01/11/2008

Sports cars rev up money for Utah police charities

By Ben Winslow
The Deseret Morning News

SANDY, Utah — Giant checks and handshakes were part of a ceremony on Thursday, announcing more than $100,000 that had been raised for law enforcement charities.

The money was handed out by Utah Fast Pass, a sort-of road rally where people in exotic sports cars drive across some of Utah's most scenic locales for days. Some of the money raised from the event goes toward charities.

"It's an opportunity to raise awareness for heroes," said Eric Schanz, who drove a Corvette in the 2007 Fast Pass.

The event brought drivers from all across the country to participate. From July 30 to Aug. 2, they drove around the state, escorted by Utah Highway Patrol troopers.

"It isn't a speed thing," said Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Scott Duncan. "It's more for enjoyment."

Communities where the sports cars stopped also benefited. More than $50,000 was donated for community projects in Helper, Monticello, Duchesne, Moab, Huntington and Price, Utah Fast Pass said. About $40,000 in scholarships has been handed out.

Money also went to a fund for the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial at the state Capitol building, and $135,000 went into a fund to help the families of fallen UHP troopers.

"There are a lot of people who've opened up their hearts and wallets," said Tom Mabey, the chairman of the Utah Fast Pass.

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