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Dream Racers - Former Penske builder works to help keep kids calm during treatments: Mark Smith does magic with metal. For years, he has repaired wrecked cars, built cars from scratch and restored relics. But he sold his shop in Mooresville's Lakeside Business Park because he found something he wanted to do more. Now, he's a dreamer. He's making Dream Racers, miniature race car reproductions built from the ground up, the same way Smith helped build race vehicles at Penske Racing. They're 78 inches long, 38 inches tall and 27 inches wide, and weigh less than 100 pounds, and they sit on locking casters so they can be rolled into place. Where Dream Racers are designed to go makes them most special. They're built for children's hospitals or facilities where young patients sometimes have to remain relatively still – for chemotherapy, respiratory treatments or other procedures. A computer monitor is mounted to the hood and connected to a video game and DVD system – a diversion from the treatment a child might endure. There is a spot for an oxygen bottle and a slot on the roll cage for a pole to hold intravenous fluids. David Reutimann, driver of the #00 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing, saw a need for the therapeutic cars – and made the first dream come true. “When you see sick kids, it just gnaws on you,” Reutimann said. He hosts a golf tournament each year to benefit charities such as All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., near his hometown of Zephyrhills. Kelly Sutton, who knows Smith from having competed in the NASCAR Truck Series, told Reutimann about the Dream Racer. Reutimann dedicated the proceeds from his 2008 golf tournament to pay $9,500 to get the first Dream Racer – with paint and decals like his Sprint Cup car sponsored by Aaron's – in All Children's. “It is a fabulous device,” said Sara Barnett, a child life specialist at the hospital. “It certainly makes life a lot easier.” Children scheduled for treatments cinch up the safety belts in the Dream Racer, watch a movie or play a video game – and maybe the procedure seems to pass more quickly. The car, Barnett said, also can be used a reward for patients who cooperate through difficult treatments. “It's a little escape from what's going on in their lives,” Reutimann said. “Anything that can be done to take their minds off what's going on or distract them a little bit will help make the time go by quicker.” It takes 80 to 100 hours to build each Dream Racer. Sage Hendricks and Bill Snyder, both recently laid off at Dale Earnhardt Inc., are helping Smith build – and refine – the cars. Much of the work on the Dream Racers is done in the garage of Hendricks' house. The work is meticulous. Each piece of the car is handmade. Each weld is done by hand. The wiring is housed inside conduits, and all electronics are carefully grounded. Engineers at All Children's checked the racer Reutimann donated, and it received more than 50 points above the hospital's passing score. It has been delivered and is going through final safety checks.(Charlotte Observer) more info at childrensdreamracer.com.(2-5-2009)
Hope for Warriors NASCAR news items: Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit that has assisted post-9/11 veterans, service members and their families since 2006, announced its hiring of Angie Skinner, radio personality, author and military family advocate, as the new Senior Director of Communications. Skinner has more than 20 years of public relations, marketing and communications experience. After beginning her career in radio broadcasting in the mid 1990s, Skinner began managing the career of NASCAR driver Mike Skinner. Today, she continues in that role while also serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor Ryan Newman. Additionally, she co-hosts "Skinner Round-Up," a NASCAR-focused radio talk show on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with her husband Mike. At Hope For The Warriors, she will lead the communications team in community and media relations, event management, fundraising and more.
Continuing their partnership with NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, Hope For The Warriors played a key role in the Lock and Load for Land event recently held in Cornelius, NC. Supporting their relationship, the veteran nonprofit collaborated with Ryan and Krissie Newman on an event that benefited Rescue Ranch, the couple's animal welfare charity in Statesville, N.C. The Lock and Load for Land hosted more than 50 participants in the three-stage shooting competition on Saturday, December 12 at The Range at Lake Norman. With a focus on safety, Hope For The Warriors provided two retired U.S. Marines to work with shooters on shooting tips throughout the entire competition. Additionally, Hope For The Warriors invited a group of service members, veterans and military family members from Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point and the eastern North Carolina region to participate in the contest.
Hope For The Warriors is spending this winter celebrating a successful year for their "Drive For Hope" program. With the support of NASCAR, the organization kicked off the Drive For Hope in February at the Daytona 500 and culminated the year at the Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet in Las Vegas earlier this month. Supporting their mission to restore hope for service members, veterans and military families, the Drive For Hope reached both active duty service members and veterans while enabling Hope For The Warriors to bring more than 200 individuals to NASCAR events across the country. Hope For The Warriors is already planning their 2016 Drive For Hope activation, which will kick off at the Daytona 500 in February.
To learn more about Hope For The Warriors visit HopeForTheWarriors.org.(12-28-2015)
Kevin Harvick Foundation hosts shopping spree: Four Charlotte area children recently displaced when their homes were destroyed by fire still had a Merry Christmas a few days early as guests of the Kevin Harvick Foundation for a shopping spree at Ollie's Bargain Outlet on Monday. The four children, ranging in age from six to 11 and members of two families, were treated to a four-minute shopping spree at Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Matthews, N.C. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, co-founders of the Kevin Harvick Foundation, partnered with Ollie's for the holiday shopping blitz. Harvick drives the No. 4 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As a last-minute surprise, the Harvicks also treated the two mothers of the children to a shopping spree. n addition to the Harvicks, Ollie's Bargain Outlet District Team Leader Mike Ciolfi and Capt. Sylvia Smith-Phifer, Charlotte Fire Department Chief, were on hand for the holiday fun and festivities. Ollie's Bargain Outlet first partnered with Harvick in 2009 as a personal sponsor on his race car before joining the Kevin Harvick Foundation.(Kevin Harvick Foundation)(12-22-2015)
Speedway Children's Charities Distributes Nearly $2.9 Million Nationwide: Speedway Children's Charities officials have announced that the nonprofit will distribute nearly $2.9 million in grants to more than 390 different charitable organizations across the country in 2015, bringing the total funds distributed since 1982 to more than $46 million.
"My parents started Speedway Children's Charities from modest beginnings with the goal of helping children in physical, financial, emotional and medical need," said Marcus Smith, vice chairman of Speedway Children's Charities. "From that first chapter at Charlotte Motor Speedway to now eight chapters at Speedway Motorsports' facilities nationwide, we've far surpassed their early expectations. But as long as there is a need, Speedway Children's Charities will continue working to improve the lives of children by supporting local nonprofits that help children in hundreds of local communities."
Funds distributed by Speedway Children's Charities chapters at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway totaled $2,886,902 in 2015. Speedway Children's Charities raises grant money through various fundraising activities, including clay shoots, track events, auctions, holiday light displays and more.
"It was a banner year for Speedway Children's Charities, and we can't thank the race fans, sponsors, volunteers, team owners, drivers and staff enough for all of their efforts to help children in need," said Maj. Gen. Chuck Swannack, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "Every single dollar or volunteer hour makes a difference, and these fundraising results will have a true impact to help children in need of a brighter future." For more information on SCC or to see how to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.(CMS)(12-16-2015)
Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive Raises More Than $10,000: Martinsville Speedway took full advantage of unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny skies to raise more than $10,000 and more than 300 toys for Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, through the 19th Annual Martinsville Speedway Christmas Toy Drive. The money raised goes to give Christmas presents to underprivileged and underserved children in the Martinsville and Henry County area. Grace Network Executive Director Tracy Hinchcliff said there are more than 175 children who will benefit from the drive. The Blue Ridge Miata Club also came out in full-force. It's something that has become somewhat of a tradition for the car club. Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County is a network of more than 100 area churches that help provide assistance to people in need throughout the year. For more information on how to help Grace Network visit www.gracenetworkmhc.org.(Martinsville Speedway)(12-13-2015)
Nearly 300 Children Attend "Race to the Holidays" Christmas Party at Sonoma Raceway: More than 450 people enjoyed a day of holiday cheer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday at the 11th annual "Race to the Holidays" Children's Christmas Party. The raceway hosted nearly 300 Sonoma Valley children and their families at the event, which featured caroling, refreshments, a car display, balloon animals and a visit from Santa Claus, who arrived via a Schell-Vista Fire Department fire truck. The event, which has drawn more than 2,400 children since its inception in 2005, culminated with Santa Claus presenting each child with a bag full of toys, as well as a new toothbrush and toothpaste. Children ranged in age from newborn to 12-years-old. Upon hearing the children caroling his favorite tune, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," Santa greeted the children on his way into the event hall before handing out gifts. The children left the raceway with new toys and wide smiles after a complimentary lunch at the Raceway Café. All children were pre-registered through six Sonoma Valley youth groups, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, El Verano Elementary School, Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.), La Luz, Stand By Me Mentoring and the Sonoma Valley Teen Parent Program. The raceway received a generous outpouring of support from the community as more than 1,500 toys were donated for the party. Supporters of this year's event included: AAA Sonoma, California Highway Patrol, Dick Sharke, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Dr. Julie Forstadt DDS, Dr. Eva Marie Largoza DDS, Dr. Bob Nadjibi DDS, Dr. Kenneth Reyes DDS, Dr. Kristin De Vincenzi, Exchange Bank, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Save Mart/Lucky Supermarkets, Schell-Vista Fire Department, Sonoma City Hall, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Stompers, Sonoma Valley Fire Department, United Site Services and verihealth, inc.(Sonoma Raceway)(12-13-2015)
Cessna Skinner Round-Up raises $125k: Volusia County residents, celebrities and sponsors raised an estimated $125,000 to support the Council on Aging of Volusia County at the 2015 Cessna Skinner Round-Up. The two-day event included the Hoedown Bash at Daytona International Speedway and a sold-out Cessna Skinner Round-Up Golf Tournament presented by Halifax Health at Spruce Creek Country Club. With donations still coming in, the Cessna Skinner Round-Up plans to ink a check for at least $125,000 to the Council on Aging following expenses. "It's always such an honor to host the Cessna Skinner Round-Up here in Volusia County," said Mike Skinner, 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and co-host of the Cessna Skinner Round-Up. "We have such great partners for this event, such as Cessna, Hard Rock Seminole, Halifax Health, Oral-B, SunTrust Bank, Toyota, National Wild Turkey Federation, Germain Motor Company, Froggy's Saloon, Richard Childress Racing, Yuengling, American Auto, Maui Jim, Justin Boots, and so many others. It's such an honor to have their support, and the support of all of our guests and attendees-including many people who don't even have a direct connection to Volusia County. However, they've gotten behind Angie and me, and they've stepped up to support the Council on Aging, and that's something that's really special to be a part of." In it's seventh year, the Skinner Round-Up has raised more than $900,000 for charity organizations within Volusia County, Fla. This year's event solely benefitted the Council on Aging of Volusia County, an organization that promotes healthy, independent living through caring and compassionate services for the area's seniors. The Council on Aging of Volusia County serves thousands of clients every year through meals programs, non-medical health services and senior activities.(A2B Strategies)(11-1-2015)
Waltrip Bros. Charity Championship events raise more than $600,000 for charity: While everything may not have gone exactly like clockwork, a true group effort in last week's Waltrip Brothers' Charity Championship produced monumental success that surpassed the $2,000,000 fundraising mark in just its sixth year and shattered its own record for the fourth consecutive year. Last Wednesday's Champion's Dinner and Thursday's golf tournament, hosted by Darrell and Michael Waltrip in Franklin, Tenn., combined to raise more than $600,000 for charity -- a 25-percent increase over the 2014 total. Funds raised to benefit Motor Racing Outreach (MRO), Feed the Children and the Byrnes Memorial Fund set a WBCC high mark, despite the fact the much-anticipated emcee, NFL on FOX's Terry Bradshaw, fell ill the morning of the Champion's Dinner and was unable to travel to Franklin. FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Hammond, MRO President Billy Mauldin and Miss Sprint Cup Julianna White answered the call and stepped up to co-host the star-studded and highly entertaining Champion's Dinner. Two-time Grammy Award winner Travis Tritt headlined Wednesday's Champion's Dinner presented by CapWealth Advisors at The Factory in Franklin, with performances by AMERICAN IDOL Season 12 finalist Janelle Arthur and AMERICAN IDOL Season 13 finalist Jessica Meuse. Also in attendance were: former Pittsburgh Steelers legend Joe Greene; Margaret Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates' Willie Stargell's widow; multiplatinum and Grammy-nominated artist Jewel; Big Machine Records Founder Scott Borchetta; AMERICAN IDOL Season 13 finalist Ben Briley and AMERICAN IDOL Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and David Ragan; two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine; FOX NASCAR's Hermie Sadler and Kenny Wallace; Rick Hendrick; Marcus Smith; and Mike Helton. More than 500 people attended the sold-out dinner, catered by Outback Steakhouse, which included a live and silent auction featuring autographed memorabilia from the entertainment, music and sports worlds. In addition, one of NASCAR's most beloved sons, Bryson Byrnes, was on-hand as the fundraiser benefitted, in part, the Byrnes Memorial Fund. Bryson is the son of late FOX NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes, who lost his courageous battle with cancer in late April. The Byrnes Memorial Fund was established at Charlotte Christian School in Steve's honor to help fulfill his wish that Bryson continue his education and play football at the school. Thursday's sold-out WBCC charity golf tournament presented by ACLJ.org at the Vanderbilt Legends Club featured 144 golfers hitting the links. At the day's end, Stenhouse Jr.'s team took home the trophy for first place.(FOX Sports)(10-28-2015)
Jimmie Johnson Foundation Announces Nearly $550,000 in Champions Grants: The Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced today that 10 schools will receive approximately $550,000 in Champions Grants this year. The grants are awarded annually to K-12 public and charter schools in and around the hometowns of six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra - San Diego and El Cajon, California and Muskogee, Oklahoma, as well as their current residence in Charlotte, North Carolina. Chandra, Jimmie and representatives from partner Lowe's spent time this morning hearing from students and staff from the six local grant recipients about their projects and the anticipated impact on their school community. In addition to these six schools, four others from Muskogee and the San Diego area have been selected to receive grants. This year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe's Toolbox for Education Champions Grant awards included $341,001 toward science and technology, $113,948 toward literacy initiatives, $52,434 for health and fitness activities, $27,964 toward arts programs and $13,600 toward school improvement projects.(Jimmie Johnson Foundation)(10-28-2015)
Justin Wilson Children's Fund Update: INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway encourage racing fans to make donations to a new fund established to support the family of Justin Wilson. Donations to the Wilson Children's Fund can be made online at www.wilsonchildrensfund.com or sent to the following address:
Wilson Children's Fund
c/o Forum Credit Union
P.O. Box 50738
Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738
If you previously sent a donation to INDYCAR, it will be forwarded to the new address. All donations will be kept confidential. In addition, commemorative decals and T-shirts are available at shop.ims.com, with proceeds going directly to the Wilson Children's Fund.(IMS)(8-30-2015)
Danica's Dallas Dogs Now Available: A plush version of Dallas Stenhouse, the year-old miniature Siberian Husky that belongs to Danica Patrick and her boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr., is now available for sale. Race fans can purchase their own Dallas plush dog at Patrick's trackside merchandise trailer at Sprint Cup events, the Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team store in Kannapolis, NC, and the SHR online store. The Dallas plush dog is also available at DanicaRacingStore.com, as well. A portion of the proceeds from all sales will benefit animal charities.(SHR)
NASCAR Foundation's P.I.T announced: The NASCAR Foundation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Sprint this week announced a special competition that will recognize an outstanding area middle school for its exemplary approach toward problem-solving and making real world connections using science and technology. The NASCAR Foundation's P.I.T. (Promoting Innovation & Technology) Crew Project was created to inspire learning among middle school students (grades 6-8) in the Charlotte area. Participating schools will compete to build a unique concept or model that illustrates science and technology principles through motorsports applications. The middle school voted to have created the best concept will have its project considered for display in the NASCAR Hall of Fame this fall, and will receive a large-scale technology renovation for one of its common rooms, courtesy of The NASCAR Foundation and program sponsor Sprint. Additionally, middle school finalists will receive field trips for up to 300 students each to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
CMS schools must submit a letter of intent to participate in the P.I.T. Crew Project by Friday, Feb. 6, and there will be a special information session for teachers hosted at the NASCAR Research & Development Center later that month. The students' final projects are due March 30 and the winning school will be announced during the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race festivities in Charlotte in May. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation's P.I.T. Crew Project, visit NASCARFoundation.org.(NASCAR)(1-27-2015)
Goodyear Gives Back" program - Support Our Troops: For the sixth straight year, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, exclusive tire supplier of NASCAR's three major national series, is rallying NASCAR fans to support members of the U.S. Armed Forces through its "Goodyear Gives Back" charitable program benefitting the Support Our Troops organization. To kick off the program, Goodyear will once again transform its NASCAR race tires by replacing the "Eagle" sidewall design with "Support Our Troops" messaging on all tires used during Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This effort coincides with the launch of Goodyear's charity auction at www.Goodyear.com/GivesBack, which features autographed NASCAR memorabilia, VIP race experiences and rides on the Goodyear Blimp. Proceeds benefit Support Our Troops, a nonprofit nationwide organization that works to bolster the morale and well-being of America's troops and their families. To-date, Goodyear Gives Back has generated nearly $1 million in cash and product donations to support the cause. Fans can get involved by visiting www.Goodyear.com/GivesBack through July 6, 2015 to bid on unique NASCAR autographed items, Support Our Troops tires and VIP experiences, purchase Support Our Troops® merchandise, or make a direct donation.(Goodyear)(5-24-2015)
Kasey Kahne Foundation Reaches $1 Million Milestone: The Kasey Kahne Foundation ("KKF"), a 501(c) 3 committed to raising awareness and funds for charities supporting chronically ill children and their families, announced today that the charitable organization surpassed $1 million in donations distributed since being founded. NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, KKF staff and hundreds of fans celebrated the giving milestone at the annual Fan Day event at Kasey Kahne Racing shop in Mooresville, NC.
"We never dreamed we could get to this point when we started the Kasey Kahne Foundation years ago, but the contributions we've received have been amazing," said Kahne, a 17-time winner on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "The Kasey Kahne Foundation has been fortunate to support thousands of children and families in need and make a positive impact on their lives."
The beneficiaries of KKF have varied from major national organizations such as Make-A-Wish to smaller local organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of King County (Seattle, Wash.). The single largest gift made by the KKF was $500,000, originally pledged in 2007 to help fund construction of the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte (N.C.). Other KKF beneficiaries have included Victory Junction, The Red Cross, Cornerstone Schools in Detroit, Mich., Friends of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Fund, Lilly School, NC STEM, The Charlotte Hornets Foundation, and Hope Park in Mooresville, NC.
Kahne attributes many of the contributions by way of support of KKF events and campaigns promoted since inception, which have varied from sprint car races to VIP trip raffles. The first KKF promoted event was a charity sprint car race at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. on August 30, 2006. KKF has hosted several more sprint car charity races in Kahne's home state of Washington and also in Pennsylvania. In 2009, Kahne paired up with country music sensation Dierks Bentley to co-host a Bentley concert outside of Atlanta, Ga. The last couple years, KKF has promoted a "Fly Like Kahne" trip giveaway in which a fan won a trip aboard Kahne's personal aircraft.
But the two most marquee events to date have been the 5Kahne, a 5k running race held annually in Uptown Charlotte during the October NASCAR race weekend, and The Drive, a new Seattle, Wash.-area concert and golf event with Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson. Both are on the calendar again in 2015. The Drive is scheduled for June 29-30 to benefit Strong Against Cancer at Seattle Children's Hospital. The sixth-annual 5Kahne returns to Charlotte on Oct. 11. New to the KKF calendar this year is a partnership with Omaze that will offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience to win a trip to Chicago to go kart against Kahne. Details will be announced later this summer.
