On Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, Lime Rock Park presented The Corner Food Pantry of Lakeville, Conn., with a donation in the amount of $2,860. The funds were raised by collecting $25 or more from participants of the Vintage Race and Sports Car Parade. Held on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2018, the parade traverses a 17-mile route through the communities of Lime Rock, Lakeville, Salisbury and Falls Village and is the kick-off event for Historic Festival 36 (Aug. 29 - Sept. 3, 2018).
Mary Taylor (pictured right) and Betsy Clark (center), both members of the board that oversees The Corner Food Pantry, accepted the check from Skip Barber, President of Lime Rock Park (left). “We are pleased to present this donation to such a deserving organization, which helps thousands of families in this region of the country — from Northwest Connecticut to the lower Berkshires region of Massachusetts to northern Dutchess County, N.Y.”
Since opening in 1990, The Corner Food Pantry and its volunteers have provided an estimated 10,000 meals each month to individuals and families in the Tri-State region. The donation from Lime Rock Park will go toward purchasing non-perishable food to serve those in need. Lime Rock Park will continue to assist The Corner Food Pantry through the holiday season with several food drive initiatives. Anyone who would like to participate can donate a non-perishable food item to the Track Office at 497 Lime Rock Road in Lakeville, Conn.
During Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 36, additional community organizations and charities were supported, including:
• The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Lime Rock Park’s official 2018 charity, which is set to received more than 7,000 from various fundraising activities held during the festival such as Hot Lap Raffles, Green Flag Waving Opportunities,and collections at the concession stand and stores;
• 31 different regional non-profit and educational-based organizations that were each provided $7,750 worth of weekend passes to the festival for their fundraising efforts;
• Active and Retired Military and Veterans, which received free admission to the festival;
• Robin Hood Radio of Sharon, Conn., which received complimentary vending space for the station’s fundraising booth where more than $2,000 worth of vintage clothing was sold;
• Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWASA), which received $1,000 in donation for assisting with parking in Falls Village during the parade and on Sunday morning;
• The Lakeville Hose Company, which received $1,000 in donation for directing traffic for the parade; and
• The Falls Village Fire Department, which received $500 in donation for assisting with the parade’s street fair in Falls Village.