Darlington Raceway and Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund Partner to Help Darlington County Tornado Victims

DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 17, 2010) – Darlington Raceway and the Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund recently partnered during the SHOWTIME Southern 500 to raise funds for the families recently affected by the tornados that damaged much of Darlington County.

The Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund was established by the Board of Trustees of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation.  The fund has been established for long term support of disasters in the seven county Pee Dee region.  Currently our efforts at fundraising are aimed at repairing damage from the tornado activity in Darlington.  The volunteer effort at the SHOWTIME Southern 500 resulted in $1,270 raised for this relief.  The volunteers on Saturday included Dr. Paul DeMarco who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the community foundation, the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Marion, and Boy Scouts and parents from Troops 473 and 625 in Florence and Bennettsville respectively.

“We wanted to find a way to help the victims that had been affected by the recent tornados,” said Chris Browning, Darlington Raceway President. “With the Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund we were able to collect money from our guests onsite at the SHOWTIME Southern 500 and all of those funds will be used locally to assist the families hit hardest by the tornados.”

“The Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund has been established to support both victims of the recent tornados in Darlington and victims of future disasters,” said Susan Bankson, Executive Director for the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation. “The Eastern Carolina Community Foundation is grateful for the overwhelming support from both staff and fans at the Darlington Raceway who together enabled volunteers to raise more than $1,200.  We thank the staff for their timely response to an urgent local need.”

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Darlington Raceway, or the track “Too Tough To Tame” as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Gatorade Victory Lane. In 2010, NASCAR’s stars return to battle the track “Too Tough To Tame” in the Sprint Cup Series SHOWTIME Southern 500® and Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 Presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will also make a stop at Darlington for the first time since the 2004 season.

Don’t miss any of the paint-scraping action at Darlington Raceway in 2010. The Camping World Truck Series will make its return to Darlington Raceway for first time since 2004 on August 14 for the Too Tough To Tame 200. The Darlington Historic Racing Festival will make its return on September 24-26. The three-day festival will feature the cars and stars that made motorsports the spectacle it is today. Tickets for both events are on-sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.

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