The Infineon Raceway Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will distribute $225,983 to 34 qualified youth organizations in Sonoma County for the 2010 season.
The chapter has distributed more than $3.7 million since 2001. The chapter's Board of Trustees recently approved the distribution of funds at its annual meeting.
Speedway Children's Charities is the charitable arm of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which owns and operates Infineon Raceway.
The monies awarded in 2010 were generated through a combination of events held during the raceway's major-event weekends, including the Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet and the KFOX Race & Rock Charity Auction, which combined to raise more than $85,000.
Both were held during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in June. The 7th annual Classic Sports Racing Group's (CSRG) Charity Challenge generated an additional $27,000.
In all, the chapter hosted 10 events in 2010, primarily tied to the raceway's motor-racing weekends.
David Goodman (Executive Director of Redwood Empire Food Bank) says: "Speedway Children's Charities serves as the foundation of well-being for children in need of food assistance throughout Sonoma County."
"SCC's generous support has allowed the Redwood Empire Food Bank to reach the epicenters of hunger in every part of our community."
Speedway Children's Charities is a non-profit organization with the purpose of raising funds to be distributed to qualified children's organizations. Founded in 1984 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., Speedway Children's Charities originated at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.
Thirty-four youth groups will receive funding from Speedway Children's Charities in 2010, some of which include:
Anova; Boys and Girls Club of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties; California Parenting Institute; California Youth Outreach; CASA; Catholic Charities; Children's Cancer Community; Community Action Partnership; Committee on the Shelterless; Grandparents Parenting Again; Hanna Boys Center; Individuals Now; Kids Scoop; La Luz Center; Lifeworks; Martial Arts Youth Institute; Matrix Parent Network; McDowell Drug Task Force; North Bay Children's Center; Petaluma People Services; Redwood Empire Food Bank; Roseland Charter School; Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance; Sonoma Valley Education Foundation; Southwest Community Health Center; Sunny Hills Service; The Living Room; The Salvation Army; United Against Sexual Assault; Valley of the Moon Boys and Girls Club; Valley of the Moon Children's Home Foundation; Valley of the Moon Teen Center; Valley of the Moon Education Foundation; and the Willmar Center.
Yvonne Hall (Executive Director of La Luz Center) says: "Speedway Charities has been a wonderfully generous friend to La Luz Center. We just received the great news that once again we've been selected to receive a grant. This is a great holiday gift for La Luz and our Children's Health and Welfare Program, which will be the beneficiary of the funds. Thank you Speedway Charities!"
For more information on the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, visit infineonraceway.com/scc or contact Denise Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-933-3950.