Team Seattle Raises Almost $400,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital, with Support from Pogo Linux, at Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

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Open-Source Computing Meets “Open-Source” Medicine at Daytona International Speedway.

We strongly believe in Team Seattle’s mission, and the research being done at Seattle Children’s ... The fact that they share their knowledge with doctors everywhere is a big reason we support their work – it’s like open-source medicine.

Pogo Linux (, a Seattle computer-hardware company focusing on the open-source Linux operating system, was proud to support Team Seattle and the team’s fundraising efforts for Seattle Children’s Hospital and its Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at this year’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 24-hour endurance race. The race was held January 30-31 at the legendary Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Seattle Children’s Hospital and the CICU came home a winner, receiving almost $400,000 from Team Seattle supporters. The team continued their campaign for Children’s and the CICU this past weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, coming in third for their first podium finish of the season. Doctors at Seattle Children’s share all of their knowledge and research with the medical community, so funds raised by Team Seattle have the potential to help not only Seattle’s children but patients around the country.

Team Seattle and the Team Seattle Endowment for Excellence in Cardiac Intensive Care at Children’s Hospital were created in 1997 by Seattle resident Don Kitch, Jr. Kitch, a race car driver with more than 200 professional and amateur racing starts during his 20-year motorsports career, formed Team Seattle to support the clinical and research activities of the CICU. The team’s mission: “To build stronger hearts by fully funding the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and create a community of support which shares excitement and accomplishment as a part of Team Seattle.”

The Rolex 24 at Daytona is considered America’s most prestigious sports car event. It is one of only two endurance racing events in the world, and is the season opener for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. The race is the team’s primary fundraiser for the CICU. This year Team Seattle partnered with Dempsey Racing to field two Mazda RX8 race cars, #40 and #41. Car #41’s driver roster included 2003 race winner Kitch, with co-drivers James Gue, Leh Keen, and Dave Lacey. Team Seattle maintained a strong pace and ran in the top ten for most of the early parts of the race, finishing 14th after starting 9th in a field of 29 GT cars. Corporate and private sponsorships underwrite the cost of the cars, so all donations go directly to the hospital.

Pogo Linux was one of Team Seattle’s corporate sponsors for the event. In total, corporate and private sponsors raised almost $400,000 for CICU at the Rolex 24, making it one of the best fundraising efforts in the 13-year history of Team Seattle’s participation in the race. To date, Team Seattle has raised more than $3.5 million for the hospital and the CICU. These monies fully-fund the pioneering procedures performed at the Kami Rene Sutton Heart Center. The center is named after a heart patient and racing enthusiast who has participated in the team’s efforts from the beginning.

Heart problems are the leading birth defect in the United States -- one of every 100 children is born with some form of cardiac irregularity. Heart surgery can be a big shock to an infant or young child’s system. A breakthrough, non-invasive “hybrid” surgery developed and performed at the CICU can greatly reduce this trauma. The hybrid procedure eliminates the need for open-heart surgery, enabling even high-risk patients to recover more quickly. All of the cardiac research conducted at Seattle Children’s is readily available to all in the medical community, so patients all over the U.S. are able to benefit from the research.

“We strongly believe in Team Seattle’s mission, and are proud to support the research being done at Seattle Children’s. We had the opportunity to hear Dr. Hansen (CEO, Seattle Children’s Hospital) speak in Daytona about the hospital’s work with children. The fact that they share their knowledge with doctors everywhere is a big reason we support their work – it’s like open-source medicine. This goes hand-in-hand with our support of open-source software and open community involvement with software standards and projects,” said Erik Logan, President of Pogo Linux. “We are happy to support this worthy cause, and look forward to contributing to the Team for many years to come.”

About Team Seattle

Team Seattle is a community organized group of road racing fans, drivers, and sponsors who, along with their friends and family, want to make a difference in our community by combining two passions: a love of motorsports and a commitment to Seattle Children’s Hospital. We use corporate and private sponsorship to underwrite the cost of the race cars so that one hundred percent of the donations go to help the children in the pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital. For more information:; Facebook: Team Seattle fan page; @TeamSeattle on Twitter.

About Pogo Linux

Founded in 1999, Pogo Linux, Inc. is a workstation, server, and storage vendor based in Seattle, Washington. With a multi-OS focus and in-house technical expertise, the company is dedicated to providing affordable, reliable, and energy efficient Linux, Solaris, and Windows-based systems. From a single database server to a complete data center deployment, Pogo Linux offers a wide range of systems for just about every project or IT budget. Each system includes the type of the world-class support and Linux customization you would expect from a company that’s served the Linux and open source communities since 1999.

For more information about Pogo Linux, please visit or call 1 (888) 828-POGO (7646).

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