Sonoma Raceway’s new adopt-a-sheep program benefits local kids in need
Sonoma Raceway’s famous grazing sheep are now doing more than mow the hills in preparation for racing season.
Fans and racing fans can now symbolically adopt their very own sheep and help children and families in need at the same time.
“Our flock of sheep is one of Sonoma Raceway’s most unique and lovable assets, and now fans can symbolically adopt one of their own,” said Jill Gregory, executive vice president and general manager of Sonoma. Raceways. “By adopting a sheep, people can have a big impact on struggling children in the Sonoma County community. A single adoption could provide a week’s worth of groceries for a family in need or two nights of accommodation or even necessities for foster children.
Two adoption packages are now available, with all proceeds going to Speedway Children’s Charities Sonoma, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. Each adoption package includes a plush Sonoma Raceway sheep, a reusable tote bag, an official adoption certificate and a personalized photo of the sheep of your choice. A Sonoma Raceway sheepskin hat is included with the first package, and additional donations are always welcome. A portion of all Adopt-a-Sheep donations are eligible for a tax credit.
Sonoma Raceway’s sheep, which range from 650 in the winter to nearly 2,500 in the summer, are on hand daily to help maintain the track’s 1,600 acres of grassland. On average, 500 sheep can graze up to five acres per day, providing an environmentally friendly alternative to shearing. The role of the hammer has become a particularly critical tool in the effort to reduce the risk of fire by reducing the fuel load, especially in areas of the track that are not easily accessible by machinery.
Speedway Children’s Charities is dedicated to caring for children in critical need to help them and their families live safe and productive lives. Through programs such as Adopt-a-Sheep, the charity is able to provide critical funds to local nonprofits that meet the direct needs of children in the community. From homelessness to food insecurity and everything in between, the organization takes on the heavy lifting of fundraising so community partners can focus on what’s important: children.
To adopt a sheep and learn more about Speedway Children’s Charities Sonoma, visit www.speedwaycharities.org/
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