July 25, 2023
At the recent National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mile-High Nationals event held at the iconic Bandimere Speedway outside of Denver in Morrison, Colorado, the spotlight shone on an exceptional family whose profound impact on the community has earned them the prestigious Fire Department Coffee Community Hero Award.
The Bandimere family is a living embodiment of selfless dedication and philanthropy, leaving an indelible mark on the Denver region and far beyond. It was a true honor to spend time with John Bandimere Jr., his wife, Lorraine, and their daughter Tami at the track as we presented them with the award.
For over six decades, the Bandimere family has played a pivotal role in the success of NHRA through its ownership of the Bandimere Speedway. This world-class racing facility has been a cornerstone of the NHRA circuit, drawing racing enthusiasts and drivers from all corners of the globe.
Bandimere Speedway hosted its first NHRA event in 1977, and the family's unwavering commitment to the sport and their state-of-the-art facility has made it a beloved venue for adrenaline-pumping races, earning the respect and admiration of motorsport enthusiasts worldwide.
The speedway will close later this year, though the family is working to open a new track on a larger piece of land within the next few years.
Yet it is not only their contributions to motorsports that define the Bandimere family's legacy but also their profound dedication to uplifting the community they call home. Through their involvement with organizations like Colorado Christian University, Denver Seminary and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Bandimere family has been a driving force in fostering education, faith and moral values in the community.
Their unwavering support of local businesses is evident through their active participation in the West Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, their continuous commitment to the Jefferson County Schools and Foundation has provided countless opportunities for students to thrive and succeed.
The Bandimere family's contributions to the Jefferson County Library and Foundation have been transformative, promoting literacy and access to knowledge for individuals of all ages. Their belief in empowering those facing adversity is demonstrated through their dedication to the BIONIC Program, which has provided much-needed support and encouragement to those going through challenging times.
One of the most remarkable initiatives spearheaded by the Bandimere family is the Race to Read Program, now celebrating its 27th year. This race-themed program has instilled a love for reading in nearly 750,000 preschool and elementary students. In 2023 alone, 54 schools and approximately 27,000 students participated in this outstanding initiative, further cementing their dedication to the future of their community.
The Bandimere Family's legacy of generosity, compassion and community engagement is a beacon of inspiration for all. The Fire Department Coffee Community Hero Award is a small token of our gratitude for their unwavering commitment to making a positive impact.
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