VAN METER NIGHT AT THE RACES-RACING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Free Admission with Monetary Donation to Charity at Hawkeye Downs June 12, 2015 with All Proceeds Directed to Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation Directed towards the Safe Sleep Task Force of Eastern Iowa Initiative.
On Friday, June 12, community members are invited to enjoy a free night at Hawkeye Downs Raceway knowing their entry fee will go to a great cause. Admission, normally $10, has been changed to a monetary donation with Van Meter Inc.’s annual race sponsorship. In return, race fans are encouraged to give a monetary donation with 100 percent of the proceeds directed to Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation, directing funds to the Safe Sleep Task Force of Eastern Iowa. The money raised will help provide a free Pack N’ Play portable crib and a set of crib sheets for families who attend a two-hour educational class on safe sleep as part of the Cribs for Kids program to promote safe sleep environments for infants.
The event will feature a celebrity Legend Car Pride Race between President and CEO of Van Meter, Kevin Powell, KCRG-TV’s Reporter, Forrest Saunders, 1600 KGYM’s program director, Scott Unash, and Big 10 Network Commentator and former NFL and Hawkeye Football legend, Chuck Long. This event has become an annual tradition sponsored by the employees of Van Meter.
“We choose a different local charity each year to support. Our goal is to help raise awareness and financial support for the cause,” said Vice President of Sales Todd Ettleman. “Over the last five years we’ve been able to donate over $26,000 to various community organizations and look forward to helping another great organization. We see this as an opportunity for us to entertain our employees, customers, and members of the community at the raceway, all while achieving one of our core principles in giving back to the community.”
The gates at Hawkeye Downs Speedway open at 6 PM and races start 7:30 PM. Admission will be a monetary donation at the gate. Hawkeye Downs is located at 4400 6th Street SW in Cedar Rapids.
Van Meter is a 100 percent employee-owned electrical and mechanical distributor based out of Cedar Rapids. The company sells electrical, automation, power transmission, datacomm, lighting and utility supplies and services throughout its twelve locations across Iowa. To learn more about Van Meter, visit www.vanmeterinc.com or call 1-800-247-1410.