By Whitney Butler
The Coronado Bay Bridge and Interstate 5 north will be closed September 8, as a motorcade of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other sports and exotic cars follows a 40-mile route from the Hotel Del Coronado to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Nino Venturella, a private banker with Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group in La Jolla, launched Cruise 4 Kids last year to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito (BGCSD), recruiting his high net-worth clients to show off their expensive cars for a cause.
"We are creating a signature event in San Diego unlike any other," Venturella says.
As a helicopter documents the action from overhead, Venturella will lead the ground rally in a Ferrari 360 Spider, decorated to look like a CHP patrol car. A proud moment, to be sure, especially considering that, according to Caltrans, the Coronado Bridge has previously been closed only for presidents, governors and foreign dignitaries.
Cruise 4 Kids is a private event limited to 100 cars, each representing a $300 donation to BGCSCSD. Additional funds will be raised via $20 entry fees for the post-rally public event at Del Mar Fairgrounds, where attendees can check out the cars, experience driving simulators and take pictures with Charger Girls.