More Than $130,000 Raised for Youth Groups During NASCAR Weekend SONOMA, Calif. (June 23, 2010) -- Charitable events combined to raise more than $130,000 during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Infineon ...
More Than $130,000 Raised for Youth Groups During NASCAR Weekend
SONOMA, Calif. (June 23, 2010) -- Charitable events combined to raise more than $130,000 during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway.
Most of the proceeds will benefit the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Infineon Raceway, which has distributed more than $3.3 million to qualified youth groups in Sonoma County since 2002.
The Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet generated $90,000, while the 8th annual KFOX Race-n-Rock Charity Auction hosted on NASCAR Sunday in the Wine Country Winner's Circle raised more than $35,000. Nearly $5,000 was also generated through donations from fans who enjoyed a ride on the new Ferris Wheel, located above Turn 8 on the road course. The Kasey Kahne Custom Guitar Raffle, a joint venture between Speedway Children's Charities and the Kasey Kahne Foundation, netted an additional $1,600.
The Grand Marshal's Banquet was held on Friday, June 18, at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma and featured Grand Marshal Roger Craig, the legendary San Francisco 49ers running back. The sit-down dinner, which also featured NASCAR drivers David Ragan, Boris Said and Clint Bowyer, attracted more than 400 people, including several of Craig's former teammates. Proceeds from the banquet will be split between Speedway Children's Charities and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley.
"NASCAR weekend is our biggest opportunity to generate funds for Speedway Children's Charities and we appreciate the generosity of all the sponsors and contributors who made this possible," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway.
The top-selling item at the charity auction was a Jeff Gordon signed firesuit, which netted $2,500. Other top selling items included a Dale Earnhardt Jr. helmet ($2,200) and a guitar signed by country music duo Brooks & Dunn ($2,050). Windsor's Melody Tapparo was the lucky winner of the signed Kasey Kahne Fender guitar.
For more information about the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities or to donate, please contact Denise Sliver, (707) 933-3950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.