Racing for Kids Fund-raiser to Benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital

July 09, 2002

Some of the most exciting drivers from the International Hot Rod Association are holding a fund-raiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Gates Wal-Mart SuperCenter, corner of Chili Avenue and Howard Road. All proceeds will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong and its drive to build a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The drivers, who are competing July 12-14 at the Carquest Auto Parts Empire Nationals at New York International Raceway, will display their cars, sign autographs, and donate merchandise and apparel during the fund-raiser. Employees from Wal-Mart, which recently committed to raising $1 million for the hospital during the next five years, will sell hot dogs and soda. Admission is free and fans are encouraged to bid on items and make cash donations.

Racers and cars scheduled to appear include Ray Price and his Screamin’ Eagle Nitro Harley; Pro Modified’s Mitch Stott, Chip King and Mike Janis; and Funny Car drivers Laurie Cannister, John Vouros and Terry McMillen. In addition, 17-year-old Josh Starcher, driver of the WIX Filters Top Fuel dragster, will attend and sign autographs.

Others have been equally generous. For instance, the International Hot Rod Association donated a pair of weekend passes for the Empire Nationals. Companies and race teams donating merchandise include Sonny’s Racing Engines; Amalie Oil; Johnny Rocca; Laurie Cannister; Mitch Stott; Chip King; Harold Martin; Mike Janis; John Vouros; Terry McMillen; Lehman Racing; and Jimmy Rector.

In addition, Paul Romine will provide an autographed side panel from his 2001 Top Fuel dragster. Bruce Litton, Wally Bell and Beserko Bob donated apparel, Quarter Mile Collectibles provided two 1:24 scale die cast cars, and Pro Modified racer Mike Ashley already made a generous $500 pledge. Other IHRA sponsors donating items include Snapcase, G-Force Racing Cars, Flat Out Group, Pro Kleen, and ACDelco.

Golisano Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions dedicated solely to helping children. It is in the midst of a $30 million comprehensive fund-raising campaign that will help fund construction of a new 22-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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