The Untold Story About Tony Stewart That Became the Foundation for RacingAwareness.com

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On Wednesday, Tony Stewart announced to race fans around the world that 2016 would be his last behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car. Many could see the handwriting on the wall, many more hoped this day 12087764_1008284762556234_3872451188615400573_owould never come.

After the season finale in Homestead,14 months from now, NASCAR will lose one of the most talented drivers ever to strap into a racing machine of any kind. Few drivers possess the ability, drive, tenacity, desire, passion, enthusiasm, and pure heart as Stewart does. His accomplishments are many, most notably, his three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships.

Stewart has won at every level of motorsports including a World Karting Association Championship in 1987, and in 1995 became the first driver ever to win the USAC Triple Crown. In 1997, Tony won the IRL championship before turning his attention towards a Hall of Fame career in NASCAR. Stewart has competed on “hometown” tracks and super speedways across North America ; everywhere, every weekend, giving 100%. There may be no one more charismatic than Tony Stewart!

Chances are, you already know this about Tony. You already know that he is one of our sport’s biggest stars, and you already know he is one of the greatest drivers.

Now, let us share with you a story about Tony Stewart, the person, that you might not know. This is a story not about his talents on the track but rather his heart off it. In fact, without this story, we wouldn’t be here and you wouldn’t be reading this story on RacingAwareness.com. We take you back to August 2007, when we were asked to help a boy, and now our long time friend, Tristan, fulfill his dream.

Tristan, age 10 at the time, had been living with an illness that was potentially life threatening. His family wanted to provide him with the opportunity to meet his hero, Tony Stewart.

It was Friday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway, Tristan and his family were invited to the track, and the Gordon Food Service hospitality suite that we managed, with little detail about what they were going to experience. At the same time, Tony was having a typical Friday of practice and qualifying. As the afternoon and the on track activities came to a close, the opportunity to bring Tristan and Tony together finally came. Still unbeknownst to anyone of what was next, Tristan was swept off on a golf cart for a personal whirlwind tour of the facility, while his family was escorted to the driver/owner motorcoach lot where the meeting was scheduled to occur. The anticipation for us was overwhelming as the meeting time approached.

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Tristan arrived on time, just out front of Stewart’s personal RV, but Tony wasn’t ready, so the meeting time came and passed. The group waited patiently as other drivers passed by noticing the large group. Each driver inquired if we needed assistance which quickly turned into a warm greeting, pictures and autographs for Tristan. Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, were great to meet but the hope of meeting Tony overshadowed the moment.

After watching Tony’s coach from afar and the flurry of activity that surrounded it, we weren’t sure if the meeting was meant to be, but then, as planned, Tony emerged. He approached the group, still in his fire suit and shoes and with an outstretched hand, he said ‘you must be Tristan’. The waiting and any anxiety faded instantly as Tony invited Tristan to his home away from home where he proceeded to spend the next hour with Tristan and his dad like they were long time friends. Their time together was genuinely magical. Tony also provided Tristian with a bag full of memorabilia including a 1/24th scale version of his #20, Home Depot Chevrolet.

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To conclude the visit, Tony invited Tristan and his dad to Victory Lane if he won on Sunday. For those that understand the logistics of traveling to and from MIS, getting fans to Victory Lane and that the August 2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup event at MIS wasn’t held until Tuesday due to rain, you will appreciate what happened next.

After Tristan’s visit with Tony on Friday, he and his family returned on Sunday as they had planned, however, Sunday’s event was postponed due to rain. Not expecting to see Tristan again, we were very surprised when he showed up in the suite on Monday. During that day, the rain continued and many of the race teams were exploring the suite area simply to stay dry. Then, they came across Tristan. One by one, Tristan was visited by race teams, drivers and provided tours of haulers and pit road. Watching Tristan experience this was overwhelming. But again, Mother Nature would have the final say and would postpone the event to Tuesday. As difficult as it was for them, Tristan and dad again returned on Tuesday. Tony’s chances of putting the #20 in Victory Lane at MIS were really good that year and Tristan was determined to not only see it but share it with his hero.12138389_1008273995890644_6539094138950508858_o 12087260_1008283335889710_1610499325512445667_o

