CEDAR LAKE |When it comes to show-and-tell, Nathan Splant has no competition.
Ever since he began attending Lincoln Elementary School, Nathan's parents, Phil and Kim Splant, have brought Phil's race car to the school each spring and given all students and staff a lesson in racing - from how to hold the steering wheel to how to pass your biggest rival in a sharp turn.
And each year they also promote Racing for Babies, a fundraiser the Splant family hosts annually to help other families with premature babies. Nathan was born prematurely, and while he's now a healthy fourth-grader, his parent remember the difficulties they encountered, and vowed to help others by fundraising awarding grants to families who need equipment, transportation to medical appointments, and other supplies to help their children.
The seventh annual Racing for Babies fundraiser presented by the Nathan C. Splant Foundation Inc. will be held Saturday at Illiana Motor Speedway, 7211 U.S. 30, Schererville.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and the first race will be at 7. Admission is $12, but children 6 and younger are admitted free.
Each year, the foundation welcomes supporters and guests to Racing for Babies, offering donated auction and raffle items along with event T-shirt purchases, face painting and special guest appearances.
The “Racing for a Cause and Give Five Program” will give everyone the opportunity, on the day of the event, to autograph the race car hood, donated by Five Star, by making a donation. Proceeds will benefit local premature children and their families.
For additional information or to make a donation, visit www.ncsplantfoundation.org or call (219) 365-5800.