Wilmot Speedway - Saldana "Girl Scout" spotlight

Joey Saldana & Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County Team Up For World of Outlaws Sprint Series Event at Wilmot Speedway on Saturday Wilmot, WI--Oct. 11, 2006 -- You see many things at a World of Outlaws Sprint Series event, but one you do not...

Joey Saldana & Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County Team Up For World of Outlaws Sprint Series Event at Wilmot Speedway on Saturday

Wilmot, WI--Oct. 11, 2006 -- You see many things at a World of Outlaws Sprint Series event, but one you do not see is a Girl Scout cookie sale. This Saturday at Wilmot (Wisc.) Speedway in conjunction with SLS Promotions, the Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County (GSCKC) will have one of their troops on hand with a truck load of the delectable cookies that surely will be a fan favorite.

Troop 007 will make the trip to the racy 3/8-mile track for the event that postponed by rain on September 23, armed with a wide array of the popular treats to help support their fundraising efforts. Fans can purchase cookies for $3 a box.

In addition to this, GSCKC will serve as the "Official Ticket Office" for Saturday's event, and will receive a percentage of ticket sales for its High Risk/Outreach program. The Girl Scout office is located at 2303 37th Street in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The High/Risk Outreach program helps educate girls, and is delivered by GSCKC staff members. The program is focused on inner city schools that are located west of Interstate 94 in increasing low to moderate income areas.

Camisha Klumb, Fund Development & Communications Director for GSCKC, a lifelong racing fan, who has also been heavily involved in sprint car racing in the past, was instrumental in helping set-up this opportunity. Not only will Troop 007 be selling cookies, but also all proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will go toward GSCKC fundraising efforts.

"Fundraising is an essential part of GSCKC, and our council operates and serves girls through all of our fundraising efforts," explained Klumb. "Our council's continuous fundraising efforts will allow GSCKC to provide education, leadership skills, programming, and additional activities to girls throughout the community."

In 1918, Girl Scouts in Kenosha County began to have meetings and the GSCKC received its national Girls Scouts charter membership in 1922. Today the Council has 2,700 members spread across 16 different communities in Kenosha County. For as long as the group has been associated, the community has played a vital role in the success and continued growth of the organization.

"The GSCKC is enormously appreciative to the community at large for its on-going support for the past 84 years," said Klumb. "The strength of the Girl Scout movement also rests in the volunteer leadership of its adult members."

Klumb and the rest of the staff of the GSCKC teach the girls that range in age from 5-17, various skills that they can use in their daily lives at home, school, and with friends. While the fundraising activities they take part in are an important aspect of being a Girl Scout, the outings and trips they take, such as this Saturday to Wilmot Speedway for the World of Outlaws Sprint Series event, are where many of the most important lessons are learned.

"In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together," said Klumb. "Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary leadership development, public speaking (conferences), field trips, sports, skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong."

While she has been out of sprint car racing for a couple years, Klumb kept in close contact with many of the drivers, teams, and sponsors that she developed relationships with during the time she was involved in the sport on a daily basis. When the time came to find a driver to help out with the programs that she had diligently planned for Saturday night, it was a no-brainer who she would approach.

"Joey Saldana has always been a fan favorite," she exclaimed. "Joey's wife Shannon and I have remained great friends for several years. Both Joey and Shannon spoke to Willie (Kahne) the crew chief of the No. 9 car, and with his blessing the car will be displaying Girl Scout logos on Saturday night at the Wilmot Speedway. Our council is thrilled to have everyone from the team involved in our fundraising efforts, and we sincerely thank each one of them."

Saldana enters the race at Wilmot third in World of Outlaws Championship points on the strength of seven A-Feature wins, including the famed Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, a race that his car owner, NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, was in attendance for. The Brownsburg, Ind., native has racked up 42 Top-10 finishes on the year.

"Our team is proud and enthusiastic to be able to assist an organization such as the Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County," said Saldana. "We anticipate that by offering our team's support, the Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County will continue to promote educational and safe programs for all girls throughout Kenosha County. I look forward to everyone joining us for this thrilling night of racing."

Having been involved in racing with her family in varying capacities for many years, Klumb knows how much effort and time it takes to promote and coordinate an event. She is proud to be working with two great organizations in the form of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series and SLS Promotions to help further the cause of GSCKC.

"Steve Sinclair and the entire SLS team have always been a tremendous group to work with and they all do a wonderful job promoting racing all over the United States," she said. "Our council is extremely thankful and excited to be a part of their promoting efforts."

The staff of SLS Promotions as well World of Outlaws officials, drivers, and teams have had numerous family members and friends who have been Girl Scouts in the past, and will have many more that will be part of the organization in the future. They all are extremely proud to be associated with the long-standing tradition of the group, and to be able to help in their fundraising endeavors.

"SLS is proud and enthusiastic to be able to assist an organization such as the Girl Scouts," said Steve Sinclair of SLS Promotions. "The Girl Scout organization provides superb opportunities and promotes dynamic programs to all girls, and we are thrilled to be able to offer our assistance, and we look forward to everyone joining us for this exciting night of racing."

For many of the Scouts it will be their first time attending a race of any kind. Klumb who attended her first World of Outlaws race in 1990 at the now-defunct Hales Corner Speedway knows the thrill the girls will get when they see the cars hit the track. She knows this is something they will never forget.

"The girls that will be in attendance are really eager to witness the 'Greatest Show on Dirt'," said Klumb.

Tickets for the World of Outlaws event at Wilmot Speedway on Saturday October 14 can be purchased at the Girl Scout Council of Kenosha County office. Adult general admission tickets will be $28. Tickets for children ages 6-12 will be just $12, while kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge. The Girl Scout office is located at 2303 37th Street in Kenosha, Wisconsin. For further information call the GSCKC office at 262-657-7102.

-credit: woo

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