Monster Mile and NFFF Team Up Again to Support Families of Fallen Firefighters
Hospitality Ticket Package for September 30 "AAA 400" to Raise Money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
As has become tradition during the fall race weekend at Dover International Speedway, both the Monster Mile and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will again join forces to raise funds for the survivors of fallen firefighters.
The partnership between the Monster Mile and NFFF has grown in the four years the two have worked together, starting out with a pre-race hospitality ticket package and a fire truck parade as part of pre-race ceremonies.
Most recently, the Firehouse Challenge contest was added to the program, awarding the firehouse with the most attendees their very own Monster Trophy to keep in their station for a full year.
Last year's Firehouse Challenge winner, Cressona Fire Company No. 1 in Cressona, Pa., has had bragging rights for almost a full year now with the trophy and is looking to defend their title at this year's event before the Sept. 30 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Leroy Long, vice president for Cressona Fire Company, said while the bragging rights and excitement of winning the trophy meant a lot, it's what Dover and the NFFF do every year that really make the event worthwhile.
"What the families have to go through [after losing a loved one that is a firefighter], it's hard," Long said, fighting back tears after Cressona won the trophy last year. "But when you lose a firefighter it's hard on the family. And for what [the NFFF and Dover does] for the families and the support they give them, it means a great deal to us."
All proceeds from hospitality ticket sales, sponsorship and a special commemorative T-shirt that is for sale during the fall race weekend are donated to the NFFF. In just four years, a total of $305,899 has been donated.
The mission of the NFFF is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. The NFFF also built and maintains the national memorial, located in nearby Emmittsburg, Md. The memorial is the first permanent national park honoring all firefighters. Since the memorial was constructed in 1981, more than 3,500 names of fallen firefighters in the United States have been added to it.
The ever-evolving program will return for the Sept. 30 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with a new component this year - affordable junior pricing! Firefighters are encouraged to bring their children this year, ages 14 and younger.
The hospitality option includes a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race ticket; a Trackside Access pass on the track while teams prepare for the race; and corporate-style hospitality, including an all-you-can-eat buffet and beverages (Pepsi and Anheuser-Busch products). It costs $109 for adults, or $60 for ages 14 and younger.
In addition, the firefighters and their families that attend will be treated to a special, exclusive question-and-answer session with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet.
To purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.MonsterMileOffers.com/NFFF.