The 2nd Annual Pro-Am kart race event, Karting4CKG takes place on August 25, 2022 at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Danville, Virginia. A fundraising event to support teen mental health and the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, Karting4CKG is an opener to International Motor Sports Association’s (IMSA) Michelin GT Challenge on August 26 – 28, 2022.
Professionals pair with amateur drivers with a need for speed (cue Maverick) and compete for the fastest combined times around the VIR Kart Track, a state-of-the-art 5/8 mile, 24-foot-wide paved circuit in top-of-the-line-go karts provided by Endurance Karting. All in good fun for a great cause with a drive to win.
Proceeds benefit the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation a Richmond-based nonprofit dedicated to erasing teen mental health stigma by raising awareness and providing free education with training on skills that help.
CKG Foundation Executive Director, Grace Gallagher, says, “We are so grateful to VIR, Sandy Wiggins, of ACG Wealth Management and our other Board members for their generosity of time, talent, and treasure to organize this exciting and innovative fundraising event. It is inspiring to witness their unwavering support to make Cameron’s dream come true. We are thrilled to bring our message of support and hope through education and conversation to this unique venue.”
CKG Foundation offers free online mental wellness health education. Some topic areas include: Stress Awareness, Life Transitions, Resilience, Mental Health Awareness, and Cultural Sensitivity. CKG takes a positive, preventative, proactive approach to teen mental health. They focus on prevention with self-assessment and training on positive coping skills. Their flagship annual community event, the SpeakUp5k offers in person and virtual options. All programs are 100% scalable.
VIR President and COO, Kerrigan Smith, says, “It is an honor for VIR to work with CKG to help get this critical and relevant message out to those who need the support systems that CKG offers for our youth as they try to navigate these unprecedented times.”
2022 Sponsors include: ACG Wealth Management, Woodfin Oil, Page Auto Group, Velocity Micro/AginCourt, Featherlite Coaches, Old Dominion Mechanical, K&A Solutions, Endurance Racing, Alex Smith, TMI – Racing Products, VIR, Dominion Payroll, Reliable Payments, Payroc, Old Dominion Group, and Kristen Cavallo.