Cessna Skinner Round-Up Raises $125,000 for the Council on Aging of Volusia County

Saturday, Oct 31 1090
Volusia County residents, celebrities and sponsors raised an estimated $125,000 to support the Council on Aging of Volusia County at the 2015 Cessna Skinner Round-Up.  The two-day event included the Hoedown Bash at Daytona International Speedway and a sold-out Cessna Skinner Round-Up Golf Tournament presented by Halifax Health at Spruce Creek Country Club. 
 
With donations still coming in, the Cessna Skinner Round-Up plans to ink a check for at least $125,000 to the Council on Aging following expenses. 
 
"It's always such an honor to host the Cessna Skinner Round-Up here in Volusia County," said Mike Skinner, 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and co-host of the Cessna Skinner Round-Up.  "We have such great partners for this event, such as Cessna, Hard Rock Seminole, Halifax Health, Oral-B, SunTrust Bank, Toyota, National Wild Turkey Federation, Germain Motor Company, Froggy's Saloon, Richard Childress Racing, Yuengling, American Auto, Maui Jim, Justin Boots, and so many others.  It's such an honor to have their support, and the support of all of our guests and attendees-including many people who don't even have a direct connection to Volusia County.  However, they've gotten behind Angie and me, and they've stepped up to support the Council on Aging, and that's something that's really special to be a part of."
 
In it's seventh year, the Skinner Round-Up has raised more than $900,000 for charity organizations within Volusia County, Fla. This year's event solely benefitted the Council on Aging of Volusia County, an organization that promotes healthy, independent living through caring and compassionate services for the area's seniors.  The Council on Aging of Volusia County serves thousands of clients every year through meals programs, non-medical health services and senior activities. 
 
"The Council on Aging has always been one of our charitable partners at the Cessna Skinner Round-Up," said Angie Skinner, co-host of the Cessna Skinner Round-Up.  "After moving back to Daytona Beach and taking a position on the Council on Aging of Volusia County's staff, Mike and I knew we wanted to bring the Skinner Round-Up back in 2015.  It's no secret that this event takes a lot of work, but to be able to watch everything come together and see the difference that it makes in our community makes it very rewarding.  Between our fantastic sponsors and the generous support of our attendees, we were able to host another successful event this year and look forward to seeing everyone back at the Cessna Skinner Round-Up in 2016."
 
Nearly 20 celebrities were in attendance at the event, which included a miniature reunion of some NASCAR Camping World Truck Series greats.  Joining the 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Champion, Mike Skinner, were Todd Bodine, Rick Crawford, Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague.  Together, the rivals turned friends account for 10 NCWTS championships and over 130 series' wins. Also attending were Steve Park and Greg Sacks, both NASCAR drivers with wins of their own at the iconic Daytona International Speedway.  Former NFL standouts Ken Huff and Chris Mohr, who have four Super Bowl appearances between their careers, were in attendance. Jack Marin, a retired NBA player who also earned All-ACC honors for Duke University during his college career, rounded out the list of professional athletes in attendance at the Cessna Skinner Round-Up.
 
Nashville Blues' Doctor Stacy Mitchhart performed the Hard Rock Seminole concert on the Management Resource Systems Stage at the Hoedown Bash.  Additionally, Nashville recording artist Tim Dugger and talented singer-songwriter D. Vincent Williams, were on-hand throughout the event. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio personalities Mike Bagley, Pete Pistone and Pat Patterson all attended the two-day event, while Bagley and Pistone hosted a live broadcast of their daily radio show, The Morning Drive, from the Skinner Round-Up Golf Tournament presented by Halifax Health.  Television hosts Kelly Edge (HGTV), Karen Lee (co-host of Turkey Call, a National Wild Turkey Federation television program), and local media personalities Leslye Gale (Central Florida News 13 and Magic 107.7 FM) and Frank Scott (The Rock of Daytona 104.7 FM) attended the two-day event in Daytona Beach, Fla.
 
"COA is reliant on donations to help fund our mission of serving the elderly and frail seniors in our community, and the funds raised through the Cessna Skinner Round-Up's successful two-day event will help us continue this critical work." said Sarah Gurtis, Chief Executive Office of Council on Aging of Volusia County.  "We are so proud to have Angie Skinner on our team, and it's been great to have Mike [Skinner, Angie's husband] included in the deal as a bonus!  We thank our local community for the great turn out and look forward to next year."

Mike Skinner PR
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