The green flag finally flew on Tuesday morning, but the event was yet again delayed, this time by fog! With the red flag hanging from the starter’s stand, we all sat and waited. During the delay, the media was in search of creative stories to fill the extended broadcast. During this time we were surprised to be visited by Tristan’s new crew member friends who came up from Pit Road but also an ESPN TV crew! Yes, Tristan was even the feature of a Mike Massaro interview. He was the focus of everyone. Only a Stewart win would have made the weekend more amazing! The wish of an ill child had been fulfilled by Tony and the supporting NASCAR cast!

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Tony didn’t win that day, at least not on the track. But as a person, he showed many what type of individual he is. He handed a child he didn’t know, a memory that will last a lifetime; he handed us an idea. The idea became, RacingAwareness.com supporting Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Tony has meant a lot to this RA team. In fact there might not have been an RA team if it wasn’t for the time between a child and his hero. We are not sure that Tony even knows all of this, and even if he did know, he would more than likely deflect the credit away from him, t12068453_1008284692556241_412124327653823056_ohat’s just his style.

We asked Tony, ‘with such an amazing appreciation for kids, why we don’t see this side of you played out on TV’? Stewart replied something to the effect of, it’s not about TV, or what the fans see, it’s about the kids and that’s all that matters. We couldn’t agree more.

Thank you Tony Stewart for everything you have delivered, both on and off the track! We hope you enjoy everything that the future has in store, and if returning to the Berlin Raceway should ever be in those plans, we have a car waiting.

2015 RacingAwareness.com Charity Golf Outing Powered by Consumers Credit Union

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The RacingAwareness.com Charity Golf Outing Powered by Consumers Credit Union is just around the corner!  RacingAwareness.com is looking forward to seeing all of the golfers, new and returning, while raising funds and awareness for The Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium (NMTRC) at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.  NMTRC Chair, Dr. Giselle Sholler, MD MSC, will be on hand to share information on the groundbreaking work being done by the NMTRC at HDVCH and how the event’s proceeds will advance the consortium’s efforts.  

We are also excited to have participating in the event, NASCAR Hall of Fame Driver, Rusty Wallace, who will be golfing and will address golfers during dinner.   

The 2016 RacingAwareness.com Charity Golf Outing, powered by Consumers Credit Union is sold out.  Please contact RacingAwareness.com via email at racingawareness97@gmail.com.  if you

are interested in playing and being placed on a wait list in the event of a cancellation,

Event Details; Monday September 14, 2015
Thousand Oaks Golf Club
1400 Thousand Oaks Drive
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Shotgun start at 11:00 am with registration opening at 9:30 am
Lunch and dinner provided
Social timing and dinner immediately following golf with silent and live auction.  

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This year’s auctions will again feature one of a kind items!  Highlighted items include a custom painted Gibson guitar by the Official Artist of NASCAR, Sam Bass, Ford  autographed helmet with 4 tickets to the 2016 June NASCAR event at Michigan International Speedway, autographed Jack Nicklaus putter, corporate BBQ lunch prepared at your location for your employees, and a custom autographed Rusty Wallace ‘Last Call’ framed print.  Additional items include, sporting event tickets, airfare and Disney vouchers, chef prepared in home dinner with live music, NASCAR Pit Road Experience, cooking school and personal trainer sessions.  Something for everyone!

Questions regarding the outing can be emailed to racingawareness97@gmail.com

Joe Bush: the Ninth Driver to Win for Racing Awareness

Joe Bush: the Ninth Driver to Win for Racing Awareness   

Short track racing veteran, Joe Bush of Hastings, MI, claimed the Super Late Model feature at the Berlin Raceway

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Mike Bursley

on Saturday night July 11, 2015.  This was the 3 time track champion’s first win driving for Racing Awareness.  The win also continued the streak of every driver that has driven an Racing Awareness car capturing a feature win.

