The 5th annual Cans from Race Fans food drive hosted by Ric’s Food Center, 705 S. Mission Street, is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013. Rain or Shine.
The event will be collecting non-perishable food items for local charities and those in need. Bandit Industries will be doing a “Power Hour” from 12-1 where they will match donations. There will be several racecars on display and a chance to get photographs and autographs with drivers.
About The Cause - The origin of “Cans from Race Fans”
On March 21, 2009, Mt. Pleasant Speedway Late Model driver Alvie Haynes held the first “Cans from Race Fans” food drive at Ric’s Food Center in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. to benefit two Isabella County charities, the Central Michigan Chapter of American Red Cross Food Pantry, and the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen.
A lifelong Mt. Pleasant resident, Haynes came up with the idea as a way to help those in need and to say “thank you” to all his sponsors, friends, and family that have supported him in his racing career. The idea was to see how many non-perishable food items the community could donate and fill up Haynes’ racecar hauler. Seeing the great work their fellow racer was doing Haynes had several of his racing competitors show support by displaying their racecars at the food drive and holding a “Meet and Greet” with fans. There were also several giveaways and prizes for those making donations. The first food drive was very successful as Haynes filled his racecar hauler and raised $320 in monetary donations.
Fast forward to year two, and on April 3, 2010, the second annual “Cans from Race Fans” event took place with year two proving bigger and better. In year two, Haynes held the benefit for the local Red Cross and The Salvation Army. Once again held at Ric’s Food Center, the event brought in 1,757 food items and 121 baby pantry items donated for the Red Cross and 1,200 pounds collected for The Salvation Army.
With the help of the Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour the third annual “Cans from Race Fans” food drive, was held April 17, 2011, and has become a statewide experience. Racetracks including I-96 Speedway, Butler Speedway, Winston Speedway, Owendale Speedway, Cherry Raceway, Hartford Motor Speedway, Merritt Raceway, have joined forces with Haynes and all held their own “Cans from Race Fans” food drive on April 17, 2011 with donations going to their local charities.
2011’s Mt. Pleasant-based “Cans from Race Fans” event collected 2,552 food items for the Central Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross alone, and a truck packed full of food for the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, plus thanks to help from Domino’s Pizza of Mt. Pleasant, even more food was collected for the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department and a Rosebush area church.
Jeremy (Jake) Dickman was a huge part of Cans From Race Fans, not only the Vice President, Jeremy went above and beyond on whatever was asked of him. He will continue to be a huge part of Cans From Race Fans, however he will be working and coaching us from a much better place.