Craftsman For A Cure A Big Success, Raises Thousands For Charities Hoffman Estates, Ill. -- When 'Craftsman For a Cure' was announced earlier this spring, event organizers from Craftsman Motorsports and Bobby Hamilton Racing had no idea what to...
Craftsman For A Cure A Big Success, Raises Thousands For Charities
Hoffman Estates, Ill. -- When 'Craftsman For a Cure' was announced earlier this spring, event organizers from Craftsman Motorsports and Bobby Hamilton Racing had no idea what to expect from the first year event.
Today, after months of tallying donations and ticket and auction sales, the organizers of 'Craftsman For a Cure' announce that $66,711.83 was raised for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
"We are extremely happy with the outpouring of generosity from NASCAR fans and industry partners surrounding the Craftsman for a Cure Event," said Scott Howard, manager of sponsorship and sales promotion for Sears Holdings. "It is a true testament to the NASCAR fan base and the sense of community that exists among fans, sponsors, teams, and drivers within NASCAR. We are proud to have been able to support a true champion like Bobby and continue to wish him a speedy recovery."
The 'Craftsman For a Cure' charity event was spearheaded after former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Bobby Hamilton announced that he would get out of his truck during the 2006 season to battle head and neck cancer. Hamilton hopes to be back behind the wheel at the Series' season finale in Homestead.
The charity event gave race fans the opportunity to race go-karts against numerous NASCAR drivers, to dine with drivers and even to get autographs. The support for Hamilton and the 'Craftsman For a Cure' began pouring as soon as the event was announced.
In all, 32 drivers from all three NASCAR Series volunteered to participate in the fan-driven charity event. Sponsors like Toyota, Chevrolet, Con-way Freight, ASE and Fastenal donated money to the event. Other sponsors, drivers and tracks donated items for a silent auction.
"I am so thankful for the outpouring of support and generosity of each person who has given their free time and money to help such a great cause on our behalf," Hamilton said. "It means the world to me, more than most of you will ever know, to know that my extended family will help me fight as well.So thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping this event become of thelargest ones out there to help such a tremendous cause."
Craftsman, the Official Tools of NASCAR, has sponsored the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series since it began in 1995. According to a 2004 EquiTrend survey, Craftsman is rated the No. 1 brand in the nation for overall quality. Craftsman tools, merchandise and related services are sold nationwide through Sears Full-line stores, Sears Hardware stores, Sears Dealer stores and Orchard Supply Hardware stores, through select Kmart stores and specialty catalogs and online at www.sears.com and www.craftsman.com.