When I heard what Vinny Beedle, who owns Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Connecticut, was doing this weekend, I had to share it with you. Below you can read the story our communications manager Whitney Wyatt wrote.
Bringing back the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the Waterford Speedbowl means more than just celebrating a NASCAR legend. The Mr. Rooter 161 on June 23 will help a Connecticut charity. Vinny Beedle, owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Connecticut, is sponsoring the event in memory of his son who died at age 2. When attendees arrive, they can donate $2 to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a charity that serves seriously ill children. "We have a heart for children, and every year we do something to help kids," Beedle said. "We chose The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp this year, because it's here in Connecticut and it helps so many children." Founded by Paul Newman in 1988, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a camp for children diagnosed with serious, life-threatening conditions like cancer. It will serve more than 20,000 children and their family members this year. At the camp, kids get to participate in activities like archery, mini golf, swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, sports, theater and camping. Attending the camp is free, thanks to supporters like Beedle. "Seeing what my son went through gave me a different perspective, so I know what parents of sick children are going through," Beedle said. "In memory of my son, we would love to pack the stands for this event and donate a lot of money to this wonderful charity." If that's not enough reason to attend the Mr. Rooter 161, there will be an extra lap in honor of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans. He is the late nine-time NASCAR Modified champion who drove car No. 61. This will be the Tour's first appearance at Waterford since 2006.
Vinny, I hope the event is a success. Here's wishing you a world class day.