Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Michigan Trip

This past weekend, I ventured back to my college town of Bowling Green, Ohio where my husband and I had ‘date night’ at the National Tractor Pulling Competition.  To some this may seem a little strange, but for us it is a wonderful way to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation and visit memory lane.  My husband use to compete with a top-ranked team at truck and tractor pulling contests in South Carolina.  The opportunity he had to tinker around back then actually led him to take his hobby and morph it into a full time job.  Who knew!  It is always humbling to remember where you came from and continue to support those with similar aspirations.

NTPA

We also had a chance to take in the Kenny Chesney ‘Goin Coastal Tour’ thanks to our friends at Ford Motor Company.  While Michigan International Speedway is a healthy 2 hours from Ford Field, the drive was all worth it to meet new faces and spend quality time with all the great people from Ford.  We missed Uncle Kracker, but thoroughly enjoyed Billy Currington, Zak Brown Band and the main man, Kenny.  Many of the fans at the concert also had a chance to hang out with Ford Motor Company President and CEO, Alan Mulally and Desmond Howard.  Mulally waved the green flag and Desmond Howard was the Grand Marshall at the Pure Michigan 400 the next day at Michigan International Speedway.

Chip Bolin & Alan Mulally at MIS

A big thank you to all the great fans and volunteers I had a chance to meet this weekend at The NASCAR Foundation display.  We continue to collect a record amount of donations thanks to the generosity of so many.  For those who are interested in volunteering at an upcoming NASCAR race, please visit NASCAR.COM/unites.  Free race tickets are available for the volunteers to enjoy the race events as well.  I hope to see you all at an upcoming race or charity event.

With Katia Thomas

Janet Bolin

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