NorthBay Sweeps the ‘Great Race’

Speeding around the racetrack, wheels squealing, NorthBay Healthcare staff joined local civic leaders and more than a few airmen from Travis Air Force Base April 26 at Driven Raceway for some friendly competition and fund-raising fun.

The indoor go-cart track, for the sixth year in a row, raised funds to support the programs of The Leaven, an after-school tutoring program that targets at-risk youth.

The event got underway as veteran NASCAR racer Jim Inglebright took to a cart to put in a few “hot laps” on the track and set a time for others to beat. Inglebright, a member of the NorthBay Foundation Board, was thrilled to participate, saying the program is “all about the kids.”

Among the 85 racers who participated was Team NorthBay, which consisted of Trauma Program Director Heather Venezio, Director of Diagnostic Imaging Jerry Wilcox, Clinical Practice Manager Jennifer Leone, and Foundation President Brett Johnson. The team performed well with Johnson taking first place overall followed by Wilcox in second place.

Mark Lillis, director of The Leaven, had nothing but praise for the event.

“This event has become a mainstay for us over the years and we are so grateful to NorthBay and our other supporters for their participation each year.”

Caption: NorthBay Healthcare Trauma Director Heather Venezio (top left) prepares for her race. Veteran NASCAR racer Jim Inglebright (below) gives the thumbs up before setting the pace to beat.