Racing to Help Variety Kids

Last Saturday, August 25, was the Bommarito 500 at Gateway Motorsporks Park. But, on Wednesday, August 22, you could already hear the sounds of a race – the rumble of motors and the cheers of a crowd filled the Gateway Kartplex for Karting for Kids 2018, part of the St. Louis Speed Festival.

From noon to 2 p.m., Variety St. Louis hosted its second annual corporate Karting for Kids event, with six teams racing for glory. For the second year in a row, Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging took home the trophy for Fastest Team. Mike Milner, also of Legacy, won the title for Fastest Lap.

Hogan supported the event yet again, with Carl Hogan Jr. and his son, Trey, participating alongside others from their company on the Hogan Team. Other corporate teams included Ameren Corporation, Bank of America, Imo’s Pizza and World Wide Technology.  

Some very special attendees were present at the event as well. Variety Kids Brendan and Jackson, and their families, were at the track to cheer on the teams, snap some photos and even wave the official flags during the race!

After the corporate event ended, Karting for Kids opened to the public, with $10 from every “Arrive and Drive” at the Kartplex going to help kids like Brendan and Jackson.

But the Speed Festival didn’t end there! The night before the big race, August 24, Vintage Indy Registry hosted a live auction of a vintage racecar painting by William Homeier, and selected Variety St. Louis to receive the proceeds. The winning bidder was Chuck Jones, the gentleman who owns the car in the painting.

We’d like to thank Hogan for supporting this fun event yet again, and thank each of the corporate teams who came out and helped to make it a success. Another thank you goes out to all those who raced in an “Arrive and Drive” at the Kartplex that evening, and to Gateway Kartplex for hosting the event. Finally, we’d like to thank Vintage Indy Registry, William Homeier and Chuck Jones for your generosity.

It is because of all of you that Variety Kids are able to receive the access and opportunities they need to succeed, from medical equipment to therapy and from recreational to performing arts programs. Thank you!