R.A.C.E. DONATES OVER $87,000 IN 2015

Chicagoland Speedway, Route 66 Raceway and Levy Restaurants Combine to Provide Over $254,000 In 2015


Joliet, Ill.  — Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway’s charitable foundation, R.A.C.E., donated nearly $40,000 in grants to eight Chicagoland area charities at their year-end luncheon on Thursday, raising its total charitable gifts to $87,264.82 in 2015. This marks the largest amount of funds donated to the most organizations since the nonprofits conception in 2012.

Such gifts do not include the $166,845 distributed by Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway and its concessions partner, Levy Restaurants, through contributions to local service groups acting as staff during racing events throughout the season. In the end, the organizations provided a total of $254,109.82 in donations.

“As 2015 comes to a close, our staff at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, in conjunction with our charitable-entity, R.A.C.E., proudly reflects on the significant impact we have been able to make on the Joliet and Will County communities during the past year,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. “It’s incredibly gratifying for R.A.C.E., in this its fourth year, is able to allocate the greatest amount of funding support to the largest number of local nonprofit organizations since its inception. We are especially proud to utilize the R.A.C.E. platform to recognize and amplify the tremendous impact these deserving organizations make in serving their communities.”

The 100 Club of Chicago, Cornerstone Services, Inc., George Werden Buck Boys and Girls Club, Greater Joliet Area YMCA, Make-A-Wish of Illinois, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Silver Cross Healthy Community and Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community were selected and recognized for their notable contributions to the community in which they serve, as well as their plans for the immediate future. The aforementioned eight groups were awarded grants after applying: 

  • 100 Club of Chicago received a $5,000 donation to provide for the families of fallen first responders. This grant will  help families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education
  • Cornerstone Service, Inc. received $4,859.82 to fund 5 iPads with cases and the application Proloque2Go which will not only expand the vocabulary of young adults with severe autism, but will help them express their feelings
  • George Werden Buck Boys & Girls Club received a donation of $5,000 to assist with their anti-gang mentoring program
  • Greater Joliet Area YMCA received $5,000 to help implement S.O.A.R., an after-school program developed to address water safety and education
  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation received $6,000 to grant the wish of a child with a life threatening medical conditions and enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association received a $4,000 donation to send 5 children with neuromuscular disease to MDA’s summer camp where they can discover a world created specifically for them, and meet many other kids sharing the same needs and experiences
  • Silver Cross Healthy Community received $5,000 to add two more furnished and filled reading rooms as part of their reading for Life Literacy Program
  • Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community received $5,000 to fund Lions Quest, a program that helps young people develop the skills to deal with emotions constructively, make responsible decisions and set positive goals that lead to healthy, responsible lives free from the harms of drug abuse, bullying and violence

Lastly, The Bolingbrook Explorers Post #38 was presented with a check for $4,290 for their leading part in staffing 50/50 raffles at both Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.

Further, on Tuesday, December 8, the staff of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway participated in an annual day of service. Sixteen staff members partook in St. John Lutheran Church’s Food Pantry distribution day where they had the opportunity to provide $100 worth of grocery items to 75 families in the community.

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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