Records broken off the track at Bristol
Monday, November 20, 2006
BRISTOL, Tenn. (Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006) - The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities topped the $3 million mark and presented a record $450,000 to 74 children's charitable agencies throughout the Mountain Empire during a Thursday evening ceremony at Bristol Motor Speedway's Bruton Smith Building.
The 74 agencies set a record as well for the Bristol Chapter as it continues its endeavor to enrich the lives of regional youth.
A variety of events helped fuel the organization's most successful campaign ever with Speedway In Lights, Powered by TVA, serving as the chief fundraiser. The Speedway Children's Charities Golf Tournaments, held during August race week and the NHRA event in April, as well as the Eastman Motorsports Club Speedway Children's Charities Auction added significantly to the total.
The proceeds also received a substantial boost from the "Ride of a Lifetime" online auctions. High bidders win a trip around the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway with NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers during driver introductions for the Food City 500 and Sharpie 500 races.
Claudia Byrd, chair of the Bristol chapter, and the Speedway Children's Charities trustees proudly presented checks to the 74 agencies on the eve of the public opening of the 10th anniversary Speedway In Lights Powered by TVA.
"It's all about the kids and this is by far my favorite night of the year," said Byrd. "I'm so thrilled with the amount of money we raised and the number of agencies we were able to help this year. All of these agencies do such amazing work and I'm so excited that we're able to help make a difference.
"We've hit the $3 million mark with the funds raised in the last nine years. That says so much about the wonderful people in this region who support not just Speedway In Lights but our other fundraisers as well.
Following the presentation of funds, recipients and members of the media received a preview of the 2006-07 10th-anniversary edition of Speedway In Lights.
The annual holiday light show runs nightly 6-10 p.m. through January 6. Tickets for Speedway In Lights, open nightly 6-10 p.m., Nov. 17-Jan. 6, are available at the BMS gate. Ticket prices for cars are $10 Sunday through Thursday, and $12 Friday and Saturday. Activity van tickets are $15 each night and bus tickets are $65 each night.