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It was an idea to help all the needy children who would face Christmas morning with little or no gifts...

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Fundraising History
  1999
$  1,000+
  2000
$ 10,000+
  2001
$ 25,000+
  2002
$ 50,000+
  2003
$ 58,000+
  2004
$ 64,000+
  2005*
*not counting Feree cars
$ 70,000+
  2006*
*not counting Feree cars
$ 72,000+
  2007
 $ 72,000+
  2008
 $ 69,000
  2009
 $ 74,000
  2010
$ 77,000
  2011
 $ 82,000+
  2012

Annual Events
and Activities

  • Holiday Party
  • Golf Tournament
  • Motorcycle Run
  • Car Raffles

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Counter started 03/31/04.

2012 RFT car

Racers for Tots News

12/26/13...Racers for Tots announced that 2013 was another record setting year for its annual Christmas toy drive to help needy and under privileged children in Western Pennsylvania. Thousands of toys were collected making it the biggest year in the 15 year history of Racers for Tots and a local charity received unexpected assistance from Racers for Tots when a flood destroyed the toys they had collected just days from Christmas.

“We want to thank everyone for all of the toys that were donated this year to the Racers for Tots program and tickets that were purchased for the Rocket racecar. The racing community and community at large came together in record numbers and we can’t thank everyone enough” said Racers for Tots organizer Jimmy Steigerwald.

Racers for Tots was started in 1999 by Steigerwald, a race official at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, as a way to help children, who through unfortunate circumstances would wake up Christmas morning with few or no gifts.

The week prior to Christmas the Salvation Army of Monessen was flooded and the toys they had collected were destroyed. Hearing the plea for help, Racers for Tots and Organizer Jimmy Steigerwald and the Racers for Tots crew were the first to spring into action donating toys and 12 bicycles that had been collected.

“The Salvation Army was surprised and thrilled to get the toys we gave them and it helped them immensely” stated Steigerwald “That’s what Racers for Tots is all about, giving to those in need at Christmas and they were completely surprised and thankful”.

Throughout the race season Racers for Tots conducts a raffle at local speedways and businesses for a brand new Rocket dirt race car (less motor and transmission) in which a $10.00 donation gives you an opportunity to win the racecar given away at the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in November. Bill Fore of Granitville, SC was the winner of the racecar.

Additional fundraising efforts included a March bingo at the Carnegie Volunteer Fire Hall, a summer golf outing at the Ponderosa Golf Course in Burgettstown and chances to win raffles were available.

In 2011, Racers for Tots partnered with the Chartiers Valley Parents Teacher Group (PTG) and the Chartiers Valley Primary School in Collier, Township, PA and the schools kindergarten through second grade classes adopted Racers for Tots as the school's charity.

Kellie Albert of the PTG spearheaded the effort and this year brought in the entire Chartiers Valley School District and more than 2,000 students collected toys for Racers for Tots. Word out is that a challenge is being established between Chartiers Valley and South Fayette School District for the 2014 Racers for Tots toy drive. More information will be forthcoming on the challenge.

Racers for Tots concluded its 2013 toy drive with a Christmas party at the South Fayette (PA) Firehall in December with attendees donating a new unwrapped toy or $10.00 for admission to the party.

Racers for Tots is gearing up for the 2014 Christmas toy drive and race season with a brand new Rocket racecar that could possibly debut for Florida Speedweek.

Racers for Tots will again hold the bingo in March at the Carnegie Fire Hall as well as another in October. The golf outing is also on the calendar for the end of July.

Below is a list of charities that received Racers for Tots toys in 2013.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (60 large boxes)
The Children’s Institute, Amazing Kids
Share the Joy program and Racers for Tots helper Bob Walters distributed toys in a sleigh with help from Santa Claus throughout the Delmont, Export, Murrysville areas
The Allegheny County Housing Authority
The F.O.R program in McKees Rocks
Catholic Charities of Washington and Greene Counties
Salvation Army of Monessen

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Racers for Tots News

12/26/13...The annual Racers for Tots Christmas party was held on Saturday December 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the South Fayette Firehall in Cuddy, PA. Admission to the party was either a $10.00 donation or an unwrapped toy.

A cash bar was available from 5:00 p.m. on and free food was served at 6:00 p.m.

During the evening a Chinese auction was held with items that included a 32” Flat Screen TV and 80 piece Tool Box on wheels as well as other items.

The annual Racers for Tots Toy Drive is underway and the Chartiers Valley School Districts Primary School, Middle School and High School are again collecting toys as part of each school's Christmas charity and will present the toys to Racers for Tots.

Bill Fore of Graniteville, SC won the 2013 Spider Design Racers for Tots Rocket racecar at a drawing held on the final night of the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in early November. Shortly after Bill presented the winning ticket and claimed the Rocket racecar he sold it to a car owner in the stands.