As part of the yearlong celebration of the circuit’s 25th anniversary, Powerboat Superleague has decided to share the wealth through a giving back program with designated charities for three of our events: Marietta’s Riverfront Roar, Huntington’s Grand Prix Classic and Aurora’s A Roar of Thunder. Our private charitable fund – the Ken Winkle Memorial Fund – has always been used as an internal vehicle to quietly assist those drivers/teams in need of help. This year we will use the fund, with additional emphasis and donations to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the LiveStrong Foundation and a charity of Dana Tomes’ choice. Both of the (to date) named/public (tax deductible) institutions work to find cures and offer assistance to survivors of cancer – a disease that has personally impacted drivers, officials and the families of Powerboat Superleague.
How: Small banks will be placed at on-site registration and then at a few pit locations during the designated weekends to collect donations for the specified charity. The pit locations will be announced to the public during the event and there will be a “bank” available near the officiating platform as well.
At the end of each event, banks will be collected and emptied by Superleague staff members and Ken Winkle Memorial Fund board members Janie Tilton and Marie Bremer. Separate accountings for each designated charity will be kept and amounts for each will be logged; money will be deposited in the Ken Winkle Fund account. Post event amounts will be published on the Superleague web site – both on Buzz and on the going green-giving back page. At the end of the racing season – during the Superleague annual awards banquet – checks will be written to the designated charities for the total amount collected – per charity – over the racing season.
- Passionately Pink t-shirts have been developed by Superleague’s media person and will be offered for sale to both league participants and the public. Once cost of shirt has been covered (cost of garment plus printing – design costs are pro bono) all proceeds will be donated to the Pink Can collections.
- LiveStrong has donated yellow wristbands as a thank you for donations of more than $3 to the yellow can fund.