On Thursday, the NASCAR industry’s biggest stars gathered for the 40th annual Speedway Children’s Charities Gala presented by Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive. The fundraising event, which attracted 400 attendees, raised over $1 million through table sponsorships, live and silent auctions, and individual donations.
Held at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Charlotte, the black-tie dinner and auction was hosted by NASCAR on the FOX broadcast duo of Clint Bowyer and Adam Alexander, and attended by a who’s who of NASCAR personalities from William Byron and Bubba Wallace to Steve Phelps and Larry McReynolds.
“What a wonderful evening to celebrate the 40e anniversary of the Speedway Children’s Charities Gala,” said Marcus Smith, Vice Chairman of the Speedway Children’s Charities National Board. “Thanks to the generosity and support of so many caring donors, we will have a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of children this year.”
Celebrity chef and Food Network TV personality Robert Irvine treated guests to an exquisite meal and kicked off the evening with a personal donation of $20,000 to kick off the fundraiser.
In addition to raising more than $1 million, which will be donated to Charlotte-area nonprofits focused on the financial, medical and educational needs of children in the community, the gala was highlighted by a solo impromptu drum kit from 23XI Racing’s Wallace, drawing cheers.
The Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is one of eight located at Speedway Motorsports racing facilities across the country. Since its inception in 1982, SCC has awarded more than $61 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.
For more information about Speedway Children’s Charities or to find out how to volunteer or donate, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.
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