Harrisburg, North Carolina -Innovative Motorsports , a NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division team, will carry an unusual and important logo on the ...
Harrisburg, North Carolina -Innovative Motorsports , a NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division team, will carry an unusual and important logo on the #47 MONRO Muffler Brake & Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the next six races, beginning with the May 1, 1999 Auto Club 300 at California Speedway in Fontana, California and ending at the MBNA Platinum 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.
When the green flag waves for the start of the Busch Series race on Saturday, May 1st, thousands of people in New York state will already be nearly five hours into Laurel Run, a 42-day race to raise awareness about the successes of people with developmental disabilities and to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of NYSARC (New York State Association for Retarded Children), Inc. a grass-roots advocacy organization founded in 1949 to change society's traditional disregard for the needs of people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
At 10:00AM EST on May 1, 1999, from eight locations around New York - Dunkirk, East Aurora, Batavia, Lockport, Ogdensburg, Trout River, Riverhead, and Congers - runners will step off for a series of relays carrying the Laurel Run flag through every county in the state. Over the next 42 days, thousands will run, walk, bicycle, roller-blade, skateboard, ride horseback, or use other means to move along their routes individually, in pairs or in groups. Along the way, local chapters of NYSARC will organize celebrations drawing attention to their mission of raising funds to help support their never-ending efforts to draw attention to the needs of those considered mentally retarded by society.
MONRO Muffler Brake & Service, based in Rochester, New York and the primary sponsor on the #47 Innovative Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo, agreed to become a partner and to help publicize Laurel Run and the 58-chapters of NYSARC across the state of New York.
"I have just recently heard of NYSARC," Andy Santerre, the 1998 Raybestos "Rookie of the Year" and the team's full-time driver, admitted. "But I have been aware that those with developmental disabilities are not treated with the respect and the fairness they should be treated with. People are people in this country, no matter their age, race, religion, handicap, career, whatever. People should treat other people with the same respect they expect to be treated with and I believe that NYSARC is helping to garner respect and awareness for those with mental retardation and developmental disabilities." Santerre continues, "Elliott Sadler will be in the car for the first five races while we carry the Laurel Run banner, but I will make my return in the sixth and final race they will be with us. I have a broken leg right now and am unable to run, walk or bicycle to support Laurel Run, but my car will be bearing the logo in support instead."
The Laurel Run logo will be displayed on the race car throughout the next six Busch Series events. In addition to California Speedwayin Fontana, California, the logo will appear in races at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, Richmond International Speedway in Richmond, Virginia, Nazareth Speedway in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.
On June 11, 1999, the eight routes will arrive in Albany, New York immersed in a flurry of flag waving revelry. No one in the state capital's district will miss the message that NYSARC, Inc, is celebrating, "Our Golden Past, Our Shining Future."
The MONRO Muffler Brake & Service Chevrolet Monte Carlo show car will be on display at a huge picnic for Laurel Run celebration participants after the capital district ceremony. That evening, NYSARC's golden anniversary will be marked in a grand scale with a black-tie gala event at the Terrace Gallery of the New York State Museum, where keynote speaker Bob Dole will address hundreds of guests and patrons.
NYSARC, Inc. was formed 50 years ago by parents who gathered together in support, determined to forever change society's traditional disregard for the needs of their children with mental retardation. Following an advertisement placed in the New York Post by two mothers interested in establishing a day nursery for their young children with special needs, a group of 200 parents banded together to fight for the recognition and rights of their children's special needs and capabilities. The group agreed upon the need for a single organization to represent the interests of those with metal retardation. A constitution was drafted and the organization was incorporated in February of 1949.
The ARC of Schuyler County 203-205 12th Street Watkins Glen, New York 14891 (607)535-6934 Phone (607)535-2666 Fax