Springport Motor Speedway, Sparrow Hospital of Lansing and Walmart of Charlotte have teamed up to present the Children's Miracle Network Race Car Show to benefit Sparrow Hospital Children's Center in Lansing. This special race car show benefit will be taking place on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Walmart located at 1680 Packard Highway, Charlotte, MI. If you race it, and want to show it, you are welcome to bring it.
Participating in the race car show will be the racers of the Mid-Michigan area with official support from Springport Motor Speedway and its competitors.
Confirmed to be participating are: Pam Parish of Springport, MI with her Flower Power Beetle; Dan Loughan of Charlotte, MI with his No. 72 Modified; Josh Trammell of Battle Creek in his No. 82 ABC Stock Car; Brian Roes of Eaton Rapids, Mi in his No. 05 Modified; Brad Robison of Lansing, MI in his No. 8 Pony Stock, Tom Coleman of Jackson, MI in his No. 79 ABC Stock Car; Dean Gassert of Onstead, MI in his No. 39 CRA All-Star Tour Late Model; "Madd" Mike Stenberg of Charlotte, MI in his No. 12x Modified; Charlie Cochran of Battle Creek, MI in his No. 72x Modified and Martin French of Charlotte, MI in his #02 ABC Stock Car. This is only the confirmed list, many more participants are expected to participate.
Also joining the competitors will be area motorsports author Rick Sigsby. Sigsby penned "Living On The Edge - A History of Auto Racing in Michigan" and he will be on-hand, autographing books and donating all the proceeds to the Children's Miracle Network.
"Walmart is a strong supporter of Children's Miracle Network. Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members have contributed more than $500 million dollars to support the patients of Children’s Miracle Network hospitals since 1987" said Ibaugh. "Our community is very motorsports oriented and I wanted to do something where we could benefit Children's Miracle Network and incorporate our local racers."
Sheila saw Springport Motor Speedway's charity fundraising page and contacted Springport Motor Speedway co-promoter Pam Parish. The two approached Sparrow Hospital of Lansing and together they created a special benefit night at the speedway where the proceeds of tickets sales would go directly to Children's Miracle Network to benefit Sparrow Hospital Children's Center. Go into the Charlotte, MI Walmart location and you will find highly visible displays promoting this benefit and if you go to the customer service desk you can purchase your benefit tickets. Tickets are also available inside Sparrow Hospital Children's Center.
These tickets, which only cost $10, are good for admission to Springport Motor Speedway's June 9th race. A special "Open Wheel Extreme" event featuring Sprint Cars, Modifieds, Turbo Blue Michigan Legends and the MCR Dwarf Series. Additionally, its autograph night at the speedway, everyone in the stands will be invited to come onto the racing surface and personally meet these tremendous drivers and touch their racing machines.
"Springport Motor Speedway is committed to families" said speedway co-promoter Pam Parish. "We have special kid night events, we added the Beacon Sales Fun Zone for children, the speedway offers free kid passes to area merchants so want to participate, whatever we can do to help kids and families. When Shiela called me, we jumped at the chance to help such a great cause."
Parish took a tour of the Children's Hospital at Sparrow in Lansing and was impressed by the facility and the great lengths they go to make kids facing difficult circumstance feel as comfortable as possible.
"Our two son's are stricken with Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis and we know first hand how difficult it is for a kid to face these major life events at an youthful age which just isn't fair to them. We've been in quite a few hospitals and children units and this was by far the most advanced, most thoughtful, most throughly prepared facility I have ever seen. I was completely impressed how they do their best to make it look less clinical for the children, to ease their stress" said Parish. "When Sheila first approached me I knew this was something we could do, but after touring the facility, meeting the staff, talking to these kids; we wanted to do this."
The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for its more than 170 member hospitals. Collectively, these children’s hospitals treat 17 million children annually for every type of illness and injury imaginable.
Sparrow Regional Children’s Center, part of the Sparrow Hospital and Health System, is a regional referral center committed to improving the health of children in mid-Michigan. The hospital is home to 75 inpatient beds, approximately 20 outpatient specialty clinics, and the region’s only pediatric intensive care professionals and neonatology teams. The Children’s Center also offers residency programs as well as three pediatric fellowship programs in neonatology, cardiology and sports medicine.
We extend to everyone in the Mid-Michigan area, come on out this Wednesday Night and support local short track racing by supporting the Children's Miracle Network and Sparrow Hospital Children's Center by attending the Children's Miracle Network Race Car Show Benefit at the Charlotte Walmart.
You might also considered saving the date of Monday, May 28th; when this same group of people do it all again.