"It's a lot of hard work to put on events, but it is always worth it as we get so much great support from corporate partners, fellow drivers and sports stars, and especially fans," Kahne added. "We are now hyper-focused on raising the next $1 million by continuing with our annual programs and events, plus adding new ones like the Omaze experience, which we are really excited about."(KKF)(5-23-2015)
Gene Haas Foundation Grants $1 Million to Institute for Advanced Learning & Research and Danville Community College: The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) and Danville Community College (DCC) are the recipients of a $1 million grant from the Gene Haas Foundation, which has granted more than $11 million to entities that champion advanced manufacturing education. The $1 million grant will be used to build the new Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining on the IALR campus in Danville, Virginia, and support a third-year level of learning for students completing DCC's Precision Machining Technology two-year degree program. The experience will provide students the opportunity to train in an authentic manufacturing workflow cell as part of the Capstone Integrated Machining Technology project being implemented for the first time in America through the IALR/DCC partnership. The Gene Haas Foundation, formed in 1999 by Haas Automation founder and Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas, awarded the grant to support the new workforce training initiative of the IALR and DCC. Students will be able to earn valuable, nationally-recognized industry credentials, building upon the Level I competencies taught in DCC's coursework to enable students at the IALR to earn Level II and Level III certifications from such esteemed organizations as the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Providing scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs, is of particular interest to the Gene Haas Foundation. Haas Automation, based in Oxnard, California, is the largest and most modern machine tool builder in North America.(4-20-2015)
Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham Begin 2015 Living in the Past: Jeff Gordon and former crew chief Ray Evernham will team up again in 2015. On Jan. 16 in Scottsdale, Arizona, the duo will auction off their final race-winning car at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Proceeds from the sale of the 1999 #24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte Carlo that won the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series (then known as the NASCAR Busch Series) race at Phoenix International Raceway will benefit Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation. In 1999, Gordon/Evernham Motorsports (GEM) was formed to compete in six NASCAR XFINITY Series races with Gordon as driver and Evernham as crew chief. Evernham hosts Velocity's AmeriCarna, and the television series will feature the restoration and sale of this 1999 #24 Chevy (Lot No. 3007; scheduled to be auctioned at 7 p.m. local time) during an upcoming episode.(VMG)(1-13-2015)
Denny & Mark's Pro-Am Jam raised $200,000 for charity: The 3rd annual Denny & Mark's Pro-Am Jam hosted by the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation, raised $200,000 for charity making it another successful event. The annual 'can't miss' fundraising event has raised over $500,000 in its first three years. This year's event was held October 27-28 at the Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C., and again featured the partnership of NASCAR driver and Chase for the Sprint Cup finalist Denny Hamlin, Hootie & the Blowfish founding member and lead guitarist Mark Bryan and Denis Gallagher, CEO of Student Transportation Inc. (STI), North America's leading provider of school bus transportation services.
Proceeds from the two-day fundraiser have increased each year and are intended to benefit children within the community. Donations were made recently to the charitable organizations representing the three partners, which all have similar missions of improving the lives of children. The Denny Hamlin Foundation was a beneficiary with part of its share being donated to MUSC Children's Hospital for Cystic Fibrosis research. Mark Bryan's non-profit, Carolina Studios, and STI's philanthropic arm, the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation (STAEF), also received their shares of the funds raised that will go toward helping children in the Charleston area.
"This year's Pro-Am Jam was another huge success. It was a wonderful experience for our guests and sponsors who once again enjoyed themselves and thought the venue, auction, concert and golf were all outstanding," stated Denis Gallagher. "We had a very successful event for our charities that will benefit many young children and students. This was another showcase event that Daniel Island is known for."
The event included a celebrity "Pro-Am" golf tournament on Daniel Island Club's award-winning Ralston Creek course and a "Jam" music concert presented by SunTrust featuring music by Mark Bryan and friends. Celebrity guests included greats from the worlds of NASCAR, music, entertainment and sports.
"I look forward to this event every year now as it is such a fun time and we are able to benefit many children in different ways," said Hamlin, a 24-time winner on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series who finished third overall in the 2014 driver championship standings. "Mark and Denis are such great partners and we have so many great guests and celebrities come out that we all just have a blast together at the concert and on the golf course."
Celebrities in attendance included Bill Murray along with fellow actors Gregory Harrison, Bill Smitrovich, Terry Serpico and Ed Marinaro, and actresses Aimee Garcia and Debbe Dunning; NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick, Hermie Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.; PGA professional golfers Tommy Gainey and Robert Gamez; former NBA players Rick Barry and Gus Williams; Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Super Bowl football champion George Rogers and former NFL star and now commentator Sterling Sharpe to name a few.
Mark Bryan again spearheaded a fantastic concert featuring some of his friends from the music industry. Those who joined Mark onstage included Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors, Chris Kirkpatrick from NSYNC, country legend Johnny Lee, Grammy winner Dan Tyminski, Steve Azar, The Voice's Justin Pohl and fellow Hootie & the Blowfish band members Darius Rucker, Dean Felber and Jim Sonefeld among others who graced the stage.
"I am so thankful for what we've created in three years with this Pro-Am Jam. I'm lucky to be working on this with amazing partners like Denny Hamlin and Denis Gallagher," stated Mark Bryan. "Together with our gracious sponsors we've been able to continually increase the amount of money we've raised for charity, and we've caught the attention of some great names for our golf tournament and concert, so it's also a ton of fun. Here's to years to come."
This event was made possible by the support of major sponsors SunTrust, FedEx, Blue Bird/Roush CleanTech, Collins Bus Corporation, Thomas Bus and Navistar/IC Bus. The dates for the 4th Annual Denny & Mark's Pro-Am Jam hosted by the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation are October 26-27, 2015. To keep up with Denny & Mark's Pro-Am Jam please follow at www.facebook.com/TheProAmJam and www.twitter.com/ProAmJam.(Denny Hamlin Foundation)(12-26-2014)
Rescue Ranch supporters celebrate successful 2014: Ryan and Krissie Newman celebrated successes on two fronts Friday night at the 10th annual Rescue Ranch Charity Dinner and Auction. The Newmans celebrated Ryan's successful year on the NASCAR circuit, finishing second in the race for the Sprint Cup Series Championship, and a year of growth at the couple's animal education center, Rescue Ranch. "It's really been a good year. This is the most exciting year I've had since 2003 when I was Rookie of the Year," Ryan Newman said to a crowd of folks gathered at the Statesville Civic Center to support the Rescue Ranch, headed by his wife, Krissie. The charity event featured a raffle of several prizes and a silent auction for a variety of items. The money raised at the event will help support the ongoing development efforts at Rescue Ranch as well as supporting the continuing programs.
In the past year, Ryan said, Rescue Ranch welcomed a number of new inhabitants including a cow named Otis and several goats. It also hosted several summer camps and a couple of adoption fairs, a number Ryan said he and Krissie hope will grow in 2015. Krissie Newman said one of the projects begun in 2014 that holds special meaning is the dedication of a memorial garden on the nearly 90-acre property north of Statesville. The centerpiece of the memorial garden is a portion of the gas chamber that was used to euthanize animals at Iredell County Animal Control. It is now a piece of artwork that will anchor the memorial garden when it opens in 2015. The memorial garden is a place, Krissie said, for pet owners to remember their furry family members and a peaceful place to sit and reflect.
She said much has been accomplished at Rescue Ranch this year thanks to support from people such as those in attendance at the dinner and from volunteers who give their time at the Rescue Ranch. "People come out year after year and support us," she said. Watching the growth at Rescue Ranch this year, Krissie said, is gratifying. The ranch has comprised a lot of time and dreams during the past few years, and seeing it develop from a dream to reality, is something special, she added. Rescue Ranch Board member and WSOC-TV news anchor Blair Miller said the Newmans are more than just the public face of the organization, "They are hands-on," he said. "They don't just throw money at it."(Statesville Record and Landmark)(12-15-2014)
'Best Buddies' Ambassador Daniel Noltemeyer Wins Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award: Daniel Noltemeyer of Louisville, Kentucky, representing Best Buddies Kentucky, was presented with the fourth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award on Friday night, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas. Noltemeyer, one of four national finalists for the award, will receive a $100,000 donation for Best Buddies Kentucky from The NASCAR Foundation, in addition to a 2015 Toyota Camry provided by Toyota, the award's 2014 Official Car Sponsor. The other finalists will receive $25,000 donations for their respective charitable causes. Noltemeyer, 32, was chosen via an online vote conducted on NASCAR.com. He is a founder of Best Buddies Kentucky, an organization committed to facilitating social inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Noltemeyer, who has Down syndrome, has become a renowned Best Buddies spokesman - and not only in his home state. He also is an ambassador for Best Buddies International via an appointment by Best Buddies International founder Anthony Kennedy Shriver. "I am so honored [by this award]," Noltemeyer said. "I helped found Best Buddies Kentucky five years ago [and] I want to give back to an organization that has changed my life. I have learned to be a strong advocate for myself and others with disabilities, but most of all, I have made special friendships. I want to expand programs to make friendships possible for everyone. It's like a dream come true to win this award to show the world how much someone with intellectual and developmental disabilities can accomplish."
The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award honors the commitment that the foundation's Chairwoman, Betty Jane France, has demonstrated throughout her life to philanthropy and community service. The award is presented annually to a dedicated NASCAR fan that has made a profound impact on the lives of children in their community. "Daniel says he is honored by winning the award; I want to emphasize that the feeling is mutual," France said. "He is a remarkable young man, an inspiration to not only people with IDD, but everyone. "Daniel was part of a very elite group of finalists this year, a group that NASCAR fans really responded to, as we had the closest voting in the award's four years of existence."
In addition to Noltemeyer, the list of finalists included:
· Tammy Anderson-Lee, representing the Autism Society San Diego where she has developed adaptive swimming programs for children with Autism.
· Amber Larkin of Windermere, Florida, founder of the Noah's Light Foundation, which is involved in the fight against pediatric brain cancer.
· Chris McElwee of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, founder of Michael's Way, which provides financial assistance to families dealing with expenses resulting from children's cancer.(NASCAR), See full press release and info on Jayski's Racing Charities page.(12-5-2014)
James and Krishtian Buescher Form The Buescher Foundation: At a press conference at the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) for the start of National Adoption Month, it was announced that NASCAR Driver and Champion, James Buescher and his wife Krishtian Buescher have launched the Buescher Foundation. The Buescher Foundation is committed to providing financial support to families who have been called to adopt. Their personal experience has taught them that all children deserve a family who can help them grow into loving and caring individuals. The Buescher Foundation's mission is to provide support and resources to families going through the adoption process domestically.
The Buescher Foundation was established in 2014 by James and Krishtian Buescher who have experienced adoption first hand. Stetson Buescher, now 15 months old, was adopted as an infant by James and Krishtian Buescher in the summer of 2013. Adoption for the Bueschers was always the goal and Stetson was the next piece to the puzzle of family life for the Bueschers. All children need a supportive family who can help them develop into successful and thriving individuals and the Buescher Foundation's goal is to give families the opportunity.
Families that are adopting domestically and have been approved by an agency or facilitator may apply for a grant through The Buescher Foundation. There is no income requirement. The process begins with an application and a home study. Also required is a "look book" that tells the story of your family and proof that you are working with an agency or facilitator. Awards will be granted at the end of each quarter. "Having gone through the adoption process ourselves, we know what it takes to be able to adopt. Our goal is to take some of that stress off the families that want to adopt and give a child a loving forever home," said James and Krishtian Buescher collectively.
Also announced at the press conference at TMS, The Fraternal Order of Eagles, who is an international non-profit organization uniting fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills and promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope have vowed to donate $50,000.00 towards the Buescher Foundation. In addition, Great Clips, Inc. has pledged to donate $10,000.00.
The Buescher Foundation will hold and support multiple family friendly fundraising events around the United States of America. One of the tentative events will be a fun for all ages carnival. On Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Charlotte Checkers, the AHL affiliate for the Carolina Hurricanes, the Charlotte Checkers will host Buescher Foundation Adoption Night. To create awareness about National Adoption Month, The Wells Fargo / Duke Energy Tower in Charlotte, N.C. will be lit up in the colors of yellow and red on Saturday, November 22.
The Buescher Foundation Board of Directors will be made up of: James and Krishtian Buescher, Johanthon Bobbitt-Miller, Todd Bodine, Susan Karli and Steve Overholser.
For more information regarding the Buescher Foundation and details on how you can support the Buescher Foundation and apply for grants, please visit, TheBuescherFoundation.org and "Like" facebook.com/TheBuescherFoundation and follow on Twitter and Instagram at BuescherFNDN.(11-2-2014)
Brad Daugherty launches Hoops Against Hunger: A busy Wednesday for Brad Daugherty included a brief talk at the Southern Conference Basketball meetings at the Biltmore Estate, launching a charitable campaign against hunger with a goal of raising $1 million, and sharing the news that he is returning to TV as a basketball analyst. The first pick of the 1986 NBA Draft is also pumped up about his Brad Daugherty Foundation, working with Eblen Charities and the SoCon for Hoops Against hunger, a program that will provide meals for students who don't get enough to eat at home during extended holiday breaks from school. The plan is to bring together public, private and sports organizations to help fight hunger, including basketball teams that will raise food and donations during their seasons and bring them to the SoCon Basketball Championships in March 2015, to be held in Asheville for a fourth straight season. Daugherty, who helped give away more than 10,000 meals last Thanksgiving in WNC, said his goal is to reach out to contacts in basketball and NASCAR and raise $1 million for Hoops Against Hunger.(PR)(10-17-2014)
A Wish, Man Donates $10,000 to Petty Family Foundation: It had been over 10 years, but George Mason of Evansville, Indiana never forgot the day he met Richard and Kyle Petty at an appearance in his hometown. It was after that meeting that Mason knew he wanted to make a donation to enrich the lives of the children at Victory Junction through the Petty Family Foundation. Sadly, today the 74-year-old Mason is suffering from skin cancer. But, his family wanted to ensure that Mason was able to fulfill his wish. With an RV, the family packed in and left for trips to visit family in Texas before driving to Level Cross, N.C. It was there where the family and Mason met executives from the Petty Family Foundation. Mason was given a tour of the new Petty Museum before meeting "The King" Richard Petty. Petty took Mason around the historical site of Petty Enterprises before giving him a ride in a Petty's Garage custom Ford Mustang. Mason was thrilled, and in a gesture of unbelievable kindness, signed a check for the amount of $10,000 to the Petty Family Foundation to be used for Victory Junction. As Mason presented Petty the check, "The King" gave him one of his signature Charlie One Horse cowboy hats, autographed. With smiles, both men accepted. The Mason family then made a trip to Victory Junction for a tour of the camp they have now helped make a difference at. "It's always heartwarming when a single family makes such a large contribution to the Petty Family Foundation," said Rebecca Moffit, Executive Director of the Petty Family Foundation. "George had met Richard and Kyle years ago and made his vow then to make this donation. His legacy will now live on through the smiles on the faces of the kids at Victory Junction for years to come. We are very appreciative of his kind gesture." For more information about the Petty Family Foundation, please visit them online at pettyfamilyfoundation.org.(9-25-2014)
Petty Family Foundation Makes Donations in Honor of Lynda Petty: Thanks to the outpouring of fans across the country, the memory of Lynda Petty, wife of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, will live on. The Petty Family Foundation announced that through numerous and generous donations in memory of Mrs. Lynda Petty, the family has chosen four organizations to make monetary donations. The following were close to Lynda Petty's heart and will each receive a donation:
The Hospice of Randolph County
The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University
Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, where the Petty family attended
Randolph County Community College
All received donations through the Petty Family Foundation in honor of Mrs. Lynda Petty.
"We are so grateful for all who have donated to the Petty Family Foundation in memory of our mother," said Rebecca Petty Moffitt, Executive Director of The Petty Family Foundation. "The family wanted to give back to the places where our mother contributed and to those she helped and in return helped her. Although this is only a small list of the many people that she touched, we hope they can benefit from the donations." Petty passed away on March 25 at the age of 72.(6-10-2014)
Jimmie Johnson Foundation winners of Helmet of Hope: The Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced the five winners of the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, a program that allows fans and consumers across the country to nominate not-for-profit (501c3) organizations that support K-12 public education. Each of the winners will be awarded a $25,000 grant. The 5 winners are:
· Crayons to Classrooms in Dayton, Ohio
· Champions for Learning in Naples, Florida
· HEART Tutoring in Charlotte, N.C.
· Le Mars Community Schools Foundation in LeMars, Iowa
· Reading Partners in Denver, Colorado
The final five were selected via public vote. Approximately 438,658 votes were cast for the 10 semifinalists during the voting period.
"We are thrilled with this year's Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program," Johnson said. The competition was tough. The public rallied around the semifinalists to show their support. It was exciting to see the number of votes go up each day. All of the semifinalist organizations were very deserving. Chani (wife) and I are honored that the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, in partnership with Blue Bunny, is able to support the great work of the 5 winners."
In addition to a $25,000 grant, each of the five winners will receive a Blue Bunny ice cream party and special recognition on Johnson's race helmet during the Sprint Cup Series race on July 27, 2014 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To date, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program has contributed more than $560,000 to 71 different charities.
