DARLINGTON, S.C. (Nov. 22, 2013) – Due to the overwhelming generosity of its local community, Darlington Raceway collected thousands of food items and cash donations during its two-week long can food drive.

The drive collected over 3,000 non-perishable items and over $1,100 in monetary donations. The food and monies will benefit two local food pantries, The Lord Cares of Darlington and Harvest Hope of the Pee Dee. 

The donations were delivered to both organizations on Thursday, Nov. 21 with the help of Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile and members of the track staff.

“The support we received from the local community over the last two weeks has been overwhelming,” Wile said. “This has been a rewarding program because all of their donations go back into the local community. We are really trying to focus our efforts on being great community partners. To be able to donate over 3,000 non-perishable items back into the community before Thanksgiving is a step in the right direction. We are honored to help the food banks fulfill their needs.” 

“We appreciate the fact that Darlington Raceway is connecting with the local community by supporting organizations like The Lord Cares here in Darlington,” Kevin Cauley, President of the Board for The Lord Cares said. “Many folks are in need this time of year and this donation of food and cash will help us tremendously in our efforts.”

This can drive was unique in that it celebrated one of college football’s biggest rivalries, the University of South Carolina versus Clemson University.

USC and Clemson branded barrels were provided during collection times. Fans had the opportunity to place their non-perishable food items in the branded barrel of the team they were rooting for (the game takes place on Nov. 29 in Columbia, S.C.). All cash donations were earmarked for the donors’ favorite team.

After all the food items and cash donations were counted, the winner was the University of South Carolina.

Darlington Raceway will now proudly fly the garnet and black flag on racetrack property off of Highway 151 starting this Monday, Nov. 25 for the entire week of the game.

Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 on April 12 and Nationwide Series 200 on Friday, April 11 will officially go on sale to the general public on November 29, 2013. Remember, kids 12 and under are half off for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 and FREE for the Nationwide Series 200 in general admission sections. Visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or call 866-459-7223 for more information.

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