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PPG Sponsors Track Walk Fundraiser for Speedway Children’s Charities

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PPG Automotive Refinish lended its support to Speedway Children’s Charities’ (SCC) Track Walk fundraiser for its newest chapter in New Hampshire at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon during a recent NASCAR racing weekend. The event drew 400 participants who paid up to $35 each for the privilege of walking the 1.05-mile track. The “walkers” and PPG raised a total of $10,000 for SCC.

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“The Track Walk was one of our first big events since our local group was formed last January,” said Cheryl LaPrade, executive director of the SCC’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway chapter. “We got tremendous encouragement and assistance from PPG. Their help made the day for us and guaranteed the Walk was a great success.”

“We fully support SCC, and we do it with great pleasure,” said PPG Director of Business Development Bill Shaw. “This is a highly motivated group that provides critical funding for organizations that address the educational, medical, social and financial needs of children. It’s rewarding for all of us to know that the effort we put forth, and the resources we provide help SCC make a real difference in their local communities.”

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The Track Walk took place Saturday evening after two NASCAR races. Adults and children walking the track were joined by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joe Nemechek. Emceeing the event was Laura Boyce, popular DJ of New England’s “The Morning Buzz” radio show. SCC’s National Executive Director Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler and Fox Sports NASCAR reporter Dick Berggren addressed the crowd and walked the track. Also participating in the walk were all 10 members of the Marshall Family, recipients of a new home from the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

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SCC, based in Charlotte, N.C., was founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) and Sonic Automotive, in honor of Bruton Cameron Smith, his son, who died at a young age. Smith was passionate about helping children in need and established SCC chapters around his SMI race tracks to support local charities. Each of the organization’s eight chapters determines the needs of its surrounding communities and helps fund non-profit organizations that directly address the challenges children face as a result of broken homes, learning disabilities and illness. SCC has funded thousands of organizations through generous grants to ensure children in need are given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthy future.

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