It may be October, but we are still busy and ready to throw the checkered flag on 2010 with a bang.

The Classic Sports Racing Group hosted its annual Charity Challenge event at Infineon Raceway, October 1-3, with a full weekend of vintage car racing on the road course. This group has generated more than $480,000 over the past six years for Speedway Children’s Charities, and all proceeds from this year’s event will also come to the charity.

Our grant applications were due on September 30, and this year we received 47 requests for funds. This is considerably less than in past years since the Trustees decided to focus our priorities on health and nutrition, basic family services and leadership programs. Our Trustees will meet in November to discuss all the requests and make decisions on funding.

We will be hosting the third annual reception for our grant recipients and Trustees in early December. This will be an opportunity for all of us to meet the representatives from the various organizations that we have funded. 

In addition, as we head towards winter, we are also planning a Thanksgiving Food Drive, which will benefit Friends in Sonoma Helping and another local food bank as well as our holiday Christmas party, complete with Santa and toys for needy Sonoma Valley children. 

Think that brings you up to date for now.

Denise Silver
Infineon Raceway