Go-kart racing event raises money for local nonprofits | Local News

NEWTON — The Rotary Club of Newton-Conover has once again partnered with the Little Mountain Kart Club to offer Racing for Rotary. The event will take place March 12 at the Little Mountain Kart Track, 3521 NC 16 South in Maiden.

Racing for Rotary is a family-friendly event that offers kart racing for all driver series while raising funds for local nonprofit organizations in Catawba County.

Last year, over $5,000 was raised at the inaugural Racing for Rotary event. Organizations donated by Rotary over the past two years include Hart Square Village, Salvation Army, Catawba County Historical Association, Catawba Valley Heritage Alliance, Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center, Eastern Catawba County Cooperative Christian Ministry, Fostering Hope, Women’s Resource Center, Carolina Caring, Conover School, Corner Table, and Family Care Center.

Jonathan and Marie Setzer, operators of the Little Mountain Kart Club, are passionate about backyard kart racing and a desire to give back to the community. They contacted Rotary about the program. Marie Setzer is a member of the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover.

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Kart races on March 12, all open tire classes, include Predator, Briggs LO 206, Stock Appearing, Clone, Champ, Box Stock and Kids Class. In addition, the track will have a food truck and will organize a 50/50 raffle to raise funds to help Chad Bush, a pillar of the kart club.

“Join the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover for Racing for Rotary. You will have fun as a family and help local organizations in Catawba County,” said Rotarian Joy Cline. General admission is $10 ages 5 and up and kart entry fee is $25 per entry. Gates open at 10 a.m. and racing runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. In the event of heavy rain, the race will be postponed.

Sponsorship opportunities are always available. Current sponsors are Timmerman Manufacturing, Robinson Home Builders and JLS Machines.

For more information, contact Joy Cline at jcline@bolickfoundaton.org.

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