Pocono Raceway hosted The NASCAR Foundation and the USO ‘s Kit Stuffing Party on Saturday, June, 8th. These groups along with NASCAR employees, The NASCAR Foundation Fan Ambassadors, local Mars company employees and VIPs: Taco Bell team driver, David Ragan; Miss Sprint Cup, Brooke Werner; country singer, Tim Dugger; and Pocono Raceway President, Brandon Igdalsky joined forces and made kits for military children.
With You All The Way Kits are packages filled with notebooks, pens, DVDs, teddy bears and other items designed to help kids in military families deal with the parent deployment. The volunteers produced 1,200 kits were made and packaged that day.
Sunday morning, The NASCAR Foundation hosted 14 military family members that received a VIP NASCAR experience at Pocono Raceway. After being formerly introduced at the drivers’ meeting, the families ventured on pace car rides around the track and received a tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Garage.
With many of the soldiers at track in uniform, they and their families felt honored to be a part of the experience. The drivers and staff at the raceway felt that it was their duty to make this frequent familiarity, an experience that the soldiers and their families would never forget.
The families received full introduction and recognition at the drivers meeting before the race began. Wearing their The NASCAR Foundation backpacks, the children gazed around the room in awe as their favorite drivers and crew members were literally within arm’s length.
After the morning events, the families received complimentary grandstand tickets, courtesy of Pocono Raceway. The families were not only able to see thief favorite drivers in person that morning, but they were also able to enjoy the last bit of Party in the Poconos in the grandstands of the Pocono Raceway, also known as the “Tricky Triangle”.
The NASCAR Foundation will continue its efforts in an American Salute in July at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Employees, volunteers, drivers and public figures will all be working together to once again make a difference in the lives of the families who do so much for this country. Collectively, another 1,200 With You All The Way kits will be packaged for military children.