Crandon International’s Big Heart Donates Nearly $100,000 In Local Contributions For 2019 Season
CRANDON, Wisconsin (February 14, 2020) — Today is Valentine’s Day of course, but for one of motorsports most influential not-for-profit clubs, it is also a time to reflect on one of its fundamental tenants of sustained business — giving back to local charities via volunteerism. Each year, Wisconsin’s Crandon International Raceway grants local charities approximately $100,000 in donations and scholarships, a well deserved “thank you” for the many hours organization of all kinds provide to keep the track operational during the track’s massive event weekends.
The Crandon Board of Directors and Office Manager Tina Kulaf recently held its Volunteer Party in downtown Crandon, an annual affair that offers its generations of supporters a big night of fun, food, dancing and prizes. This year the town hall was resplendent in gold and black decorations celebrating the track’s 50th anniversary season in 2019, with myriad of check presentations made to deserving groups that make up the greater “Crandon Experience.” (please see list below).
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: With the local town hall in Crandon decked out to celebrate the track’s golden anniversary, Crandon Office Manager Tina Kulaf (left) presents Laona Youth representative Cortney Cleereman with a check for $3,400. (Photo: Crandon International)
Staying true to a family history of giving back to charitable causes, Jamey Flannery managed to take time out of an incredibly busy schedule at the 2019 50th Anniversary Polaris RZR Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races® to help others in need. Along with two other off-road race team owners, the local entrepreneur and racer recently donated $35,000 to the Howard Young Autism Foundation.
The nephew of Crandon International Raceway President Cliff Flannery, Jamey (and wife Pam Flannery) not only hosted the massive Crandon Gold Ticket VIP Party at his Lake Metonga home prior to the race weekend, but was also instrumental in helping organize and produce the inaugural “Crandon Rocks” concert featuring Kid Rock that kicked off the World Championships. As the son of Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) racer Jack Flannery, Jamey also managed to return to the driver’s seat after a long absence, piloting the Flannery Trucking/McCoy-backed Pro 4 truck in three races that was prepared by local off-road champion Jeff Kincaid.
As hundreds of Gold Ticket guests watched at the Thursday night VIP party (including Sarah and Todd Palin and NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace), Flannery took the opportunity to continue his family legacy. With Uncle Cliff Flannery acting as auctioneer, a vintage arcade video game was revealed and placed on the auction block. Team owners Steve Menzies (of Las Vegas) and San Diego’s Mark McMillin each bid higher and higher, eventually both offering $10,000 each for the game – which they promptly donated back to the Autism school.
IT’S ALL ABOUT HEART: Cliff Flannery, Jamey Flannery, Steve Menzies and Mark McMillin (left to right) came together to raise $20,000 for the Howard Young Autism Foundation at the recent Crandon International Raceway 50th Anniversary Golden Ticket event. (Photo: Crandon International Raceway)
To top things off, after the weekend was over Flannery donated an additional $15,000 from the sale of specially created Crandon racing merchandise to the cause.
It has often been said that the secret to Crandon’s amazing ability to stay vibrant and active is its long heritage of giving back to those in need. In the case of Jamey Flannery, these local roots and the Flannery family legacy are never too far away.
“We aren’t a big business by any means but one thing is clear, there is no way we would have survived for 50 years without the hard work and support of each and every volunteer,” stated Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “One of the highlights of our year is celebrating all their hard work at the annual Volunteer Party and making donations to the community. But, they give us way more than we can ever give them.”
This season at Crandon International Raceway promises another year of fun, competition and celebrating the summer in Wisconsin’s picturesque Northwoods.
Scheduled for June 19th – 21st, for 2020 the Forest County Potawatomi Crandon Brush Run weekend will see more than 300 short-course and ULTRA4 teams gathering for three full days of racing. With roots that stretch back to its inaugural running in 1970, the first Midwest off-road race of the season will also mark the inaugural race for the newly created Championship Off-Road (COR) Series. The event will celebrate Father’s Day weekend in the American heartland with the sounds of high-horsepower unlimited Pro 2 and Pro 4 trucks, Pro Lite trucks and Pro UTVs, as well as the ULTRA classes. A jam-packed schedule will be filled with all of the COR Sportsman categories and several live concerts – all concluding with Sunday’s intense Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup race for Pro 2 and Pro 4 trucks.
On Labor Day weekend (September 3rd – 6th) Crandon will celebrate its hosting of the 51st Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races®, which in 2020 will also mark the season finale for the new COR series. Last year, a record-shattering crowd of over 70,000 fans packed the “Big House” for the world’s largest short-course off-road event. In addition, unlimited 4-wheel drive ULTRA4 4400 class cars will take part in two special races, with one taking place Saturday night, September 5th as the day’s finale. Then on Sunday, the world’s best Pro short-course racer will compete for a Crandon World Championship title and a huge cash and prize purse on off-road racing’s biggest day — the fifth annual Red Bull Crandon World Cup.
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2019 CRANDON DONATIONS *
American Legion Post 94: $11,000.00
American Legion Post 94: $4,000.00
Animal Resource Fund: $1,700.00
Forest County Chamber: $3,500.00
Crandon Fire Dept.: $3,500.00
Crandon Lions Club: $3,500.00
Crandon Water Shows: $3,000.00
Cub Scouts BSA Pack 549: $3,400.00
Laona Youth: $ 3,400.00
United Methodist Church: $2,000.00
Argonne Methodist Church: $2,000.00
WI Trailblazers: $ 2,300.00
WI Kids Snowmobile Race Ass.: $ 2,500.00
High School Trap Team: $1,500.00
Crandon Girls Basketball: $1,000.00
Forest County Single Track: $1,000.00
Midwest Indian Mission: $1,000.00
City of Crandon: $1,000.00
Total: $ 55,300.00
* Does not include additional scholarships or other donations
ABOUT CRANDON INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY:
Every athletic form of competition has its iconic “holy grail” location; magic places that organically merge time, place and history in locations often imitated — but certainly not duplicated. For off-road racing, that unlikely theater of speed is found deep within Wisconsin’s Northwoods at a place better known as the “Big House.” Located just 100 miles northwest of Green Bay and just outside of the tiny hamlet of Crandon (population: 1,386), for 51 years Crandon International Raceway has provided three generations of fans with dirt throwing, high-intensity action and history-making performances. Crandon’s purpose-built, 400-acre facility is the finest on earth and has long hosted the largest crowds in short-course off-road racing history. Featuring more than 2,200 grass camping sites, fans enjoy two big weekends of racing each year including June’s Brush Run event and Labor Day weekend’s Crandon International World Championship Off-Road Races. Both events feature Championship Off Road (COR) Series Pro and Sportsman divisions, as well as ULTRA4 series rock racing action. For more information please visit www.crandonoffroad.com.