DYER | Chicagoland Speedway’s 501c3 foundation, R.A.C.E., awarded $25,000 in grants to five Chicago-area charities at a recent luncheon, including $2,000 to the Nathan C. Splant Foundation for the Halo Project.
The Halo Project provides HALO SleepSacks for babies in the NICU of Munster Community Hospital.
“When we launched R.A.C.E. seven months ago, we knew it had the ability to benefit those in the community and we are seeing that come to fruition,” said Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.
In addition to the $25,000 in grants, the Speedway also awarded another $45,000 through scholarships, silent auctions, partnerships and raffles.
With a focus on youth, safe driving and the military, R.A.C.E. raised funds over the course of the year through community events, raffles and auctions. The three principles guided the seven-member R.A.C.E. Advisory Committee, which was responsible for evaluating grant applications throughout the year.
The Nathan C. Splant Foundation, founded by Philip and Kimberly Splant after the 2004 premature birth of their son, is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to helping local families affected by prematurity.