By Bill Sullivan, Placerville Speedway
PLACERVILLE, CA – This Saturday night marks the richest night of racing at Placerville Speedway with the 9th Annual Mark Forni Classic. While the best drivers in the region converge for a high bounty, this night of racing is much more than just a race for winning. It’s a night that remembers a dedicated community icon who’s efforts worked to secure the sport of auto racing for years to come at Placerville. Additionally, the event will raise thousand’s of dollars towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societ for the second year in a row.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training participant and longtime local race fan Carla Tilford, has organized what will be thesecond annual benefit raffle at the upcoming Mark Forni Classic. This year’s event is expected to be even bigger than last years in both raffle prizes as well as fundraising.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a not-for-profit, voluntary health organization whose mission is to cure leukemia and its related cancers — lymphoma, multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease — and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Over a year ago, Carla became involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after members of her family had been affected by blood cancers including Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in hope of making a difference to help save others lives.
Last year, local race fans raised nearly $2000 for this great cause at the Forni Classic and plans this year are to surpass that amount. Proceeds raised by means of a well orchestated, large raffle at this event will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Greater Sacramento Chapter to provide financial assistance to families, support research for a cure and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Businesses from throughout Sacramento, El Dorado and Amador Counties have donated an amazing number of prizes for this year’s event. Donors have pitched in from througout the United States this year, including Chip Ganassi Racing which has donated autographed Kyle Larson goods. Larson began his sprint car racing career at Placerville Speedway at the age of 14 and is now NASCAR’s rising star in the Sprint Cup Series as well as Nationwide and Trucks. The Larson gear is just one of many great prizes that will be available to race fans this Saturday night.
Team In Training is the world’s largest endurance training program and the signature fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The goal of Team In Training is to increase funding to support LLS’ mission while promoting fitness and healthy lifestyles for all the participants who take part in the program. Local Ambassadors will be present at the Speedway to speak to folks interested in learning more the program. In addition, information you can learn more about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, which consist of individuals, like Tilford, who train for an endurance event and fundraiser on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit www.teamintraining.org or call (916) 929-4720.