The annual NASCAR Day at American Micro Products in Batavia was ultimately a success despite foul weather.
The company forms a committee called the “pit crew” to organize the event each year to support the NASCAR Foundation’s funding for sick and underprivileged children. This year’s crew chief was Brian Decker.
Last year the company was ninth in the nation in non-sponsored contributors. They have raised more than $50,000 since 2004.
The supervisors also got in on the fun. Employees could vote for their "favorite" supervisor by putting cash in their cup. Supervisor Rob Berger was the winner and had the privilege of wearing a clown suit for the remainder of the afternoon.
While the employees raise much of the funds, the company provides them with some time off in the afternoon to enjoy a catered meal and participate in the activities.
The 2010 fund raising event was dedicated to the memory of Michelle Stewart. Stewart was an employee of American Micro. She served on the pit crew for many years and was a big supporter of NASCAR Day. Stewart died this spring.