Community groups profit from race week
Venture Crew 55 leader "Kimo" stands next to, from left, scouts Libby Brooks, Richard Whitehouse, Danyelle Baker and Brian Dow. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)
But by the time Sunday night cleanup comes around, it will have been worth it, she says.
Brooks and her fellow scouts from Venture Crew 55, a co-ed scout group from Farmington and Middleton, are among more than 3,000 volunteers with nonprofit organizations from New Hampshire and New England participating in race week, said Deb O’Neil, event staffing coordinator for the speedway.
They come from scout and church groups, high school and college programs, and a few come from nonprofit groups on regional military bases, like a group supporting the 64th Air Refueling Squadron at the Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington.
“It can cost a lot to run an athletic program at a school, or a college fraternity, or a scouting troop, and the speedway gives back to the community, so it’s a win-win,” O’Neil said.
As drivers took practice runs Thursday, Peter Cricones of Tyngsborough, Mass., was standing with some of his housemates from the Sigma Phi Omicron fraternity at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
“It costs a lot to keep a big building going,” he said. “And this is really fun work.”
Acres of summer color, without irrigation