09/24/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2019 13:48
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 24, 2019 - PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that the recent Track Walk fundraising event for the New Hampshire chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) generated more than $32,000 to help fund the organization's educational, medical, social and financial efforts for children in need. PPG has served as the event's sole sponsor for more than 10 years.
The 2019 Track Walk took place on July 21 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon during a NASCAR racing weekend. More than 180 race fans walked the one-mile track with driver Ryan Blaney to support SCC.
'I wouldn't miss the Track Walk for the world,' said Blaney. 'This is a very special event for a very special cause. We're doing good out here, raising money and working hard to make a positive impact on children's lives. I don't get to do this every day, so I'm happy to do what I can to help.'
The walk itself raised more than $9,000 for SCC. The SCC's Red Bucket Brigade - a crew of 30 volunteers carrying red buckets and wearing shirts decorated with the PPG logo - walked through the stands during Sunday's race and collected nearly $23,000 in additional contributions.
'We couldn't be more grateful for PPG's continued support in helping disadvantaged children across New England,' said Hillarie Scott, director, SCC New Hampshire chapter. 'The company's participation has been an important success factor for this annual event, and we've raised more than $175,000 ever since PPG got involved. We offer a very sincere thank you for that.'
'It's an honor for PPG to team up with Speedway Children's Charities,' said Mike Patenaude, PPG regional sales manager, automotive refinish. 'We've been working together for years, and every year our commitment is rewarded by seeing all the support the community gives to the organization. Our participation is more than a feel-good gesture, it's a do-good gesture. We know that we're doing something to improve the lives of New England's children. We're privileged to be a part of it.'
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About Speedway Children's Charities
Based in Charlotte, N.C., SCC was founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) and Sonic Automotive, as a tribute to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who died at a young age. The elder Smith was passionate about helping children in need and established SCC to support charities in communities around his SMI racetracks. SCC annually supports more than 400 organizations across the United States with generous grants through its eight chapters. Each chapter determines and addresses the needs of its surrounding communities and local organizations. Since its start, SCC has funded thousands of organizations that help children lead productive lives. To learn more, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.
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