Thursday, March 4, 2021

2020 Glen Jackson Memorial Race Day raises funds for Camp Vincent

The annual Glen Jackson Memorial Race Day has raised funds once again for a local community group.

Organizers for the event, held on September 12, 2020 at the Grand Bend Motorplex, say it was another success.

“Unfortunately due to COVID-19, this year had to be a private event and the number of cars and spectators that could attend was limited,” organizers say.

“However, even COVID-19 couldn’t stop the Jackson Racing Family and friends from raising money for charity.”

This year the Jackson family raised $3,700 at the track and the Courteaux family added an extra $1,300 to make it an even $5,000.

The money was given this year to Camp Vincent, a camp owned and operated by St. Vincent de Paul.

“Thanks to the drivers and fans, a bunch of lucky kids will be attending camp next year,” the event organizers say.

“This years winners were George Vigh for fastest street car, Matt Marchand for fastest street car driven to the track, Tom Craig fastest reaction time, Eric Savoie for the bracket race.”

The organizers say none of this would be possible “without the great work” from their volunteers this year.

The volunteers, include: Lee Salisbury, Heather Salisbury, Brandy Chauvin, Melissa Charlebois, Chantal Lalonde, Mary Yacks, Russell Yacks Sr., Branden Vansnick, Danielle Bird-Evans and Franco Gabriele.

The organizers say they received donations from the following sponsors: Riverview GM, Comic Oasis, Main Phase, Bills International, MTR Excavating, The Watered Edge, Knights of Pythias, Progressive Ford, Patterson Motors, Life Expressions, O’Leary Bro’s Racing, Wallaceburg Eye Care Centre, NAPS, Murray Street Auto, the Blake Family, the Lankhof family, the Lethbridge family and the Courteaux family.

“Glen Jackson Memorial Race Day was organized to pay Tribute to a man that loved and lived the sport of drag racing,” organizers say.

“Without the support of all who have attended this event over the past years, this wouldn’t be the success it is. So many great memories are made, not just on the day of the races, but the days leading up to and all the countless hours spent preparing our vehicles for this day of unforgettable memories.”

The organizers added: “This event has continued to give car, truck and bike enthusiasts something to keep that spark alive and even created new enthusiasts which is very important as it seems to be something that was fading.”

The Glen Jackson Memorial Race Day has raised and given back over $40,000 to the community since it started in 2014.

“There is no doubt that the Jackson boys are making their dad proud with this awesome Race Day event, but if you could ask Glen himself, ‘yes sir’ would be his answer.”

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