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PPG-sponsored Track Walk raises $25,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 10:24 am EDT


"Working with SCC on the Track Walk is fun and rewarding"

PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that the recent Track Walk fundraising event for the New Hampshire chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) generated nearly $25,000 to help fund the organization’s educational, medical, social and financial efforts that meet the direct needs of children. PPG has served as the event’s sole sponsor for 10 consecutive years.

The 2018 Track Walk took place on Saturday evening, July 21, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden during a NASCAR racing weekend that included an XFINITY Series race Saturday afternoon and a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday.

Led by NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney, more than 180 participants walked the one-mile track. They were joined by SCC’s executive director Gen. Chuck Swannack and longtime SCC supporter and retired sports commentator Dick Berggren.

“I loved this entire experience,” said Blaney. “It was exciting to walk and talk with racing fans and to know that we were raising money for an exceptional cause. It’s got to make you feel good. What we were doing will eventually help make a big difference in a child’s life. How could you not get excited about this?”

The walk itself raised just under $9,000 for SCC. In addition, the SCC’s Red Bucket Brigade – a crew of 30 volunteers carrying red buckets decorated with the PPG logo – walked through the stands during Sunday’s race and collected $16,000 in additional contributions.

“PPG has been a key supporter of this event and our chapter in general,” said Hillarie Scott, director, SCC New Hampshire chapter. “The company’s participation has been an important factor in the success of this annual event. In fact, we’ve raised more than $143,000 ever since PPG got involved. And we offer a very sincere thank you for that.”

“Working with SCC on the Track Walk is fun and rewarding,” said Mike Patenaude, PPG regional sales manager, Automotive Refinish. “This is an organization that truly cares about kids in the community and does all it can to improve their lives. We’re honored to be a part of it.”

For more information on PPG automotive refinish products, visit www.ppgrefinish.com or call (800) 647-6050.

About Speedway Children’s Charities

Based in Charlotte, N.C., SCC was founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) and Sonic Automotive, as a tribute to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who died at a young age. The elder Smith was passionate about helping children in need and established SCC to support charities in communities around his SMI racetracks. SCC annually supports more than 400 organizations across the United States with generous grants through its eight chapters. Each chapter determines and addresses the needs of its surrounding communities and local organizations. Since its start, SCC has funded thousands of organizations that help children lead productive lives. To learn more, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.


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NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney (center) among the walkers at the Speedway Children’s Charities Track Walk (photo courtesy of Scott Patten Photography)


Cathy Rusnak
Automotive Refinish


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