Sonoma Raceway Charity Chapter Distributes $378,000 To Youth Groups | Performance Racing Industry
Sonoma Raceway Charity Chapter Distributes $378,000 To Youth Groups
November 19, 2019
A total of 54 local organizations received funds from the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway in 2019, which has donated nearly $6.8 million since 2001.
Sonoma Raceway Charity Chapter Distributes $378,000 To Youth Groups

Over 50 Sonoma County, California non-profit organizations will benefit from nearly $380,000 in grants recently awarded by the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway.

In total, $378,000 was distributed to 54 local youth-serving organizations, bringing the chapter’s total distribution of funds to nearly $6.8 million since 2001.

The amount raised this fiscal year includes $30,000 donated to the Fire Resilience Fund by Comcast after Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page was named as a finalist for the 2018 Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award. The Fire Resilience fund supports youth-serving non-profit organizations that continue to work on recovery and rebuilding after the 2017 Northern California fires. The chapter's Board of Trustees recently approved the distribution of 2019 funds at its annual meeting.

SCC’s success was due to several fundraising events and partnerships in 2019, the majority of which are held during the raceway’s major-event weekends, including NASCAR and NHRA race weekends. The highlight of the year included the Speedway Children’s Charities NASCAR Banquet and its Fund-a-Need fundraiser at Viansa Sonoma, which combined to raise $145,000 during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend in June. SCC’s NASCAR live auction at the banquet combined with its online charity auction raised more than $28,000 in donations prior to race weekend.

“The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities grant for the Family Support Center is a key source of funding enabling us to provide preschool and educational support to the most vulnerable families in our community,” Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa Children’s Resource Manager Toni Horde Abraham said.

For more information and the complete story, visit the SCC website here.