Bush who is expected to end his highly successful racing career at the end of the 2015 season, joins a long list of Racing Awareness feature winners.

  • Mike Bursley (2), along with NASCAR stars AJ Allmendinger (1) and Mike Skinner (1), combined for 4 feature wins in the first year of Racing Awareness competition in 2010.

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  • In 2011, Dave Lake won the Modified track championship winning 7 times. In the same year, hometown stars, Johnny Benson Jr, (1) and Brian Campbell (1) each won in the team’s Super Late Model.
  • In 2012 (4) and 2013 (4), Kevin DeGood was in victory lane 8 times driving the team’s modified.
  • Ben Welch has gone to victory lane a total of 3 times at the wheel of the modified in 2014 (1) & 2015 (2).

In all, Racing Awareness drivers have scored 25 feature wins along with one track championship.

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2011 - 2015 Dave Lake
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2011 - Johnny Benson, Jr
2011 – Johnny Benson, Jr

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Brian Campbell
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2012-13 Kevin DeGood
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2014  - 2015 Ben Welch
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2015 Joe Bush
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Off and Running in 2015!

RacingAwareness.com is off and running in 2015!

Man y Thanks! As February comes to a close, RacingAwareness.com would like to recap the month’s activities and     thank everyone that made the kick off of 2015 a HUGE Success!

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We will start with the biggest news first. RacingAwareness.com has topped $200,000 in total charity funds raised in support of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital over the past five years! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!! We are so grateful to all of you that have supported RA.com since the beginning.

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February started with a bang with the Michigan International Auto Show where the 2015 Racing Awareness cars were debuted! RA volunteers donated over 700 volunteer hours where they spoke to show attendees about Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and race cars!

The Auto Show was amazing with the decaling of the 97L Modified and 101L Super Late with Horvath Design’s own Tim Horvath. The weekend also included Super Hands for the April 25
running of the RA Modified. The Pit Crew Challenge was also a new addition to the show,
where Eric and Angela took top honors in the mens’ and womens’ divisions.IMG_9805

The RacingAwareness.com team was joined by Consumers Credit Union throughout the show as CCU brought the Prize Wheel to all who made a donation. Thank you to the show attendees and wonderful community merchants and organizations that donated to make the activities a success!

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Boardwalk Subs Waterworks Car Wash
Oswald’s Brewing Quick Time Burritos & Tacos
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Consumers Credit Union Screen Print Department

Cars moved out and golfers moved into the DeVos Place, where theRA.com team joined Golfcore – Schueller the following weekend at the West Michigan Golf Show to work on the Longest Drive and $10,000 putting contests. While the holiday weekend and Mother Nature had something to say about attendance Friday and Saturday, Sunday’s turnout was awesome
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Thank you to everyone that stopped by to say hello and that participated in the activities.

 

RacingAwareness.com would like to send a special thank you to our friends at ShowSpan for their partnership with show breakfasts for the RV and Remodeling & New Homes Shows as well as their phonominal coolaboartion with the Michigan International Auto Show and West Michigan Golf Show. Their involvement and support of the West DSC_5975Michigan community is unsurpassed! Great people doing GREAT things!

In there too, RA released our new racing appeal for 2015 and relaunched our Twitter Updates
@RacingAwareness. All that, and the NASCAR series opened the 2015 racing season with
Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway where the action did not disappoint.

We would be remiss if we didn’t call our friends from Travis Truck and Auto Collision for their beautiful paint work on each of the three RA cars. Thank you also to Baker Engineering for their unwavering support of RA, and to each of our partners, all which are returning for the 2015 season. We’ll have more on each of these great organization in the months to come.

So we’re off, both on and off the track. The RA teams will now shift their attention to final details for the race DSC_5800teams as they prepare the three RA cars for the team’s season opener at the Berlin Raceway on Saturday April 25.

Follow RA throughout the year and our Quest 4 A Quarter (‪#‎Quest4AQuarter‬) as we work towards a quarter of a million dollars raised in support of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital by year end.

