Robby Gordon Motorsports Assisting in Hurricane Katrina Recovery Team and Driver to donate more than $25,000 to the Harrah's Employee Recovery Fund HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2005) -- Among the millions of people affected by the...
Robby Gordon Motorsports Assisting in Hurricane Katrina Recovery
Team and Driver to donate more than $25,000 to the Harrah's Employee Recovery Fund
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2005) -- Among the millions of people affected by the devastating destruction from Hurricane Katrina are more than 6,000 Harrah's Entertainment employees from three casino properties in Gulfport, Miss., Biloxi, Miss., and New Orleans.
In an effort to assist those displaced by the storm, Robby Gordon Motorsports (RGM) will donate $7 for each completed lap in its No. 7 Chevrolet's for remainder of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season to the Harrah's Employee Recovery Fund, which Harrah's Entertainment established to assist its employees experiencing the after-affects of the tragedy.
Beginning this weekend at California Speedway in Fontana, a possible 3,877 laps could be run in the season's final 12 races. If the car completes each of those laps, the team will donate more than $25,000 to the Fund through this program. Additionally, Robby Gordon Motorsports will donate 10 percent to the Fund from the sale of all licensed merchandise, including Harrah's Racing apparel and collectibles, sold at RGM's trackside souvenir trailer and through its on-line store at www.robbygordon.com.
"This weekend, while all the Nextel Cup Series teams and thousands of fans are in California doing what we love, there will still be millions of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama trying to put their lives back together, and unfortunately there will be thousands just trying to find their family members and other loved ones," team owner Robby Gordon said. "All season, virtually every Harrah's employee throughout the country has been a supporter of our racing team, especially when we run the purple and yellow Harrah's color scheme, and now it's our turn to do something for those that are in need."
RGM will also collect donations at its track-side souvenir trailer from race fans at each track through the end of the season. These donations also will be forwarded to the Harrah's Employee Recovery Fund.
"Growing up in California and spending most of my life there, fortunately I have never been through a hurricane," Gordon said. "I have been through a few earthquakes and know how disruptive these types of things can be to people's lives. But from what I have seen on television, there has not been an earthquake or hurricane before that compares to what has happened along the Gulf Coast. My heart goes out to everyone affected."
Thus far in 2005, Gordon has completed 4,775 of a possible 5,581 laps (85.5 percent) in NASCAR competition.
"We can also look at this as an incentive to finish on the lead lap of every race through the end of the year," said Gordon. "It's our objective to donate as much money as possible to the Fund, so if we run well we'll be able to help even more. I ask that fans of Robby Gordon Motorsports, and even NASCAR fans that aren't fans of mine or our team, to help out the effort by making a donation at our souvenir trailer or by buying a Harrah's racing tee shirt, die-cast car or hat. Harrah's has been very supportive of NASCAR through the years, and specifically our company, and I hope to be able to help as many people as possible as a result of our racing program."
The RGM track-side souvenir trailer will be prominently positioned at each race track for the remainder of the 2005 season starting this weekend at the California Speedway and followed by races at Richmond International Raceway; New Hampshire International Speedway; Dover International Speedway; Talladega Superspeedway; Kansas Speedway; Lowe's Motor Speedway (Charlotte, N.C.); Martinsville (Va.) Speedway; Atlanta Motor Speedway; Texas Motor Speedway; Phoenix International Speedway; and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Among the affected properties in the Gulf Coast area are the Harrah's Grand Casino Biloxi, the Grand Casino Gulfport and Harrah's New Orleans, each of which sustained extensive damage.
Harrah's Entertainment established the Harrah's Employee Recovery Fund immediately following Katrina's impact to assist employees affected by the hurricane. The Harrah's Foundation, a non-profit charitable corporation founded by Harrah's Entertainment, provided an initial $1 million contribution to the Fund.