Craven Hopes To Break the $1 Million Mark For Charity This Saturday

CONCORD, N.C. -- This Saturday is the eighth annual Ricky Craven Snowmobile Ride for Charity in Greenville, Maine, and Craven's goal for the event is to raise enough money to break the $1 million mark. Craven has raised over $800,000 for charity over the previous seven years and this year 500 riders will hit the trails to push him over $1 million.

"With the money we raise this year we should be very close to hitting a grand total of $1 million," Craven said. "VIP Parts, Tires and Service has already pledged $45,000 so we are well on our way. This event just continues to grow every year and the support throughout the area has been tremendous.

"We're getting close to our limit of 500 riders this year, but we've never turned anyone away who wants to participate. This should be one of our best events, especially with the snow we received in the northeast last weekend. We have a lot of fun and I encourage everyone to come out and participate even if they don't want to ride."

The funds raised from this event are divided among five charities: Children's Miracle Network, Give Kids the World, The National Marrow Donor Program, Make-A-Wish and The Travis Roy Foundation.

For more information on sponsorship, or to sign up as a rider, please call (207) 941-9364. Riders will meet at Greenville High School at 7 a.m. to start the event.

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates 10 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever. For sponsorship inquiries, contact John Miller, Roush Racing, (704) 720-4600.