On Oct. 2, the Checkered Flag Ball was held in the new M1 Event Center in Pontiac raising money to provide transportation to Pontiac residents in need.
On Oct. 2, the Checkered Flag Ball was held in the new M1 Event Center in Pontiac. The event, which brought together community, industry, and political leaders, raised more than $100,000 to assist with the transportation needs of Pontiac residents.
Presented by Checkered Flag Challenge, the philanthropic arm of M1 Concourse, this inaugural fundraising event supports M1 Mobility, a new initiative with the Pontiac Community Foundation to provide transportation solutions to connect Pontiac residents in need with essential community services and programs.
While the City of Pontiac has many incredible community services, however, it lacks enough safe and reliable public transportation options for the 19% of the households who have no access to a vehicle. Those Pontiac residents therefore face challenges from traveling to their doctor’s appointments to accessing healthy foods and resources, and for the city’s youth, participating in recreational activities.
The event itself was emceed by David Hobbs, and honored Jim Hall with the Master of Motorsports Award. Guests enjoyed fine cuisine, wine and spirits and an after party with musical performances by Quincy Stewart and Ben Sharkey. The success from this year’s ball will go a long way to ensuring Pontiac residents have access to the transportation they need.