Five Years of Think Outside Yourself Radiothon

A vision just over six years ago became reality on December 17, 2010. On that day RacingAwareness.com lived out a goal of being a day partner of the STAR 105.7 FM Think Outside Yourself Radiothon. Held at Celebration Cinema

This is where it all began ... Lexi, Logan and Logan present the first RA.com check to HDVCH.  Some many memories have followed.  These pictures capture just a few.
This is where it all began … Lexi, Logan and Logan present the first RA.com check to HDVCH. Some many memories have followed. These pictures capture just a few.

South, three current and former Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital patients, that became the inspiration behind RA.com, Lexi Adgate, Logan Breuker and Logan Muyskens, presented a check on behalf of RA.com, to the hospital for $35,000 marking the beginning of what has become an amazing journey.

To date, RacingAwareness.com, a Michigan based nonprofit charity, has raised just shy of $200,000 in support of sick and injured kids of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

This week marks the 15th annual Think Outside Yourself Radiothon, presented by STAR 105.7 FM. The Radiothon will be hosted by morning show hosts Tommy and Brooke and afternoon host Kelly Iris.  The two day Radiothon is held inside the lobby of HDVCH and the public is welcome to stop by, visit and make a donation. STAR 105.7 FM is known as the Christmas station in West Michigan this time of year.

Lexi and Maranda 2010.  From HDVCH patient and 8th grader in 2010, to Grand Valley State freshman in 2014.
Lexi and Maranda 2010. From HDVCH patient and 8th grader in 2010, to Grand Valley State freshman in 2014.

RacingAwareness.com will celebrate the end of year five by again partnering with the station as the day sponsor for this Friday, December 12th. RA.com volunteers and race team members along with HDVCH patients will be staffing the phones beginning at 6 am on Friday. Meijer is the day partner for Thursday.

Tune in to Star 105.7 FM this Thursday and Friday, from 6 am to 6 pm, December 11 and 12 and help our kids!  Hear stories from patients and their families about the life-changing care they received at West Michigan’s only full-service children’s hospital.  One of the many RA.com family of kids, Kierstynn Foster, who has become a regular part of the radiothon, will be with us again this year for our radio interview at 7:45 am and will then staff the phones to take your donation from 8-10am.  Kierstynn has become a virtual poster child for HDVCH and the Radiothon,

2011, another $35,000.  #Proud STAR 105.7's Tommy & Brooke, RA's Norm Jelsma and Jeff Striegle and the AMAZING Kierstynn Foster.
2011, another $35,000. #Proud
STAR 105.7’s Tommy & Brooke, RA’s Norm Jelsma and Jeff Striegle and the AMAZING Kierstynn!

overcoming her illness under the care of the medical team from HDVCH.

In 2013, the Radiothon raised more than $175,000 for HDVCH to help launch and maintain programs, support staff education, advance innovation and research, and purchase new state-of-the art technology. HDVCH is leading the way in pediatric medicine.  Children from across the state and beyond are seeking care at our children’s hospital. In 2013, nearly 200,000 children received care as inpatients and outpatients at HDVCH.

Speaking of 200,000, that is the financial goal for this year’s event! These gifts will help us continue to touch the lives of kids like  Brooke and Briana.  We need your help to reach this goal!

Please pledge your support and Think Outside Yourself this holiday season. Yes, it is a busy time of year! Yes, you probably have shopping to do! Yes, you will probably spend too much money on Christmas gifts that will gone unused. There is however, one gift that would be guaranteed to be used and appreciated … donate today … you can do that in matter of minutes at www.racingawareness.com, select Donate Now.

Each of the past five years has concluded with participation as day sponsor in the radiothon. To date, RacingAwareness.com has rasied just shy of $200,000 in support of the sick and injuried kids of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Follow us all week here on facebook and on our website as we lead up to this very special day.

 

Volunteer Today!

RacingAwarness.com Needs You!
RacingAwarness.com Needs You!

A week from today is Thanksgiving. Some will stay home and have family over while others will travel and visit family. The common thread is family.

