The R.A.C.E. Foundation and Levy Restaurants Combine to Provide Nearly $350,000 In 2013

Race Luncheon

Joliet, Ill. — December 10, 2013 — Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway’s foundation, R.A.C.E., donated $30,000 in grants to six Chicago-area charities at a luncheon on Tuesday, raising its total charitable gifts for 2013 to $81,435. Those grants are in addition to the $268,305 distributed by Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway and its concessions partner, Levy Restaurants, through contributions to local service groups. All totaled, the organizations were responsible for $349,740 in donations.

“When we launched R.A.C.E. last year, we realized there was an opportunity to make a significant difference in the Chicagoland area. In year two, we’re starting to see that vision become a reality,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. “Through scholarships, donations to service groups, grants, volunteering, ticket donations and the execution of charitable events, we have been able to positively impact incredibly worthy organizations and the people they serve in the community we are a part of.”

The Bridge Teen Center, Greater Joliet Area YMCA, George Werden Buck Boys and Girls Club, Make-A-Wish of Illinois, Midtown Educational Fund and Sole Star were selected and recognized for their notable contributions to the community and were awarded cash donations through the R.A.C.E. grant process.

-       The Bridge Teen Center received a $5,000 donation for their remarkable after school programs

-       The Central City YMCA, part of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA, received $5,000 to support Project SOAR and Central City YMCA’s “Y Without Walls” program

-       George Werden Buck Boys & Girls Club received a donation of $5,000 to assist with their anti-gang mentoring program

-       The Make-A-Wish Foundation received a $5,000 to assist a local child with a life-threatening condition

-       The Midtown Educational Foundation received a donation of $5,000 to aid their “One-on-One” program, creating an early foundation for good study  and organizational habits

-       Sole Star received $5,000 to put towards the National Society for Black Engineers Jr. program, which takes part in the NASCAR Ten80 Challenge.

Special Olympics of Illinois also received nearly $10,000 at the event for their part in staffing 50/50 raffles at both Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. Event promoter Insomniac also provided a generous contribution of $15,000, making several of the grants possible.

Earlier this year, R.A.C.E. and Joliet Township High School took part in a seven-month long partnership designed to provide students with hands-on business experience while also benefiting Joliet Area Community Hospice. This partnership, labeled The Route 66 Raceway 15th Anniversary Banner Project, engaged students in design, marketing and sales. All totaled, the partnership raised $10,000 for the hospice, which has served Joliet since 1982.

R.A.C.E. is a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation, a 501c3 charitable entity. With a focus on youth, safe driving and the military, R.A.C.E. raised funds over the course of the year through community events, raffles and auctions. The three principles guided the seven-member R.A.C.E. Advisory Committee, which was responsible for evaluating grant applications throughout the year.

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