New foundation aims to harness the power of racing and deliver smiles to children facing life-changing medical challenges
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – The Board of Directors of The Race Day Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of a new charitable organization.
The mission of the The Race Day Foundation is to provide race day experiences to children and families living with life-changing illness. With events scheduled across North America throughout the year, the Foundation will provide deserving families a unique behind-the-scenes experience at the race track, offering an uplifting, hope-filled “day away” for young patients, parents and siblings alike.
“I know I speak for all of our Board members when I say how excited we are to publicly launch this new foundation,” remarked veteran FOX Sports and NBCSN broadcaster and Race Day Board member Brian Till. “Every member of this Board has witnessed first-hand the positive effect these unique experiences have on the kids – we’ve seen the smiles and felt the joy. We believe any child living with a life-changing illness should have the opportunity to experience the hope and inspiration that a Race Day can provide.”
The new organization will be led by Jill Beck, who will serve as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Ms. Beck brings with her extensive experience in the motorsports and nonprofit sectors, most recently having served as Program Director for the New York City-based Children’s Tumor Foundation.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and supportive group of people as the Race Day Board, and to launch this exciting for-good foundation,” noted Ms. Beck. “I’m very much looking forward to welcoming families at our first official event in January 2017.”
The Race Day Foundation Board of Directors also includes Tom Malone, Executive Associate Dean, Tufts University School of Medicine and retired physician, author and motivational speaker, Dr. Hal Hanson (father of renowned philanthropic artist Jeffrey Owen Hanson).
The Foundation’s Advisory Board is comprised of a diverse group of dedicated individuals from motorsports, medicine, media, and more. Notable members include: Justin Bell, Roy Block, Leigh Diffey, Nick Firestone, Andy Jordan, Patrick Long, Matthew Murphy, Rafael Navarro III, Denelle Pritchard, and Dr. Ron Yarab.
During its first year, Race Day will host guests at both Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA sports car races, with over twenty events scheduled for the 2017 season. Venues will include: Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Speedway, Long Beach, St. Petersburg, Virginia International Raceway, Circuit of The Americas, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Lime Rock Park, Detroit, Road America, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Utah Motorsports Campus, Sonoma Raceway, Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Registration for all events can be completed via the Race Day website at http://racedayfoundation.org, where donations are accepted as well. “Philanthropic investors cover our operating costs,” noted Mr. Malone, “which means 100% of any money donated will help to fund Race Day experiences for deserving children in all communities.”
In order to reach as many deserving families as possible, Race Day will outreach to the community through a collection of partner non-profits, ensuring that any organization serving medically-challenged children will have the ability to offer their constituents the power of a Race Day.
At the Foundation’s first event at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Race Day will welcome families from the Children’s Tumor Foundation, along with representatives from local area neurofibromatosis (NF) support organizations, as well as campers from the Florida-based Camp Boggy Creek. Additional partner organizations will be announced throughout the season.
“The racing community has been so incredibly supportive in helping to launch Race Day,” continued Ms. Beck. “We look forward to bringing families to the track, providing transformative experiences that not only put huge smiles on the faces of children who are battling serious illness, but also delivering on our promise to create an environment ‘Where Kids Finish First’.”
About The Race Day Foundation
The Race Day Foundation is a 501(c)(3) for-good foundation, offering children and families living with life-threatening illness a “day away” from their daily challenges. By harnessing the power of the racing and automotive communities, we are able to provide a uniquely empowering, hope-filled Race Day – a positive experience shared by patients, parents and siblings alike. Learn more at racedayfoundation.org. “Like” us on Facebook, follow along on Instagram and Twitter.
Race Day. Where Kids Finish First™
Executive Director, The Race Day Foundation