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Tony Stewart, left, takes a moment for a close-up.

Tony Stewart heads for the trails.

Greg and Nan Zipadelli hang out with their oldest son, Zach.

Event organizer Ron Ste. Marie, with righthand man, Adam Hipp.

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The seventh annual Zippy’s Crusade for Kids Charity Snowmobile Ride

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - Updated: 12:28 PM

Photos by Chrissy Prichard - The seventh annual Zippy’s Crusade for Kids Charity Snowmobile Ride took place Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, in Inlet. Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, founded the event with his wife, Nan as a way to raise funds for children’s charities. The star-studded event was packed with celebrities, including NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.

The weekend included a celebrity autograph session Friday night and a guided snowmobile ride on Saturday, followed by live entertainment and silent and live auctions.

More than 300 people attended the sold-out event. According to event organizer Ron Ste. Marie, the benefit raises on average $100,000 each year. The proceeds are donated directly to charities and organizations that benefit children. Zippy’s Crusade again donated a portion of the event’s proceeds on behalf of area families.

On Saturday evening, a check in the amount of $10,000 was presented to Upstate Cerebral Palsy in the name of Joann Barry. Barry, of  Forestport, works with those who have cerebral palsy and organized a Wheels for Wheels fundraiser last fall to benefit Upstate Cerebral Palsy.

A $5,000 check was also presented to the Sherrill-based KEYS Program, which provides comfort and hope for children with cancer.

Al and Kyle Hauser get their numbers before heading out on the ride.

Sleds line up in their groups before taking off on Saturday’s ride.

     

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