The tenacious Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) is at it again! They are working with Mazda Motorsports and the SCCA Race to the Rescue, some “top seed” support that is happening in lickety-split time!
The Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival Media Day is today, Friday, September 20th. HWAC will be there.
Since they are well aware of the hastiness it entails in order to rescue orphaned pets from some slippery situations, the Center realizes that time is of the essence. Although they work quickly, they were completely taken off guard by the lightning quick speed of their latest heroes!
The racecar drivers from the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup have wasted no time jumping in to lend their support to the orphaned animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. These top drivers are present for the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival scheduled for this coming weekend.
Besides the fact that they are providing a complimentary booth as to showcase the animal welfare organization at the September 21st and 22nd event, the Mazda racers will wear “hard cards” in honor of the orphaned pets at the Center that have specifically been named after them. The individuals or families that adopt these fortunate pets will receive a duplicate “hard card” as a keepsake. In addition, ALL adopters throughout the weekend will also receive a brand new Mazda! The car to be given away will be 1/43rd the size in scale, but with a best new fuzzy buddy by your side, a new car of any size is simply a BONE-us!
The Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival, located on the local Navy base, has been the home of vintage auto racing for the past 16 years. The SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup is enjoying its second annual visit to the event.
Saturday and Sunday, high-octane crowds will fill the stands for the production car-based race to see who comes out in front. The Mazda drivers will have one additional push as they dedicate their race to the orphan friends that bear their names, such as a Chihuahua-blend pup named “Kenton” for Mazda racer Kenton Koch, a Dachshund Terrier-blend named “Ara” for Mazda racer Ara Malkhassian and a domestic short-haired black and white cat named “Elliott” for Mazda racer Elliott Skeer.
Skeer is a local Mazda MX-5 Cup racer who sits second in the championship standing this year. He is also a recent graduate from High Tech High in San Marcos, CA. Skeer is showing additional support by covering his racing vehicle with Remember Me Thursday logos. The logos aim to promote the upcoming international day of remembrance for orphan pets – a program established by Helen Woodward Animal Center that has quickly gained worldwide celebrity support, from stars such as Kristen Chenoweth, whose foundation Maddie’s Corner is a partner of the campaign, and Ellen DeGeneres, who has used her social media voice to champion homeless pets. Animal welfare organizations from as far away as New York, Thailand and Japan are planning their own candle-lighting ceremonies for the special day. Skeer hopes to urge racing fans to unite with animal-lovers and rescue facilities globally on Thursday, September 26th (the fourth Thursday of September annually) to light a candle – literally or virtually – and share the message through social media. The candles, lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on orphan pets still waiting to be adopted. For more information on the campaign, go to www.remembermethursday.org.
The Mazda Motorsports Communications Officer, Dean Case, weighed in about this unique partnership. Since he has several rescue pets of his own, he wanted to explain the devotion that Mazda has to the cause. “Mazda Motorsports has been proud to support the cause of shelter animal adoptions since 2007 with a variety of great partners. We’re happy to team up with the Helen Woodward Animal Center this weekend. I can’t thank our drivers enough for their personal support of this cause.”
Jessica Gercke, the Center’s PR Manager rebutted with “We are incredibly touched and grateful to the Mazda Motorsports racers and their colleagues. Their devotion to these orphan pets actually makes me see the sport in a whole new way. It takes dedication and focus to win a race and it takes the same two qualities to change the life of an orphan pet.”
Helen Woodward Animal Center will be on site at the Media Day of the Coronado Speed Festival Friday, September 20th between 8:00am and noon. For more information on the race this weekend or for tickets go to http://coronadospeedfest.com. For more information on the Helen Woodward Animal Center or to adopt one of the “racer namesake rescues” go to www.animalcenter.org, call (858) 756-4117 x 1 or stop by 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.