Over $7000 in Cash and Truck Load of Non-Perishable Items Benefit Darke & Mercer Counties
ROSSBURG, OH (Dec. 12) – It was a classic tale of the celebration of two seasons recently at Eldora Speedway. Speedway staff members and vendors gathered Saturday evening (Dec. 8) to celebrate the completion of a successful 2012 racing season at the venerable .500-mile clay oval speed plant; and in the spirit of the Christmas season, the theme was ‘Pack the Pantry.’
Collectively, the attendees collected enough non-perishable goods to overflow Eldora’s Chevrolet Silverado pace truck and raised nearly $7,000 in cash through an auction of donated items from area businesses and race teams. Benefitting from that generosity will be two area food banks – CALL (Community Action Life Line) Food Pantry of Mercer County and Fish Choice Pantry of Darke County.
Organizing the event was Eldora Concession Manager Todd Stucky. “We are truly honored and moved by the support of our Eldora racing family and their desire to help the less fortunate during this time of the year,” commented Stucky.
The donated supplies, and additional goods purchased through the cash donation, will be distributed to families in need throughout those counties as identified by the pantry directors.
Saturday’s event complemented Eldora’s Feed The Children Prelude to the Dream held this past June. Proceeds of the event’s pay-per-view broadcast and the “Night with the Kenny’s,” featuring NASCAR stars Kenny Schrader, Kenny Wallace and a surprise appearance by track owner and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart were used to purchase multiple semi-truck loads of non-perishable items that were distributed to numerous food pantries throughout the United States, including one semi load that was split between the local CALL and Fish units. That distribution was enjoyed by 200 families in each county.
Fueled by the tremendous success of 2012, the staff reviewed the exciting 2013 Eldora major event schedule which includes not only the recently announced Inaugural Midsummer Classic for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (July 24), but additions to the traditional Dirt Late Model Dream (June 6-7-8) and World 100 (Sept. 5-6-7) weekends, along with the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the Kings Royal (July 12 & 13) Weekend.
Seats and campsites for the Dream, Kings Royal and World 100 weekends are on sale now through the track’s website www.eldoraspeedway.com or by calling the track office at (937)338-3815. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event tickets and campsites will go on sale January 5. Fans can also follow Eldora Speedway on Facebook and Twitter.