It may be October, but we are still busy and ready to throw the checkered flag on 2011 with a bang.

The Classic Sports Racing Group hosted its annual Charity Challenge event at Infineon Raceway, October 1-2, with a full weekend of vintage car racing on the road course. This group has generated close to $500,000 over the past seven years for Speedway Children's Charities, and all proceeds from this year's event will also come to the charity.

We do not have a final amount generated from the weekend events, but I am hopeful that it will be comparable to past years. In addition to the great race weekend, CSRG also had a reception on Friday night at the Simraceway Performance Driving Center building, which included a lively auction!

Speedway Children's Charities also hosted a reception for CSRG members and their families on Saturday evening here at the track. It was a chance for us to say thank you for their support. Needless to say, a good time was had by all!

Next on the SCC calendar is the return of 24 Hours of LeMons. They will be here over the weekend of Oct. 22-23 with their outrageous costumes and cars. So far this year, this group of wacky car enthusiasts has donated over $11,469.

Our grant applications were due on September 30, and this year we received 54 requests for funds. This is less than in past years but, we sent a letter to all of our non-profit organizations informing them that our main priorities for this year's funding would be health and nutrition, basic family services and leadership.

We also will be hosting the third annual reception for our grant recipients and Trustees in early December in the raceway's main office. 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 toy drive and holiday Christmas party, complete with Santa and toys for needy Sonoma Valley children.

Denise Silver
Infineon Raceway
Sonoma Chapter