Verizon IndyCar Series driver Pippa Mann is rubbing elbows with business magnate and reality television star Donald Trump this weekend in Palm Beach, Fla.
Because she drove the pink Susan G. Komen car last year in the Indianapolis 500 and her work with the organization, Mann is on the guest list for the 5th Anniversary Perfect Pink Party, which is Jan. 10 at Trumps exclusive Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. The club, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is in an estate that opened in 1927.
Mann will attend the event with a variety of philanthropists and executives, including Trump, Perfect Pink Party Gala Chair Christina Baker and her husband, Robert, CEO of National Realty and Development Corp (which recently purchased Saks Fifth Avenue) and Anne and Jerome Fisher, who founded womens shoe retail giant Nine West. Komen founder Nancy Brinker, who attended the 2014 Indianapolis 500, will be there, too, and is hosting a major donors reception at her private residence. Dale Coyne, owner of the Verizon IndyCar Series team that entered the car for Mann, and his wife, Gail, are also attending.
The high-end event will be entertaining, for sure, but Mann will also be working while shes playing. Shes attending the event with a pink IndyCar show car, which will exemplify the Komen car Mann drove, and she will be introduced with an Indianapolis 500 auction package for two its valued at $35,000.
Im really excited to be able to expose (the Verizon) IndyCar (Series) and the Indy 500 to the type of people who will be attending this event, said Mann, who has packed a full-length Dolce & Gabbana gown for the occasion. Its a major Komen event and there are influential people there.
All that begs the question about Mann driving another pink Susan G. Komen car in this years Indianapolis 500 and possibly during the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, which kicks off March 8 in Brazil.
We are certainly working toward that, says Mann, adding that the Indianapolis 500 auction package up for bid at the party includes time with her at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.