Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable arm, Driving for a Cause, is dedicated more than ever to making a lasting impact on the community, supporting growth with volunteer and non-profit efforts, by now accepting applications online for financial gifts to be awarded to eligible 501 (c) (3) charities until July 31. Track President Matthew Becherer made the announcement.
“We’re committed to making a difference in the lives of our neighbors once again,” said Becherer. “When we launched Driving for a Cause in 2012, we knew it had the ability to benefit those in the community and we are seeing that come to fruition. In recognition of the vital role non-profits play in South Florida, Driving for a Cause will select charity partners to empower with our philanthropy and service.”
Recipients of Grants in 2013 included The Boys and Girls Club of Broward County; Homestead-South Dade Kiwanis Club; Farmworker Association of Florida; and Branches.
Established after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the City of Homestead developed a state-of-the-art race track that would forever change the economy of Homestead, Greater Miami, and the entire South Florida region. Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Driving for a Cause uses the popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on South Florida youth and educational programs. Driving for a Cause operates as a donor-advised fund under the umbrella of The NASCAR Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization that hosts numerous annual charity events.
In addition to the charitable contributions from Driving for a Cause, Homestead-Miami Speedway also donates more than $300,000 annually to dozens of South Florida organizations that donate their time to work Ford Championship Weekend in lieu of individual payment, and then receive a donation for their particular organization.
All financial contributions are administered through Driving for a Cause. Applications can be found at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/DrivingForACause. All requests must be post marked by July 31 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Please note that an application does not guarantee a donation. Requests will be reviewed and all applicants will be notified of the grant decisions by September 19. Please contact John Ross, Manager of Community Outreach at 305-230-5243 or JRoss@homesteadmiamispeedway.com for more information about Driving for a Cause.