Unfortunately not everyone will have a choice where they spend their Thanksgiving. For many, perhaps more than 100 families, their Thanksgiving will be spent with the amazing staff of people from Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Sick and injured children from all parts of the country and from your neighborhood, will not be enjoying turkey dinners and Lions football, but be holding hands and in some cases holding on to hope.

It is for this reason that we volunteer to raise money in an effort to support these families in all ways possible. It is for this reason that we ask you to volunteer. It is for this reason that we ask for your support with us this weekend, before you turn your attention to your family and to your celebration.

Emergency room calls, admissions and surgeries at HDVCH are 24/7, they will not stop for the weekend or a holiday. While we can’t be with the children and their families as the endure clinics and procedures, we can offer our time in their honor to raise funds and awareness. The time of a child’s first cancer surgery often times is 4 to 8 hours … we are asking for 5 ½ hours. Please consider volunteering. Please click here: http://vols.pt/wHeKXd to sign up for 2014 GR Wine, Beer & Wine Show on @VolunteerSpot today!

Not able to volunteer but would like to support by making a financial donation?  Select the Donate Now button to the right.  100% of all donations go to support Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Volunteer Today!

RacingAwarness.com Needs You!
RacingAwarness.com Needs You!

RA.com continues to recruit volunteers for the Grand Rapids International Beer, Wine and Food Festival. Volunteering is EASY – use the following link to make a difference in the lives of patients and families of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Please click here: http://vols.pt/wHeKXd to sign up for 2014 GR Wine, Beer & Wine Show on @VolunteerSpot! Many opening are still available. RA.com must fill a minimum number of spots by noon on Monday Nov. 4. Please sign up today to ensure RA.com is able to participate in this opportunity.

All funds that RA.com raises will go to the Million Dollar Match benefiting The Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational ResearchConsortium (NMTRC) at HDVCH. Yes, every penny will be matched!

The Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium - learn more at https://nmtrc.org/
The Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium – learn more at https://nmtrc.org/

In its seventh year, the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival is the largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest!

Please consider Sharing this opportunity with and inviting friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to join the RA.com Volunteer Team. This is also a great opportunity for anyone that needs to fulfill community service hours. RA.com will provide documentation to anyone that needs to record hours. Your networking is greatly appreciated!

Volunteering Details
• Shift #1 – Saturday November 22 from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
• Shift #2 – Saturday November 22 from 4:30 – 10:15 pm
• Volunteers are welcome to sign up for both shifts
• Volunteers MUST to be 18 years or older, ID will be required.
• General admission to the event is 21 years and older only.
• All RA.com volunteers will be assigned to the Beer Loft
• Required dress code is black pants and a white collared shirt. An apron will be provided.
• Volunteers (and a guest), 21 years and older, are invited to the Festival on Thursday, 11/20.
• Volunteers will receive 2 tickets to any future ShowSpan event. Go to http://www.showspan.com for event listings and dates.
• Parking is the responsibility of the volunteer.

Thank you all for your consideration!

Thank You!

As the season changes here in the Midwest, and both RA’s racing and charity efforts wind down, everyone at Racing Awareness would like to extend our sincere thanks to the fans and many supporters.  A special tip of the hat to the golfers, partners and volunteers that participated last month in the 5th Annual RacingAwareness.com Charity Golf Outing Powered By Consumers Credit Union.  The outing was a huge success!

As the last event of 2014, RacingAwareness.com will, for the 5th year, partner with STAR 105.7 FM and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation for the Think Outside Yourself Radiothon in December.  Please continue to check in here, as well as on Facebook, for updates throughout the remainder of the year.

Year round, RA’s efforts are focused on raising awareness and funds for the children and families served by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, so for now, we leave friends, old and new, with the Racing Awareness mission and capabilities.

The Mission
RacingAwareness.com and Racing Awareness Inc. were created with the sole intent of providing children and their families, who are

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New Friends!
2014 Michigan International Auto Show

experiencing or have experienced a healthcare situation, a diversion from the healthcare process utilizing the sport of auto racing.  Through visits to the race track, autograph cards, driver meet and greets, photographs and personal visits, Racing Awareness strives to provide joy and hope to these children and their families.

