Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation formed

Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell announced today the formation of the Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation, a non-profit organization with the goal of "improving the lives of children in Martinsville and Henry County, ...

Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell announced today the formation of the Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation, a non-profit organization with the goal of "improving the lives of children in Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia."

"The children of our community are the future of our community," said Campbell. "Anything that any of us can do to help improve the lives of our young people will make everyone's life better down the road."

Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation is a non-profit organization operating separately and independent of Martinsville Speedway. The speedway's only involvement with the organization will be in a fund-raising capacity.

There are already two fund-raisers underway to help fund the foundation.

Anderson Lawn and Garden of Rocky Mount, Va., has donated a John Deere Gator to be raffled off with proceeds going to the Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation.

Also, entries are being accepted for a golf tournament to be held in conjunction with the Old Dominion 500 Winston Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.

"We believe that these two fund-raisers will give the foundation a solid start," said Campbell. "We will have more fund-raising events in the future and of course, the foundation will accept donations."

A three-member, independent board of directors will oversee the Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation.

The First Annual Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Thursday, October 11 at Chatmoss Country Club. All proceeds from the tournament, hosted by the Martinsville Speedway 500 Committee, will go to the Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation.

"The Martinsville Speedway 500 Committee is thrilled to be part of this effort and we anticipate a wonderful golf tournament," said Benny Summerlin, 500 Committee member who is a tournament co-chair along with Speedway president Clay Campbell and Barney Hall of the Motor Racing Network.

"But more importantly, we anticipate making a significant contribution to the Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation this year and in the future. That's the most important thing."

Raffle tickets are already available for the John Deere Gator, which will be given away in pre-race activities prior to the Old Dominion 500 Winston Cup race at Martinsville Speedway on October 14.

Tickets for the 2000 4 x 2 John Deere Gator are $5 and will be sold at all functions at Martinsville Speedway, including Celebration 2001, scheduled for Tuesday, July 3. The tickets will also be on sale in the community.

-MS

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