"Congratulations to the five winners of the 2014 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grants," stated Mike Wells, President & CEO, Wells Enterprises, Inc., maker of Blue Bunny ice cream. "The rallying effort by the fans and supporters of each of the 10 semifinalists was impressive and illustrates the energy and passion around the purpose and mission of each organization. It is an honor to help each of them further the important work they are committed to around education."(5-2-2014)
Kevin Harvick Foundation donates to Bakersfield Police Activities League: The Kevin Harvick Foundation announced its support of the Bakersfield Police Activities League (BPAL), a California-based organization that works with at-risk youth in the local area through various programs. "Without the donations and support from organizations such as the Kevin Harvick Foundation, it would not be possible to offer our attractive variety of recreational, educational and developmental programs to our local youth," said Kyle Ursery, Executive Director at Bakersfield Police Activities League and Senior Police Officer with the Bakersfield Police Department. "We believe these are keys to assisting the children to avoid the troubles of the streets and to lead them to a pathway of success. We truly are blessed to have the support from Kevin." BPAL works with approximately 500 underprivileged children in the Bakersfield, Calif. area, through various athletic and academic programs such as Arts & Crafts, BPAL Community Gardening, Tutoring, Basketball, Boxing, Soccer, Tennis and much more. 2014 marks BPAL's 20th Anniversary. "It's a great feeling being able to give back to the community where I was raised," said Harvick. "I was fortunate enough to have people in my life guide me in the right direction which enabled me to get to where I am today. I hope this program does the same for other kids in the Bakersfield community." The donation provided to the organization will benefit the Basketball, Soccer, Baseball and Boxing programs supported by BPAL. Each sport will receive new uniforms, much needed equipment and the opportunity to play on updated surfaces.(KFI)(4-14-2014)
Jeff Gordon Treatment Room Opens at Children's Blood & Cancer Center at Dell Children's Medical Center: Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation (JGCF) is pleased to announce the dedication of the newly redesigned Jeff Gordon treatment room at the Children's Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC) located in Austin, Texas. CBCC is part of the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas -- the only dedicated, free-standing pediatric facility serving the healthcare needs of children in the 46 county Central Texas region and beyond. The Jeff Gordon treatment room -- themed winning through teamwork -- features custom graphics created by Red Eye Designs of Charlotte, NC, depicting Gordon's #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS making a pit stop at last month's race in Las Vegas. The room was repainted in a complementary color matching the iconic flame design on Gordon's car while the cabinetry features specially designed graphics that replicate the tool boxes used by the No. 24 team. The funds to sponsor the room were raised by the Austin Chapter of the JGCF Promise Circle with a significant contribution made by the Austin office of CBRE Group, Inc., a global leader in real estate services. The Promise Circle is comprised of a group of dedicated volunteers who work in their communities with leading cancer treatment centers, and their mission is to serve as advocates for children with cancer and to provide support services to these children and their families. The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation has contributed more than $14 million to support children battling cancer and invests in research, provides access to treatment and offers patient support programs.(JeffGordon.com)(4-5-2014)
NASCAR Foundation Wins Big With 'High Speed Hold 'Em' Poker Tournament: The NASCAR Foundation held its third annual poker event, "High Speed Hold 'Em," on Wednesday night, a charitable and celebratory lead-in to Sunday's Daytona 500. Championed by event co-chairs Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick, the evening featured a fun-filled poker tournament with players including NASCAR drivers Regan Smith, Alex Bowman, Dakoda Armstrong, Jamie Dick, Jimmy Weller, John Wes Townley and IMSA driver James Gue. The evening culminated with a $150,000 check presentation to the Speediatrics unit at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. The NASCAR Foundation's Speediatrics units were created based on the vision of France, whose passion for children has ensured that kids receive the medical care they need in order to live, learn and play in their communities. With locations in Daytona Beach and at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla., Speediatrics provides medical treatment to nearly 27,000 children annually. Fittingly, 2003 World Series of Poker celebrity player Chris Moneymaker won first place in the tournament, while attendees Michael Munier and Sherry Gailey took the second and third place spots, respectively.(NASCAR Foundation)(2-21-2014)
Harvick joins Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation board: The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) announced that NASCAR driver #4-Kevin Harvick will be joining its Board, effective immediately. One of the first initiatives that the Ripken Foundation and Kevin Harvick Foundation will combine efforts on is construction of a Youth Development Park in the greater Greensboro, N.C. area.(Kevin Harvick Foundation)(2-13-2014)
Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented: Friday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards was jam-packed with presentations but only one was a surprise -- the presentation of the Third Annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award to Don Post of Kansas City, Mo. The award showcases The NASCAR Foundation, which was created in 2006 with the mission to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support charitable causes throughout the nation -- with special emphasis on positively impacting the lives of children. In 2011, the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award was created. The award honors the longtime commitment to community service and charitable causes by the foundation's founder, Betty Jane France, who presented the award to Post. The award goes annually to a NASCAR fan who embodies those ideals. By any measure, Post fits the mold. He was diagnosed with ALS, "Lou Gehrig's Disease," in 1980 and was told he had three to five years to live. Undaunted, he embarked on a 33-year mission of donating his time and talent to charities in the Kansas City area. Post has rallied the Kansas City community through the March of Dimes. His leadership on the "Bikers for Babies" motorcycle ride has helped raise $6.8 million toward finding causes and cures for premature birth, infant mortality and neuromuscular diseases. The charities supported by the finalists will each receive a 25 thousand dollar donation from The NASCAR Foundation. Post will receive a new Chevrolet SS, courtesy of Chevrolet, and provide the March of Dimes with a $100,000 donation.(NASCAR Wire Service)(12-7-2013)
2nd Annual Championship Taste Event Gives Back To Homestead Community: Building on its commitment to support children's health care in the South Miami-Dade area, The NASCAR Foundation hosted its second annual Championship Taste event Thursday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR drivers, fans and friends gathered at Homestead-Miami Speedway to enjoy a unique dining experience while raising money for the Speediatrics unit at Homestead Hospital, culminating with a $100,000 check presentation. The donation ensures that Miami-area children will continue to receive premium care and treatment in a colorful and fun NASCAR-themed environment. Located at Homestead Hospital, the Speediatrics unit is dedicated to caring for the local community's children. The NASCAR-themed, eight-bed unit includes a pediatric trauma room where the most severely ill or injured children can be stabilized, and is staffed by highly experienced pediatric emergency physicians and skilled nurses. Featuring colorful artwork and décor designed to ease anxiety and lift the spirits of young patients, Speediatrics has provided hope and comfort to thousands of children and their families. See the full press release at the NASCAR Foundation site.(11-18-2013)
France helping families of military personnel: With a donation of $50,000, NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France and wife Amy France helped raise nearly $1 million in support of the families of military service men and women wounded in action. The Frances attended the "Stand Up For Heroes" benefit Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City, an event presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival to raise money for post-9/11 service members and their families. "Brian and I were honored to make this donation to support our military servicemen and women and their families, who make incredible sacrifices each and every day to help protect our nation," Amy France said. Renowned musicians Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters performed at the benefit, as did iconic comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby.(NASCAR Wire Service)(11-9-2013)
Jimmie Johnson Foundation Announces $470,000 in Education Grants: During a visit on Tuesday to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson announced the recipients of the 2013 Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe's Toolbox for Education Champions Grants. The grants, which are awarded to schools in Chandra and Jimmie Johnson's respective hometowns of Muskogee, Okla., El Cajon, Calif., and where they currently reside in Charlotte, N.C., totaled $470,000. Students from the three Charlotte schools that were awarded grants attended as Johnson made the announcement on behalf of the foundation he cofounded with his wife, Chandra, in 2006 as well as partner Lowe's. Johnson shared that these schools, along with six others from Muskogee and the San Diego area, have been selected to receive the grants.
The 2013 Champions Grants were awarded to the following schools:
· Northwest Cabarrus High School (Concord, N.C.)
· Lansdowne Elementary IB World School (Charlotte, N.C.)
· Sugar Creek Charter School (Charlotte, N.C.)
· Cajon Valley Middle School (El Cajon, Calif.)
· Johnson Elementary School (El Cajon, Calif.)
· Kumeyaay Elementary School (San Diego, Calif.)
· Benjamin Franklin Science Academy (Muskogee, Okla.)
· Oklahoma School for the Blind (Muskogee, Okla.)
· Whittier Elementary School (Muskogee, Okla.)
The funded projects for 2013 range from resurfacing and rubberizing a track to outdoor learning centers. Several schools also received technology grants to purchase new computers. "It builds a better tomorrow," said Daniel Wheeler, a sixth-grade student from KIPP Charlotte, a 2012 grant recipient. "It means a lot because Mr. Johnson chose [to help] this school and not only has it taken an effect on our grades, but it has taken an effect on our hearts, too."
"When you hear from students like Daniel you realize how much the kids we support really appreciate the opportunity to learn," said Johnson, who is currently atop the standings in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. "The fact that the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program can come together to impact the learning experience for these kids is very gratifying." More than $3.1 million has been contributed over the past four years through the Champions Grant program. "Lowe's is honored to continue to partner with Jimmie and Chandra Johnson to support the needs of local students and schools across the country," said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe's director of community relations. "These grants will help enhance critical educational opportunities and build a stronger foundation for thousands of children." To see a detailed list of the 2013 Champions Grant projects, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.(JJF)(11-6-2013)
Gene Haas Foundation Gifts $1 Million to SME-Education Foundation: When Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) drivers #10-Danica Patrick and #39-Ryan Newman wheel their Chevrolets onto the track for the Sept. 29 AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover, their racecars will spotlight the Gene Haas Foundation and its most recent grant recipient: the Society of Manufacturing Engineers – Education Foundation (SME-Education Foundation). The Gene Haas Foundation, formed in 1999 by SHR co-owner Gene Haas, recently gifted $1 million to the SME-Education Foundation with the money designated for scholarships in manufacturing training and education. The scholarships will benefit as many as 1,000 students entering machinist training programs in the United States and abroad. Providing scholarship funds to community colleges and vocational schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs, is of particular interest to the Gene Haas Foundation. Haas is the founder of Oxnard, Calif.-based Haas Automation, the largest and most modern machine tool builder in the western world. Patrick’s #10 GoDaddy Chevy will carry the Gene Haas Foundation and SME-Education Foundation logos on its lower rear quarter panels, while Newman’s #39 State Water Heaters Chevy will feature SME-Education Foundation logos on its C-post. Students interested in applying for a scholarship can do so by visiting www.smeef.org.(SHR)(9-26-2013)
Joey Logano Announces Charitable Foundation: NASCAR driver Joey Logano launched the Joey Logano Foundation (JLF) today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Logano also announced that on Sunday he will host 200 members of the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad and their families as one of five JLF events designed to serve individuals in race communities across the country. The mission of the Joey Logano Foundation is to inspire, mobilize and empower the "NASCAR nation" to directly improve the lives of children and families with life-altering needs in their communities. For more information about the Joey Logano Foundation and the online auction, visit www.joeyloganofoundation.org and "Like" www.facebook.com/joeylogano.(JLF)(7-12-2013)
Hendrickcars.com Providing New Vehicles for B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving Schools: Hendrickcars.com, a division of Hendrick Auto Group of Charlotte, NC, has announced a new partnership with B.R.A.K.E.S., the acclaimed non-profit organization dedicated to teaching young drivers more competent and conscientious driving skills. Effective immediately, Hendrickcars.com will provide 16 new vehicles for use in the Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools which B.R.A.K.E.S. conducts free of charge at zMax Dragway in Concord, NC and at various locations across the country to teenage motorists between the ages of 15 and 19.
Owned by celebrated NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, Hendrickcars.com and the Hendrick Automotive Group have recognized the tremendous contribution B.R.A.K.E.S. is making in reducing the number of fatal accidents involving young drivers by emphasizing increased focus and concentration while driving, along with advanced car control techniques designed to decrease the risk of collisions. For more information on B.R.A.K.E.S. or to make a donation, please log on to www.putonthebrakes.com.(6-30-2013)
Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament Presented by Lowe's Tops $600,000: The Seventh Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction presented by Lowe's raised more than $600,000. Proceeds from the tournament will be distributed to schools in need through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe's Toolbox for Education Champions Grants program.
"I'm always blown away by the support for the golf tournament from our partners, friends and fans," said Johnson, who grew up in El Cajon, Calif. "I love coming back to my hometown and am just happy we can help make a difference where I grew up."
Johnson and his wife Chandra hosted more than 100 golfers at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego. A dinner and live auction were held Wednesday evening. NASCAR driver Casey Mears, seven-time SuperCross champion Jeremy McGrath and former NFL star Jason Sehorn attended the events. The highlight of week came Tuesday when Johnson, his wife, Chandra, and daughter, Genevieve, visited Chase Avenue Elementary School in El Cajon, Calif. The school was the recipient of a 2010 grant and used the funds awarded to build a track and outdoor area at the school. Johnson ran with students who comprise the school's newly formed running club and with help from Lowe's, donated trees to help with landscaping needs.
The tournament, which in seven years has raised more than $3.5 million, focuses on the Champions Grants program, a partnership between the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe's Toolbox for Education. The grants range from $25,000-$100,000 and are distributed to K-12 public schools in the Johnson's hometowns in Oklahoma and California, and where they currently reside in North Carolina.(JJF)(6-24-2013)
Richard Childress Racing Crew Member Fights Hunger in North Carolina: Richard Childress Racing (RCR) crew member Ray Wright is fighting to stop hunger in his home state of North Carolina. Wright, the RCR strength and conditioning coach and rear-tire carrier on the #27 Menards NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, has partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC to create Pit Stops for Poverty, a charity dedicated to helping end hunger in the state. Pit Stops for Poverty earns donations through a variety of avenues, but the most unique way the non-profit group raises funds is through team pit stop challenges. Participating NASCAR Camping World Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series teams can earn monetary donations for positions gained on pit road and pit stops made under a designated amount of time. Several RCR drivers and crew chiefs are also helping in the fight to end hunger giving their teams extra incentive during pit stops.
"It was shocking to learn how many people right here at home go to bed hungry at night," said Wright. "I started Pit Stops for Poverty to try and make a difference and I'm thrilled that so many of the RCR teams have agreed to participate. Every dollar and can of food donated will help to end this crisis in our state. I want to encourage everyone to help us fight hunger in North Carolina."
An initiative started in April, Pit Stops for Poverty has already donated more than $6,000 to the cause. Approximately 1.8 million food insecure people live in the Tar Heel State, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC serves more than 300,000 individuals in the 18 counties they assist. For every $1 donated seven nutritious meals are provided to hungry families in the area. The state of North Carolina ranks among the worst in the nation regarding the percentage of childhood hunger, with one in every four children being food insecure. Fans can also help Wright in his quest to defeat hunger by pledging to make donations each time their favorite RCR team makes a pit stop in the 11, 12 and 13 second range or for each position gained on pit road. To donate, visit www.pitstopsforpoverty.com. All donations go directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC a 501 (c) (3) charity and are tax deductible. Fans can also support the initiative by following @stops4poverty on Twitter.(RCR)(6-20-2013)
Richard Petty Motorsports, STP and Motorsports Authentics Partner to Launch Fans Making Smiles at Victory: Richard Petty Motorsports, STP and Motorsports Authentics announced a new program Fans Making Smiles at Victory Junction offering exciting new Petty Products to race fans. The program will introduce newly licensed STP and Richard Petty apparel and products available this weekend at Kansas Speedway with a portion of every $50 purchase on the Chase Authentics souvenir rig benefiting the camp built by the Petty family in honor of their son, Adam. With each $50 purchase, fans will make smiles for each camper sent to Victory Junction. The program will kicked off at Kansas Speedway in April. Through the campaign, Motorsports Authentics will introduce special products that will be sold at its Chase Authentics souvenir rig at-track and through the Richard Petty Motorsports online store. The products will include collectible Sam Bass/Richard Petty/STP themed posters, Richard Petty "Charlie 1 Horse" hats, diecasts and apparel. The campaign will last through Sunday, June 2 at Dover International Speedway.(RPM)(4-21-2013)
3M Plants Trees to Help NASCAR Race to Green: St Paul, MN, based 3M Company is pleased to be an active sponsor for the NASCAR Race to Green initiative. This month-long program will culminate on Earth Day, April 22, National Tree Planting Day. Through NASCAR's partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, 3M Racing announced that their 3M Community Affairs organization has committed to fund the planting of 2,350 trees, or 1 tree for every lap of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series Racing that takes place in the month of April. The trees will be planted across the country in five areas: (1) portions of the Northeastern US recently hit by Hurricane Sandy; (2) areas in Northern Alabama damaged by tornadoes in 2011; (3) regions of Minnesota where forests are still in recovery following the Ham Lake Fire in 2007; (4) Central Texas' Lost Pines Forest which was damaged by wildfire in 2011; and (5) California forests which have seen several years of consecutive damage from wildfires. 3M is committed to both sustainable products and sustainable processes. In March of this year, 3M was awarded – for an industry-leading ninth consecutive year –the US Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award for our comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts.(3M/Roush Fenway Racing)(4-19-2013)
NHRA trounces NASCAR for 19-5 softball win: A squad of highly competitive and terrifically talented NHRA drivers trounced a team of NASCAR stars 19-5 in Wednesday night's softball game in Kannapolis, N.C., in front of a boisterous crowd at CMC NorthEast Stadium, the home of the Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League. Elliot Sadler was the top player on the NASCAR side, flashing big-time leather in the field and ripping a number of line drives. The NASCAR team also included Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Kerry Earnhardt, Johanna Long, Hermie Sadler, Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip, and others. The lone earned run scored by the stock car contingent was actually hit by a Wounded Warrior veteran, Mattias Ferraro, a double-amputee playing on two prosthetic legs. His blast drew one of the biggest ovations on the night, from fans and players alike. In a mid-game Home Run Derby exhibition, Bob Vandergriff and Elliott Sadler tied, with three long balls apiece. The game benefited Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and The Armed Forces Foundation. (see full story at NHRA.com)(4-18-2013)
Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation Announces 2013 R2R Program for Vets: Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation (CFF) will once again bring its exciting Race to Recovery program to benefit wounded service members and their loved ones to five race tracks in 2013. This year marks the third year for the Race to Recovery (R2R) program, as well as the third full year for CFF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to support those who have sacrificed greatly, to include military personnel, veterans, first-responders and their families, among others. The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and foundation President Brad Keselowski loves to spend time with the R2R honorees and looks forward to each event, as he says it keeps his life balanced.
"I am a firm believer in showing someone my appreciation for his or her sacrifices and the Race to Recovery program allows me to do that," Keselowski said. "I feel like life is about balance--I couldn't do what I do on the racetrack without these men and women making the sacrifices they do for me. It means a lot for me to have the opportunity to bring them out and show them a good time the best way I know how."
Keselowski and his foundation will bring its innovative R2R program to Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, and Bristol Motor Speedway in 2013. Guests at the track this season will strap in beside Brad and another Penske Racing driver in either a brand-new Cup-spec Ford Fusion or a Nationwide-Spec Ford Mustang with a new, exciting patriotic paint scheme that includes a custom mural representing the military services.
In 2013, leading Kimberly-Clark brand, SCOTT Car Care has become a major partner with the CFF to help the program continue to meet its number one metric -- to put smiles back on the faces of those heroes who have sacrificed so much for our country-allowing them to enjoy a VIP NASCAR race experience with the people closest to them and surrounded by fellow veterans. As a part of the Worth the Work, Pass it on campaign, SCOTT® Car Care has joined forces with CFF and its R2R program to provide unique experiences for the veterans.
"SCOTT Car Care is thrilled to partner with Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation to help provide this unique group of car enthusiasts with an experience of a lifetime," said Charlotte Ciccone, Associate Customer Marketing Manager for Kimberly- Clark Professional. "The mission of the CFF strongly aligns with our emotionally-rooted Worth the Work, Pass it on campaign, where we strive to recognize the hard work and great reward our loyal end users deserve."
Working with the Veterans Administration and other military hospitals to select candidates, CFF identifies wounded veterans around the country who have worked hard to persevere beyond their injuries. The idea is to inspire and incentivize those who are working hard to meet milestones in their treatment with a three-day VIP Race Experience, capped off with a ride along in a custom-built two-seat Ford Fusion race car with foundation President Brad Keselowski. Typically, six veterans along with one "crew chief," an individual who has had significant impact upon the veteran in his or her recovery process, per market are invited for the three-day experience. In addition, another large group of veterans and their guests are invited to watch either the Saturday or Sunday race in the CFF suite at the race track. VA case managers determine the individuals who receive suite tickets, with an emphasis on rewarding those who have met certain milestones in their treatment.(CFF)(4-6-2013)
AdvoCare Supports Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma in 2013: AdvoCare International, LP (AdvoCare), a leading health and wellness company, today announced it will donate to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma based on the performance of Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon, pilot of the #3 AdvoCare Chevrolet. The Childress Institute invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. AdvoCare is pledging $5,000 for every win, $2,000 for every top five finish and $1,000 for every top 10 finish Dillon has throughout the 2013 Nationwide Series. A check for the total donation will be presented to RCR team owner and Childress Institute co-founder Richard Childress during the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on November 10, 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway. "Nearly 10,000 kids die every year from life-threatening injuries - more than all other causes combined," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing and co-founder of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. "It's the number one killer of children in America, and it can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. We are grateful for the powerful teaming of Austin and AdvoCare to help raise money and awareness for this national problem." Race fans can follow Dillon's progress and AdvoCare's commitment throughout the year by visiting Dillon's website - www.austindillon.com. Fans can help save the lives of injured children by making their own contribution to the Childress Institute in two ways: donate $33 in honor of Dillon via his website, or text WIN to 80077 for a $10 donation. When prompted reply YES. In appreciation of the Childress Institute's mission and AdvoCare's contribution, Dillon and the #3 AdvoCare racing team plan to visit injured children in several hospitals across the U.S. throughout the 2013 race season. Follow their experiences via Twitter @RCR3ADillon or Facebook at www.facebook.com/austindillon3.(4-1-2013)
JJ Yeley Partners with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation : NASCAR driver JJ Yeley has partnered with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) to promote giving back to others and then passing the deed along. RAK's mission is simple: inspire people to practice kindness and to pass it on to others. They also provide free educational and community ideas, guidance and other resources to kindness participants through their website.
