Brian Vickers capped off a thrilling weekend of racing by taking the checkered flag in the Camping World RV Sales 301, but New Hampshire Motor Speedway's first big racing weekend of 2013 also provided a huge win for local non-profit organizations.
Between the help of volunteer organizations and the events put on by the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a total of $289,507 was generated over the four-day race weekend.
A total of 66 organizations were represented at the speedway from July 11-14, and thanks to the hard work and dedication of those volunteers, over $168,000 in revenue was generated.
During each major event weekend, the Magic Mile leans on teams of enthusiastic fundraising organizations to assist, including helping with parking, cleaning, ushering and much more. In return, the speedway donates money to each group that goes toward the non-profit organization their representing.
July volunteers included members of Pease Air Force Base, Hanscom Air Force Base, USS Miami, USS New Hampshire and USS Pasadena. High school sports teams; college groups from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont; the Lions Club, Order of the Eastern Star (Masons), Knights of Columbus, ROTC and Granite State Flight 53 - Order of the Dandelions was also represented over the weekend.
Checks ranged from $275 to over $7,000 for each group.
"The commitment and dedication of our volunteers is invaluable to the experience of each and every one of our fans that walk through our gates," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "We lean on our volunteers to ensure that the largest sports and entertainment facility in New England is the destination for 'wow' for each one our guests."
With another major event scheduled for September - the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend - an estimated sum of over $350,000 will be generated for various organizations throughout New England.
Volunteers, ages 14 and older, are encouraged to participate during event weekends. For more information on becoming a NHMS volunteer please visit http://www.nhms.com/speedway/fundraising/.
The Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR weekend was also a big weekend for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. Thanks to such events as the Laps for Charity, "One for the Kids" Golf Tournament, Champion's Breakfast, Burgers with Bergie and the Red Bucket Brigade, the SCC raised over $121,000 for local children's charities and groups.
For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to the SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekend in September, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.