PPG sponsors Track Walk fund raiser for Speedway Children’s Charities
$10,000 raised at New Hampshire Motor Speedway event
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Aug. 23, 2010 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) automotive refinish business lent its support to Speedway Children’s Charities’ (SCC) Track Walk fund raiser for its newest chapter in New Hampshire at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, during a recent NASCAR racing weekend. The event drew 400 participants to walk the 1.05-mile track and help raise a total of $10,000 for SCC.
“The Track Walk was one of our first big events since our local group was formed last January,” said Cheryl LaPrade, executive director of the SCC’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway chapter. “We got tremendous encouragement and assistance from PPG. Their help made the day for us and guaranteed the walk was a great success.”
Bill Shaw, PPG director of business development, said, “We fully support SCC, and we do it with great pleasure. This is a highly motivated group that provides critical funding for organizations that address the educational, medical, social and financial needs of children. It’s rewarding for all of us to know that the effort we put forth and the resources we provide help SCC make a real difference in their local communities.”
The Track Walk took place Saturday evening after two NASCAR races. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Joe Nemechek joined adults and children walking the track, and Laura Boyce, DJ of New England’s “The Morning Buzz” radio show, emceed the event. SCC’s National Executive Director Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler and Fox Sports NASCAR Reporter Dick Berggren addressed the crowd and walked the track, and all 10 members of the Marshall Family, recipients of a new home from the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” also joined the walk.
SCC, based in Charlotte, N.C., was founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI), and Sonic Automotive, in honor of his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who died at a young age. Smith was passionate about helping children in need and established SCC chapters near his SMI racetracks to support local charities. Each of the organization’s eight chapters determines the needs of its surrounding communities and helps fund nonprofit organizations that directly address the challenges children face as a result of broken homes, learning disabilities and illness. SCC has funded thousands of organizations through grants to help ensure children in need are given tools to build a better, brighter and healthy future.
For more about PPG Automotive Refinish, call 800/647-6050 or visit www.ppgrefinish.com. For more about Speedway Children’s Charities, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.
About Speedway Children's Charities
Speedway Children's Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing. For more information, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.
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