Where does the American Red Cross, an emergency relief agency go for needed funding? One source for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter is a professional auto race at Pocono Raceway. Pocono Raceway and Sunoco have joined forces to deliver the Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience, which raises fund through race ticket sales and donations. And, that is not all. Race fans get to enter an awesome sweepstakes.
“Pocono Raceway admires and respects the work of the Red Cross and wants to help support its mission and the great work they do for families in Pennsylvania,” said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway president.
Here is how the Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience sweepstakes works: Race fans can go online any time between now and July 16 and enter the drawing. The websites to remember are www.poconoraceway.com/ultimatefanexperience and www.poconoraceway.com/tickets.
The first website is the place to purchase tickets using the “REDCROSS” promotional code. Complete the checkout process and be automatically entered into the sweepstakes drawing.
Donations are the focus of the second website. Click on “Buy Tickets” followed by “Red Cross Donation” and make a donation of $10 or more for automatic entry into the drawing.
Purchases and donations, however, are not required to enter the sweepstakes. There is a third avenue to the ultimate fan experience. Send a postcard with full name, address, state or province, zip or postal code, and daytime phone number to Pocono Raceway “Sunoco Red Cross Ultimate Fan Experience Sweepstakes, 625 Panorama Trail, Blg. 2 Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14625.
Fans are competing for a dream package, a combined August 1 Pocono race day experience and a trip for two to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Banquet in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas trip includes a $1,000 airline voucher, 2 nights hotel accommodation, and $500 in spending money.
Thrills are also up close and personal in the Pocono race day package. The winner attends a “Driver’s Meeting,” has the opportunity to wave the Green flag to start the 2010 Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 race and be on stage during driver introductions, ride in the pace car lap at the race, and enjoy four Sky Box tickets and four pit passes at the race.
The winner is scheduled to be randomly selected on July 23. More importantly, proceeds from the race benefits the Red Cross Southern Pennsylvania Chapter Red Cross House that provides free temporary shelter, food, clothing, and counseling to people who have lost their homes to disaster, such as fires and floods. Disaster victims rely on the house and its services an average of 23 days.
About the fundraiser, Drew Kabakoff, manager of Brand Marketing for Sunoco, Inc. stated, “We’re thrilled to once again be an integral part of this program and we know our employees and customers will join us in this effort to support the work of the Red Cross.”
Another way to support American Red Cross chapters throughout the tri-state area is purchasing reserved grandstand seating for the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 using the “REDCROSS” promo code at www.gosunoco.com. Buyers will receive a free pre-race Pit/Paddock Pass, considered a $50 value according to the SEPA Red Cross Chapter, and a souvenir program with each ticket purchased. Area Red Cross chapters receive 10% of ticket sales.
American Red Cross services have been effective. Dave Schrader, director of the SEPA Red Cross Chapter says the nonprofit organization has helped more people this year despite fewer disasters occurring. And, fewer disasters is a good thing. “Philadelphia had the lowest number of fire deaths in history, “Schrader declares about the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010.
Fire fatalities fell by 42% from 2006 – 2009. Fire Commissioner Ayers attributes the decline to his department’s partnership with the SEPA Red Cross Chapter. Their joint program teaches families fire safety and distributes smoke detector batteries and smoke detectors. Yet, it is the generosity of people and corporations in the region that make saving lives possible.
Tom Foley, CEO of SEPA American Red Cross expressed his gratitude for ongoing support. “We appreciate,” he stated, “all that Sunoco and Pocono Raceway have done in the past to make this race a success in helping raise money for victims of disaster and we greatly appreciate the generosity of those participating and contributing to this event.”
For more info: visit http://www.redcross-philly.org or contact Dave Schrader at [email protected]
All rights to article reserved by Gloria Blakely. Copyright 2010.