How does Yeley come into play with RAK? Like any good racer, he is issuing a challenge to NASCAR fans. It's simple, with the focus on JJ's number 36. Driving the #36 car for Tommy Baldwin Racing and with there being a 36 race schedule, Yeley is recruiting NASCAR fans to join aboard for "JJ's 36/36 RAK." That means in the next 36 weeks, complete 36 random acts of kindness to celebrate Yeley's #36.
"I am really proud to partner with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation as we work together to achieve their mission of giving back to others," Yeley said. "NASCAR and its fans are always such a giving community, I am looking forward to see what creative things they come up with for my 36/36 RAK. Stay tuned to see what I have planned as well, I am giving back right along with everyone else."
"The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is overjoyed to collaborate with JJ Yeley in spreading kindness in the NASCAR community," said Brooke Jones, Manager, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. "It is wonderful to see JJ embracing kindness with such enthusiasm, and we hope it continues to create a ripple effect nationwide."
Are you up for the challenge? Head over to RAK's website, Facebook or Twitter page to get ideas on how you can join JJ's Initiative. JJ also wants to hear from you, what are your plans for the 36 weeks? Tweet him or post on Facebook, he wants to hear how you are giving back to others.
Established in 1995 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a resource for people committed to spreading kindness. We provide a wide variety of materials on our website, including ideas for kind actions, ideas for educators and schools, activities and lesson plans, inspirational quotations, videos and workplace resources-all free of charge.)140Buzz)(3-1-2013)
UPDATE: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver JJ Yeley will play "Shoe Fairy" for grass-root non-profit, Peach's Neet Feet. After challenging NASCAR fans to perform at least one "Random Act of Kindness" per week, for the entire 2013 NASCAR season, JJ Yeley, driver of the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy, hits the pavement to live by example. Yeley is scheduled to make stops at children's hospitals while traveling across the country to NASCAR races. There he will deliver personalized, painted shoes to children that are fighting cancer, long-term illnesses, and lifelong disabilities. Will you join JJ Yeley and Peach's Neet Feet and accept the challenge to spread kindness, one person at a time? With the web of caring individuals growing, through partnerships such as this, children and families are supported, strengthened, and encouraged during what may be the hardest times in their lives. Peach's Neet Feet donates custom, hand-painted shoes to children living with disabilities and fighting cancer and other serious illnesses. Every shoe is customized to complement each child's life, interest, and courageous fight. These personalized, one of a kind gifts, lift the spirits of these fighter children and their families. If you'd like more information about what JJ Yeley and Peach's Neet Feet are doing to Pay it Forward through these Random Acts of Kindness, please contact Bob Chasse at 386.566.8754 or email@example.com. You may also contact Annie Smith at 505.486.9299 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their site here.(4-4-2013)
Penske Truck Rental Kicks-Off Paralyzed Veterans of America Fundraising Effort: Penske Truck Rental is proud to announce a new fundraising effort to benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America's Mission: ABLE campaign – to ensure that veterans with disabilities get the care, benefits and job opportunities they've earned and deserve.
Penske Truck Rental will invite its consumer rental customers to donate $1.00 to support Mission: ABLE when they rent a one-way truck between Memorial Day 2013 and Memorial Day 2014. To multiply the impact of its customers' contributions to helping our veterans, Penske Truck Rental will also match each $1.00 donation its customers make during the duration of the campaign. Penske Truck Rental is a business unit of Penske Truck Leasing.
"We're pleased to be working with the Paralyzed Veterans of America and supporting the admirable work they do to help our veterans," said Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing. "We want to show our sincere appreciation to these outstanding men and women for all they have done and the incredible sacrifices they have made serving our country."
"This is a really cool program between Penske Truck Rental and the Paralyzed Veterans and I'm excited to just be a little part of it," said Logano. "Paralyzed Veterans of America is a great organization that does a lot to help a bunch of people, who don't really get the credit they deserve. And for Penske Truck Rental to step up and institute a program that could end up donating a lot of money is a pretty cool deal. I'm excited to help spread the word and to be a part of an organization that will help support this cause. Hopefully, we can win with the Penske Truck Rental Ford Mustang this weekend at Darlington and really help spread the word."
The Mission: ABLE campaign was designed to enlist Americans – citizens, communities and corporations – to help ensure our paralyzed heroes are provided the physical care needed to live a healthy life; receive the benefits they've earned through military service; and obtain job training and opportunities for new and fulfilling careers. "Through our Mission: ABLE campaign, Paralyzed Veterans of America fights to ensure that seriously injured veterans get the care, benefits and job opportunities that they've earned and deserve," said U.S. Army veteran Bill Lawson, National President of Paralyzed Veterans. "Through this Mission: ABLE partnership with Penske Truck Rental, we'll be able to strengthen this important work and help more veterans live full, independent and productive lives."(Penske Racing)(3-15-2013)
The NASCAR Foundation Celebrates "High Speed Hold 'Em On The Halifax": The NASCAR Foundation held its second annual poker event, "High Speed Hold 'Em On The Halifax" on Wednesday night, a fun and charitable lead-in to Sunday's Daytona 500. The evening brought together NASCAR personalities and local community leaders for a fun-filled night of charity high stakes, presenting The NASCAR Foundation's annual $150,000 donation to benefit the Speediatrics childrens' care unit at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. The NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman Betty Jane France was joined by co-chairs, Brett Dill, president of MG on the Halifax ownership group and Glenn Ritchey, former Daytona Beach mayor and president and CEO of Jon Hall Automotive Group. Greg "FossilMan" Raymer, winner of the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event and Heartland Poker Tour 2012 Player of the Year served as Honorary Tournament Director. The evening's activities included an auction event, 18 tables of poker and a check presentation by The NASCAR Foundation for its annual donation to the Speediatrics unit.(2-24-2013)
Speedway Children's Charities Teams Up With Britax USA To Provide Free Car Seats and Strollers to Young Mothers: The Charlotte Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) joined forces with Charlotte-based Britax USA, a leading manufacturer of child safety seats and strollers, to help make life on the road safer for young mothers and their children. Tuesday, Marcus Smith, president of the Charlotte Chapter of SCC and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, presented 81 car seats and strollers donated by Britax USA to the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Gastonia, N.C., a nonprofit organization committed to helping women, men and families in crisis pregnancy situations. "Speedway Children's Charities is really focused on helping local charities, people who are doing great work like what's happening here at Crisis Pregnancy Center," said Smith. "Today's donation represents about $20,000 worth of car seats and strollers, courtesy of Britax."
Dr. Ancil Overbey III, executive director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center, said it was hard to put into words the impact the donation would have on clients receiving the donated items. "If you could put into words the smile on their face and the joy of knowing that those kids are going to be safe, you can't compare that to anything," Overbey said. "To walk in and see the wall of car seats and strollers – over $20,000 in high-tech equipment. We do this all the time; we've done car seats for years, but we've never had a blessing like this." During the presentation, Overbey introduced three clients who received the first three new car seats. Among them was Tiffany O'Brien, whose daughter is due in three weeks. "With me not working and having troubles with my health, this helps out a lot," said O'Brien. "Knowing my daughter is safe, that's my main concern."
Members of the Crisis Pregnancy Center staff who are trained in car seat installation were on hand to help properly install the seats for the three recipients.(CMS)(1-30-2013)
Penske engineer and wife looking to adopt child from Ethiopia UPDATE: When Aron Oakley met his future wife, Robyn, he quickly discovered her huge heart. The Penske Racing aerodynamics engineer also realized she had plenty of love to go around. Not long after the couple met in 2004, Robyn shared her desire to adopt a child from Africa. Two years later, the couple married. While their family has grown with three little girls, ages 1 to 4, the dream of adopting a child in need never waned. In May, the Oakleys ramped up the process. The couple narrowed their search to an Ethiopian boy "to balance our house full of girls," Robyn said, and enlisted the services of West Sands Adoptions. For the initial expense to expedite the adoption, the NASCAR community has stepped up to help the Oakley's.
The "Our Journey to Bring You Home Silent Auction Fundraiser", held July 14th helped the Oakley's get within $10,000 of their goal, They have a sale this weekend [Sept 22-23] with Suki from Stella and Dot set up and selling, Julie Fay from Thirty-One Gifts and Jenn Harrington from Scentsy. They are donating all of the proceeds and are also taking orders online. There will be an auction on Saturday, September 22nd at the Wynfield Club House, Huntersville, NC. Those who can't make it or are not in the area can bid online. Some of the items include: Danica Patrick signed crew shirt, Denny Hamlin signed firesuit, Ryan Newman signed tire, catering package, bowling birthday package, bike tune ups and other items. For all the info and link, go to ourjourneytobringyouhome.org.(some of this post is from a Fox Sports story)(9-18-2012)
Denny & Mark's Pro-Am Jam raises $135,000: The inaugural Denny & Mark's Pro-Am Jam hosted by the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation, which was held October 29-30 on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC, was a major success for a first-time event, raising $135,000. The fundraising event was hosted by NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and Hootie & the Blowfish founding member and lead guitarist Mark Bryan in partnership with Denis Gallagher, CEO of Student Transportation, Inc., and his company's philanthropic arm, the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation (STAEF). Proceeds from the two-day event were recently donated to the charitable organizations represented by hosts Denny Hamlin, Mark Bryan and STAEF, which have a common mission in creating better opportunities for children. $45,000 was donated to STAEF led by Denis Gallagher, $45,000 was also donated to Carolina Studios led by Mark Bryan, $30,000 was donated to MUSC Children's Hospital for Cystic Fibrosis research on behalf of The Denny Hamlin Foundation and another $15,000 was donated to fund other projects and donation requests from The Denny Hamlin Foundation. Dates for the 2nd Annual Denny & Mark's Pro-Am Jam hosted by the Student Transportation of America Education Foundation have not been set yet for 2013.()(1-11-2013)
The Dale Jr. Foundation Continues Fundraising Success in 2012: The Dale Jr. Foundation (TDJF) announced the successful conclusion to its year-long fundraising efforts, which raised more than $280,000 to benefit non-profit organizations and charities on a national scale. TDJF utilized a trio of major initiatives to raise the funds, including the "Driven to Give" event, the "Win Dale Jr.'s Ride" raffle and ride-along experiences with Earnhardt Jr. "It was another great year," said Earnhardt Jr. "The people who work for TDJF are some of the hardest-working people in my entire company, and I want to thank them first and foremost. I also want to thank anyone who contributed to the raising of funds this year, whether it was through in-kind donations, purchasing raffle tickets, or bidding on auction items. All of it contributed to helping us achieve our goals." More info at thedalejrfoundation.org.(Dale Jr. Foundation)(12-25-2012)
Harvick presents car to winner of "Win Happy's Chevy": Christmas came early for one lucky winner when Kevin Harvick handed over the keys to a brand-new 2012 Chevy Camaro 2SS convertible as part of "Win Happy's Chevy," proceeds from which benefit the Kevin Harvick Foundation. Michael Gatz, from Elkhorn, Wis., won the Camaro valued at $48,280, and drove it home from the Kevin Harvick Foundation's North Carolina headquarters. Gatz had purchased the winning ticket in the second-annual raffle for which nearly 2,500 tickets were sold at $29 each. Proceeds from "Win Happy's Chevy" will be used to further the initiatives of the Kevin Harvick Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the lives of children across the country through programs such as Kevin's Krew, Chase Your Dreams Scholarships and the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund, among others.(Kevin Harvick Foundation)(12-24-2012)
Johnson Foundation Announces Nearly $600,000 in Education Grants: More than 6,600 students at 10 schools tuned in this morning to watch a video greeting from five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson. Johnson announced that each school had been selected to receive a 2012 Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe's Toolbox for Education Champions Grant. The grants, which were awarded to schools in Chandra and Jimmie Johnson's respective hometowns of Muskogee, Okla., and El Cajon, Calif., and where they currently reside in Charlotte, N.C., totaled nearly $600,000. This brings the contributions of the Champions Grant program to more than $2.6 million.(more info at JJF)(12-14-2012)
Lorri Shealy Unumb Captures 2nd Annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award: During Friday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at the Wynn Las Vegas – the official coronation of 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski – Lesa France Kennedy, daughter of Betty Jane France and vice chair and executive vice president of NASCAR, named Lorri Shealy Unumb, creator of "Ryan's Law", the official winner of the second annual, Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.
As a mother of three, Unumb was deeply impacted when her oldest son, Ryan, was diagnosed with severe autism at a young age; she then learned that insurance would not cover the cost of treatment for children with autism. As a result, the 44-year-old drafted a bill – now known as "Ryan's Law" that has been enacted in 31 other states – to require insurance companies to cover treatments for autism.Unumb also founded the Autism Academy of South Carolina, a non-profit organization that protects the interests of children with the disability and helps families affected by autism.The NASCAR Foundation's donation of $100,000 will be used to create a scholarship fund to assist children who would otherwise not be able to attend the Autism Academy.
"Lorri Unumb's story is one of devotion to a child and dedication to a cause," France said, "She certainly is a most-deserving winner of our second annual award. Lori absolutely personifies what this award is about – and embodies The NASCAR Foundation mission. We are all so very proud to have her as our second recipient, as we know she will continue to fight for the rights of families living with autism."
Unumb, a 44-year-old Lexington, S.C., native and former Miss Southern 500 Pageant winnerwas chosen from a group of four finalists by a national fan vote on NASCAR.COM. Through this award, The NASCAR Foundation honors passionate NASCAR fans making an impact with children in their local communities and reflecting the commitment Betty Jane France has demonstrated with her charitable works and community efforts.
"It is hard for me to express what this gift from the NASCAR Foundation means for the Autism Academy of South Carolina," Unumb said. "This financial donation will give us the footing to build on our services and reach more children in need. We are so thankful for the awareness and recognition that The NASCAR Foundation has created for us and are grateful to everyone who voted to make this a reality."
The three semifinalists who each received a $25,000 donation to their supporting charities are: Ron Eby, of Windham, Maine, representing Camp Sunshine; Michael Jackson, of Duluth, Minn. supporting Starlight Children's Foundation; and Ali McDonough, of Wilmington, Del. backing The Andrew McDonough B+ (Be Positive) Foundation. The four finalists were selected by The NASCAR Foundation board of directors from hundreds of applicants who made a significant impact on the lives of children through volunteerism or charitable work. The announcement culminated an 8-week period during which the four finalists promoted their causes and asked for fans to vote for them to receive the top award.
The NASCAR Foundation is currently taking nominations for the 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The nomination application can be downloaded at NASCAR.com/foundation. The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 14, 2013.(NASCAR)(12-2-2012)
Truex talks about hurricane Sandy and his foundation: New Jersey native Martin Truex Jr. and his family were lucky. When hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast in late October, the Truex home avoided major damage, but those living close by weren't as fortunate. "My family made out very well for the situation and the area that they are in," Truex said Thursday before leaving for the NASCAR Victory Lap on the Las Vegas Strip. "They're a mile from people that lost their homes and had serious flooding and a really bad time with it. We were very fortunate that all of my close friends and family didn't have any major problems, which is great. But, at the same time a lot of people in the community are struggling. Lost houses and things and places where I grew up going to, like the Jersey shore, right there is just in shambles. We're trying to do all we can to help. My foundation set up a fund, and we've raised I think over $150,000 up to this week, and we're starting to disperse those funds to families and help people that really need it."
Given his non-stop late-season schedule, Truex hasn't had a chance to visit his home state since the hurricane, but his charitable work has arrived ahead of him. "We took a truck load of supplies up there two weeks ago, I think, and we're getting ready to do another one. Just trying to help as much as we can, giving back and trying to get those people on their feet, because it was a tough time for them. No, I haven't been back, and I won't be probably until Christmas. That will be really our first time. We've been so busy it's been hard to get away."(NASCAR Wire Service)(12-2-2012)
Dale Earnhardt Foundation Awards $2 Million Gift: The Dale Earnhardt Foundation has awarded a $2 million gift to the Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council in support of the development of the Council's 700-acre Oak Springs property, which serves as a retreat for Girl Scouts and their leaders from throughout an eight-county Carolinas region. In recognition of the gift, which is the largest ever granted by the foundation and the largest single gift ever received by the Hornets' Nest Council, the campus at Oak Springs will be named the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus in honor of the legendary NASCAR driver. The foundation's grant will be used to help fund the ongoing development of the Oak Springs property, including a 25-acre lake under construction. The Girl Scouts retreat, which is located in Iredell County, features heavy forestation, diverse wildlife, broad open areas, natural water sources and rolling terrain. The property includes the former site of a skeet shooting range that was a long-time favorite of Mr. Earnhardt's.(Dale Earnhardt Foundation)(11-16-2012)
Pennzoil helps Paralyzed Veterans of America: on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, Pennzoil announced the donation of three retro-fitted Dodge vehicles to three paralyzed veterans as part of the brand's Long Love Cars campaign, which celebrates the common themes associated with automotive passion, including music and freedom, as well as sharing the joy with others. The vehicles were presented at a ceremony on Veteran's Day prior to the 500-mile race at Phoenix International Raceway. The three veterans were selected from hundreds and received a vehicle of their choosing, retro-fitted to their specific needs.
To help injured veterans regain their driving independence, the makers of Pennzoil donated $100,000 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America to support the organization's Mission:ABLE program to retro-fit vehicles for injured veterans through the Long Love Cars Contest. Alongside the Long Love Cars contest, Pennzoil donated a portion of each qualifying Pennzoil motor oil purchase at Dollar General stores to the Paralyzed Veterans, which generated an additional $50,000 donation. The three recipients were: Jason Morgan, Lonn Cunningham and Ronald Courteau Jr. See images and more info at PVA.org and/or Pennzoil's Facebook page.(Pennzoil PR)(11-12-2012)
Waltrip Brothers' Charity Championship most successful yet: Last week's Third Annual Waltrip Brothers' Charity Championship was the most successful yet, raising more than $350,000 for Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) and Feed The Children. The two-day fundraiser organized by NASCAR brothers Darrell and Michael Waltrip and comprised of the Champion's Dinner presented by Hendrickcars.com and a golf tournament in Franklin, Tenn., far exceeded donations from the previous two years' events. Several top names from the NASCAR, country music, sports and entertainment world were on hand and lent their support not only with their participation but with their donations of autographed items for auction. Country music superstars Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker performed for the crowd at the opening night's Champion's Dinner presented by Hendrickcars.com at The Factory, while sports icons Shaquille O'Neal and Eddie George, four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti and NASCAR driver Mark Martin also were in attendance. NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin played in the next day's golf tournament.
"Michael and I had a vision four years ago to raise money for our favorite charities, so we set out to organize the best golf tournament NASCAR had ever seen," Darrell Waltrip said. "After three years, I think we've reached our goal, and we did so with the help of folks like Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Shaq, Eddie George, Dario Franchitti and many NASCAR drivers and personalities. With spotlights and cameras flashing and the red carpet rolled out, it was just like Hollywood right here in Franklin, but MRO and Feed The Children were the real stars in the end."
"I literally was blown away by the outpouring of support we received this year," Michael Waltrip added. "We couldn't be prouder of what was accomplished this year, and we extend an enormous 'thanks' to everyone who made our Charity Championship a must-attend event in the coming years. We couldn't have done it without the help of each and every person." The Waltrips already have set next year's Fourth Annual Waltrip Brothers' Charity Championship for Oct. 23-24 in Franklin. For further information or to inquire as to how you may attend or assist, please contact Van Colley at email@example.com.(11-3-2012)
Special scheme for Truex Jr. and relief effort for Hurricane Sandy: #56 NAPA Auto Parts driver Martin Truex Jr. is leading the charge in the cleanup process from Hurricane Sandy. Truex said he's stunned by the damage to his hometown of Mayetta, N.J. and in the surrounding areas wrought by this week's hurricane.
Now he's calling on his and all NASCAR fans to join in the relief effort. His Martin Truex Jr. Foundation is collecting monetary donations and donators are asked to visit his website at martintruexjrfoundation.org to help.
"I want the people of Mayetta and everyone back East impacted by Sandy to know that I'm thinking about them and will do whatever possible to provide relief quickly," Truex said. "My family, my friends, and everyone impacted by this disaster are in our thoughts. I'm humbled by the generosity of the NASCAR community and want to thank each of you in advance for contributing to our relief effort." Truex and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday in the seventh of the sport's Chase for the Championship. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver is seventh in points — 63 points out of first. His #56 Carlyle Tools by NAPA Toyota will carry a special decal calling attention to the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation's fundraising effort.(MWR), see an image of the Carlyle Tools by NAPA scheme on my #56 Team Schemes page.(10-31-2012)
Jamie McMurray Foundation to Donate Greenery for Joplin MO: The Jamie McMurray Foundation announced that it will provide the greenery for homes in Joplin, MO. The homes are being built as part of the recovery efforts in the wake of the EF5 tornado that ravaged NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray's hometown on May 22, 2011. The donation is to support Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's, Joplin Challenge with Habitat for Humanity. McMurray will donate all of the shrubs and trees that will be planted around the houses in the NASCAR neighborhood in Joplin as part of this initiative. McMurray offered his support to Gov. Nixon's Joplin Challenge when he first learned of the effort to build the 35 new homes in seven neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is assigned a sponsor among the major athletic organizations in Missouri including the following: St. Louis Blues (NHL), St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), St. Louis Rams (NFL), Kansas City Royals (MLB), Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), University of Missouri and a partnership of NASCAR Unites and Kansas Speedway.
Notes of Interest:
" The challenge, in partnership with Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity and Missouri's major athletic organizations, aims to build 35 new homes in the heart of Joplin during 2012 to provide continued aid to the city's recovery.
" Gov. Nixon's administration will provide a $3.6 million Community Development Block Grant to support construction and organizational management, as well as pave the way for future builds.
" Donations to support the Joplin Challenge can still be made by visiting www.joplinchallenge.mo.gov . The Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity is also accepting in-kind donations to help build homes in Joplin during the Governor's Joplin Challenge and beyond.
" In April NASCAR also committed through its participation in the 2012 Governor's Joplin Habitat Challenge, by donating 100 trees to be planted in conjunction with its green initiatives.(EGR)(10-18-2012)
Kevin Harvick Foundation awards full-ride scholarship: Harvick, a wrestling standout in high school, presented the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship to Nick Heilmann, marking the first stage of the Kevin Harvick Foundation's three-year commitment for an annual, full scholarship to UNC for one need-based student athlete. "Athletics -- wrestling in particular -- were a huge part of my life for so long and helped strengthen me both physically and mentally," Harvick said. "Therefore, it is very important to DeLana (wife) and me to support a student athlete who really could use the financial help and do a little something to possibly change his life for the better. People who helped me along the way, whether in wrestling or racing, played a big role in molding the person I have become. We're hoping Nick benefits in a similar manner." The Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship is intended to enable collegiate student athletes to pursue their dreams of obtaining an undergraduate degree while participating in athletics. The University of North Carolina is the second college with whom the Kevin Harvick Foundation has partnered to provide scholarships to student athletes. The first was awarded in 2010 at California State University-Bakersfield, Harvick's hometown. Harvick wrestled at North High in Bakersfield, and donated money and raised funds in 2008 to refurbish the school's wrestling room after its condemnation. Upon his arrival at UNC on Monday, Harvick toured the wrestling team's facility and addressed the athletes. Following the scholarship presentation to Heilmann, Harvick served as an honorary coach for the 20 wrestling team members who battled in the "Rumble in the Pit" for starting positions on this year's squad.(Kevin Harvick Foundation)(10-16-2012)
Martin Truex Jr. Foundation raises over $200k: The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation 3rd Annual Fan Event presented by Sea Watch International and 5th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS raised more than $200,000 this year, setting a new record for the flagship events. Proceeds from these events will go towards the foundations various community programs and initiatives including the construction of the Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Care Center at Southern Ocean Medical Center in New Jersey, feeding Iredell County, NC children through the Backpack Program and supporting children and their families through the "Martin Truex Jr. Special Needs Fund" at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Since its inception in 2007, more than $750,000 has been raised.(Martin Truex Jr. Foundation)(10-14-2012)
Pastrana Wins Better Half Dash: As her beaming husband said as he watched her drive into Victory Lane, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana is "pretty good with the wheeled stuff." An eight-time X Games medalist in skateboarding, Pastrana bested 11 other "better halves" of the NASCAR community in Thursday's 25-lap event benefitting Speedway Children's Charities and Motor Racing Outreach. Pastrana and her husband, motocross ace and NASCAR rookie Travis Pastrana, are both into just about anything with wheels, so perhaps her prowess shouldn't have come so unexpectedly. "We do like to go karting," Lyn-Z said. "If we see a track when we're driving we go there, for sure, and I'm just starting to figure out how to take the corners." Pastrana looked like a seasoned veteran, in the corners and everywhere else. After starting second, she began looking to pass leader and polesitter Wendy Venturini on lap four but couldn't clear her. Pastrana patiently waited several laps before cleanly passing Venturini for the lead. She held on to the lead for the remainder of the race, even as many of the other drivers tangled. Jacquelyn Butler, fiancée of David Ragan finished second.(CMS)(10-12-2012)
Betty Jane France Award finalists revealed: Ron Eby, Michael Jackson, Ali McDonough, and Lorri Shealy Unumb have been selected as the four national finalists for the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award . Each of the finalists is guaranteed a $25,000 donation to their cause from The NASCAR Foundation, with the national winner being awarded $100,000. The award honors the unwavering commitment that Betty Jane France has demonstrated with her philanthropic and community efforts. The award is granted annually to one passionate NASCAR fan that has made a profound impact on children in his or her local community. NASCAR fans, friends and families are encouraged to vote for their favorite humanitarian by logging on to NASCAR.com/award between now and midnight ET on November 29, 2012. The finalist who amasses the most votes will be declared the national winner, and will be announced by France live on stage during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas on November 30. The victor will also win a 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid. To learn more about the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and each of the finalists, visit NASCAR.com/award.(NASCAR Foundation)(9-14-2012)
Lowe's to donate $133,000 to Red Cross: Lowe's announced it will donate $133,966 to support American Red Cross relief efforts in response to Hurricane Isaac. As part of Lowe's Racing for Relief program, Lowe's matched the earnings of five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson from Sunday's NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports together will donate an additional $48,000 to the Red Cross. The donations will help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by Hurricane Isaac. In addition, Lowe's stores throughout the United States are accepting donations to the Red Cross at every register. Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe's and its customers have contributed more than $23 million for disaster relief. To date, Racing for Relief has raised more than $750,000. In addition to Racing for Relief and Lowe's customer donation program, Lowe's Heroes will continue to distribute critically needed relief supplies and work alongside The First Response Team of America as it responds to Hurricane Isaac. In June, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to the First Response Team, a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with local agencies to help save lives following natural disasters. To join Lowe's in its disaster relief efforts, make a donation to the American Red Cross at your nearest Lowe's store or at Lowe's American Red Cross Online Donation Site. Donors also can text REDCROSS to 90999 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).(HMS)(9-5-2012)
Chevrolet Donates $6200 to American Cancer Society: Thirty-one caution laps in Sunday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway netted a donation of $6,200 to the American Cancer Society on behalf of Chevrolet. Chevy pledged to make a donation to the American Cancer Society in the amount of $200 for every caution lap that the specially themed 'Making Strides Against Breast Cancer' pink Camaro SS paced the field during Sunday night's race at AMS. Six caution flags produced the 31 laps during the 327-lap event on September 2, 2012.(Team Chevy)(9-5-2012)
Gordon and the Aflac Cancer Center Kick-It for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: September is an important month in the childhood cancer community. It recognizes the patients, survivors and fighters who fall victim to pediatric cancer. Jeff Gordon, Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation and Kick-It have honored this special month by hosting a kickball game at Atlanta Motor Speedway. On the front stretch of Turn 4, Gordon alongside team captains Jeff Gluck and Nate Ryan rallied their kickball teams with media personalities and pediatric cancer patients and/or survivors from the Aflac Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Fans from the grandstands watched as their favorite team launched the kickball into the field and ran the bases for a win. "I feel honored to have survivors and patients from the Aflac Cancer Center here with me today. We are going to have fun, play kickball and most importantly kick kids cancer," said Gordon. This past June, Gordon challenged supporters and fans to hold as many kickball games as possible the month of September with the promise that he would match all funds raised from games played. "This is a devastating disease for not only the children affected but for the families," Gordon said. "We need to further research to ultimately find a cure. We hope through our Kick-It program we can raise enough funds to reach that goal." To learn more about the Childhood Cancer Awareness month and our Kick-It program visit www.jeffgordonchildrensfoundation.org.(JGCF)(9-3-2012)
Code 3 Associates, who will sponsor the #39 at Kansas, helps Hurricane Isaac victims: Code 3 Associates, Inc., a non-profit animal rescue organization based in Longmont, Colorado, has been deployed at the request of, and in cooperation with, the Louisiana State Animal Request Team (LASART). The initial response will be to stage in the Little Rock, Arkansas area. Officials in McComb, Louisiana are warning the 50,000 to 60,000 residents, who could be impacted, of the likelihood of an imminent breech of the Lake Tangipahoa Dam. Initial tasking needs expressed by officials could include both animal and human water rescue operations, which the team is trained in, and certified for. Code 3's full-time four person disaster response team left Longmont at approximately 11:00am this morning with their 83 foot tractor trailer, named BART (Big Animal Rescue Truck). BART carries the rescue team's safety equipment, animal rescue equipment, and both land and water based rescue vehicles. Additionally, BART is designed and equipped to support nine people in a zero resource environment for up to ten days. The Ryan Newman Foundation is working closely with Code 3 as they determine what areas and animal organizations affected by the hurricane need help. Pet food and supplies will be shipped out as early as next week. To make a donation towards supplies visit ryannewmanfoundation.org and click the "donate" tab. For more information on Code 3 visit code3associates.org.(9-1-2012)
NASCAR D-Day 60th Anniversary Show Car Returns to the National D-Day Memorial: The National D-Day Memorial received some very special guests last Friday: three staff members from the Bank of America motorsports team transported the MBNA show car that was created in honor of the 60th Anniversary of D-Day and the MBNA 400 "A SALUTE TO HEROES" race at Dover International Speedway on June 6, 2004. The car came for a visit shortly after that race, but the visit was different … the car will now reside in Bedford, VA. Bank of America has agreed to donate the car to the Foundation so that it can be displayed at special events at the Memorial, in the community and the greater NASCAR audience. Bearing a distinct military and D-Day theme with the words "We will accept nothing less than full victory," the car also sports the Memorial's logo on both rear quarter panels. This is an accurate replica of the #18 car Bobby Labonte drove for Joe Gibbs Racing during the Dover race.
Jeffrey R. Fulgham, the Foundation's Vice-President for Finance and Development said "This is a very exciting day for all of us. The Foundation played a significant role in the 60th anniversary race and was instrumental in helping to develop the paint scheme for this car. There are many opportunities to use the car in promoting the Memorial throughout the region. We extend our sincere gratitude to the great team at Bank of America Motorsports for their support and commitment to the Memorial. For more information about the National D-Day Memorial, and its mission and programs, please visit www.dday.org.(8-23-2012)
NASCAR Foundation announces new Executive Director: The NASCAR Foundation has announced Lorene King will serve as its new executive director. The announcement was made during the unveiling of the new The NASCAR Foundation emblem at the International Motorsports Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., marking the foundation's official headquarters move to the birthplace of NASCAR. King, who assumes her duties immediately, joins The NASCAR Foundation after having served seven years as senior director of corporate alliances at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., where she developed, coordinated and executed successful fundraising and cause marketing strategies like the annual Thanks and Giving campaign, a leading initiative for the organization. During her tenure at St. Jude, King also helped lead integrated program analysis and strategic planning. The move marks a homecoming for King, who grew up in the Daytona Beach area. As executive director, King will report to the foundation's Board of Directors and will oversee the organization's efforts to increase volunteer opportunities, and steer charitable giving on behalf of The NASCAR Foundation.(NASCAR)(8-21-2012)
Childress to be featured in PSA: The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma is airing its first public service announcement to raise awareness about the No. 1 killer of children in America - serious injury. The PSA will run on select cable channels in Charter Communications' service areas throughout the U.S. July 23-August 19 and feature RCR team owner Richard Childress. More info at RCRRacing.com.(7-27-2012)
NASCAR Foundation Reaches $1 Million Donated To Speediatrics: The NASCAR Foundation presented its annual $150,000 donation on Wednesday to the NASCAR-themed Speediatrics Unit of the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, raising its total contributions to the unit to more than $1 million since the partnership was established in 2006. The mission of The NASCAR Foundation's Speediatrics program is to create a healing environment where children always come first. Through its support of the unit, the foundation continues to help children suffering from illnesses lead healthier and happier lives through state-of-the-art medical care and a strong recovery process, all in an energetic, colorful environment. France led the check presentation during a special ceremony at Halifax Health Medical Center's Speediatrics Unit. Attendees included NASCAR President Mike Helton, NASCAR Vice Chairwoman and Executive Vice President and International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood, The NASCAR Foundation Board of Directors, Halifax Health CEO Jeff Feasel and Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey. The Speediatrics unit is a NASCAR-themed 32-bed pediatric unit, a pediatric emergency department and a five-bed pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) located in Halifax Health Medical Center.(NASCAR Foundation)(7-27-2012)
NASCAR Foundation Finalizes Single Largest Donation to a Pediatric Oncology Unit: The NASCAR Foundation announced its final installment of $100,000 as part of a record donation to Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the commitment totaled $500,000 – the single largest donation that The NASCAR Foundation has been a part of to support a new pediatric oncology unit. Each foundation committed $250,000 toward the 18-bed inpatient unit that serves approximately 14 pediatric patients a day. The unit cares for an estimated 288 patients annually. Among the diseases treated and operations performed in the unit are cancer, bone-marrow transplants, organ transplants, rheumatology/immunology conditions and sickle cell disease. "The V Foundation remains committed to fighting pediatric cancer," said Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation. "We are thrilled to partner with The NASCAR Foundation to beat this disease." The V Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer, has a well-established record of supporting cancer research.(NASCAR)(7-13-2012)
Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Featured on Betty Crocker Packaging at all Kroger Stores: The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma will be featured on six Betty Crocker packages at all Kroger stores around the United States as part of the "Bake for a Better Tomorrow" campaign. Packaging will be in stores beginning June 19. The special-edition packaging features NASCAR owner Richard Childress and his wife Judy Childress, co-founders of the Childress Institute, as well as Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 Wheaties Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "Betty Crocker is all about family and great recipes and is proud to support the Childress Institute," said Kelly Kaiser with General Mills. "We are donating $15,000 to the Childress Institute to support this cause very near and dear to our friend Richard Childress' heart."
"The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma is grateful to General Mills and their Betty Crocker brand for helping us raise awareness about the No. 1 killer of children in America," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing and co-founder of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. "More than 12,000 kids die every year from serious injuries, which is more than all other causes combined. No matter the age of the child, or the cause of injury, The Childress Institute wants to help all children have a better tomorrow by promoting a model level of care from the point of injury through treatment and recovery."
The Childress Institute is thanking fans for their support by launching the Race Weekend Sweepstakes. The winner will receive a weekend travel package for two to the Cup race on October 7, 2012, including plane tickets, garage passes, tickets in the stands, and hotel accommodations. The approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $3,000. To enter, visit the Childress Institute on Twitter @injuredkids, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChildressPediatricTrauma, or online at www.ChildressPediatricTrauma.org. The sweepstakes will run from June 19 through July 31, 2012, and the winner will be selected and notified by August 7, 2012.
"General Mills is an outstanding partner in racing and they are just as passionate about improving the lives of children," said Burton. "My wife Kim and I are proud to support the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma through the 'Bake for a Better Tomorrow' campaign."
In addition to learning more about the Childress Institute, consumers can enter for a chance to win a $500 Kroger Gift Card and also download recipes at bakeforabettertomorrow.com. Visit www.kroger.com to locate a Kroger store to purchase Betty Crocker products in support of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. For more information about Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, please visit www.ChildressPediatricTrauma.org.(6-22-2012)
Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament Presented by Lowe’s Tops $650,000: The Sixth Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction presented by Lowe’s raised more than $650,000, setting a new event record. Proceeds from the tournament will be distributed to schools in need through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grants program. “This is an incredible event,” said Johnson, who grew up in El Cajon, Calif. “I love coming back to southern California and being able to connect with our sponsors, partners and friends, while raising money to fund incredible school projects.”
Johnson and his wife Chandra hosted 120 golfers at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego for Wednesday’s golf tournament, including NASCAR drivers Brian Vickers and Juan Pablo Montoya, NHRA driver Ron Capps and seven-time Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath. A dinner and live auction were held Tuesday evening featuring students from Mission Bay High School and Marston Middle School. In 2010, Mission Bay High School received a Champions Grant of nearly $40,000 to revamp their outdated computer lab and print shop. The same year, Marston Middle School received a Champions Grant of nearly $50,000 to upgrade their 53-year-old woodshop.
In a fitting tribute to the work of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, the City of San Diego declared June 19, Jimmie Johnson Foundation Day. The tournament, which in six years has raised more than $3 million, focuses on the Champions Grants program, a partnership between the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe’s Toolbox for Education. The grants range from $25,000-$100,000 and are distributed to K-12 educational programs in Chandra and Jimmie Johnson’s hometowns in Oklahoma and California, and where they currently reside in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.(6-20-2012)
Ryan Newman Foundation Helps Reunite Soldier with Dog: The Ryan Newman Foundation is helping fly a dog home to be with his Soldier owner who lives 3,000 miles away. The assistance was prompted by an email regarding a dog saved by US soldiers in Afghanistan and the request for help with his transport home. The Ryan Newman Foundation immediately agreed to assist other animal groups and get the lonely boy from New York to his owner in Washington State. Trigger, a 70 pound stray saved by US soldiers in Afghanistan, began his new life as an all-American dog in February after arriving at JFK Airport. Trigger's new leash on life came courtesy of Guardians of Rescue, the group which provided the funds to bring him from Kabul to their rescue based in Port Jefferson, Long Island in New York. Trigger's final homecoming is scheduled for March 9th. Much more info and video's at ryannewmanfoundation.org.(3-8-2012)
The NASCAR Foundation To Establish Headquarters In Daytona Beach: The NASCAR Foundation, "The Heart of NASCAR," is moving to the birthplace of the stock car sanctioning body. NASCAR President Mike Helton announced that NASCAR's charitable arm will relocate to Daytona Beach, Fla., in the later part of the 2012 race season. The NASCAR Foundation's new location will be the International Motorsports Center, the corporate headquarters for NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation and GRAND-AM Road Racing. The move will include the relocation of some of the foundation's current employees based in Charlotte, N.C., as well as a nationwide search for a new executive director. Sandy Marshall, the foundation's current executive director, will remain with the organization until a new leader is secured. The foundation will continue to maintain a strong presence in Charlotte to serve teams, drivers and industry members in their charitable endeavors. The NASCAR Foundation, organized in 2006, embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The NASCAR Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support nonprofit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play. Since 2006, The NASCAR Foundation has donated more than $13 million to charitable organizations and helped provide medical treatment for more than 24,000 children annually at Speediatrics children's care units at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach and Homestead (Fla.) Hospital. In addition, the foundation has fulfilled more than 600 "NASCAR Dreams," sent more than 1,100 kids to Victory Junction Gang Camp, recruited 12,000 fans to become part of a Volunteer Network and created educational opportunities for school-aged students that help to engage them in science and engineering programs.(NASCAR)(2-11-2012)
Johnson Teams Up For Technology Grant: Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson announced that Robert Sanders Elementary School in San Jose, Calif. is the recipient of the inaugural Team Up for Technology grant, a partnership between the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Lowe’s and Samsung Hope for Children. Johnson announced the awarding of the grant through a video message to students and faculty gathered around a laptop computer provided by the foundation. The $48,000 Team Up For Technology grant will allow the school to purchase the technology it needs to be able to share such videos on a projection screen for the entire student body. The Team Up For Technology program encourages parents, teachers, administrators and children’s advocates nationwide to nominate their school to receive a technology makeover. In its first year, more than 1,500 nominations were received through the foundation’s website (www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org) and Twitter account (www.twitter.com/jjfoundation48). Schools selected as Team Up For Technology semi-finalists were given a prize kit that included a Samsung Digital Camcorder and Samsung Laptop to create a two minute video illustrating their school’s technology needs. Robert Sanders Elementary was selected as the winner from a challenging group of finalists, including Brawley Middle School (Mooresville, NC), Breckenridge Elementary School (Breckenridge, MO), Claxton High School (Claxton, GA), Fair Grove Middle School (Fair Grove, MO), North Buncombe High School (Weaverville, NC), and Woodland Heights Elementary School (Mooresville, NC).(JJF)(2-3-2012)
Irwin Jr. Dare to Dream Camp to close: The New Castle, IN-area The Kenny Irwin Jr. Foundation's Dare to Dream Camp for underprivileged, at-risk, neglected and abused children was supposed to carry on for years to come, just like the racing career of its namesake, Kenny Irwin Jr. But the camp is coming to an end 11 years after the passing of the popular Indianapolis driver killed July 7, 2000, in a NASCAR Cup Series crash at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The former U.S. Auto Club midget champion and NASCAR Rookie of the Year was 30 years old. The Kenny Irwin Jr. Foundation's Dare to Dream Camp, which hosts a minimum of 300 children a year and about 4,000 over the past eight years, grew from Irwin's love of children. His parents learned after his fatal crash that he had paid hospital bills of children they didn't even know. The camp gave children a week to forget the challenges in their lives, making them feel special, loved and wanted. They were allowed to eat as much as they wanted, with some having ice cream for the first time. They could play basketball, miniature golf and swim while sharing new adventures. "We could take a tragedy in our life and make something good of it," Irwin's father, Kenny Sr., said of the camp. But keeping things going became too much of a physical challenge for the Irwins. Kenny's mother, Reva, has endured a series of heart procedures in the past year-plus, leading to the decision to sell the camp. "We're both 65, and it's beyond our ability to take care of the camp like we did," Kenny Sr. said Thursday afternoon. "I normally took care of all the maintenance, and in fact I'm out here right now mowing all the property. Reva took care of all the bookwork, bringing the kids in, taking care of campers, and she just told me she couldn't do it anymore. And I can't do it without her." It is a 45-mile drive from the Irwins' longtime home in Lawrence to the camp, which has five buildings, cabins, a six-acre lake, pool, sports fields and 100 campsites on 27 acres along I-70. The foundation had many financial donors over the years, including Bob Bahre and his family, former owners of the New Hampshire track. Two potential buyers toured the property this week, including a church group. If it's still unsold, an auction is scheduled Sept. 14. The Irwins won't stop helping children, though. The foundation that Reva and their three grown daughters operate plans to pay to send 150 children per year to three one-week camps around the country.(Indianapolis Star)(8-19-2011)
General Sadler to be honored at SCC Gala: On Friday, May 25, retired U.S. Air Force Major General Thomas M. Sadler, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC), will be honored at the 32nd annual NRA Foundation Speedway Children's Charities Gala. Sadler is being recognized for his dedication to Speedway Children's Charities' mission of helping children in educational, financial, social and medical need. Mike Joy, principal race announcer for NASCAR on FOX, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the program. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the grant program of the Charlotte Chapter of SCC and will be awarded to local non-profit organizations that help children in need. For more information on the 32nd annual NRA Foundation Speedway Children's Charities Gala see charlotte.speedwaycharities.org.(CMS)(5-25-2012)
Foreigner Benefit Concert Raises $30,000: Foreigner raised nearly $30,000 with four select auction items, including a unique on-stage serenade by lead singer Kelly Hansen, during Monday night's Foreigner Acoustique: Classics Unplugged concert to benefit Speedway Children's Charities-Texas at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth's Sundance Square. The serenade was the top-selling auction item as it fetched $9,500 for Hansen to serenade the winning bidder on the Flying Saucer's outdoor patio stage with Foreigner's mega-hit, "Waiting For A Girl Like You" as band members Jeff Pilson and Tom Gimbel played acoustic guitars. Foreigner will continue their charitable ways prior to Saturday evening's Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, where they will perform the event's pre-race concert beginning at 4:30 p.m. CT. From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Speedway Children's Charities-Texas volunteers, wearing red shirts, will be selling a combination package of the Foreigner Extended Version CD and a Foreigner/SCC t-shirt for just $20 that also will benefit the charity.(TMS)(4-11-2012)
Ryan Newman Foundation Assisting with Relief Efforts for Displaced Animals from Recent Tornadoes: The Ryan Newman Foundation is reaching out to all animal lovers for help in getting much needed supplies to our four-legged friends in need. The devastating tornadoes that ripped through Indiana and Kentucky last week have torn apart communities. They left many animals displaced from their owners and left others in need of supplies and medical attention. As a result, the Ryan Newman Foundation will be taking donations to help those areas hit the hardest. In light of this recent tragedy, the Ryan Newman Foundation is dedicated to working closely with area representatives of the Humane Society of the United States in order to get exactly what is needed to local organizations. "It’s hard to believe that we are back in this situation and reaching out to the public for donations again,” said Ryan Newman Foundation vice president Krissie Newman. "It brings me back to the sadness of last year when tornadoes hit a number of states and left behind so many animals looking for their owners and in great need of help. I can't begin to imagine what the families who lost loved-ones and everything they own are going through. Among the tragedy, many pets have lost their owners or are lost themselves and looking for comfort. We can use all the help we can get from NASCAR fans and pet lovers to raise money and collect donations for our mission." Your support will allow us to transport much needed care to pets affected from by this tragedy:
Items requested are:
Dog Food- small bags, and moist cases needed most
Cat Food- small bags, and moist cases needed most
Crates of all sizes
Dog beds & bowls
Bleach, paper towels & other cleaning supplies
Office Supplies- copy paper and sharpie markers
Hand soap & dish soap
Pet Shampoo, regular formula (NOT flea formula)
Yellow professional mop buckets
Three designated drop off locations have been established in North Carolina:
Ryan Newman Motorsports
165 Jennings Road
Statesville, NC 28625
Hours for drop off: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday (Someone will be on site to assist with donations)
Donations accepted beginning Wednesday, March 7th
Humane Society of Iredell County
110 Robinson Road
Mooresville, NC 28115
Hours for drop off: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday (Someone will be on site to assist with donations)
Donations accepted beginning Wednesday, March 7th
Humane Society of Charlotte
2700 Toomey Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28023
Hours for drop off: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Sunday
Donations accepted beginning Wednesday, March 7th
If you would like to make a monetary donation to the relief efforts, please visit www.ryannewmanfoundation.org.(3-7-2012)
Future Non-Profit Animal Facility in Iredell County Holds First Phase Ground Breaking Ceremony: NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman and wife Krissie began discussing plans for an animal rescue facility in Iredell County a few years ago, and the first step in the process took place a couple of miles from their home in Statesville, NC. The facility is called “Rescue Ranch” and will lay on 87 acres off NC Highway 21 and has been a dream of Krissie’s. The Ranch will have similarities to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. where a good friend Mike Arms is the President. The facility will have a number of phases; the first consisting of offices and classrooms. Future phases will consist of a boarding facility, veterinary clinic, horse stalls and pastures, riding trails, educational camps and a small animal and creepy/crawly building.
“Building a rescue facility has been something I’ve wanted to do for some time,” said Krissie who is the vice president of the Ryan Newman Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Iredell County. “Ryan and I are big animal lovers and want to educate people, mainly children why it’s important to spay and neuter their pets, but also give them the tools on how to care for pets. Giving the opportunity to see different animals and critters allows children to have a better understanding about being a caregiver and also helps with self esteem and the way they might treat people as they get older.”
Leading pet food maker, Iams, is a proud supporter of the Ryan Newman Foundation. Both organizations are dedicated to helping animals.
“The entire team at Iams is thrilled to see the Rescue Ranch become a reality for the Ryan Newman Foundation and for the many animals that will benefit from this amazing facility,” said Jason Taylor, external relations manager for P&G Pet Care. “Like the Newman’s, we share a passion for improving the lives of animals and congratulate them on today’s ground breaking.”
The first phase of the project has been awarded to Mooresville based R.L. Smith, Inc. owned by Ronnie Smith. The projected completion date is early fall 2012. “My wife Lee and I have been supporters of the Ryan Newman Foundation from the beginning,” Smith noted. “We are huge animal lovers and honored to be part of Rescue Ranch and the building of phase one. The facility is something that I believe our county will be proud of and I commend Ryan and Krissie for their efforts.” Non-profit 501c (3) paperwork is being established. Until all paperwork is complete, the facility will be placed as a project of the Ryan Newman Foundation which the Newman’s started in 2005. Grants will be applied for to maintain many of the facilities programs.(Ryan Newman Foundation)(1-31-2012)
Newman Foundation Charity Events Raise $333,000: The 7th Annual Ryan Newman Foundation Charity Dinner and 6th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament raised $333,000 for its animal welfare, education and conservation efforts. The dinner, presented by the Gene Haas Foundation, was held at the Statesville Civic Center in Statesville, NC on Friday, December 9th. Former Miss Sprint Monica Palumbo emceed the evening’s festivities. Country music singer/song writers Kendell Marvel, Billy and Randy Montana and Heidi Newfield took to the stage providing entertainment for the sold out crowd of 500 sponsors, NASCAR drivers, professional anglers, outdoorsmen and fans. Guests had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and participate in the “Fishing for Fun” Raffle. The big items of the evening were a John Deere Gator, Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV and a Holstein Hyde Lounge. Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart walked away with the lounge.
Returning this year were hand-painted dog/cat bowls and treat jars painted by the employees of the Ryan Newman Foundation and Ryan Newman Motorsports. Ryan even joined in and painted a set of bowls. Money raised from the pottery auction will be used to help vaccinate and sterilize dogs and cats in the surrounding area.
JHE Productions managed the event, adding a number of surprises. Upon arrival, guests walked the red carpet, taking photos next to an event-themed show car displaying sponsor logos. Presenting sponsors were treated to a VIP reception hosted by Ryan and Krissie prior to the doors opening. New fun items were an ice sculpture of a dog and a cat fishing and photo booths. The photo booths were stocked with props, which guests used to “style” themselves for the photos. The guests were then able to download their photos. “This year’s event was a huge success,” said Krissie Newman. “We moved the location to the civic center and it didn’t disappoint us. JHE out did themselves and it’s going to be hard to top next year, but I’m looking forward to it. Funds raised from the event will be used for our spay/neuter grants, which will be awarded in the summer. ”
For the second year, Bass Pro Shops and BASS presented the charity fishing tournament. Like the dinner, this year’s tournament was the most successful, featuring 197 boats that took to the water from Blythe Landing on Lake Norman in Huntersville, NC. A record number of professional anglers including Jami Fralick, Britt Myers, Marty Robinson, Todd Auten, Boyd Duckett, Guy Eaker, Davey Hite, David Walker and many more competed for the grand prize; a Nitro Z9 Bass Boat equipped with a motor, trolling motor, electronics and matching trailer. Four-time Bassmaster Champion and seven-time Angler of the year Kevin VanDam and Bassmaster Elite Series emcee and Outdoor Channel host Mark Zona were the tournament emcees and kept the participants and the crowd on their feet while 92 teams weighed-in.
This year’s winners were Ron Wolfarth from Oakboro, NC and Larry Inman from Greensboro, NC. They weighed in five fish for a total weight of 13 pounds and 14 ounces. The duo also won the Senior Citizen trophy.
“Krissie and I appreciate everyone who participates in the fishing tournament,” said Ryan Newman. “The weather isn’t the best and the fishing can be tough in December, so to see a record number of entries was pretty awesome. Bass Pro Shops donated a Nitro Z9 again this year, which helps with getting a mix of amateur and professional anglers. There aren’t a lot of tournaments giving out over $60,000 in prizes- especially charity events, so we’re lucky to have great partners that believe in our mission and support us throughout the year.
“I thought Kevin (VanDam) and Mark (Zona) took the tournament to a new level. Their celebrity status in the fishing world helped draw a record crowd for the weigh-in which was also exciting. We would love to have them back next year. ” Second place trophies were taken home by the husband/wife team of John and Angela Mayo of Maiden, NC, weighing in five fish at 13 pounds, 4 ounces. They also took home the big fish and husband/wife honors. Third place went to Troy LeHew of Charlotte, NC and Adams Waters of Denver, NC. They had four fish weighing in at 12 pounds, 13 ounces. Chad and Austin Schroder’s five fish were good enough to win the adult/child trophies.
A chicken dinner and vendor area were added for our supporters to enjoy before the boats returned. Sponsors of the Foundation were given the opportunity to meet with guests, sample products and give out information and items from their companies. John Deere had their newest products on display, Oral B gave away goodie bags, Tornados offered taste testing throughout the day while Tom Johnson RV and Camping Centers gave people the chance to watch sporting events outside the motor homes on display. Other venders included: Visit Lake Norman, Humane Society of Iredell County, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Wine Shop at Home, Bulova and Reeds Jewelers, Wix, Parks Chevrolet and the Ryan Newman Foundation. Kids had a play area with games and inflatables to enjoy while listening to live music. Over 1000 people visited the boat ramp to show their support of the Annual Ryan Newman Foundation Fishing Tournament.(see more at the Ryan Newman Foundation website)(1-8-2012)
Friends Asking Friends Program - Create Your Fundraiser: The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation has just launched our Friends Asking Friends Program! The JGCF is excited to launch this new program - (g2) Gather Friends, Giving Hope. g2 is an online tool created to assist individuals who wish to fundraise in support of childhood cancer, it taps your creativity and individualism by allowing you to create your own fundraiser! More info at Jeffgordonchildrensfoundation.org
NASCAR Foundation Contributes $3.3 Million: In 2010, The NASCAR Foundation contributed more than $3.3 million in charitable support to nonprofit organizations nationwide and united more than 250,000 fans in support of children’s charities across the United States. More info at nascar.com/foundation.(1-12-2011)
MIS Cares grants $75,000 to 14 area organizations: Just days after The NASCAR Foundation recognized Michigan International Speedway as Track of the Year for its community and charitable involvement, MIS Cares has awarded some $75,000 for local groups, nearly doubling what it gave last year. MIS Cares, the charitable arm of Michigan International Speedway, handed out awards to 14 area organizations during the track’s annual community luncheon on Wednesday. Organizations that will benefit from MIS Cares include:
• Lenawee Symphony Orchestra ($1,500)
• Raisin Valley Land Trust ($3,000)
• Sand Lake Volunteers Fire Department ($5,000)
• City of Jackson Human Relations Commission Middle School Challenge ($2,500)
• Special Olympics Area 19 ($2,850)
• Associated Charities of Lenawee Back to School Program ($2,375)
• The Daily Bread of Lenawee No Child Goes Hungry ($3,000)
• Family Services and Children’s Aid Breakout Drug Education Program ($9,600)
• Columbia Elementary School’s Reading and Learning Garden ($8,925)
• Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee ($5,000)
• Therapeutic Riding’s Adopt-A-Horse Program ($5,000)
• The Dahlem Conservancy ($7,750)
• Allegiance Health’s Healthy Start in Life ($10,000)
• St. Mary of Good Council’s food pantry ($2,500)
The speedway also announced it will award a $5,000 scholarship to a local student in 2012. Details and qualifications for applying will be released in January. MIS was recognized by The NASCAR Foundation on Nov. 30 as Track of the Year for its community involvement and fund-raising. The racetrack annually hosts the annual Spirit of America, the nation’s largest 9-11 blood drive, and, among other things, has partnered with NASCAR drivers Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski on charitable events. The $75,000 donated this year nearly doubles the $48,000 given last year. Even so, the MIS Cares Board has vowed to continue to grow fund-raising efforts year over year and give even more back to more groups in the future. But that’s not all. Throughout the year, MIS Cares and Michigan International Speedway donate money, tickets and the use of the facility and equipment to area organizations, charities and service groups free of charge. In 2011, the amount donated to these charities totaled more than $200,000.(MIS)(12-9-2011)
Robert Weaver Wins Inaugural Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award: The NASCAR Foundation announced today that Robert Weaver, an 83-year old Talladega, Ala.-native, has won the inaugural Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The announcement was made by The NASCAR Foundation Founder and Chairwoman, Betty Jane France, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 2, culminating the Champion's Week celebration in Las Vegas. “There was a clear common thread with not only our finalists but every single one of our nominees,” said Betty Jane France. “All of them had made a significant impact on the lives of children through volunteerism or charitable work during the last five years. There also was another important thread: All of our nominees love NASCAR.
“The fans have chosen Robert Weaver, a man who really personifies what this award is all about. It is a true honor to announce Robert as our inaugural Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner.” Weaver, who is known across the Talladega region as the "Ice Cream Man" because of the many treats he delivers to deaf, blind and multi-disabled students, received the most votes among four finalists during a NASCAR nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.com and the mobile voting site developed by Sprint. “I am extremely honored and humbled to have been selected the inaugural recipient of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and thank NASCAR, The NASCAR Foundation and the France family for making this possible,” said Weaver. “I have often said that I don’t hit home runs; I just do little things. It is the little things that matter so much in people’s lives. As I look back over my own life, working with the children of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind has been part of my calling – it is why I was put on this earth. I encourage everyone to find something they are passionate about and commit to making a difference – you’re never too young or old to start.”
As the winner of the inaugural Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, Weaver received an expense-paid trip to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas, a 2012 Ford Explorer from Ford and $100,000 from The NASCAR Foundation for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Foundation – his children’s charity of choice.
During his time in Vegas, Weaver joined the other Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award finalists for the “red carpet treatment” leading up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony. Some of the events they took part in included riding in a Ford Explorer driven by NASCAR President Mike Helton in the NASCAR Victory Lap event, where the top 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers parade down the Las Vegas strip in their race cars; and taking pictures with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart at Wynn Las Vegas before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony on Friday.
The award recognizes outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of selfless NASCAR fans, which is exemplified by Weaver’s work. He has been volunteering with the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Foundation (AIDB) for more than 50 years. In addition to his monthly charitable endeavors, he dedicates 30 hours a week to helping children in the organization. His many contributions range from creating intramural basketball teams and bowling programs to teaching students how to ride tricycles. Also a passionate NASCAR fan, Weaver once was able to pair his hobby and his volunteer work when his favorite driver, Darrell Waltrip, hosted the AIDB's annual fundraiser in 1986 – thanks to a request from Weaver himself.
The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award honors the passionate commitment The NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman Betty Jane France has demonstrated on behalf of charities and community works throughout her life. France, the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, is credited with creating the "Speediatrics" concept, a pediatric unit with a racing-themed décor at both the Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla.
The other three finalists for the award included 17-year-old St. Louis, Mo. resident Jake Bernstein; Patty Aber from Middletown, N.J.; and Columbus, Ohio native Brenda Doner. All three received $25,000 donations from The NASCAR Foundation to apply to a children's charity of their choice, as well as expense-paid trips to Las Vegas for Champion's Week.
For complete profiles on these outstanding individuals, please visit NASCAR.com/Unites.
All four finalists were selected by The NASCAR Foundation board of directors, from hundreds of applicants whom all made a significant impact on the lives of children through volunteerism or charitable work during the past five years. The NASCAR Foundation is currently taking nominations for the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The nomination application can be found at NASCAR.com/Foundation. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, May 31, 2012.
About The NASCAR Foundation The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR family and its commitment to serving communities. The NASCAR Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support nonprofit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, visit the website: www.nascar.com/foundation.(NASCAR)(12-3-2011)
NASCAR Foundation Presents $250,000 To Homestead Hospital’s Speediatrics Unit: The NASCAR Foundation today helped kick off Homestead Hospital’s capital campaign to build and equip a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with a check presentation for $250,000. The presentation was officially made by The NASCAR Foundation Founder and Chairwoman, Betty Jane France, during a special ceremony hosted by NASCAR President Mike Helton at Homestead Hospital’s Speediatrics Unit.
Creating a Level II NICU is a top priority, as more than 150 babies born each year at Homestead Hospital need intensive care that currently is provided only at hospitals located more than 20 miles away. This distance between hospital and home creates hardships for families and interferes with the parental bonding that is so vital to a newborn’s health during the first weeks of life. A Level II NICU at Homestead Hospital will allow these babies and their families to stay close to home while receiving the care they need.
The NASCAR Foundation, through Betty Jane France and her Speediatrics unit, has played a crucial role in the success of Homestead Hospital’s pediatric programs. The unique unit is one of only two in the country founded by France and is the only Emergency Center in south Miami-Dade County dedicated to children. Brought to Homestead Hospital in 2002, more than 23,000 patient visits a year are handled in the Speediatrics Children’s Emergency Center.
Part of the donation made by The NASCAR Foundation will be used to purchase Giraffe OmniBed Isolete Incubators, which are the most advanced and developmentally supportive microenvironments available today. The beds combine state of the art technology and thermal performance to create a healing environment for intensively ill newborns. In addition, the ceremony honored Betty Jane France for her vision, work and dedication to Speediatrics at Homestead Hospital and Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., the first hospital to receive the racing-themed pediatric center. A portrait of Mrs. France was unveiled during the ceremony, which will be permanently on display in the Speediatrics unit.(NASCAR)(11-20-2011)
Jacquelyn Butler Wins Inaugural Better Half Dash: Jacquelyn Butler has spent five years watching her boyfriend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan race, so it should come as no surprise that she was the class of the field Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway, claiming the historic title of inaugural Better Half Dash Champion. Trisha Mears finished second, Ashley Allgaier third, Patricia Driscoll fourth and SPEED TV personality Wendy Venturini fifth. Allgaier, wife of NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier, started inside row two, took the lead at the start of the race and led 17 laps, more than any other driver. As the laps ticked off, she slipped back in the field. Butler saw Allgaier start to slip and took advantage. With eight laps to go, Butler inched closer and closer until she slipped underneath Allgaier at the exit of Turn 2.
Better Half Dash Finishing Order
1. Jacquelyn Butler (David Ragan)
2. Trisha Mears (Casey Mears)
3. Ashley Allgaier (Justin Allgaier)
4. Patricia Driscoll (Kurt Busch)
5. Wendy Venturini (Speed Network)
6. Beth Baldwin (Tommy Baldwin)
7. Sabrina Simpson (Joey Logano)
8. Jami McDowell (Michael McDowell)
9. Michelle Gilliland (David Gilliland)
10. Kristen Yeley (J.J. Yeley)
11. Nan Zipadelli (Greg Zipadelli)
12. Angie Skinner (Mike Skinner)
13. Shannon Koch (Blake Koch)
14. Melanie Self (Motor Racing Outreach)
(Charlotte Motor Speedway)(10-15-2011)
Dale Jr. Foundation Ends 2011 Fundraising Efforts with a Bang: The Dale Jr. Foundation announced today that its premier fundraising initiative – Dale Jr.’s “Driven To Give” event hosted by Jeff Foxworthy – earned a net total of over $140,000 in a single day of ride-alongs, dinner, and entertainment. It capped a yearlong effort to provide resources to underprivileged youth to improve their confidence and education. In 2011, The Dale Jr. Foundation will have raised more than $260,000 to distribute to charities and non-profit organizations nationwide.
“Through the Foundation, we’ve had several fund-raising initiatives this year, but none as big as this,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr. “Although we’ve done charity auctions in the past, Driven To Give was sort of new for us, and we weren’t sure what to expect. We brought in top-level entertainment, and we added other new elements to enhance the overall experience of the donors. I have to say we were pleasantly surprised with the outcome, and excited already for next year.”
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hosted Dale Jr.’s “Driven To Give” and provided his usual hysterics to the private party, which roared when he capped his trademark “You might be a redneck” bit with, “If your son’s name is Dale Jr. and your name isn’t Dale… you might be a redneck.” Country Music Hall of Fame member Randy Owen ended the evening with a concert, singing many of the songs made famous by his multi-platinum country and southern rock band Alabama.
The event took place at Hendrick Motorsports and included dinner, meet-n-greets, and a silent auction. Earlier in the day at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Earnhardt Jr. gave rides in a two-seat version of the No. 88 National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet, made possible by the NASCAR Racing Experience.
“This was a tremendous team effort,” said Kelley Earnhardt, general manager of JR Motorsports and board member for The Dale Jr. Foundation. “We had a great turnout and a ton of participation from so many people. I can’t thank those people enough. We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated in making this event a success, from sponsors to individual donors to people who simply donated their services. Many kids and underprivileged youth will have something to smile about because of the generosity shown to during Driven To Give.”
The funds accumulated by The Dale Jr. Foundation will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital, Make A Wish Foundation, the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and other regional charities that encompass the Foundation’s mission. Earlier this month, The Dale Jr. Foundation held a three-month raffle that awarded Dale Jr.’s personal 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible to a lucky ticket-holder. Gail Fontaine of Roanoke, Va. took ownership of the grand prize when Dale Jr. personally handed over the keys on Sept. 27 at JR Motorsports.
In August, The Dale Jr. Foundation teamed up with Blessings In A Backpack to donate $28,000 to Jackson Elementary School in Kannapolis, N.C. The Blessings In A Backpack program sends backpack meals home with kids to low-income households for the weekend. The Foundation also donated a $30,000 grant to Neal Middle School in Durham, N.C. through The VH1 Save The Music Foundation. That money helped restart the school’s band program that was cut last year and supported a school-wide music education initiative.
The Dale Jr. Foundation is a charity dedicated to giving underprivileged individuals with a focus on youth, the resources to improve their confidence and education, and the opportunity to achieve extraordinary goals. For more information, visit www.thedalejrfoundation.org.(11-3-2011)
The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation 2nd Annual Fan Event and 4th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner raised more than $150,000 this year. Since the events’ inception in 2007, more than $600,000 has been raised. Truex hosted 200 guests at the 2nd Annual Fan Event on Sept. 28 in Manahawkin, NJ for an evening of fun and entertainment with fans. Guests had the opportunity to get autographs from Truex and were entertained with food, live music, silent auction items and raffle prizes. Much of the Truex family came out to support the cause, including Martin’s younger brother, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ryan Truex.
The next day 33 golf foursomes took to the greens at Sea Oaks Country Club for the 4th Annual Golf Tournament presented by NAPA AUTO PARTS. The evening culminated with the 19th Hole Dinner Celebration presented by Sea Watch International. The dinner hosted more than 250 guests who were treated to gourmet dining, a live comedian and live and silent auction items. The auction items included an autographed Lady Antebellum guitar, exclusive vacation packages, jewelry and sports memorabilia.
The evening also included the presentation of the 2nd Annual MTJF Humanitarian of the Year Award. This year’s recipient was Christopher Fritz of Manahawkin, NJ. Each year this award recognizes an outstanding citizen or organization who, through their time and talent, has exemplified the values of volunteerism and philanthropy to children.
Proceeds from these events will go towards the foundation’s various community programs and initiatives such as feeding Iredell County, NC children through the Backpack Program, a special needs fund for children and their families at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC and building the Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Care Center at Southern Ocean Medical Center in New Jersey. The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation was created by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. in 2007. The MTJF is “hooked on helping” and dedicated to impacting the lives of children in need. The foundation partners with organizations that are limited in funding and visibility that touch the lives of children stricken by illness, poverty and neglect. More info at martintruexjrfoundation.org.(11-3-2011)
Evernham to Contribute $1 Million to Ronald McDonald House: Ray Evernham has a long history with Ronald McDonald House, from the early days when he stayed there while his young son Ray J received treatment for leukemia. Now, he has come full circle – with plans to present a $1 million check for the new Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte on Tuesday, October 25th. As part of the check presentation, Evernham and wife, Erin Crocker Evernham, will host a trick-or-treat party for the families and patients staying at the house, providing costumes for everyone and lots of candy for the children. Halloween trick-or-treat party for patients and their families staying at the Ronald McDonald House will receive donated costumes and trick-or-treat room to room at the house. Evernham will also present a $1 million check to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.(10-22-2011)
NASCAR Foundation raised $4.19 million in 2010: NASCAR's charitable arm, The NASCAR Foundation, filed its 2010 tax return in recent weeks. According to a copy of the tax return, the NASCAR Foundation gave money to 51 groups and charities in 2010. The Foundation took in $4.19 million in donations and grants and paid out $2.53 million in grants, while spending $605,818 in salaries and employment benefits for 11 employees, $693,197 in expenses (with $338,927 for fund-raising events and the rest on such things as legal fees, advertising, etc). It had a surplus of $525,731 for the year, making up some for the $175,503 in deficit it had the year before.(Scene Daily)(10-17-2011)
Private Event for NASCAR Community: The last reunion of The Original Moon Shiners and Revenuers of Wilkes County will be held Tuesday Oct 11 at a secret location with a secret pass word for current and past NASCAR race car drivers, car owners, crew members, media, sponsors and special guests. NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Come hear the wild tales of the early beginnings of stock car racing from both sides of the fence. This event is the only event of its kind. NO AUTOGRAPHS. You are the audience as Allen Bestwick,Tom Higgins and Humpy Wheeler emcee the event. Autographed Rocking chairs will be auctioned off at the end of the evening. A parade of antique cars is being organized by Don Miller to leave Mooresville, NC coming to the event as a Moon Shine Run.
Jack Roush has chosen Speedway Childrens Charities and Motor Racing Outreach as the recipients of this years's event. Those of you in racing that qualify call MRO offices or Speedway Children's Charity for screening, time, directions and the secret pass word to get by the moon shiners in the road or just ask one of the 350 people on pit road that attended last years event. The event is about how an illegal occupation turned into a number one sport.(10-11-2011)
Fish Your Bass Off raises over $40k: Professional bass angler Kevin VanDam and #39-Ryan Newman hit the water Thursday for Fish Your Bass Off, a fundraiser for MIS Cares, Michigan International Speedway’s charitable arm. The second-annual event at Jerry’s Pub on Wampler’s Lake raised more than $40,000 for MIS Cares. The event included a bass fishing competition, followed by a fish weigh-in, live and silent auctions and fish dinner. VanDam, from Kalamazoo, Mich., and Newman, in town for this weekend’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, won Fish Your Bass Off, with a total of five fish weighing 14 pounds, 8 ounces.(MIS)(8-21-2011)
Stewart's Smoke Show raises $131k: The Tony Stewart "Smoke Show" fantasy camp, the highest-grossing, single-day event for Speedway Children's Charities-Texas, produced $131,000 for the Texas Motor Speedway charity earlier this week to bring the event's four-year total to $810,000. Hosted by two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart on Tuesday, the "Smoke Show" gave race fans a chance to walk in a NASCAR driver's shoes for a day. Guests participated in pre- and post-race celebrations, received two 10-lap driving sessions in a stock car, and experienced Stewart's own driving style in a three-lap two-seater ride. The fantasy camp was followed by the annual dinner and auction, where campers were presented with a framed certificate highlighting their fastest lap of the day and had the opportunity to bid on unique racing memorabilia and experience packages. The item that drew the highest bid of the evening was a pair of tickets to Stewart's suite at the 2012 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which sold for $8,000.(TMS)(8-21-2011)
Jeff Byrd Grant established: The Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities Board of Trustees announced the establishment of the Jeff Byrd Grant, in honor of the long-time Bristol Motor Speedway president and general manager who passed away Oct. 17, 2010. The $50,000 grant, which will be awarded each year, is one of the single largest grants presented to a non-profit organization in the region. Claudia Byrd, Executive Director of the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and Jeff Byrd’s wife of 36 years, feels this grant embodies her husband’s ceaseless devotion to helping those less fortunate, particularly children. “Jeff was a very special man who loved children and who was dedicated to improving the lives of those who needed it most,” said Claudia Byrd. “And he lived by a very simple, yet world-changing mantra ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’ I couldn’t be more pleased or proud that our trustees wanted to honor Jeff by acting on those words and giving a substantial gift to an agency which will pay it forward to the children they serve.”
The Jeff Byrd Grant will be given to one organization each year with the first one slated to be announced Nov. 17, 2011 at the annual Night of Smiles, during which the Bristol Chapter of SCC awards grants to agencies serving children in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. To date, the Bristol Chapter of SCC has raised in excess of $6.5 million for agencies in this area. The Jeff Byrd Grant will be awarded to a non-profit children’s organization in the 16-county area surrounding Bristol Motor Speedway. Those counties are Carter, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington in Tennessee and Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wise in Virginia.(8-9-2011)
Fans Can Get a NASCAR Unites Wristband at Office Depot: The NASCAR Foundation announced that Office Depot, the Official Office Products Partner of NASCAR and co-primary sponsor of Tony Stewart and the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will offer new NASCAR Unites wristbands at more than 1,100 Office Depot stores nationwide. Starting June 10, fans can get their own NASCAR Unites wristband by making a $5 donation at any participating Office Depot store location. The wristband showcases a supporter’s passion for children’s causes and encourages acts of service. Funds raised will benefit the charitable work being done by The NASCAR Foundation and The Office Depot Foundation. NASCAR Unites is a new industry initiative led by The NASCAR Foundation that offers fans and the NASCAR community “Two Million Ways to Unite for Kids” through volunteerism and fundraising. In 2011, The NASCAR Foundation will grant $1 million to children’s charities and generate one million volunteer hours in local communities.
NASCAR Unites launched: Through the newly launched NASCAR Unites charitable platform, this weekend the NASCAR community will support disaster relief efforts taking place as a result of this week’s tornado outbreak in the Southeastern part of the United States. By logging on to nascar.com/Unites fans can support these efforts by volunteering or making a donation. NASCAR also filmed a call to action television spot earlier Friday featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip and Mike Helton that aired during the Bubba Burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on SPEED and will air during tonights Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on FOX. Both events will be run at Richmond International Raceway.(4-30-2011)
DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout Results Week 2: Week two of the DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout competition narrowed the field to eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. Each proceeding driver earned an additional $11,250 for charity totaling $14,375 for each of the eight proceeding driver’s charity of choice. Drivers will accrue a total of $400,000 for charity in the DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout while one fan will win a new truck from the manufacturer of the winning driver. Two races remain in the battle for the DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout title.
Week 2 Fast Facts:
A rain-delayed race eliminated several drivers from contention. Drivers who lost their position due to accidents include Kurt Busch who was collected at lap 50, an accident in turn one that eliminated Denny Hamlin, a single-car crash at lap 87 which ended the day for Paul Menard, as well as Tony Stewart who collided with the wall on the final lap.
Second-place finisher Brad Keselowski eliminated Kyle Busch who led the race for 49 laps and finished just behind Keselowski in third.
A.J. Allmendinger finished eighth and defeated 10th-place finisher Jimmie Johnson in race two of the DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout.
The Watkins Glen road course created an unforeseeable finish. No perfect brackets remain in the bracket-format competition.
Results following Watkins Glen:
TURN 1 Winners
A.J. Allmendinger – #43 Ford / Paralyzed Veterans of America
(defeated Jimmie Johnson – #48 Chevrolet / Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grants)
Matt Kenseth – #17 Ford / Motor Racing Outreach
(defeated Tony Stewart – #14 Chevrolet / Victory Junction Camp)
TURN 2 Winners
Carl Edwards – #99 Ford / Speedway Children’s Charity
(defeated Mark Martin – #5 Chevrolet / Motor Racing Outreach)
Jeff Gordon – #24 Chevrolet /
(defeated Denny Hamlin – #11 Toyota / Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)
TURN 3 Winners
Kevin Harvick – #29 Chevrolet / California State University Bakersfield
(defeated Paul Menard – #27 Chevrolet / Habitat for Humanity for Wisconsin)
Brad Keselowski – #2 Dodge / Paralyzed Veterans of America
(defeated Kyle Busch – #18 Toyota / The Church of God Children’s Home of N.C.)
TURN 4 Winners
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – #88 Chevrolet / Make-a-Wish Foundation
(defeated Greg Biffle – #16 Ford / Friends of Animals)
Clint Bowyer – #33 Chevrolet / Emporia Kansas Community Foundation
(defeated Kurt Busch – #22 Dodge / Victory Junction Camp)
More info at directv.com and see the game at ESPN. Feel free to join the group Jayski "Fan"atics run by Mark Garrow.(8-18-2011)
DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout Results Week 1: After week one, the DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout bracket competition showcased existing and new rivalries for 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM drivers narrowing the competitive field to 16. Drivers will accrue a total of $400,000 for charity while one fan will win a new truck from the manufacturer of the winning driver. The fan to complete a perfect bracket will win $1 million.
Week 1 Fast Facts:
Each driver progressing into Round 2 has earned $3,125 for his charity of choice.
Following Pocono, 90 fans have a perfect bracket and a chance to win $1 million.
Joey Logano, race leader going into a one hour and 40 minute rain delay, lost his position in the DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout to 11th-place finisher Tony Stewart.
An early wreck at lap 20 sent David Ragan and the #6 Ford to the garage. Ragan lost his seat in the DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout to Mark Martin.
Clint Bowyer and Marcos Ambrose battled for Round 2 in the DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout until the checkered flag. Bowyer finished 18th just fractions ahead of Ambrose in 20th position.
