The Mountain Times

°F Mon, April 21, 2014

Central Vermont's Most Popular Weekly Newspaper

Rutland selected as host city for Rally New England 2013

Photo courtesy of Rally New England
Rally New England 2013 will tour 1,300 miles of some of the most scenic roads in the country, surrounded by 80 plus sports cars, muscle cars, and other unique rides, searching for secret check points at incredible places.

Rally North America is proud to announce that Rutland, Vt. has been selected as a host city for Rally New England 2013, July 22-25. Tom Donahue and his staff at The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce were eager to get behind this event, very accommodating, and quick to respond to any requests, that and the historic/scenic look of Downtown Rutland became the deciding factors during the selection process.

The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce was involved in the procurement of Devil's Bowl Speedway where Rally teams will be taking "Hot laps" (the public is welcome to attend) and successfully procured the services of Vermont's Lieutenant Governor Phillip Scott to act as the Grand Marshall at the events starting line in Downtown Rutland.

Rally North America's Rally New England 2013 is a three-day, 13 hundred-mile automotive scavenger hunt being held to raise funds for Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine.

Eighty five teams of two people representing 31 states, and two providences of Canada will embark on a journey starting in Ithaca, NY and finishing on the Boardwalk in Saint John, Canada three days later. Secret checkpoints are selected many months in advance that each team must navigate to in order compete in the event.

Established in the winter of 2009, Rally North America Charities is a not-for-profit organization, aimed at bringing automotive enthusiasts from all over the United States and Canada, together for the purpose of Auto rallying. 

Since the Rally's inception in 2009 to date, Rally North America has raised over $100,000 for chosen charities.

Camp Sunshine is the chosen charity for 2013. Camp Sunshine supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The camp has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family-the ill child, the parents, and the siblings.  Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 30,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Camps are a weeklong and focus on alleviating the strain that a life threatening illness takes not only on the sick child but also on other family members.  Families have an opportunity to rebuild their relationships together and meet other families facing similar challenges.

Free quality services are provided at the camp including accommodations and meals, onsite medical services, counseling services, and recreational facilities. 

Recreational hours allow children to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood while their parents find quiet moments to walk by the lake and reaffirm their support for one another. In addition, games and events are designed to foster family involvement, encouraging families to laugh and play as a unit.  This approach builds a new foundation the family can take with them when the camp is over to unite them during the darker times they will face.

Each family is sponsored by an individual, civic group, corporation, or foundation, which enables a family to spend a week at Camp Sunshine free of charge.  The sponsorship   for one family to participate in the week-long program is $2,000.  The Family Sponsorship Program provides a way for donors to sponsor a family or families from their geographic area.