Race Weekend Volunteers Raise More Than $564,000 In 2007
Service groups throughout the region produced a total of more than $564,000 as result of their members’ volunteer efforts during Talladega Superspeedway’s two major race weekends in 2007.
“Volunteer organizations provide a phenomenal service for Talladega Superspeedway,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey. “It’s because of their efforts that we can welcome back approximately 250,000 fans each race weekend. This is certainly a win-win scenario for everyone involved. Talladega Superspeedway benefits from the extra help and these organizations raise funds that directly benefit the community.”
Race weekend service group volunteers perform a variety of tasks during race weekends, including stubbing tickets, staffing concession and souvenir stands, catering, parking cars, assisting in security efforts, providing guest information and other duties.
Many volunteers return to the track year after year because they enjoy the work and meeting the race fans. Such is the case for Edward Mason of the Cedar Bend Masonic Lodge.
“My wife and I have been coming out for around eight years now and we just find it to be a real pleasurable experience,” said Mason. “We and the other lodge members have done everything from selling and taking up tickets, to driving folks around on the golf-cart shuttle. Being able to work at the race is highly beneficial to the lodge. In addition to helping with the operation of the lodge, a significant portion of the money we raise helps fund the charity scholarship we award each year.”
Donna Henry from Gaston High School also recognizes the importance her volunteer efforts.
“This is very important for the Gaston High School band; it’s one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. We use the money to help purchase new instruments and pay for the band trips. Mostly we work the gates, taking tickets and checking coolers. I really enjoy working at the track and getting to meet new people.”
Organizations interested in providing workers for Talladega Superspeedway’s race weekends are encouraged to contact Patrick Barfield, Director of Administration at (256) 761-4709 as soon as possible to arrange volunteer hours for the 2008 Aaron’s Dream Weekend April 25-27, and the 2008 AMP Energy 500 event weekend Oct. 3-5.
style="font-size: 10pt; color: black; line-height: 150%">Talladega Superspeedway officials are preparing for an exciting year of racing here at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track. The 2008 Aaron’s Dream Weekend is set for April 25-27, and features the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, April 26 and the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 27. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA (462-3342) Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST, or by logging onto www.racetickets.com. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). You may also purchase tickets in person at Talladega Superspeedway’s Ticket Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday.