Story By: KRISTEN LESTOCK / NHMS – LOUDON, NH – NASCAR race weekend proved to be successful for local nonprofits with the dedication of both Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter and the many volunteer groups who helped fundraise more than $161,000 during the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 weekend July 19-21.
SCCNH, the official charity of the speedway, hosted six events over the course of the week, including Laps for Charity, the Charity Clay Shoot presented by NRA, Champions Breakfast, the Wicked Good Live Auction, Track Walk presented by PPG and the Red Bucket Brigade presented by PPG. These events, plus other donations, helped SCCNH raise more than $73,000 for local children’s charities and groups.
“I am so humbled by the generosity of New England race fans,” said Hillarie Scott, director of Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter. “Our fans came out in droves and made it a point to donate, helping so many children right here in our community.”
Each December, Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter distributes grants to nonprofit organizations in the region. In 2018, 55 grants were distributed totaling $75,190, and since its inception in 2009, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and SCCNH have distributed more than $1.7 million supporting more than 749,000 children across New England.
Teams of motivated fundraising groups, many of which are from N.H. or New England, also help NHMS over the course of its major event weekends. From grandstand cleaning to landscaping to parking and concession stands, these volunteers help make the speedway look its best from green flag to checkered flag. In return, these groups are paid as a way to fundraise toward the nonprofit organization they represent. This year, 57 volunteer groups raised more than $88,000 during race weekend to help their chosen nonprofits. Levy, the official caterer of NHMS, employed the help of the Gilford Rotary Club and two local colleges (Southern New Hampshire University and Franklin Pierce University), putting their students to work on race weekend to earn funds for their Cheerleading team (SNHU) and Men’s Soccer team (FPU).
On Saturday, September 14, SCCNH will be hosting the One for the Kids Golf Tournament at Loudon Country Club from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The scramble format tournament costs $150/person with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.