By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and team owner Tony Stewart will be recognized for his philanthropic work at the Sonic Automotive Speedway Children’s Charities Gala on May 25 at the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte.
“For more than 15 years, Stewart has wowed NASCAR fans across the country, but he rarely gets recognized for his philanthropic efforts,” Speedway Children’s Charities Vice Chairman Marcus Smith said, as quoted in a FOX Sports article. “The gala will be the perfect opportunity for us to thank him for all he’s done for Speedway Children’s Charities to help children in need around the country.”
Stewart’s charity work primarily focuses on helping children, animals and injured racers. His charitable efforts aimed at children includes the annual “Smoke Show” at Texas Motor Speedway that began in 2009 and has since raised more than $1 million for SCC. He also participated in the “Ride of a Lifetime” program that raises money through online auctions for opportunities for fans to ride in the back of trucks with drivers during pre-race activities at Speedway Motorsports Inc. tracks.
For information on the Gala that also is expected to include food and auctions to raise funds for Speedway Children’s Charities, visit speedwaycharities.org.
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