FLINT — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the nation’s largest independent pharmacy, is hosting a Million Dollar Motorway fundraising event that will take place during Back to the Bricks on Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 6 to 9pm in the Diplomat atrium at 4100 S. Saginaw St. in Flint.
The Million Dollar Motorway is the first event to raise money to secure a series of life-size bronze statues commemorating the automotive leaders whose careers began or grew in Flint. The statues will be placed throughout the city, with Louis Chevrolet as the first pioneer to be recognized.
Other pioneers will be David Buick, Walter P. Chrysler, Charles Nash, Walter Marr, C.S. Mott, Albert Champion, James H. Whiting, A.B.C. Hardy, Charles F. Kettering and William C. Durant.
“It is very gratifying to see how Back to the Bricks has grown and the enthusiasm it has generated in the community,” said Phil Hagerman, president and CEO of Diplomat. “We are especially excited to host the Million Dollar Motorway because of what it stands for: recognizing and honoring who put Flint on the map and helping to revitalize this great city.”
This exclusive event will feature rare, vintage automobiles valued at more than $2 million, on display indoors and in the courtyard, with live music from the Mott Steelheads, entertainment from local swing dancing performers and Tapology, food and refreshments.
One of the vehicles at the Motorway is a Packard specially built for Eva Perón, the 2nd wife of Juan Perón, the notorious dictator of Argentina (immortalized in the musical and film “Evita”).
“This is a unique opportunity to see a collection of vehicles that just don’t drive down the street every day,” said Al Hatch, founder of Back to the Bricks.
Don Garlits, the “Daddy” of drag racing, will be in attendance at the Million Dollar Motorway. Garlits won three National Hot Rod Association world championships, winning his final championship at the age of 54. Throughout his career, he has won a total of 144 national events.
The cost of the Million Dollar Motorway is $30 per person or corporate packages are available at 10 tickets for $250. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door (cash or check only at the door). Throughout the evening, guests will also be able to buy commemorative bricks to be placed with each statue’s display memorializing a loved one or family contribution.
The Back to the Bricks event has grown from a one-day event six years ago to one of the premiere car shows and cruises in the nation. To celebrate its heritage, the Back to the Bricks organization created a Flint Automotive Pioneers Statue Fund (501(c)(3) pending) honoring the individuals who shaped an industry, a community and a nation. This group’s goal is to organize events that inspire the next generation of leadership as well as educate the general public on the legacy of the automotive industry especially in Genesee County and Flint.
Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, founded in 1975, is the nation’s largest privately held specialty pharmacy and focuses on complete medication management programs for patients with serious and chronic conditions. Key programs include oncology, HIV-AIDS, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, hemophilia, immune globulin, growth hormone deficiency and psoriasis. Other specialty areas include transplant, fertility, bio-identical hormone therapy and specialty compounding. Besides its Flint headquarters, the company has locations in Grand Rapids, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and San Bernardino, Calif.
More at www.diplomatpharmacy.com.
More about the event at www.milliondollarmotorway.eventbrite.com. To purchase a Corporate Package or learn more about the Million Dollar Motorway, call Lauren Ganapini at (810) 768-9313.