Watkins Glen International teams up with the Food Bank

12.12.2011: ...of the Southern Tier to make holidays extra special Make a $5 Donation to Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Receive a Free Thunder Road Tour

...of the Southern Tier to make holidays extra special

Make a $5 Donation to Food Bank of the Southern Tier and Receive a Free Thunder Road Tour


Watkins Glen International is encouraging residents of the Twin Tiers to get into the spirit of giving this holiday season and is even providing a little incentive.  In partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, The Glen is offering a voucher for one free Thunder Road Tour to any person that makes a donation of $5 or more to the hunger-relief organization between Tuesday, December 13, and the close of business on Tuesday, December 20. 

“The Food Bank of the Southern Tier plays such a huge role in hunger-relief for our area and we are thrilled to be partnering with them during the holidays,” said Michael Printup, President of Watkins Glen International.  “Their ability to reach so many people throughout the region and the positive impact they have on their lives is truly remarkable. 

I invite all of our great fans to do their part to support this incredible organization and look forward to seeing them at The Glen for their Thunder Road Tours in 2012.”

The process for receiving the free Thunder Road Tour, which is three paced laps around the historic twists and turns of The Glen, is very simple.  All fans need to do is stop by the Food Bank’s  main facility, located at 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue in Elmira, NY, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and submit their donation in the main lobby. 

Upon receipt of the donations, the Food Bank staff will then issue the Thunder Road Tour voucher.  All vouchers will be honored starting on Monday, April 23, through the end of the 2012 season at The Glen.  Fans are encouraged to verify date availability prior to their arrival by calling The Shop at 607.535.2338.

With just $5, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is able to acquire and distribute over $28 worth of food.  Nearly 11,000 people receive emergency food assistance each week from a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other agency served by the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

In 2010, the Food Bank distributed nearly seven million pounds of food to hunger-relief agencies across the six counties of Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.  Fans can get more information by visiting the official website, www.foodbankst.org.  

Tickets for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans can purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE(7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.  Gift certificates, tickets and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. 

The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is closed on Sunday.  Keep up with the latest happenings at The Glen by visiting the official Watkins Glen International Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/watkinsgleninternational, and following WGI on Twitter, @WGI.


In operation since 1981, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier distributes food and food-related products to people in need through a network of more than 160 hunger-relief member agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other non-profit organizations.

The Food Bank also has a number of direct service programs that fight hunger including the BackPack Program™ and Mobile Food Pantry. Located in Elmira, NY, the Food Bank is a regional agency of Catholic Charities and a member of Feeding America. The Food Bank serves the six counties of Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins.

To learn more about how you can make a difference in the fight against hunger, visit the Food Bank’s website at www.foodbankst.org or call 607.796.6061.

Ryan Lake -

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