From the very start, both Racing Awareness Inc. and RacingAwareness.com have aspired to raise funds and awareness and share education about Helen DeVos Childrenʼs Hospital and the amazing resources that it offers to our community. This is achieved through various initiatives including but not limited to the RacingAwareness.com annual charity golf outing, bowling events, RacingAwareness.com merchandise sales, public and private donations.

Who is RacingAwareness.com?
Established in March of 2010, RacingAwareness.com is a 501 c3 nonprofit charity based in Grand Rapids Michigan. RacingAwareness.comʼs efforts are focused on raising awareness and funds to launch and sustain programs and services provided by Helen DeVos Childrenʼs Hospital Foundation.

RacingAwareness.com achieves this goal through the unique niche centered around auto racing. In tandem with Racing Awareness Inc, RacingAwareness.com provides patients and their families with an opportunity to experience auto racing and a diversion from the stresses of

The next generation of race car drivers!
The next generation of race car drivers!

the healthcare process.

Through collaborative partnerships, RacingAwareness.com has had the honor of providing racing experiences to over 3,000 people associated with HDVCH patient families. In addition, RacingAwareness.com has been able to reach a distinctive audience to raise awareness for HDVCH as well as raise and donate 100% of its proceeds to HDVCH since its inception.

Who is Racing Awareness Inc.?
Established in March of 2010, by business partners Jeff Striegle and Norm Jelsma, Racing Awareness Inc. is a motorsports team based in Grand Rapids Michigan. Racing Awareness operates a three car team that competes at the Berlin Raceway in Marne Michigan.  The team competes in the Modified and Super Late Model divisions.  In addition to being a championship winning race team, the Racing Awareness team exists to market and promote RacingAwareness.com supporting Helen DeVos Childrenʼs Hospital. The cars run under the HDVCH logo and colors.  Racing Awareness Inc. follows a traditional calendar for its business operations with activities throughout the year. Competition for the race teams begins in April and runs weekly through August. A complete schedule can be found at www.RacingAwareness.com

2014 RA 97L Modified piloted by driver Ben Welch
2014 RA 97L Modified piloted by driver Ben Welch

Community Service
RacingAwareness.com donates all proceeds raised to Helen DeVos Childrenʼs Hospital Foundation. RacingAwareness.com is a 100% volunteer based nonprofit charity with minimal overhead. RacingAwareness.com would not be able to do what it does or be able to accomplish what it has without its many dedicated volunteers, many of whom are providing community service for the very first time.

Racing Awareness would love to hear from you!
Racing Awareness offers many ways to stay in touch and be involved.  Follow Racing Awareness on the web at www.RacingAwareness.com and on Facebook, search RacingAwareness.com supporting Helen DeVos Childrenʼs Hospital. There you will find up to date information regarding the Racing Awareness race team as well as all of the RacingAwareness.com activities and volunteer opportunities.

Partnership Information
Racing Awareness Inc enjoys partnerships with some of West Michiganʼs cornerstone businesses and organizations.  Racing Awareness representatives welcome all inquires for future partnerships. To speak to a Racing Awareness representative please send your inquiry to talktous@racingawareness.com

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

RA Family, it’s still September and that means Childhood Cancer Awareness Month continues. There are no words for the following video. Take the couple minutes to enjoy the beautiful art of two music superstars and the truly colorful and brave Super Heroes of this battle.

While the video isn’t from our beloved Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, these colorful and brave faces represent the over 100 pediatric cancer patients and their families that are served DAILY by HDVCH here in Grand Rapids.

If you are moved to act, please consider making a donation of your time to volunteer at an upcoming fundraiser by contacting RA.com via Message on Facebook, email at RacingAwareness97@gmail.com, or leave a comment with your contact information here.

To make a financial donation, simply click on the Donate Now button to the right.
100% of RacingAwareness.com proceeds go to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital of Grand Rapids, MI.

