FUNDRAISER FOR AL ROBINSON JUST AROUND THE TURN
The month of May is here, and so is the Fundraising Benefit for long time race official, Al Robinson. " It seems like the first week of January was just here" said fundraiser committee member Lora Kresge. The long planned event is based on the "Relay for Life" concept whereby people can come and set up their displays, race car haulers, campsites, vendor booths etc. starting at 11:00 am on Friday May 11th with the official start of the event at 5:00 pm. "The schedule of events will be finalized the week of April 30th , and it will be posted under the schedule section of the Shangri-La II Motorspeedway website" stated committee member, Amy Stilson. Some of the highlights of the fundraiser are Pace Car Rides, Kids activities, Live and Chinese auctions of racing memorabilia, a Bon Fire, Red Solo Cup Challenge and an event which is an official (unofficial) part of Race of Champions weekend - Down Hill Races which will be coordinated and run by Chris Zacharias. A Charity Track Walk will also take place with those wishing to participate making a donation and walking the track with their friends, family and perhaps even their favorite driver or race official (weather permitting, Al Robinson, himself will be a part of the track walk).
Just announced this week is an auction on the NASCAR Foundation website from Dover International Speedway for the June 3rd running of the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Sprint Cup series race at Dover, The package includes Tickets for two to watch the race in the Dover Motorsports Luxury Suite. Cold Pit Passes for two, stay the night following the race at the Dover Downs Hotel, Breakfast for two on Monday June 4th and a four lap ride-along with the Monster Racing Experience on June 4th. The full release from Dover International Speedway is posted on the Shangri-La II and Dover Speedway websites. To participate in the online auction visit http://bit.ly/DoverMonster. The auction ends on May 14, 2012.
John Bisci from Las Vegas Motorspeedway has donated 25 - 1/64 scale Die Cast cars which were provided to media members only in 2009. The cars were the Earnhardt and Elvis fantasy paint scheme which was unveiled on a showcar at Las Vegas Motorspeedway. The showcar was then placed on display March 6, 2009 at Graceland's Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. Two posters by renowned motorsports artist, Sam Bass are also going to be available for auction. The posters are autographed by the artist himself.
The two day event takes place on May 11-12, 2012 at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY. A special section has been added to the Shangri-La II website for updated information and schedule of events. The link is located under the "Schedule" tab. Any donations of tickets and/or artifacts (racing memorabilia) to be auctioned may be sent/delivered directly to Shangri-La 2 Speedway, 114 Skyline Drive, Tioga Center, New York, 13845. Please mark "for Al Robinson fund". Any monetary donations may be sent by check to The Spalding Foundation, c/o Betty Sherwood, 1074 Sulpher Springs Road, Owego, New York, 13827. Please write "Al Robinson Fund" on the comment line. All money and check donations specified for the Al Robinson Fund will go to Al Robinson. Those wishing to volunteer their time to help out with the event can contact Amy Stilson or Lora Kresge at Shangri-La 2 Motorspeedway.
ABOUT AL ROBINSON
Al Robinson has been involved in racing for over 40 years in various capacities from track announcer at the original Shangri-La Speedway in Owego, NY to Public Relations Director at Dover International Speedway, Public Relations Director for NASCAR's Busch North series to avid race fan and dedicated "race chaser". On May 11, 2011, Al suffered a debilitating stroke which has left him in need of 24 hour/day care and still confined to Elderwood Care Facility in Waverly, New York. He has been working hard through Physical Therapy, but still has a long way to go. He is determined in his words "to beat this thing" and has made tremendous progress. One of the long term side effects of a stroke is the drain on a person's savings. Al is now facing a significant financial hardship with bills mounting and credit cards reaching their limit. A group of Al's friends here in the Southern Tier of New York have come together to get the ball rolling for a family oriented event with all proceeds to go to Al Robinson so he can pay off his mounting debt.
ABOUT THE SPALDING FOUNDATION
The mission of the Spaulding Foundation for Injured Drivers is to provide monetary support for drivers, crewmen and racing officials who have sustained injuries in a race related accident at a NASCAR, dirt or local licensed track in New York State and around the United States.
In 1988, Rod Spalding was seriously injured while racing at the Rougemont, North Carolina Speedway. Spalding was a well-known and popular driver at the Shangri-La Speedway, Owego (Tioga Motorsports Park), as well as a member of the NASCAR Modified division. Immediately following Spalding's accident in 1988, Betty Sherwood from Owego, NY organized an event that was held at Quinlan Park, Waverly where fans helped her raise more than $25,000.The following year Sherwood formed the Spalding Foundation in honor of Rod Spalding, and serves as president. Diane Crooker of Horseheads, NY and Pam Olenski of Maine, NY complete the three member board. Since its formation in 1989, the Spalding Foundation has donated over $100,000 to more than 130 individuals and families. The Spalding Foundation is supported solely by donations and various fundraising events.