FOUR WEEKS UNTIL BENEFIT FOR ROBINSON
The countdown is now less than four weeks until the Benefit for Al Robinson takes center stage at Shangri-La II Motorspeedway. 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. The tentative schedule of events has Team Registration for a Charity Track Walk. Teams are encouraged to raise money based upon a money per laps walked method similar to the Relay for Life. Teams will be issued a transponder and using the track's AMB Timing and Scoring system, their official laps will be counted and the total amounts pledged will be calculated. Pace Car and Race Car rides will be available on Friday night and Saturday morning. Kids activities will run continuously throughout the event. Friday night highlights will include a Charity Auction of the donated items with auctioneer, John Whitmore. A Bon Fire, Red Solo Cup Challenge and an event which is an official (unofficial) part of Race of Champions weekend - Down Hill Races coordinated and run by Chris Zacharias. In addition to the "Live" auction, there will be a Chinese Auction with tickets sold starting at 5:00 pm on Friday and the winners drawn at 11:00 am on Saturday. Awards will be handed out for best Tent / Camp / Pit displays.
"The donations are continuing to come in to the Spalding Foundation" reports Spalding Foundation Director, Betty Sherwood. "We have been sending back the charitable donation paperwork to the donors. We are still looking for items from race teams and drivers for both the Live and Chinese Auctions from racers competing on the local and national levels." Items received this past week include a body quarter panel donated from New Hampshire Motorspeedway. The quarter panel was from Juan Pablo Montoya's Lysol car and is autographed by Juan Montoya. A ticket package from Pocono Raceway for their June Sprint Cup event was received. The tickets are for the Bistro Terrace and are valued at over $ 600.00. Four official programs from Las Vegas Motorspeedway, a pair of tickets to the May Modified event at Thompson International Speedway and a ticket package from Joe Skotnicki at DirtCar valued at over $800.00. Cash donations were received from the employees at Dover International Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Allen Bestwick and Bestwick Talents, Rod Spalding, Marty Little, Lawrence Dye Joe Jennings, Jim Donnelly and a fellow "race chaser" Bill Cornell.
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 Laura 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.