Donate during the annual Track and Toy Drive on Dec. 5Share
The holiday season is quickly approaching. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than taking a lap around the fastest track in NASCAR and donating to local charities.
MIS Cares, the non-profit arm of Michigan International Speedway, will host the seventh annual Charity Track and Toy Drive on Dec. 5. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather dependent.
Guests may take a lap in their personal automobile around the track in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy or a bag of nonperishable food. All food items will be donated to the Brooklyn Food Bank in Brooklyn, Michigan and the St. Mary’s of Good Counsel in Adrian, Michigan. In addition the toys will be donated to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots in both Jackson and Lenawee Counties.
In addition, guests will have the opportunity to visit with Santa in the Michigan Room, so don’t forget your list. Photos with Santa will be available from Cori B Photography for $10.
The speedway has even thought about the children to make it a true family day. Children are invited to color a holiday card that will be sent to active military members.
“We are happy to be part of this great event and help the local community,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “We don’t just work here; we live here and we’re happy to be part of this community. We invite all our race fans and friends to help us support this event as we look to make the holiday season better for those who need it.”
The event has been an overwhelming success in its first six years and continues to grow, thanks to the support of the community.
“The Charity Track and Toy Drive has been very successful and has benefitted some great organizations,” said Jayme Bicknell, fan services manager at MIS. “It has provided a significant impact for a number of families for the holiday season. We hope our efforts provide a lift to those that need it and make their holidays more festive.”
In 2014, the Charity Track and Toy Drive helped numerous families throughout the area. The overwhelming support from fans near and far allowed the track to fill a 20-foot truck twice with food for the Brooklyn Food Bank and a 26-foot truck with items for Toys for Tots.
Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for the special someone? MIS Cares is selling a holiday edition “I Drove the Track” t-shirt and pet calendars featuring MIS employees with their pets.
Track drive participants should enter the speedway through the tunnel gate off of Brooklyn Highway and follow the signs to the infield entry point. Guests will be directed to enter the racetrack via the Pit Road Suite Building underpass, where they will take a lap at 25 MPH around the two-mile oval.
The track laps are limited to passenger vehicles only, no motorcycles. No passing of other vehicles will be allowed at anytime. The driver of the vehicle must be 18 years of age and provide a valid driver’s license. All participants will need to sign a waiver before driving on the track. Seatbelts and headlights must be on at all times.
Toy and food donations will also be accepted at MIS during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday starting on December 1. Toys for Tots and Food Bank collection boxes will be located in the speedway lobby, but laps will not be permitted to early drop offs due to track activity.
All donated toys must be unwrapped and new. Donated food items should be nonperishable. The food banks are also seeking soap products, paper goods, canned fruits and juices.
The employees of the speedway and Americrown Corp. will provide support for the event and also make a donation to the two organizations with personal support.
MIS Cares is a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. MIS Cares’ mission is to create a lasting, positive impact on our community through charitable giving and volunteer efforts that cultivate community growth and advances quality of life.
In 2014, MIS and its sister company Americrown combined donated a total of $774,873 to local service groups and organizations through cash donations, work programs, grants and sponsorships, as well as ticket and merchandise that clubs raffle to raise money.
The NASCAR weekends at MIS allowed MIS Cares to drop the green flag to raising money for local organizations. MIS Cares and the NASCAR Foundation sold 50/50 raffle tickets, raising $68,710 in June and $119,060 in August.
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