Dec. 6, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Sovereign Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, today announced that a replica of a racing helmet worn by
, world-renown Scuderia Ferrari driver, 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.
Alonso autographed the helmet when he joined Sovereign-Santander and the President & 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, 2012
. At the bell ceremony, Sovereign-Santander highlighted its support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts with a
donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The Bank is matching up to
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
, President & CEO of Sovereign Bank, and Santander US Country Head. "Sovereign-Santander is appreciative of the support of partners like
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 will kick off on the Charity Folks website on
December 6, 2012
and continue until
. Fans and interested bidders should visit the
for more information and to place bids.
About Fernando Alonso
won Formula 1 World Championship Titles in 2005 and 2006. He began to make his mark at an international level: third in the '95 World Championship and first the following year. In 1997, the young Spaniard took the titles in his home country and in
in the Inter-A category: he took the former title again in 1998, when he also came second in the European championship. This performance earned him a seat in the Formula Nissan Campos team and won the championship the first time out.
On the 13
, at Jerez, the Minardi team gave Fernando his first taste of driving a Formula 1 car. In 2002, his manager, Flavio Briatore, secured him the role of test driver for Renault, which would prove useful experience. In 2004, he took his first title in 2005, with one round remaining, after a duel with
's McLaren, winning seven races on the way. He did the double months later, again in
, but this time battling a rival by the name of
in a Ferrari. In 2007, his move to McLaren ended prematurely. Fernando won four Grand Prix, with the title going down to a three-way battle with teammate
and eventual winner Raikkonen in the Ferrari. Fernando's second stint at Renault was not so successful. After a difficult start, 2008 ended with two good wins in
and Fuji, while 2009 was a barren year in which he finished ninth in the championship.
September 30, 2009
marks the date that Alonso announced his move to Ferrari. In his debut season with Ferrari, Alonso finished ten times on the podium, including five wins. At the final round in
he missed out on the Driver's title by the smallest of margins.
In 2011, the Spaniard drove his second season with Scuderia Ferrari, finishing fourth in the Drivers' championship, with ten podiums and one win in the British Grand Prix to his name, a win that came 60 years after the Scuderia's maiden Formula 1 victory, taken by
Jose Froilan Gonzalez
is an online marketplace for high-profile charity auctions where celebrities, brands and individuals come together to support causes they are passionate about. Charity Folks has raised more than
for charity auctioning unique experiences like the rights to name a new species of monkey, the chance to be Lady Gaga's roadie, a private meet-and-greet with "The Boss," an on-stage duet with The Jonas Brothers & much more!
About Santander Holdings USA, Sovereign Bank and Banco Santander
, Inc. (SOV:US) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A., and parent company of Sovereign Bank, N.A. and Santander Consumer USA. Banco Santander is a retail and commercial bank, headquartered in
, with a presence in 10 main markets:
, the UK,
and the U.S. Founded in 1857, Santander has 100 million customers, approximately 14,700 branches – more than any other international bank – and more than 191,000 employees. For more information on Santander, visit
Sovereign Bank, N.A. is a financial institution with principal markets in the northeastern
. Sovereign has more than 700 branches, about 2,300 ATMs, and approximately 8,600 team members. For more information on Sovereign Bank, N.A, visit
or call 877-SOV-BANK.
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