Watkins Glen International supports many local organizations, charities and regional fundraising through a variety of resources each year. One of the more popular charitable giving campaigns, where the track has witnessed success, is through donations to non-profit organizations in exchange for help during the larger event weekends held at The Soul of American Road Racing throughout the season.
Each year non-profit organizations can sign up to help out at the track in exchange for a donation to their organization. Responsibilities can include ticket stubbing or bag checking as fans come on-site. They also include driving courtesy carts to helping disabled fans throughout the weekends and gate responsibilities, among others. Volunteer opportunities during the upcoming NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Series weekend August 11-13 are still available.
Not only does Watkins Glen International support regional non-profit organizations through donations but many staff members at the track donate their time to a variety of community organizations and committees including regional chambers and economic development organizations, local clubs like the Kiwanis, volunteer firefighters, community arts, youth development programs and charitable fundraising committees.
What else? For several years the track has worked hard to support the local Food Bank of the Southern Tier by donating food from larger event weekends such as the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend in August. Over 10,000 lbs of food has been donated during the four year relationship.
Last year the track hosted the local Sullivan Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross for two events in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. This year the track is already working with the local American Red Cross chapter and the NASCAR Foundation in support of their national blood drive initiatives and will host the 1st annual "Road to the Rescue" to be held this fall on September 11th.
Organizations interested in donating services in exchange for a donation to their organization during the upcoming NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend August 10-13 can all Marianne Shoemaker, Director of Guest Services, at 607-535-2486 ext. 256 to learn more or visit www.TheGlen.com and click on the volunteer opportunities section.
Regional organizations looking for donations from Watkins Glen International in support of their fundraising efforts are encouraged to visit the website and follow the procedures outlined at www.TheGlen.com/contact. Donations are determined during the fourth quarter of each year for the following season.
Don't miss the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Busch Series races this August 11-13. The Zippo 200 returns for a second time with the cars and stars of the NEXTEL Cup Series. Tickets can be obtained by calling 866-461-RACE, by stopping by The Shop, located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen, NY at the WGI ticket office located on the old Bronson Hill Road off of County Rte. 16.