MIAMI – Homestead-Miami Speedway celebrated the gift of giving this holiday season, as the championship track delivered presents to PATCHES nursing center in Florida City and to the Speediatrics unit at Homestead Hospital- a tradition that began in 2007. In the 10-year anniversary of the holiday toy delivery, the Speedway brought Santa Claus to each of the facilities to gift the wrapped presents to pediatric patients.
The Speedway staff and Santa Claus’ first stop in town was to PATCHES, a non-profit organization, which serves children with medical needs such as pulmonary management, medication and growth and development issues. Homestead-Miami Speedway donated more than 75 gifts to the children who ranged in age from newborns to teenagers.
From the nursing center, Santa then headed to Homestead Hospital where he interacted with children in the Speediatrics unit, also known as the Betty Jane France Children’s Emergency Center. The Speediatrics unit is the only Emergency Center in South Miami-Dade County dedicated to children. At the unit, the children were gifted teddy bears and gift cards by Santa.
The gifts delivered to the two facilities were donated by Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable arm, Driving for a Cause.
“With every opportunity we have, we look to give back to those who need it the most, especially those in our own backyard,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “While we have the pleasure of crowning NASCAR champions at Ford Championship Weekend each November, there is still nothing like putting a smile on a child’s face during the holidays.”
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The Speedway is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The Speedway hosts on-track events nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. In 2016, NASCAR celebrated its 15-year anniversary (2002-16) of crowning champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016 were Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series), Daniel Suarez (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Johnny Sauter (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). 2017 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 17-19.
About “Driving for a Cause”
“Driving for a Cause,” the charitable arm of Homestead-Miami Speedway, operates under the auspices of the NASCAR Foundation as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Homestead-Miami Speedway will continue each of its charitable activities, including its in-kind donations to local groups, support of Homestead Hospital’s Speediatrics unit, and its program where organizations can work track events in exchange for a donation to their group or cause.