Sovereign Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, today announced that a replica of a racing helmet worn by Scuderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, will be auctioned for charity to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. This one-of-a-kind, autographed and specially crafted helmet is an exact replica of the helmet worn by Alonso in almost every Formula 1 race this year. The auction of this item presents an opportunity to own an exclusive part of Formula 1's historic year and is not available for purchase elsewhere.
Alonso autographed the helmet (ABOVE) when he joined Sovereign-Santander and the president and CEO of the American Red Cross in the Greater New York area in ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on November 20. At the bell ceremony, Sovereign-Santander highlighted its support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts with a $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The Bank is matching up to $500,000 for all donations made in Sovereign-Santander branches by team members and clients of the Bank. Funds raised through the helmet auction will also go toward American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts.
“We're pleased to have this unique opportunity to continue to give back to the communities where our clients and team members have been severely impacted,” said Jorge Moran, president & CEO of Sovereign Bank, and Santander U.S. “Sovereign-Santander is appreciative of the support of partners like Fernando Alonso who help us continue to raise awareness and much needed donations for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts though the American Red Cross.”
Bidding for the autographed Alonso helmet opens today and continues until Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. ET. Fans and interested bidders should visit www.charityfolks.com/alonso for more information and to place bids.