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TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SPEEDING TO HELP COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM

Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Help

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 27, 2017)

  • Community Initiative Will Provide Volunteer Help To Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Rainbow Days, Fort Worth PD, Ronald McDonald House, During Month Of August
  • Speedway Program Has Assisted 31 Organizations Since Its Debut In 2008

Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Help community outreach initiative will celebrate its 10th anniversary by volunteering to assist with the state’s oldest botanic garden, a back-to-school celebration for shelter families, a police department homelessness program and returning to one of the non-profit organizations where it all began in 2008.

Various-sized groups of Texas Motor Speedway’s full-time staff, in addition to Levy Restaurants’ speedway staff joining in for one of the visits, will volunteer their time once a week during the month of August to assist on projects for the selected organizations.

For four consecutive weeks beginning Wednesday, Aug. 2, Texas Motor Speedway will lend a helping hand to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Rainbow Days “Back-To-School Celebration,” Fort Worth Police Department’s homelessness mission and Fort Worth’s Ronald McDonald House.

Here is a glimpse at the upcoming Speeding To Help events (media alerts with full details will be distributed as each event nears): 

  • Wednesday, August 2 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth, 75107. More than a dozen speedway employees will lend a hand to the oldest botanic garden in Texas. The TMS staffers will be handling gardening maintenance as well as assisting on any beautification projects that may be ongoing at the time. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, a free attraction that brings thousands of guests annually, is home to more than 2,500 species of plants in its 23 specialty gardens.
  • Thursday, August 10 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) – True Worth Place, 1513 E. Presidio, Fort Worth, 76102. In a show of support and appreciation for the Fort Worth Police Department, Texas Motor Speedway will assist with the department’s homelessness program that focuses on the shelters in the E. Lancaster area. True Worth Place serves individuals experiencing homelessness in Fort Worth and offers day shelter, supportive services and resources, and access to collaborating partner agencies. The speedway will take on a handful of projects, including painting rooms, removing carpet, small demolition and moving furniture, as well as have the opportunity to tour the facility and visit with individuals.
  • Wednesday, August 16 (11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) – Rainbow Days “Back-To-School Celebration,” Dallas Market Center, 2100 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, 75207. Speedway volunteers will join the Rainbow Days staff for the organization’s 25th annual “Back-To-School Celebration” to distribute essential school supplies and uniforms to the children of families residing in Dallas-area partnering shelters. The organizers are planning to serve more than 600 children and their families at the event that also will have carnival games, entertainment and refreshments. Speedway employees will fill various roles from ambassadors to fulfillment center volunteers.
  • Wednesday, August 23 (Noon-1 p.m.) – Ronald McDonald House, 1001 8Th Avenue, Fort Worth 76104. Speedway staffers will be joined by president Eddie Gossage and employees of Levy Restaurants, the speedway’s official concessionaire, to take part in the organization’s “Meals From The Heart” program. “Meals From The Heart” is a core program provided to the families and a way for them to rest and recharge to push them through their day. Levy will put together a special menu for the families to enjoy that day for lunch. This visit also will serve as a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Speeding To Help since the Ronald McDonald House “Meals From The Heart” was one of the four original community outreach visits by the speedway during the 2008 launch of the program.

In the past nine years, Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Help program has provided assistance to 31 organizations or programs throughout the various counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as the West, Texas Long-Term Recovery Project.

Those organizations are the 6 Stones Mission Network; Austin Street Center; Butler Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth; Camp Summit; Catholic Charities Fort Worth; Children's Medical Center in Dallas; Christian Community Action; Clara Love Elementary School; Community Powered Revitalization; Dallas Arboretum; Dallas Life Homeless Shelter; Dallas Zoo; Denton County Friends of the Family; Feed The Children; Fort Worth Parks and Recreation; Homes For Our Troops; Humane Society of North Texas; Mission Arlington; North Texas Food Bank; Mosaic Vocational Center; Northwest Independent School District; Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth; Rosemont 6th Grade School of Fort Worth; Tarrant Area Food Bank; The Salvation Army (twice); Trinity Habitat for Humanity (twice); United Community Centers, Inc. of Fort Worth; United Methodist Committee on Relief rebuilding project for Granbury, Texas; United Service Organization (USO) of Dallas/Fort Worth; Volunteers of America Texas; and West (Texas) Long-Term Recovery Project.

 

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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