Charitable events combined to raise more than $77,000 for Sonoma County nonprofit groups during the 27th NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, July 25-27.
The proceeds from the majority of events will benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway, which has distributed more than $4.5 million to qualified youth groups since 2001.
Fundraising kicked off on Thursday, July 24, at the eighth annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night, presented by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), which raised more than $26,000.
The evening honors the memory of Medlen, a native of Oakdale in the San Joaquin Valley, who succumbed in March 2007, to injuries sustained from a testing accident. Medlen was a member of John Force Racing.
A number of popular NHRA personalities highlighted the evening, including Jack Beckman, Brandon Bernstein, Ron Capps, Richie Crampton, Brittany Force, Courtney Force, Ashley Force Hood, Morgan Lucas, Scott Pollacheck and J.R. Todd. More than 100 attendees turned out for the dinner at Stone Tree Golf club in Novato, including Medlen’s mother, Mimi, and his father, John.