Charity Events Raise $134,000 for Speedway Children's Charities During NASCAR Weekend
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
It was a banner weekend for Sonoma County youth groups as two events held during the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend combined to raise $134,000 for Speedway Children's Charities.
The Raceway Builder's NASCAR Grand Marshal’s Banquet generated $94,000, while the 4th annual Race-n-Rock Charity Auction raised $40,000. All proceeds will benefit qualified youth groups in Sonoma County through Speedway Children’s Charities.
The Grand Marshal’s Banquet was held on Friday night of race weekend at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma and featured actor/comedian Cheech Marin, grand marshal of the race weekend. The sit-down dinner attracted more than 500 people, including NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman.
The top-selling item in the charity auction, which took place on Sunday in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle, was a Budweiser racing helmet signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. for $3,250. A Snap-on toolbox netted $3,100, while a lap around the track with NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon during pre-event ceremonies sold for $3,000.