Coats for Kids drive makes a difference for over 500 Cumberland County children from 17 schools

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Atlantic City Electric, Bottino’s Shoprite, South Jersey Gas, Wal-Mart, and Susquehanna Bank play major roles

MILLVILLE, N.J. – Over 500 local school children are scheduled to visit New Jersey Motorsports Park on Friday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy their “Coats for Kids” holiday program hosted by the New Jersey Motorsports Park Green Flag Children’s Charities.

Cumberland County elementary and middle school students, selected by their school, will choose a brand new winter coat, a pair of gloves or mittens, a hat and a scarf, a book or two and then enjoy a hot, healthy lunch, plus a visit with Santa and some corporate mascots. Each item has been donated to the drive by corporations, Green Flag Committee members, and racers.

“The support of the corporate and local volunteer and racing community in providing these children with brand new warm-weather clothing of their choice is overwhelming,” said Patti Mackie, co-chairperson of the Coats for Kids committee.

“This is one of those special events we look forward to hosting every holiday season,” said Brad Scott, general manager and COO of New Jersey Motorsports Park. “We’re thankful for the support of the community and we’re pleased that over 500 children in Cumberland County will benefit from our coat drive.”

“The Green Flag Committee volunteers work hard to support our local children’s organizations,” said Don Fauerbach, founder of the NJMP Green Flag Committee. “For the seventh year in a row we are providing these children in need warmth, love, and happiness during the holidays. We’re thankful for the support of our sponsors, our community, and all the racers who have helped us raise the funds necessary to accomplish this special goal for these children.”

Leading the corporate contribution list are; Bottino’s Shoprite, Wal-Mart, South Jersey Gas, Susquehanna Bank, and Atlantic City Electric with their generous contributions. Bottino’s Shoprite Stores are donating, preparing and serving the complete luncheon for the children, Wal-Mart is contributing new coats, and South Jersey Gas, Atlantic City Electric, and Susquehanna Bank are providing funding to purchase a portion of the winter wear.

The motorsports community has once again provided significant support for this year’s coat drive. The South Jersey Region of the Sport Car Club of America (SCCA) conducted a funds drive to benefit Coats for Kids, raising hundreds of dollars to help purchase additional winter coats during their recent regional races held at NJMP, and numerous Porsche and BMW racing clubs have also made substantial contributions.

In addition to the Coats for Kids program, NJMP plays host to a number of community fund raising events throughout the year. The facility also annually hosts the Barbara Cook and Bill Bottino Mud Run to fight Cancer and a Daytona 500 viewing party that raises funds for the Green Flag Children’s Charities. For more information, visit www.NJMPgfc.org or call (856) 327-7201.

About the Green Flag Committee
The Green Flag Committee, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, is comprised of individuals who share a common commitment to enhance the overall quality of life in Cumberland County through volunteerism and charitable activities, with a strong focus on the needs of children and youth. The GFC also works to inform the general public of the features and benefits of the New Jersey Motorsports Park and related Millville Airport tourism centers. It provides operational support for NJMP charitable events and related social and public affairs. In addition, the GFC works in close partnership with regional non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and public schools, for the betterment of the local community.

About New Jersey Motorsports Park
Sitting on more than 500 acres in Millville, N.J., New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) is nestled snugly in a beautifully forested region surrounded by scenic rivers and the nearby Delaware Bay. NJMP is conveniently located near Philadelphia, the Jersey Shore, New York and Baltimore, offering diverse and dynamic motorsports attractions. The park includes two world-class road courses, Thunderbolt and Lightning, a motorsports country club membership program known as the “Drivers Club,” the Finish Line Pub restaurant, and Karting at New Jersey Motorsports Park, one of the top karting facilities in the U.S. NJMP is a proud partner of Tower Hospitality, Inspira Health Network, and Monster Energy. For more information, visit www.NJMP.com or call (856) 327-8000.  GPS Address: 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville, NJ 08332.

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