140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Just in Time for the Holidays: Ragan Offers Children-Inspired Items for Shriners

NASCAR driver David Ragan will auction off an autographed Shriners Hospitals for Children(SHC)-themed racing helmet on eBay, beginning Dec. 15 and ending Dec. 21. A special edition diecast car featuring a unique Shriners Hospitals for Children paint scheme that Ragan raced this fall, will also be available for purchase in December. Proceeds from both sales will benefit the SHC-health care system.

Ragan wore the helmet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in September and the Oct. 12 ARCA race at Toledo Speedway. The helmet honors Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international health care system that provides pediatric specialty care at no charge. The helmet also features Ragan’s 2008 season sponsor AAA, and his team, Roush Fenway Racing. Please visit the fundraising page on the Shriners Hospitals Web site, www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Main/Support/ to learn how you can place a bid on this one-of-a-kind helmet.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children paint scheme was created for Ragan’s participation in the 2008 season finale of the ARCA RE/MAX Series at the Toledo Speedway. The special edition diecast car, created in its likeness, is available for pre-order for $29.95 plus shipping and handling at www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Main/Support/. Only 2,500 of these unique collector’s items, which will be signed by Ragan, will be available.

Ragan named Shriners Hospitals for Children his official charity of choice at the annual convention of Shriners International on July 1 in St. Louis. In addition to these unique opportunities to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals, Ragan will visit as many of the 22 hospitals as his busy NASCAR schedule permits. He has also brought national attention to the health care system and the Shriners fraternity through public service announcements.

“I look forward to a long and productive relationship with Shriners International and the health care system they help support,” Ragan said. “With the help of NASCAR fans across the nation, I know we can increase donations to their worthwhile cause and ultimately help thousands more children in the future.”

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