By RYAN HILL/4WIDE
On January 20th, The New York State Stock Car Association (NYSSCA) held its annual awards banquet in Albany, NY. Small Block Modified driver Allison Ricci was honored with the 2017 Humanitarian Award In Memory of Chaplain Dave Miler.
Allison earned the recognition from the Association and her peers due to her successful fundraising efforts for The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. In October Allison’s familiar
Blue and Black #55 Halmar International machine receives a new pink paint scheme. Ricci uses the pink paint scheme to draw attention to the work of Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Along with raising awareness of the foundation’s work Allison sells special edition shirts and her race earnings from the month get donated to the foundation.
In 2017 she was able to raise $10,000 for the foundation.
ALLISON ON THE ORIGIN OF HER FUNDRAISING:
“I came across Miles of Hope through a close friend who had breast cancer. I asked her what organization is the best and she said Miles of Hope, and that they treated her very well and that they are great people. I also wanted to work with them because all the money raised goes towards helping the people that have cancer. It means a whole lot to me knowing that I will be helping someone that needs the help in fighting this terrible disease. I was able to meet survivors at their community walk and a lot of people thanked me for raising awareness and that meant a lot to me.”
ALLISON ON THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD:
“Receiving The Humanitarian Award In Memory Of Chaplain Dave Miller means a lot to me, especially receiving it personally from the family. Dave Miller’s daughter Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer in March. Jennifer fought the cancer and was deemed a survivor in October, and she came all the way from Delaware to personally hand me the award which was special for me. It meant a lot to me that she was very thankful for the money I was able to raise for such a great charity.”
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