My oldest son Nick, has always had a love for stock car racing.
He’s been lucky enough to actually own, and drive a stock car in many races around the state.
Racing is a very expensive sport, and most drivers have to rely on sponsors. Nick has had many sponsors throughout the years that he proudly portraits on his car.
Being a veteran himself, he decided it was time to give a little back. He chose to help the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, after seeing the organization on a Red Sox game. Proudly displaying the emblem on his hood, he went from race to race, spreading awareness for this great program that helps veterans and their families in need. Teaming up with executive director of the program, Pam Payeur, their hope was to make more people aware that this program exists in Maine. Making more people aware, meant that more money could be raised, and more veterans and their families in need could be helped.
With his fiancee Michelle, owner of Fast Track Photography, and his 9 year old daughter Emma, who never misses a race, he spent the racing season spreading awareness for this great non-profit organization.
Wanting to do more…
Nick decided that he wanted to raise money for the Wounded Heroes Program, he thought maybe a softball tournament would work. He contacted ball player Chris O’Grady, who immediately jumped on board. Within minutes, they had it set up on Facebook, and 5 teams signed up. 3 of these teams were veteran led. They organized the 1st Annual Wounded Heroes Program of Maine Softball Tournament with all proceeds going to the program.
Ten teams participated in the softball tournament. Nick, Chris, Pam, and Joleen (also from Wounded Heroes) formed and played on a team of their own. The tournament was a great success, and $3125 was raised. They now plan on making it an annual event.
Others join in to spread the awareness
Nick belongs to a group of drivers called the Northeast Mini Stock Car drivers. The drivers all signed a racing helmet to be given away at Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel, Maine. Just another way to help spread the awareness of this organization.
I am very proud of my son and his family, and the great efforts they have taken to support such a worthy cause.