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Campbell to be dunked for a cause at Celebration
Workers were at the Martinsville Speedway on Tuesday to set up rides for Celebration 2014, which will be held Thursday at the speedway. A total of 14 rides for children, including the Super Truck ride shown above, will be open to the public free of charge beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday. In addition, speedway President Clay Campbell will spend three hours in a dunking booth to raise funds for food for local families in need. (Bulletin photos by Mike Wray)
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell has come up with a novel but beneficial way to stay cool at Celebration 2014: He’s going to sit in a dunking booth for three hours to help raise money for the Fuel for Families Food Drive.
Thursday night’s Celebration 2014 at Martinsville Speedway is the annual free Independence Day event that includes music, carnival rides and fireworks.
For the sixth straight year, it also includes the Fuel for the Families Food Drive. With inventory at local food banks at alarmingly low levels, Campbell wanted to help.
“We know there are so many local families that struggle to put food on the table … something that most of us take for granted,” Campbell said. “I figured there were a few people out there that would probably want to dunk me and a lot of folks that would want to help the cause.”
Campbell will be perched in a dunking booth near the carnival rides from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. The cost for a chance to dunk him is three throws for $5. All proceeds will go toward purchasing canned goods for the Fuel for the Families Food Drive.
“We are so grateful that Clay is willing to take a seat in the dunking booth to support the Fuel for Families Food Drive. It is evident that his generosity has no limit when it comes to supporting our community,” said Tiffani Underwood, executive director of the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, which coordinates the food drive. “I hope everyone will come out and not only bring a canned food item, but also take a turn to dunk Clay and support hungry families right here in Martinsville and Henry County.”
There will be several collection areas at entrance gates and in the carnival area for the food drive. Any monetary donations will be used to buy additional items.
A free-to-the-public family event, Celebration 2014 will begin at 3 p.m., when the carnival rides open. There will be 14 rides this year, the most yet, with three major rides added. The carnival rides are free.
The entertainment portion of Celebration will begin earlier in the day this year, starting at 4 p.m. when Superhold, a 1980s cover band takes the stage. Domino, a horn band from Roanoke, will play at 6 p.m.
The headlining act, The Cadillac Three, will take the spotlight at 8 p.m., followed by a fireworks display.
Sponsors for Celebration 2014 include: American Global Logistics, Ameristaff, Applied Felts, Bassett Furniture, Bassett Office Supply, BB&T, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Brad Parker Insurance Agency – Nationwide Insurance, Carter Bank & Trust, Carter Machinery, Chamber’s Partnership for Economic Growth, City of Martinsville, Collinsville Printing, Commonwealth Laminating, Cool Knobs and Pulls, Dillon Insurance, Eastman, First Piedmont, Frith Construction, Henry County, Henry County Baptist Association, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Hooker Furniture, Martinsville DuPont Credit Union, Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation, Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, Nelson Automotive, RTI Martinsville, River Community Bank, Shenandoah Furniture, Southwestern Virginia Gas, Stanley Furniture, Steve Martin Trenching, TR Properties, Taco Bell, Tarheel Paper and Supply Co., The Lester Group, Virginia Mirror, West Window and Zenith Logistics.
(Editor’s note: Mike Smith is director of public relations at Martinsville Speedway.)