#TrulyBrave
#endchildhoodcancer
#goGOLDHeart

5th Annual RacingAwareness.com Charity Golf Outing Powered by Consumers Credit Union Recap

All ready to go!
All ready to go!

Charity Golf Outing is Record Breaking

The 5th Annual RacingAwareness.com Charity Golf Outing, Powered by Consumers Credit Union teed off on time this past Monday, even the cool temperatures and rainy conditions could not dampen the sprits of those in attendance.

The shot gun start saw 112 golfers take to the challenging Thousand Oaks golf course. Vanderhyde Ford provided golfers with four, par three, opportunities for great prizes, including a 2014 Ford Fusion. Unfortunately we had close … but no cigar … the Fusion is back on the lot in Cedar Springs.

Enjoying a day on the course for a great cause.
Enjoying a day on the course for a great cause.

Other on course activities included the Consumers Credit Union par 3 challenge and the Roosien & Associates putting challenge. This year also, golfers enjoyed two “5th player” shots from two of West Michigan’s best golfers, Andy Matthews, a former PGA Canadian Tour Pro, and Tom Werkmeister, 2014 Michigan Golf Hall Fame inductee.

In the end, the team from Maple Hill Golf out performed the other 28 teams and claimed the beautiful blue trophies that are symbolic to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and joined the growing list of outing winners:
2014 Maple Hill Golf
2013 Festida Foods
2012 Berlin Raceway
2011 Pinnacle Center
2010 Davenport College

The post golf dinner and celebration, presented by the Boyne Machine Company, was highlighted by a silent and live auction. High bidders

2014 Champions - Maple Hill Golf
2014 Champions – Maple Hill Golf

walked away with items such as: a Dale Earhardt Sr. framed painting and Dale Earnhardt Jr. print donated by Sam Bass, a beautiful blue Essex Customz painted helmet autographed by all 43 drivers that participated in the June NASCAR Sprint Cup race at MIS.

Other auction items included fishing charters, sports tickets, concert tickets, a Berlin Raceway suite for a night and a Griffins hockey suite for a night donated by Request Foods and Festida Foods, high end office chairs donated by Kentwood Office Furniture and the Motor Racing Network’s Pit Road Experience, just to reference a few. Don’t be surprised if you hear Mike Bursley interviewing his favorite driver on the radio soon …

As the event came to a close and all the receipts were totaled, it became very clear that this outing would become the largest single day fundraiser ever for RacingAwareness.com. This day also marked the celebration of our 5th year as a nonprofit charity supporting the sick and injured kids of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. It was truly a great way to wrap up our 5th season.

A financial recap and the donation amount for 2014 will be forthcoming. On behalf of everyone associated with RacingAwareness.com, thank you!!

The Sixth Annual RacingAwareness.com Charity Golf Outing Powered by Consumers Credit Union is scheduled for September 14th, 2015 at Thousand Oaks Golf Club. Make your reservations today to hold your foursome. This golf outing has been a complete sellout for each of the past five years. Find out why and experience it for yourself.

From Brad Kaufmann, HDVCH Director of Annual Giving –
I just wanted to thank all of you once again for your passion, for caring, and for your enormous hearts that allow you to do what you do for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Racing Awareness is an inspiration to us all, and we are so fortunate and grateful to have people like you in our corner.

You are the perfect example of people who have taken what they love (racing) and turned it into such a force for good in our community. Last night I sat at dinner, mouth agape and in constant awe, at the tremendous amount of support you generate from your friends, family and contacts. I am still reeling at the success of your event and congratulate you on a job well done.

The word “family” was mentioned a lot last night. And we at the foundation are so proud to have RA as a full-fledged part of the HDVCH family. And I am not talking some distant cousin either – we are brothers and sisters in this effort to provide resources to HDVCH and all the amazing things they are doing for kids in Michigan, the United States, and the world.

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you so much.

All my best,
Brad Kaufmann
Director of Annual Giving
Spectrum Health Foundation
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation