Buxton’s third annual Big Time Bash raises more than $24,000 for Meals on Wheels

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AUSTIN – We briefly recapped the third annual Buxton Big Time Bash on Saturday, but now there’s a donations amount to go along with the highlights of the evening: more than $24,000 raised for Meals on Wheels.

The news was announced in a release by The Austin Grand Prix. There was more than $4,500 raised at the door, as a $5 donation at the door was suggested (others graciously gave more).

The number grew so much thanks to the efforts of Ross Garber, a Ferrari Challenge driver of the No. 66 Ferrari of San Francisco entry, who made a $1,000 donation himself and then had 19 other teams in the Ferrari Challenge paddock match it. That added $20,000 and contributed to the total – as of time of publication – to $24,547.35.

Buxton, NBC Sports Group’s F1 pit reporter and insider, recapped the evening via the Austin Grand Prix website:

“The Bash continues to grow year on year and I’m so delighted that our third annual event proved to be such a huge success.

I want to thank Kerri Olsen and Kevin Olsen for putting it all together, and Brazos Hall for giving their venue for the night and allowing the money raised to go directly to charity. The support and donations from the F1 teams, Pirelli and our good friends TWSTEEL, Graham and Leigh, Alpinestars and Jamey Price ensured an incredible array of wonderful prizes were handed out.

I’m so glad that Matt Bennett was able to be present to introduce the world premiere of Road To Mercedes, and that is was so well received. I’m indebted to my NBCSN colleagues, and to Marcus, Alexander and Luca for giving their time. And I am truly humbled and frankly gob smacked that Mario turned up to wow the crowd with his personal and hilarious stories.

Ross Garber is one of the most wonderful and caring people I’ve met since F1 started coming to Austin. Racing in the Ferrari Challenge this weekend, he nevertheless took the time to round up his rivals and friends and deliver the most incredible donation to the event. Words cannot express my gratitude to him, and to the Ferrari paddock.

And finally, I want to thank the fans who came out. Without them, we have no event and no sport. I’m so happy everyone enjoyed themselves and that they were generous enough to see our total donation for the event reach just under $25,000.”

A full recap from the AGP website is linked here. Here’s our own MST social recap of the evening, which featured appearances from the NBC Sports Group broadcast crew, drivers Marcus Ericsson, Alexander Rossi and Luca Filippi, the premiere of Road To: Mercedes and lastly, a surprise, gracious appearance from 1978 World Champion Mario Andretti.

UPDATE, Nov. 5, 2014: We have video of the morning where Buxton and Kerri Olsen from the Austin Grand Prix have delivered the meals. Some good stuff here: