$1,270 raised for Darlington tornado victims at Southern 500

Darlington, SC - DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - People affected by an April tornado in Darlington are getting a helping hand in clean-up efforts, thanks to a fundraiser at the 2010 SHOWTIME Southern 500.

The Darlington Raceway and the Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund partnered up during the 2010 race to raise $1,220 to help the victims recently affected by the string of severe weather.

The Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund has been established by the Board of Trustees of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation for long term support of disasters in the seven county Pee Dee region.

"We wanted to find a way to help the victims that had been affected by the recent tornados," said Chris Browning, Darlington Raceway President. "With the Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund, we were able to collect money from our guests onsite at the SHOWTIME Southern 500 and all of those funds will be used locally to assist the families hit hardest by the tornados."

Raceday volunteers included Dr. Paul DeMarco, a member of the Board of Trustees for the community foundation, the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Marion, in addition to Boy Scouts and their parents from Troops 473 and 625 in Florence and Bennettsville.

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