WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (December 9, 2016) - Watkins Glen International and the R.A.C.E. Foundation (Racing and Community Enrichment) are proud to announce $15,000 in grant awards to ten area organizations.

As part of R.A.C.E.’s mission, annual investments are made back into the community with grants of varying sizes, designed to further the efforts of local youth-oriented, non-profit foundations in Chemung, Yates, Schuyler, and Steuben counties. Eligible and Interested foundations were given a month to apply for the various awards.

The 2016 grant award winners are as follows:

Betty Jane France Award:
Watkins Glen Central School District – Summer Recreation Program
Foodbank of the Southern Tier – Backpack Program
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County – Creating Healthy Livings with the 5 C’s Program

Victory Lane Visionary Award:
Schuyler County Youth Football – Helmet and Shoulder Pad Refurbishment
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County – Robotics and Photography Program

Esses Award of Excellence:
Tanglewood Nature Center – Summer Science Drop-In Series
Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) – Prom Night Safety Program
Spirit of Schuyler – Scholarship Program
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County – Raised Garden Beds Project
Dormann Library – Summer Learning Program

“We are very pleased to announce these grant awards, going to many deserving organizations in our region,” Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. “During this first year of the R.A.C.E. Foundation, we have donated over $40,000 to area non-profit organizations.”

The winners will be honored during a reception at Watkins Glen International on Thursday, January 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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