Silver Cross Hospital to Receive $2,500 from CARA's Buckle Up Baby Program


Minutes before drivers buckle up to race around the 1.5-mile, D-shaped, tri-oval at Chicagoland Speedway® for the PEAK® Antifreeze and Motor Oil INDY 300 on Saturday, CARA (Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary) Charities’ Buckle Up Baby™ program will help Silver Cross Hospital of Joliet, Ill., purchase car seats for needy families.

CARA Charities “Buckle Up Baby” program, which has donated approximately $1,000,000 to children’s hospitals and clinics over the past 17 years with the assistance of the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, will present a check for $2,500 and a car seat to Silver Cross Hospital during pre-race ceremonies.

“The donation will be used by Silver Cross to purchase car seats for newborns coming home from the hospital,” said Cher Johnson, Board of Directors at CARA Charities. “Many families cannot afford infant car seats although it is the law.  Through the $2,500 donation it is our hope to assist deserving families with this expense.”

Silver Cross was chosen to receive the donation for the quality care and commitment it has shown to the Joliet area. This year it earned its sixth consecutive Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals award, one of only five hospitals in the nation to do so, and is in the process of building a replacement hospital in New Lenox, Ill. Built with speedier recovery of its patients in mind, Silver Cross’s new hospital is scheduled to open February 2012 and will feature large, private patient rooms, natural and enhanced lighting, and sound and noise control.

For the first time ever, fans can now purchase individual tickets to Chicagoland Speedway's NASCAR® Camping World Truck Series and IZOD IndyCar Series races on August 27th and 28th.   Tickets start at just $49, along with a $20 ticket for children ages 12 and under, and can be purchased by calling 888-629-RACE (7223) or online.  For information regarding group ticket packages, call 815-722-5500.


Aug. 27, 2010:           Ansell Protective® Gloves 150 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX® and Menards®

Aug. 27, 2010:            NASCAR® Camping World Truck Series race

Aug. 28, 2010:            Firestone Indy Lights® race                                                                 

Aug. 28, 2010:            PEAK® Antifreeze and Motor Oil INDY 300 IZOD IndyCar® Series race

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