Service groups throughout the region raised more than $580,000 as result of their members’ volunteer efforts during Talladega Superspeedway’s two major race weekends in 2008.
“Anytime you can be a good partner to the community and support local organizations, it’s a good day,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Rick Humphrey. “Service groups play an integral role in a Talladega Superspeedway race weekend. While we benefit from the extra help, these organizations raise funds that directly benefit the community. It’s a win-win scenario for everyone involved.”
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 race fans. Such is the case for John Damoth with Auburn University at Montgomery School of Nursing.
“Everyone always seems to enjoy the weekend at Talladega, a lot of our group would probably do it for nothing. It’s hard to get the amount of money we raise at Talladega doing anything else. We’ve tried doing car washes and selling doughnuts, but you just can’t raise enough money to make it worth your while. Talladega is one of the better ways for us to raise money. It’s also good experience for our nurses because they get the chance to practice interpersonal skills and interact with the community”.
Michael Gilbert of Central Alabama Grotto also recognizes the importance his volunteer efforts.
“We’ve been working at Talladega Superspeedway in excess of 10 years” said Gilbert. “The money we raise at Talladega has a huge impact on our organization. Since we started, we haven’t had to raise our dues because money from Talladega Superspeedway funds all of our projects”.
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 2009 Aaron’s Dream Weekend April 24-26, and the 2009 AMP Energy 500 event weekend Oct. 30 – Nov. 1.
In 2009, Talladega Superspeedway proudly celebrates forty years of the most competitive racing in NASCAR. While the track has seen changes made to the cars that circle its high-banks, the surface that they race on and the grandstands that thousands of fans fill twice a year, one constant remains; Talladega Superspeedway is authentic NASCAR racing at its finest.
Race fans should make plans now to experience part of Talladega’s history in 2009 during the triple-header, Aaron’s Dream Weekend, April 24-26, featuring the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday- Friday.