LOUDON, N.H. – Three local nonprofits experienced true holiday spirit, each benefitting from the generosity of those who attended the Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The seasonal event, which ran from Thanksgiving through January 5, kicked off the year’s fundraising efforts for Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter with $30,000, provided an extra 4,800 meals to the Loudon Food Pantry and helped the Loudon Firefighters Association raise $4,000.
Gift of Lights visitors received a discount on their admission when they brought at least three non-perishable food items to donate to the Loudon Food Pantry. These donations contributed to a total of 5,858 pounds of food, which will provide 4,882 meals.
“It’s always great when a community comes together to help those in need,” said Sue Houck, president of the Loudon Food Pantry. “Thanks to the generosity of those that attended the Gift of Lights and those that work at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, there will be fewer families making the choice to eat or heat their homes this winter.”
Since the Gift of Lights first started in 2011, food and monetary donations have allowed NHMS to donate over 98,000 pounds of food to the Loudon Food Pantry, which has provided nearly 93,000 meals to locals during the holiday and winter months.
Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, which raises money for children in need throughout New England, received a portion of each car’s admission and a part of the registration proceeds for the Yule Light Up The Night run/walk put on by Millennium Running for a total of $30,218, making this one of the largest SCCNH fundraisers annually. The funds raised will be combined with the proceeds from other SCCNH events throughout 2020 and be distributed through grants to local nonprofits in December. As the official charity of the speedway, Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter has raised $220,476 from the Gift of Lights since 2011 and has distributed more than $1.8 million supporting over 808,000 children throughout New England since its inception in 2009.
The Loudon Firefighters Association hosted a s’mores pit on eight Friday and Saturday nights during Gift of Lights for a monetary donation totaling $3,736 for their Off Road Utility Vehicle Fund, which will be used for off road firefighting and rescue situations. The Loudon Firefighters Association has hosted the s’mores pit during Gift of Lights for three years now, collecting a total of $10,169.
The Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane and Oil, which has seen more than 108,000 cars since it started in 2011, is a 2.5-mile drive-thru light show, which transforms New Hampshire Motor Speedway into a twinkling winter wonderland with 80 different scenes, 520 displays and 2.5 million LED lights.
For ticket information for all events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the June 13-20 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 17-19 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 11-12 Full Throttle Fall Weekend visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.