I know... I know... It's only early November.... but as you may have noticed, time zooms by these days, and before you know it, it'll be Thanksgiving... and then... Christmas! .
In an effort to get things moving a little sooner than later, and to give Kevin and his team a little more time to make sure the best effort can be given to match the "wishes" with the "presents," I hope those of you reading this... (some who maybe only recently found us here.... many who have been with us since the beginning)... will do what the short track racing community has done now going on 36 years, and that is support the Matheny Christmas Party.
Kevin and his team of elves do the heavy lifting here, and our role is to help him them by providing donations that help with securing the items that will be on Santa's list for this year - Your early support helps to make it all happen.
We've provided this before, but for those new to the site and/or may be unfamiar with the deep history that the short track racing community has with the Matheny School, from what I've learned it started with an idea that a very young Sammy Beavers had when visiting the school for disabled students as part of a class trip when Sam was still an elementary school student. Sammy was moved by the experience and thought if he was ever in a position to do something to help out, he would.
Year's later, as Sam became one of the sports top racers, Sammy, along with fellow racer Mike Grbac, and racing photographer Ace Lane were able to put together a gathering to help out the students at the school. Others that I have heard that were very instrumental in these early efforts were Ken Kuhlmann and Wendy Kennedy.
While the gatherings have taken different forms over the years (movie party, auction, and now Christmas Party for the Students), the purpose has always been consistent, and that is to remember the students of Matheny, and to help bring some joy to some very special folks.
We thank you for being part of what we refer to here as the Vault Community, and hope that whether you've been visiting us for just a few months, or as is the case with some, for many years, that you will follow through on the request to continue to support the short track racing community's tradition of supporting the Matheny Christmas Party.
Please consider supporting the 2023 event by whichever of the following is most convenient for you:
Checks or gift cards can be sent to:
70 Albert Drive
Parlin, NJ, 08859
Attn: Bob Caramella (Please Note: Matheny School Party in the memo line.)
(RJC will return a tax exempt voucher to you if requested - (Please provide a mailing address where to send the voucher.)
Donations via Paypal can be made through a link on the RJC Charities Website: http://www.rjccharities.com/Blank.html http://www.rjccharities.com/ (RJC will return a tax exempt voucher to you if requested - (Please provide a mailing address where to send the voucher.)
Checks or gift cards to be used for the purchase of gifts for the students can also be mailed to:
144 Mercer Rd
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
If you'd like, please email me (3Wide @ optonline. net ) after you've reached out to RJC Charities, or to Kevin, and I will let them know to be on the look-out for "a something" from you. They will follow up with an email to you so that you know that your support was received, and appreciated!
Thank you for reading this and for understanding what the support of the local racing community means to the kids at the Matheny School. Thank you to those who started the tradition way back when, and thank you Vault Visitors for allowing our site to help Kevin and his folks keep the tradition going.