When agreeing to intern for Speedway Children's Charities this summer, I had no idea that my experience would be me jumping headfirst as soon as I arrived.

After arriving home from finishing my sophomore year of college, I came to SCC and immediately learned that we were in the midst of prepping for three huge events, all taking place within the next two to three weeks.

Firstly, there was the NASCAR All-Star race, where SCC set up a live silent auction in the Speedway Club. We auctioned off sheet metal, signed helmets, photographs, and much more for the die-hard race fans. We were successful in auctioning off almost all of the items we offered!

Then there was the Coca-Cola 600, which was a two day event and where we helped operate the golf cart system that SCC used to collect donations. I spent two days driving race fans around and taking them to where they needed to go, and in return we'd suggest them to donate to SCC as a form of appreciation. This event also generated success by the time we finished driving people until about midnight each night.

The last event we had to prepare for was our final and biggest event that SCC had been working on for months beforehand: the black tie gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. This event certainly took the most amount of time to prepare for. The gala included a silent auction, a live auction, a live performance by Darius Rucker, dinner and speeches made by multiple people, including Tony Stewart.

All three of these events brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars, the gala hitting a new record for the amount of money raised during the event.

After all these events wrapped up and I got an opportunity to relax a bit, things began to slow down. We wrapped up the gala by delivering auction items and writing thank you notes for the people that came to participate.

As things began to dwindle, we were able to focus on our next summer event: the annual General Tom Sadler Memorial Golf Tournament. Supporting businesses formed golf teams and competed against one another at the Ballantyne Resort Golf Club. The event raised a little over $46,000, and added on to the already outstanding total that SCC has raised this past year.

The golf tournament was our final fundraising event for the summer, and after we finished wrapping up the event, we turned our attention to focusing on grants.

In a brief summary, SCC is a non-profit who focuses on raising money for multiple non-profits that focus on children in the Charlotte area. We give out grants to non-profits that apply for them. Last year we granted over 70 non-profit organizations with thousands of dollars to help with programs and projects they were trying to put into effect.

As July wraps up and August begins, we've received almost a hundred applications for grants from non-profits all over North Carolina. This is absolutely fantastic because that means that the name of SCC has spread all over and is reaching more and more people every day. And the more people we reach, the more people we are able to help and make a difference with.

We've currently sorted through many of the applications. Now, we merely wait for our board members to come in and decide where the money we've raised is going to this year. In December, there will be a ceremony that will announce all the non-profits that will receive grants from SCC for 2016, but by then I shall be long gone back to college.

Being a part of such a great organization this summer has really been a blessing. I'm so glad I got to spend my summer interning for such an amazing non-profit, and I can't wait to see all the success that SCC generates in the future!

-Angela Poffenbaugh, Summer 2016 Intern