Night of Champions Raises $75,000 For Two Charities

When thinking of champions at Michigan International Speedway add longtime MIS Medical Director Dr. John Maino to the list. The 2007 Night of Champions celebration, held at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, honored Dr. Maino as a "Champion" for his tremendous contribution to MIS by serving as the medical director of the speedway for the past 23 years. The event was overwhelmingly successful, raising nearly $75,000 for the Boys & Girls Club and Hospice of Lenawee County. "We chose to honor Dr. John Maino as this year's 'Champion' because of all the years of service he has given Michigan International Speedway," MIS Community Relations Manager Alisha Cottrell said. “He has been part of the speedway and Jackson community for many years and has been a tremendous asset to MIS. We were proud to honor him.” More than 200 people from area businesses and communities came out in support of the charities and Dr. Maino. The night consisted of heart-warming stories from speakers both from the Boys & Girls Club and Hospice of Lenawee County. One speaker, Nick Frost, spoke about being a former attendee of the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee County and about his volunteerism with the club today. Hospice of Lenawee County chose Doug and Monica Betz to speak about their story of having to use Hospice services for their son. The event closed with a live auction featuring 14 great items that had a sell value of more than $19,000, with the highest bid of $4,500 for an all-inclusive Daytona 500 package. In addition, Dr. Maino was recognized by former NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan for saving his life during the driver’s near fatal crash at the two-mile oval in 1994. Irvan showed his gratitude to Dr. Maino, who also serves as the Foote Hospital emergency room director in Jackson, by giving him a piece of the NASCAR Busch Series car he wrecked at MIS in 1999 that ended his career. A Night of Champions began in 2001 and is held bi-annually at MIS on Thursday of the June NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend. Since its inception, Night of Champions events have raised a total of $315,892 for the local Boys & Girls Club and Hospice organizations of Lenawee County. Past “Champions” include Detroit Lions all-time sack leader Robert Porcher (2005), NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series veterans Dale Jarrett (2003) and Bill Elliott (2001) and former University of Michigan football coach, the late Bo Schembechler (2001).

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