February 2015

Forty-eight Sonoma County non-profit organizations will benefit from nearly $300,000 that was generated during the 2014 motor-racing season at Sonoma Raceway. The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC), the raceway's charitable arm, raised $294,158 to help children in need through 12 fundraising events in 2014, an increase of more than $58,000 from the prior year.

The monies were generated through events held during the raceway's major-event weekends, including NASCAR, NHRA and INDYCAR. Highlights of the year included the Children's Champions NASCAR Grand Marshal's Banquet and the Ride of a Lifetime NASCAR Charity Auction, which combined to raise more than $80,000 during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in June. The Indy Grand Prix Salute, a partnership between SCC and the Andretti Foundation, generated more than $30,000 for SCC. The 10th annual Classic Sports Racing Group's (CSRG) Charity Challenge generated another $39,800 for the Sonoma chapter and a 3J's Motorcycle Track Day raised an additional $21,846.

Forty-eight Sonoma County non-profits received grants totaling more than $266,846 from the Sonoma chapter, the majority of which were distributed to Sonoma County youth groups at the chapter's annual Board of Trustees meeting in mid-November. The chapter has distributed $4.8 million to Sonoma County youth groups since 2001.

In addition to financial grants, the Redwood Empire Food Bank received a donation of two truckloads of food, household necessities and personal-care items valued at $25,000 via SCC's partnership with Feed the Children.

For more information on Speedway Children's Charities, Sonoma Chapter visit http://sonoma.speedwaycharities.org/ or contact Cheri Plattner at cplattner@racesonoma.com or 707-933-3950.