R&R Enterprises Becomes Title Sponsor of National Open Benefit
Annual event to take place during Morgan Hughes National Open weekend
MECHANICSBURG, PA. – May 22, 2013 – Two very familiar names in the world of Sprint Car racing are teaming up for an exceptional cause.
Kolten Gouse Promotions is pleased to announce that R&R Enterprises, a screen-printing and merchandising company located near St. Louis, Mo., has agreed to become the title sponsor of the National Open Benefit, a annual fundraising event which will be held on Saturday, October 5 at Williams Grove Speedway near Mechanicsburg, Pa. The event will take place in the backstretch pit area on one of Sprint Car racings biggest weekends.
“R&R Enterprises is proud to be a supporter of the National Open Benefit,” Phil Rideout, R&R Enterprises owner, said. “It is an honor to be associated with such an excellent cause that does so much for racers and their families. The Morgan Hughes National Open weekend is one of the most exciting and intense racing weekends in the country and having this event coincide with that is certainly a great boost to the fundraising efforts.”
In addition to title sponsorship from R&R, ButlerBuilt Professional Seats is also supporting the event as a presenting sponsor.
“I’m really glad that R&R Enterprises and ButlerBuilt Professional Seats have gotten behind this event and are committed to making it grow,” Gouse said. “Their sponsorship enables us to get several items in place so that we can focus on raising money through selling tickets to our chicken BBQ, selling event shirts and auctioning off donated racing memorabilia. Our goal this year is to surpass the $16,000 we raised in 2012. I certainly believe we are well on our way to doing that.”
Lisa and Vince Magaro started the National Open Benefit in 2008 shortly after Sprint Car driver John Westbrook was involved in a vicious crash at
Williams Grove Speedway. The proceeds went to help Westbrook and his family with medical expenses. Since then, the event has grown with Gouse, a Mechanicsburg native and crewmember for Kasey Kahne Racing, signing on as a co-promoter in 2011. For 2013, the Magaro’s have handed the reins off to Gouse entirely.
Proceeds from the extravaganza will go to the York County Racing Club Injured Driver’s Fund, the World of Outlaws Benevolent Fund and the newest beneficiary of the benefit, the Steve King Foundation, based out of Jetmore, Kan.
The charity event will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 with a chicken BBQ that will serve up to 400 people. Cost is $8 per person. The auction begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by an autograph session with World of Outlaws drivers at 2:30 p.m. In addition to the benefit, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will also be holding an auction in the same area from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.nationalopenbenefit.com
About the York County Racing Club: The York County Racing Club created its Injured Driver’s Fund to help any member driver that suffers an injury and loss of income while racing. Much of the club’s time is devoted to the various fundraisers needed to help injured drivers. For more information, please visit www.ycrc.org.
About the World of Outlaws Benevolent Fund: The World of Outlaws Benevolent Fund was created three years ago by legendary car owners Jack Elden along with Beverly and Casey Luna. Additionally, Amy Swindell and Dana Kinser, the wives of drivers Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser, also were instrumental in the funds’ creation. The fund has helped drivers and their families in need after an accident or loss of income for over 25 years.
About the Steve King Foundation: The Steve King Foundation’s primary purpose is to assist drivers, pit crew members, officials and track operation personnel who are involved in dirt-track racing and are seriously ill, injured or killed. Named after Steve King, a driver that lost his life due to injuries suffered from a crash during a 2006 Knoxville Nationals qualifying night, the foundation also assists dirt-track organizations and facilities with obtaining and maintaining safety equipment or implementing safety measures to enhance and improve dirt-track racing. For more information, please visit www.stevekingfoundation.org.
About R&R Enterprises: R&R Enterprises, located in Valley Park, Mo., is an industry leader in racing apparel and merchandise for drivers, teams, tracks sanctioning bodies and more. From silk-screened shirts to custom embroidery to novelty sublimation, R&R has the tools and resources to complete any job. For more information, please visit www.r-rracewear.com or call 1-877-730-6953.
About ButlerBuilt Professional Seats: Based in Concord, N.C., ButlerBuilt Professional Seats is an industry leader when it comes to racing safety. In addition to their full containment seats, ButlerBuilt also offers a wide array of safety products and accessories. For more information about ButlerBuilt Professional Seats, please visit www.butlerbuilt.net or call 1-800-621-SEAT.
About Kolten Gouse Promotions: Kolten Gouse Promotions has handled promotion or co-promotion of the National Open Benefit since 2011. Founded by Kasey Kahne Racing crewmember, Kolten Gouse, KGP focuses many resources each year on events that raise awareness and funds for racing related charities.