SCC Activities Flourish in May
Thursday, June 8, 2006
For Speedway Children's Charities (SCC), the 10 days of racing in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway began by hosting a trackside reception for 400 Charlotte-area children and ended with what some are calling the largest movie premiere in Hollywood history.
In between, Bank of America assisted the organization in hosting hundreds of guests in a pre-screening reception prior to the world premiere of the Disney/Pixar movie "Cars." SCC rolled out a one-of-a-kind motorcycle designed by Sam Bass and produced by PB Choppers, that'll be available for an on-line fundraising auction later this year. And on May 28, the day before Memorial Day, SCC (in partnership with Sprint Nextel) gave fans attending the Coca-Cola 600 and patriotic Americans across the country the opportunity to send text messages to our troops on active duty around the world and in the process, make a donation to Speedway Children's Charities.
"We did what we do best: bring joy to kids and put a smile on their face," said Major General Thomas A. Sadler (USAF, Ret.), Speedway Children's Charities executive director. "The NASCAR drivers and teams were busy during that stretch and we were, too."
The organization hosted a group of children from 10 different Charlotte children's charities and their family members on Friday evening, May 19, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The night's activities included dinner, T-shirts, a raffle and seats in the grandstand for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.
NEXTEL Cup Series driver Carl Edwards stopped by to announce that he would donate $100,000 to SCC if he were victorious in the May 20 All-Star Challenge. Edwards didn't win the race that weekend, but he won the hearts of all of us with his generous offer. Ron Hornaday Jr., Rick Crawford and Kelly Sutton also stopped by to visit the children.
3M Company was kind enough to donate its VIP suite to Speedway Children's Charities for both the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge (May 20) and the Coca-Cola 600 (May 28). SCC entertained more than 100 guests from a wide range of Charlotte-area charities including the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County, Hospice of Cabarrus County, United Family Services and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Charlotte.
On Friday evening, May 26, the world premiere of "Cars" was held at Lowe's Motor Speedway, with approximately 30,000 in attendance as the track's turn 2 grandstand was turned into a huge outdoor movie theater. The SCC pre-screening reception, sponsored by Bank of America, welcomed more than 1,500 people to the premiere and earned the charity more than $100,000. After walking the red carpet, Bruton Smith accepted a donation on behalf of Speedway Children's Charities in the amount of $500,000 from Disney.
So as the busy month of May came to a close, SCC continues to plan for many new projects that are in the works for the upcoming months. The track walks at SMI properties will begin soon and the motorcycle auction will get under way as Speedway Children's Charities continues to raise money for children in need.