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Teen service group gets boost from ThorSport

Alissa Widman Neese • Jul 16, 2015 at 11:41 AM

They’re leaders on the race track.

Now they want to inspire young leaders in the community.

Sandusky-based ThorSport Racing, which clinched championships in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series this past year, will host an “Inspiration 2014” fundraiser event Friday for Teen Leadership Corps.

Want to go?

•WHAT: Inspiration 2014 to support Teen Leadership Corps

•WHEN: 5-9 p.m. Friday

•WHERE: ThorSport Racing, 312 Neilson Ave., Sandusky

•COST: $35 per ticket; tickets must be purchased in advance at connecttlc.org by tonight.

The dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, will feature food, live music, auctions and more. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased by today on the Teen Leadership Corps website. All proceeds will benefit the group’s efforts.

Speakers Friday night include ThorSport Racing team manager David Pepper, Firelands Regional Medical Center CEO Martin Tursky and NOMS Healthcare President Lou Ralofsky.

ThorSport Racing will also offer merchandise and several items to be auctioned.

“We’re very fortunate they’ve been so supportive, so we can celebrate all the great things things these kids do,” said Mary Ann Creamer, Teen Leadership Corps director. “(Pepper) is an important leader in his business, and hearing him speak is really going to be a highlight for all of us”

Teen Leadership Corps is a fairly new nonprofit organization that sponsors servicebased classes in high schools throughout Ohio.

The schools administer the courses, while the organization provides funds and support to coordinate hands-on community projects and fundraisers.

“Teen Leadership Corps is not just a club” Norwalk High School senior Emmalea Linder said. “It’s a movement, and one I’m proud to be a part of. It has definitely changed me for the better”

Area districts with Teen Leadership Corps programs include Bellevue, Firelands, Fremont, Huron, Monroeville, Norwalk, Norwalk Catholic, Sandusky Central Catholic, South Central, Vermilion and Willard schools, as well as EHOVE Career Center.

In the past five years, students have collected more than $300,000 for local causes and mentored more than 4,500 elementary school students, according to a news release.

Several area companies support Teen Leadership Corps locally as corporate sponsors: Cleveland Cavaliers, Cedar Point, Cleveland Indians, Pepperidge Farm Inc., NOMS Healthcare, EPIC Technologies, Underground Utilities, Geotrac Foundation, Pabodie Design Studios, Firelands Regional Medical Center, Euclid Hospital, Dilger-Maxwell Allstate Insurance, Crown Battery, Geauga Medical Center and Berry Plastics.

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