By Rick Morwick
On Aug. 25, Lucas Estate in Carmel will host the third annual “Fuelicious: A Celebration of Wheels and Wishes,” a benefit for the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. Proceeds will help the nonprofit grant wishes, such as shopping sprees and trips to Disney, of children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses.
A partnership with the producers of the Aug. 26 “Artomobilia” event in the Carmel Arts & Design District, “Fuelicious” provides guests a smorgasbord of collector cars, heavy hors d’oeuvres and ultra-premium spirits in the elegant luxury of Lucas Estate, 1143 W. 116th St., Carmel.
More importantly, the upscale event benefits children who are battling life-and-death illnesses. Event chair John Leonard said the long-term goal is to make “Fuelicious” a chief fundraiser for the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.
“While we don’t talk about specific amounts raised, we seek to contribute increasing amounts each year,” Leonard said. “(We) hope to be one of the Indiana Children’s Wish Funds top-producing events within the next three years.”
Between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., “Fuelicious” guests can admire 50 original, concourse-quality collector automobiles arrayed throughout the grounds of Lucas Estate. They can also enjoy heavy hors d’oevres and desserts fashioned by chef Anthony Puma and partake in an bar featuring Patron Spirits and mixed drinks.
A live photo shoot by acclaimed photographer Anthony Tyler Ross will highlight the evening.
“We want to continue to focus on a high-quality, high-touch event featuring a premium automotive lifestyle experience, all in support of the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund,” Leonard said. “We continue to feature and increasingly unique group of collector cars and will focus on expanding the involvement of community and business leaders in our organization.”
To reserve a table, purchase an individual ticket or become a sponsor, visit Fuelicious.com or indywish.org or call Indiana Children’s Wish Fund at 317-913-9474. Tables for 10 are $2,500. Individual tickets are $300.
“‘Fuelicious’ continues to be a unique and clever event,” Leonard said. “A number of the cars will be paired this year with new models (and) their classic counterpart, enabling guests to see the heritage and design over a 25- to 50-year period. Likewise, we’ll feature a collection of the most interesting and noteworthy Chevrolet Camaros and highlight a small number of cars from custom car-building legend Troy Trapanier of Rad Rods by Troy.”