DALLAS – As part of the events leading up to the upcoming Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation race on August 13 in Richmond Circuit, Global Express partnered with a local carrier Estesto organize a series of activities to benefit local charities in Virginia, including a foster care agency UMFS and Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHOR) at VCU.
Worldwide Express will host a toy and supply drive at Richmond Raceway, greet and greet drivers and donate race tickets to CHoR and UMFS families.
Estes will also be hosting a toy drive at its Richmond headquarters Aug. 8-19, where employees are encouraged to donate needy toys and supplies to CHoR and UMFS. Another local carrier, UPS, will receive tickets for the Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation race for teams and families at its local UPS Customer Center.
“We are thrilled to honor our carriers by impacting two organizations supported by Estes, one of our largest and longest serving carrier partners,” said Worldwide Express President Rob Rose. “Over the years, Richmond-based Estes has made a significant contribution of time and resources to Richmond Children’s Hospital at VCU and UMFS, and we would like to continue their efforts by encouraging donations from teams, fans and the general public surrounding the race.”
“As a family business for over 90 years, our team enjoys supporting nonprofits and causes that go above and beyond to help children and families thrive, such as UMFS and CHoR “said Rob Estes, President and CEO of Estes. “We want to thank our friends at Worldwide Express for choosing Estes as our partner to help bring toys, supplies, donations, fun and hope to these deserving organizations.”
Toy and Supply Drive: August 13 and 14 at Richmond Raceway
Worldwide Express will be accepting toy and supply donations in person at the Worldwide Express Fan Zone at Richmond Raceway Midway on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14. Each person who donates will be entered into a draw to win a pilot. -signed memorabilia and prizes, including a Richmond Raceway flag signed by current NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Niece Motorsports memorabilia and Trackhouse Racing merchandise.
Wish list items for both organizations include coloring books, books, fidget toys, LEGO toys, wipeable school age toys, preschool toys, dinosaur figures, PAW Patrol toys, slime kits, putty, therapy paste, kinetic sand, UNO card games, family card games, family board games, battery operated string lights, balls (sensory balls, playground balls, balls bouncy cars), remote control cars/vehicles, Matchbox cars, art supplies and school headphones.
“We are so grateful to be part of this exciting opportunity through Worldwide Express,” said Stephanie Allan, vice president of community development at Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We want to help children feel comfortable and at home when they are in the hospital and having access to toys and supplies helps us do that. Every dollar raised and every toy donated makes a difference in the life of a child at CHoR.
Fans can also make monetary donations online which will be used to purchase toys and supplies through the Worldwide Express website at wwex.com/toydrive. Online donations will be accepted beginning Monday, August 8 and will end at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on Friday, August 19. All monetary donations will be used to purchase items directly from the CHoR and UMFS wishlists and will be donated to charities. Worldwide Express will match all donations up to a total of $25,000.
Meet the drivers
On Thursday, August 11, Niece Motorsports drivers Dean Thompson and Carson Hocevar will make an appearance at UMFS alongside the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, winner of the #41 Worldwide Express Chevrolet.
Pilots will participate in a Q&A session, sign autographs, and provide photo opportunities for UMFS students, staff, and families as well as Estes Headquarters teams. UMFS is located at 3900 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230.
“UMFS is grateful for the continued support of Worldwide Express and our neighbors in Estes,” said Nancy Toscano, President and CEO of UMFS. “Estes and UMFS have been rooted in the Richmond community for decades, and thanks to strong community partners like Estes, we are able to better serve children, teens, and families across Virginia.”
Through its WWEX Racing program, Worldwide Express, as well as its sister brands Global Tranz and unishippersannounced earlier this year a multi-year partnership with Hippodrome racing as main sponsor on the No. 1 driven by Ross Chastain and the No. 99 driven by Daniel Suarez. The brands also serve as a main partner all season with Niece Motorsports on No. 40 driven by Dean Thompson, No. 41 driven by Ross Chastain for four Camping World Truck Series races and No. 42 driven by Carson Hocevar in eight Camping World Truck Series races, including the Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation at Richmond Raceway. For more information on WWEX Racing, visit www.wwexracing.com.
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