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Dec 7, 2011

New Jersey Motorsports Park's Fourth Annual Coats For Kids Drive To Benefit 548 Children

Fourth Annual Coats For Kids Drive Boosted By Corporate Donations, Community and Racers

Coat Drive Makes a Difference for 548 Cumberland County Children from 19 Schools;
Subaru, Bottinos' Shoprite and Wal-Mart Play Major Roles

MILLVILLE, N.J. - Exactly 548 local school children are scheduled to visit New Jersey Motorsports Park on Friday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit from the "Coats For Kids" holiday program hosted by the NJMP 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, a pair of slippers and enjoy a hot, healthy lunch, plus a visit with Santa. Each item has been donated to the drive by corporations, Green Flag Committee members, individuals from the South Jersey region and generous support from the motorsports community.

"The support of the corporate and local volunteer community in providing these students with warm-weather clothing has been heartwarming," said Patti Mackie, co-chairperson of the Coats for Kids committee.

"We've been in daily contact with all the schools in preparation for this special day for these needy children," added committee co-chairperson Suzanne Dubois of the NJMP Green Flag Committee. "It will be a great event."

"This is one of those special events we look forward to hosting every holiday season," said Brad Scott, general manager 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 the coat drive."

"The Green Flag Children's Charities was created to support local children's-based organizations," said Don Fauerbach, founder of the NJMP Green Flag Committee. "For the fourth year in a row we are providing children in need from Cumberland County with warmth and happiness around the holidays. We're thankful for the support of our corporate sponsors, our community and our volunteers who have helped us raise the funds necessary to accomplish this special goal for these special children."

Leading the corporate contribution list are Subaru of America, Shoprite and Wal-Mart with their generous contributions of funds, food and apparel. Subaru is the Official Vehicle of New Jersey Motorsports Park. Bottinos' Shoprite Stores are donating, preparing and serving the complete lunch for the children and Wal-Mart of Millville came forward just recently with one-quarter of the coats needed for the coat drive.

"During these difficult economic times, Walmart is committed to addressing basic, unmet needs in our community," said Jennifer Hoehn, senior manager of public affairs and government relations for Walmart Stores. "With winter quickly approaching, we are proud to stand with New Jersey Motorsports Park to help provide coats to kids who need them most."

The motorsports community has come on strong in support of this year's coat drive. The South Jersey Region of the Sport Car Club of America (SCCA) conducted a funds drive to benefit the upcoming event, raising hundreds of dollars to help purchase additional winter coats.

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 For Cancer and a Daytona 500 viewing party that raises funds for the Green Flag Children's Charities. Over $240,000 has been raised for various charities since NJMP opened in July of 2008.

For more information, visit www.NJMP.com or call (856) 327-7202.

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 F1 New Jersey, one of the top karting facilities in the U.S. For more information, visit www.NJMP.com or call (856) 327-8000.