Gary Grossman, managing partner of Grossman St. Amour CPAs PLLC, said, "When we started this three years ago, we didn't realize how much of a difference something like this could make in a young person's life. After experiencing the event over three years, our involvement in Make-A-Wish has grown. This year we are sponsoring a ride in the two-seat Supermodified racecar for 17-year-old Daniel, who will be attending with his parents and two brothers and raising money so that other children can also see their wishes become reality."
Several fans have purchased Make-A-Wish stars and have written their name, the name of their favorite driver, or perhaps the name of some youngster who is battling a health issue. The stars will be posted in the concession stand area and will remain on display through June 15, which is Make-A-Wish Night at the Oswego Speedway.
"We will be hosting the family of the youngster taking the ride, and representatives of the Make-A-Wish organization," Grossman said. "We will make this night as special as we can, and that will make the night all the more special for us."
Once again, Dave Trytek, a veteran Supermodified driver, will be driving the two-seat Supermodified racecar. Trytek has participated in each of the first two rides.
"The joy this brings to the child is just unbelievable," he said. "Their smile is so big. You can just see it in their eyes when they get out of the car and express how much this meant to them." Before the racing season even started, Trytek said "Don't forget, I'm the driver that does the ride for the Make-A-Wish child."
The Oswego Speedway Track Safety Crew also plays its part in the ride. Each year, they greet the youngster, help him or her get buckled into the car, and are present when the ride is over to add their applause.
"This tradition started the first year when a young boy was worried he might be sick because he had just undergone a chemotherapy treatment," said Paul Conzone, safety crew coordinator. "We wanted to make sure he was okay when he got out of the car. When we saw what it meant to him, we decided we would do that every year."
Last year, the safety crew added a new twist, taking the Make-A-Wish child around the track in the safety truck and having him stand with the safety crew during the playing of the National Anthem.
"The more special we can make it," Conzone said. "The better it is for him, and really, the better it is for us."
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Lisa Sova, who coordinates the Make-A-Wish Night at the Oswego Speedway, is a senior accountant at Grossman St. Amour CPAs PLLC.
"This year is bigger than last year, and is bigger than the year before," Sova said. "We are already thinking about next year and how to raise the bar even higher. It means so much to everybody involved that everybody at Grossman St. Amour CPAs, and everybody at the Oswego Speedway, looks forward to the event and brings creative ideas on how we can do even more for Make-A-Wish."