includes medical care, support, and guidance to help patients live the rest of their days as comfortably and fully as possible. The VNA of Cape Cod Hospice cares for patients in the hospital, at home, or in a skilled nursing facility, including the McCarthy Care Center, an inpatient hospice facility. www.capecodhealth.org
    Cape Cod Military Support Foundation • Enhanced Services for Military Families
    The Cape Cod Military Support Foundation helps satisfy critical needs and enhances the well-being and quality of life for Veterans and Active Duty Military and their families.  Programs include an Empowerment Center that provides emergency services, food assistance, clothing, prepared meals and personal hygiene products; Operation Backpacks; Family Services; Coats4 Vets; Holiday Parties for Veteran and Military families; Military Awards and Education, Transitional Assistance and the Food4Vets program.  The Foundation is located on Joint Base Cape Cod and serves Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  www.capecodmilitaryfoundation.org
    Cape Cod Museum of Natural History • Youth Education Programs
    The mission of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is to inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment through discovery and learning. The Museum integrates the three strands of organizational identity as a museum of natural history, a nature education center, and steward of conservation land. The Museum will be updating the Coastal Explorer Science Mobile Van with standards-based classroom curriculum and interactive exhibits. The van will travel to schools and other venues across the region with updatable educational programs designed to teach about local animals and their habitat, the environment and conservation efforts to protect Cape Cod.  www.ccmnh.org
    Cape Kid Meals Expanded Weekend Hunger Relief Program
    Cape Kid Meals (CKM) has one goal: to fight childhood hunger across Cape Cod. Working with local schools, CKM helps provide meals to children who otherwise go with little or no food on weekends during the school year. The CKM backpack program discreetly provides at-risk students with a bag of food each weekend throughout the school year. This food helps sustain the students’ nutritional needs over the weekends when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. Initially serving 50 children in 2 schools, the program has grown to feeding over 650 children in 27 schools and will continue to expand. www.capekidmeals.org



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