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Corporate Pinewood Derby Challenge to benefit Boy Scouts

Friday, November 21, 2008 12:00 AM
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FLORENCE, KY . . . November 21, 2008 . . . Turfway Park has teamed with the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America to host the first annual Corporate Pinewood Derby Challenge. The event will take place at the Northern Kentucky racetrack on December 17 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

All proceeds benefit scouting in the Trailblazer District, Dan Beard Council, which serves young people from the seven counties in Northern Kentucky.

The Corporate Pinewood Derby Challenge is a take on the Cub Scouts' annual Pinewood Derby, a competition for which scouts build and decorate small wooden cars and race them down an incline. For the corporate version, teams from local businesses may build their own cars from kits provided by the scouts or, if they prefer, use a ready-made car provided by the scouts. The Corporate Challenge will use an official Pinewood Derby track and timer and follow the same rules, with the exception of allowable weight.

At stake for participating teams are bragging rights and trophies for the first, second, and third fastest cars and best corporate theme. At stake for the scouts is much-needed funding.

Said Dan Beard Council district director Darin Steindl, “In the seven counties we serve in Northern Kentucky, more than 4,600 youth members and adult volunteers participate in our leadership and character development program. Our ScoutREACH program, which allows boys from low-income families to participate in Scouting at no charge, has been growing every year. We receive no funding from the federal government and operate solely through the contributions received from individuals, businesses, the United Way and proceeds from our annual popcorn sale. We are very grateful that Turfway Park is hosting the Corporate Pinewood Derby Challenge, which will help us reach our remaining financial needs for 2008."

Cost to participate is $250 per team, which includes the car or car kit, entry in the race, five admission tickets, and hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will be available, and teams can enjoy the fun of Turfway's live Thoroughbred racing as well. Additional tickets are $15 each. Other sponsorship levels are available.

"We encourage our corporate neighbors to participate in this unique evening and applaud those who have already signed up," said Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston. "Especially in uncertain times, I can't think of a wiser, more community-minded choice than investing in the development of tomorrow's leaders. And when a company can boost the morale of its employees in the process with a team-building event like this, everybody wins."

More information and a link for online registration are available at or by calling (513) 961-2336, ext. 236.

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