Fireworks display at Charlotte Motor Speedway thrills sell-out crowd


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, July 30, 2020 – In support of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), PPG (NYSE: PPG) sponsored a spectacular preholiday fireworks display on July 1 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The fundraising event, part of the SCC’s Summer Drive-in Series, was a complete sellout as 1,000 cars, vans and pickups filled the track’s infield. A clear night sky and an almost full moon made the stunning fireworks stand out. The evening also featured the cult-classic movie "The Goonies" projected onto the speedway's huge 16,000-square-foot HDTV screen. Event proceeds were directed to SCC’s Charlotte, North Carolina, chapter.

In addition to sponsoring the dazzling pyrotechnics, PPG was pleased to donate 300 event tickets to local frontline healthcare workers at Atrium Health in Charlotte and the surrounding area. And while the fireworks display was a first-time event for SCC, PPG has been sponsoring Charlotte chapter activities, including golf tournaments and an annual gala since 2009.

“PPG has a long and rewarding history with SCC,” said Bryan Robinson, PPG director of client development, automotive refinish. “We’re proud that we can help with the organization’s fundraising efforts and we were especially pleased with the large turnout for this debut event. Everyone adhered to social distancing protocols and had a terrific evening. What a great way to start the long holiday weekend.”

Kelly Watts, SCC Charlotte chapter director, echoed Robinson’s sentiments. “Speedway Children's Charities was thrilled to have PPG as our fireworks sponsor for our inaugural drive-In movie event,” she said. “It was wonderful to provide a night of family fun to the community during Fourth of July week. Strong relationships and support from partners like PPG allow us to continue our mission to help children in need, especially during these challenging times with the pandemic. Thank you for caring, PPG!”

“Atrium Health Cabarrus teammates and their families enjoyed this special night out courtesy of PPG and Speedway Children's Charities,” said Chris Bowe, SVP, Market President at Atrium Health Cabarrus. “It was a nice family friendly, socially distant option for some of our teammates who have been working tirelessly during the pandemic.”

About Speedway Children’s Charities
Based in Charlotte, N.C., SCC was founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) and Sonic Automotive, as a tribute to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who died at a young age. The elder Smith was passionate about helping children in need and established SCC to support charities in communities around his SMI racetracks. SCC annually supports more than 400 organizations across the United States with generous grants through its eight chapters. Each chapter determines and addresses the needs of its surrounding communities and local organizations. Since its start, SCC has funded thousands of organizations that help children lead productive lives. To learn more, visit

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