Results following Pocono:
TURN 1 Winners
Jimmie Johnson – #48 Chevrolet / Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grants
(Defeated Regan Smith – #78 Chevrolet / Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation)
A.J. Allmendinger – #43 Ford / Paralyzed Veterans of America
(Defeated Kasey Kahne – #4 Toyota / Ronald McDonald House)
Tony Stewart – #14 Chevrolet / Victory Junction Camp
(Defeated Joey Logano – #20 Toyota / USA Hockey Foundation)
Matt Kenseth – #17 Ford / Motor Racing Outreach
(Defeated Jamie McMurray – #1 Chevrolet / Heart of Missouri United Way)
TURN 2 Winners
Carl Edwards – #99 Ford / Speedway Children’s Charity
(Defeated Casey Mears – #13 Toyota / Alzheimer’s Association)
Mark Martin – #5 Chevrolet / Motor Racing Outreach
(Defeated David Ragan – No 6 Ford / Shriners Hospital for Children)
Denny Hamlin – #11 Toyota / Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
(Defeated Brian Vickers – #83 Toyota / Medical Foundation of N.C.)
Jeff Gordon – #24 Chevrolet /
(Defeated Jeff Burton – #31 Chevrolet / Duke Children’s Hospital)
TURN 3 Winners
Kevin Harvick – No 29 Chevrolet / California State University Bakersfield
(Defeated Dave Blaney – #36 Chevrolet / Victory Junction Camp)
Paul Menard – #27 Chevrolet / Habitat for Humanity for Wisconsin
(Defeated Juan Pablo Montoya – #42 Chevrolet / Formula Smiles Inc.)
Brad Keselowski – #2 Dodge / Paralyzed Veterans of America
(Defeated Ryan Newman – #39 Chevrolet / Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)
Kyle Busch – #18 Toyota / The Church of God Children’s Home of N.C.
(Defeated David Reutimann – #00 Toyota / Camp Boggy Creek)
TURN 4 Winners
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – #88 Chevrolet / Make-a-Wish Foundation
(Defeated David Gilliland – #34 Ford / Habitat for Humanity Mooresville)
Greg Biffle – #16 Ford / Friends of Animals
(Defeated Martin Truex Jr. – #56 Toyota / Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation)
Clint Bowyer – #33 Chevrolet / Emporia Kansas Community Foundation
(Defeated Marcos Ambrose – #9 Ford / Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland)
Kurt Busch – #22 Dodge / Victory Junction Camp
(Defeated Bobby Labonte – #47 Toyota / Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
More info at directv.com and see the game at ESPN. Feel free to join the group Jayski "Fan"atics run by Mark Garrow.(8-9-2011)
DIRECTV Head2Head Knockout Competition: DIRECTV will team up with ESPN and NASCAR to open the throttle for a second consecutive year of DIRECTV's Head2Head Knockout competition – an innovative, bracket-format contest that will showcase existing and new rivalries among 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. The high-stakes competition will take place over the course of four races during the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning Aug. 7, 2011 finishing with DIRECTV's NASCAR Head2Head Knockout Championship in Bristol, Tenn. on Aug. 27. DIRECTV, the exclusive provider of the NASCAR HotPass broadcast, will donate a total of $400,000 to driver charities during the four-round event as drivers compete head-to-head each week with the winner moving on to the next bracket. And drivers won't be the only ones competing. A participating fan, who fills out a perfect bracket, can win a $1 million. More info at directv.com.(7-28-2011)
NASCAR Foundation Launches Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award: The NASCAR Foundation will recognize the outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans by awarding the first annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, which includes a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to the children's charity of the recipient's choice. The award will honor the passionate commitment Betty Jane France has demonstrated with her charitable works and community efforts. The four finalists chosen will receive a $25,000 donation to a children's charity of their choice, a trip to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2011 and be part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas, where the winner will be announced and presented the award from Betty Jane France. The winner receives the $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to their children's charity and a 2012 Ford Explorer. The award winner will be based on nominations where individuals submit a short story about the community work and focus on supporting children's charities done by the nominee. For more information about the process visit NASCAR.COM/Unites.(NASCAR)(6-3-2011)
Due to the overwhelming response and compassion from the community, the Ryan Newman Foundation has decided to continue its efforts to get animals across the South much needed food and supplies.
Since collections began on May 4th, over 10,000 pounds of pet supplies, such as food, collars, water, bedding, crates, medicine, flea/tick preventatives, cleaning supplies and paper products, have been donated. On Sunday, a tractor trailer made the trip from Ryan Newman Motorsports in Statesville, NC with 8,000 pounds of supplies. The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) received the majority of the freight. GBHS will send supplies to surrounding Alabama shelters in Tuscaloosa, Pleasant Grove, Concord and Cordova.
The truck then headed to Tunica, MS where the Tunica Humane Society had volunteers unload the remaining much needed dog and cat food.
“The donations we received have been overwhelming,” said Krissie Newman. “There are so many people to thank. The NASCAR community has never failed when people and pets are in need. The Humane Society’s of Iredell and Charlotte and JTG Daugherty Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing were kind enough to accept donations and I appreciate that very much.
“We loaded the truck last Thursday for the trip and the next morning we had five more pallets full of supplies for a second load. That’s why we made the decision to continue with collecting donations. Families are going to need things a month, even two months from now. So, if we have the inventory, we’ll send it out.”
Many partners of the Ryan Newman Foundation contributed to the relief efforts with open hearts. Iams donated a truck of dog and cat food. Office Depot Foundation made a generous donation, which we were able to purchase Heartworm Preventatives, Flea/Tick Preventatives and other medical supplies, Second Harvest Food Bank – Metrolina contributed 10 pallets of paper products and Lupine sent collars and leashes for the volunteers who are out getting animals to a shelter for care and hopefully back to their owners.
The Ryan Newman Foundation hopes to send supplies to areas hit in Georgia and Tennessee in the coming weeks.
Items still needed are:
Dog food, beds & bowls
Crates of all sizes & Towels
Flea/tick preventative and shampoos
Cat litter, cat food, beds & bowls
Bleach, paper towels & other cleaning supplies
Office Supplies- copy paper and sharpie markers
Latex gloves, gauze
Hand soap & dish soap
Pet Shampoo, regular formula (NOT flea formula)
Yellow professional mop buckets
Three designated drop off locations have been established in North Carolina.
Ryan Newman Motorsports
165 Jennings Road
Statesville, NC 28625
Hours for drop off: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday (Someone will be on site to assist with donations)
Humane Society of Iredell County
110 Robinson Road
Mooresville, NC 28115
Hours for drop off: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday (Someone will be on site to assist with donations)
Humane Society of Charlotte
2700 Toomey Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28023
Hours for drop off: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday - Sunday
If you would like to make a monetary donation towards the relief efforts click here.
More info or to make a monetary donation, go to ryannewmanfoundation.org
UPDATE - Newman Foundation Continues Assisting Animals in Need across the US: The Ryan Newman Foundation appreciates the generous donations that continue to pour in for areas across the United States in constant need of pet-related supplies. State Representatives from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have been in contact with them providing updates on the areas and organizations that need immediate help. Since the first truck made its way to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (Birmingham, AL) and the Humane Society of Tunica (Tunica, MS) in May, additional donations on behalf of the Ryan Newman Foundation have been made.
Dog and cat food was delivered to the Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care, Inc. in Ringgold, GA, where many animals were found roaming around or living in tents with their owners. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) assisted with donating crates and dog houses to sleep in.
A truck loaded with 8,000 pounds of supplies included; crates, beds, food, toys, cleaning supplies and water and was sent to the Humane Society of Joplin (Joplin, MO) last week. The shipment will be divided up and delivered to families and shelters in the area needing assistance.
Although the mission is primarily spay/neuter based, the Ryan Newman Foundation does all it can to help animals during disasters. We recently received word that Blazes Tribute Equine Rescue located in Jones, OK had received an overwhelming number of horses at their facility. Blazes housed 44 horses prior to the tornado but currently has 104 displaced or severely wounded souls in their care and in need of feed, medical supplies and bedding. To take of over 100 horses, it takes one ton of food and seven large bales of hay each week. The Ryan Newman Foundation quickly took action and contacted a local Feed and Seed and ordered a week’s worth of food and other necessities on the wish list. In addition to the food, three loads of hay were purchased and delivered – enough for a month. A separate delivery of hay came from Ryan and Krissie Newman’s own farm in Statesville, NC. More info at the Ryan Newman Foundation Site.(6-21-2011)
Greg Biffle Foundation Donates Nearly $10,000: The Greg Biffle Foundation recently donated nearly $10,000 to two animal shelters assisting with the animal rescue efforts caused by the devastation from recent tornados. Recipients of the disaster relief grants were the Animal Advocates of Moore County and the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter. The financial contributions to these groups will afford them aid for the animals in need. Both organizations are rescuing pets that have become homeless or displaced, providing emergency vet care, offering pet food and supplies and providing foster homes until families are able to collect their pets. Animal Advocates of Moore County, located in Pinehurst, NC, is assisting with the animals in Lee and Sanford counties. They are in need of monetary donations and supplies such as 10x10 chain link kennels, dog houses, collars, leashes and much more. If you can assist with any donation, please contact Maureen Hornasky at 910-295-7587.
The Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, located in Tuscaloosa, AL, is assisting with the intake of animals found homeless or injured from the tornado. They are providing vet care, orthopedic surgeries, basic medial needs and much more for the animals brought into their care. If you are interested in helping them, please contact Judy Hill at 205-349-9438.
Financial support for the foundation comes from a variety of sources including individual contributions, NASCAR Pets Calendars, and the sale of various racing and other sports memorabilia. For more information on the Greg Biffle Foundation go to www.gregbifflefoundation.com.(GBF)(6-10-2011)
Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation Announces First Global Initiative: Jeff Gordon, alongside Partners In Health representatives, Dr. Larry Shulman and Dr. Sara Stulac, gathered friends and supporters on Wednesday evening to announce their new partnership to bring accessible cancer treatment to children of Rwanda. The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation has committed to raise $1.5 million over the course of three years to participate in the development and implementation of proper protocols for pediatric cancer patients in that region. Rwanda remains Africa's most densely populated country, and its estimated population of 10 million is expected to double within the next 10 years. Through the funding of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, Partners In Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute will develop a comprehensive program to address all components of cancer: prevention, diagnosis, chemo and radiation therapies, surgery and survivor follow-up care for children faced with cancer.(Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation)(5-28-2011)
NASCAR community helps victims for tornados: a few examples of what NASCAR the community has done to help folks with relief efforts from the storms that hit Alabama and the South last week.
Between the Red Bull Racing and Hendrick Motorsports transporters approx 65-70,000 lbs of relief items/donations were delivered to Pell City, Ala. to help St. Clair County residents (where 14 people were killed and small communities destroyed) on Weds., May 4; more than 230 people lost their lives on April 27, 2011 due to the outbreak of tornadoes in the state of Alabama.
Items were collected from the following in the NASCAR community: Red Bull, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing, RCR, JRMotorsports, MRN and Victory Junction Gang Camp;
Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation raised more than $5,000 last weekend, with the monies going towards purchases for baby/children's needs (food, diapers, bottles, socks, underwear, etc..)
More than 16 pallets of water, soda and Red Bull were delivered along with a generator, dozens of coolers, cleaning supplies, canned goods, clothing and items for children (food, formula, sunscreen, clothing, shoes and even brand-new toys)
Plus this today thru Sunday, Talladega Superspeedway will aid the American Red Cross in relief efforts from the storms that tore through Alabama with a $100,000 commitment. And race fans can do their part as well and get a chance at tackling the high-banks of Talladega in turn. For a $50 donation to the American Red Cross race fans will be able to drive their personal vehicle around the track and participate in a blood drive there on Saturday. More info at talladegasuperspeedway.com.(5-6-2011)
Richard and Judy Childress Receive Awards for Charity Work: Richard Childress received two awards for his charitable work in early April - one for his support of our troops from the Armed Forces Foundation and one for his family's work with the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. While in Washington, D.C. for the seventh annual Armed Forces Foundation Congressional Gala, Mr. Childress took the opportunity to visit several injured soldiers at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md. Most of the soldiers suffered from traumatic blast injuries and recently received the Purple Heart. At the gala later that evening, Mr. Childress received the Bill and Beverly Young Humanitarian of the Year Award. He has visited U.S. military troops across the nation, as well as in other countries, including Iraq, Bosnia, and Spain.
A few days later, the Winston-Salem branch of the Exchange/SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) organization awarded Richard and his wife, Judy Childress, with the 2011 Founders Award for their exceptional commitment to the health and well being of children. Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O'Neill presented the award to Mrs. Childress and cited the Childresses' work helping children since launching the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in July 2008. The Institute is working to save the lives of children who experience serious injuries and help them recover quickly through research, education and prevention. April is Child Abuse Prevention month.(RCR)(4-28-2011)
Denny Hamlin wins his own charity late model race: After a thunderstorm kept the crowd down for Denny Hamlin's charity race, the host put a move on Kyle Busch on the final lap and finally won his own event. Busch had dominated all night, but when the race went back to green after a caution with three laps to go, Hamlin surged from fourth to second right away, stalked his teammate with Joe Gibbs Racing and passed him on the backstretch when Busch ran out of fuel. "I'm glad he ran out of fuel because it might have got ugly," Hamlin said. "Trust me, if Kyle wouldn't have run out of gas, I would have done everything possible to get around him." Michael Waltrip finished second, followed by Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Frank Deiny Jr. Hamlin, who said last week that the race raised over $100,000 last year, said he will wait to see how much money was raised this year, then give 10% to help tornado victims. Where that money will go specifically will be determined by where there is the most need, he said. His usual charities -- the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. Jude Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital in Richmond -- will receive the other 90% of money raised. The victory was the first for Hamlin in his fourth Short Track Showdown, and came after he qualified on the pole, then opted to start at the back of the 36-car field. When it was over, he gave his racing helmet to a fan.(Associated Press)(4-29-2011)
Donate and Drive ‘DEGA, to Aid in Alabama Disaster Relief: Talladega Superspeedway announced plans to aid the American Red Cross in relief efforts from the devastation of yesterday’s storms that tore through Alabama with a $100,000 commitment. Race fans can do their part as well and get a chance at tackling the high-banks of Talladega in turn. For a $50 donation to the American Red Cross race fans will be able to drive their personal vehicle around the high-banks of Talladega Superspeedway, May 6 -8. Cash and check donations will be accepted at the gate of Talladega Superspeedway with all proceeds going to the Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross. More info at talladegasuperspeedway.com.(TSS) and to donate to the Red Cross to help anyone involved in the storms, go to redcross.org.(4-28-2011)
Blood Drive Added to Saturday’s Relief Efforts at Talladega Superspeedway: Talladega Superspeedway announced that the American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Saturday, May 7 at the track. Additionally, track sponsors Aaron’s and America’s First Federal Credit Union are accepting donations to aid in the relief efforts at store and branch locations throughout the state. The blood drive will correspond with the track drives on Saturday, opening at 9 am and closing at approximately 2 pm. For a $50 cash or check donation to the American Red Cross race fans will be able to drive their personal vehicle around the high-banks of Talladega Superspeedway, May 6 -8. Gates open each day at 9 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. All vehicles must be street legal and equipped with enough seatbelts for all passengers. RV’s, tractor trailers and motorcycles will not be permitted. For more information on Talladega Superspeedway, call the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA or visit them online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com.(Talladega Superspeedway)(5-4-2011)
Toyota Skinner Round-Up Raises $125,000: Last month’s Toyota Skinner Round-Up presented by Rue & Ziffra Personal Injury Attorneys raised $125,000 for five Volusia County, Fla., charities. The two-day event, organized by NASCAR driver Mike Skinner and his wife Angie, included a Hoe Down Bash at Daytona International Speedway followed by golf and poker tournaments the next day at Spruce Creek Country Club in Port Orange, FL. Volusia County charities benefitting from the event include the Council on Aging, Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare, Greyhound Pets of America, Halifax Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Since the Toyota Skinner Round-Up began in 2005, the event has now raised more than $625,000 toward these charities.
The Hoe Down Bash included a live concert by Nashville recording artist Stacy Mitchhart along with a musical set performed by Edwin McCain, sponsored by Brighthouse Networks. Fans were able to sample food from more than 10 Volusia County restaurants that participated in the popular ‘Taste of Daytona,’ which was free of charge with the purchase of an event ticket. Fifteen items were auctioned off live to the crowd, including a six-seat EZGO golf cart, a Charlie Daniels autographed fiddle, a vacation package to the American Idol finale in Los Angeles, a trip to the 5F Ranch in Texas and much more. Over 100 silent auction items were also available for fans to bid on during the event.
Celebrity guests who came out for the event included, Mitchhart, McCain, three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon, as well as fellow NASCAR drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. and Steve Park. Daredevil Robbie Knievel, country music comedian Cledus T Judd and NASCAR Sirius Speedway host Dave Moody also attended the event which honored former NASCAR executive Jim Hunter, who was a close friend of the Skinners and passed away last Oct.
“We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Toyota Skinner Round-Up again this year,” added Skinner. “Angie and I could not do this without the help of the sponsors, volunteers and celebrity guests who make this such a successful event. Also, a big thank you to all of the supporters who came out to the Hoe Down Bash at Daytona International Speedway and to the golf and poker tournaments at Spruce Creek Country Club.” For more information on the Toyota Skinner Round-Up presented by Rue & Ziffra Personal Injury Attorneys, including how to donate additional funds, visit www.MikeSkinner.com.(4-21-2011)
Kentucky Teenager to Meet Jeff Gordon via Make-A-Wish Foundation: Ask 14-year-old Johnathon Ousley about what his biggest wish would be, and he'd want to find a way to combine camping, fishing and meeting his favorite NASCAR driver, Jeff Gordon. The Prestonsburg, Ky., teenager's wish will actually come true this weekend through the teamwork of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, Bristol Motor Speedway and Pepsi MAX Maximum Moments. Ousley and his family will travel to Bristol, Tenn., for an unforgettable weekend of activity in association with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Jeff Byrd 500 race. His wish begins Friday with a private meet-and-greet with Gordon at Bristol Motor Speedway. They will also participate in media activities and a Q-&-A session with fans that night. On Sunday, Ousley will rejoin Gordon at the track for the pre-race driver introductions and ceremonial lap around the track. The family will then watch Gordon race for the checkered flag in the #24 Pepsi MAX car from a private suite. Gordon granted his first wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 1995. Since then, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has granted more than 230 wishes, making him among the most-requested celebrity wish granters in the Foundation's 30-year history. and discover how you can share the power of a wish.(Make-a-wish PR)(3-18-2011)
Kasey Kahne Foundation funds new grant: The Kasey Kahne Foundation announced a donation to the NC STEM Community Collaborative that establishes a grant program to fund educational field trips to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The donation is a result of proceeds from the inaugural Kasey Kahne Foundation “Five Kahne Presented by Bank of America,” a 5K charity run held on Oct. 17 in Uptown Charlotte. “STEM is an important part of the education system,” said Kasey Kahne, driver of Red Bull Racing’s #4 car for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "This program will teach young students how important engineering and technology are to the racing industry.” The program’s goal is to provide middle school students an opportunity to augment the existing course of study in sciences and to foster interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through experiential learning field trips. The NC STEM initiative will fund field trips to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, including transportation, personnel, admission, lunch and material costs associated with each participating student.(KKF)(1-14-2011)
After a Highly Successful Five-Year Run, Curtain Falls on Sound & Speed: Each January for the past five years, fans of NASCAR racing and country music descended upon downtown Nashville for a unique and increasingly popular event known as Sound & Speed, which featured performances, autograph and storytelling sessions, displays and other opportunities to get up-close-and-personal with their favorite racecar drivers and country music artists. But the event’s board of directors and its charitable beneficiaries have announced that there will not be a sixth Sound & Speed in 2011 due to current economic conditions, as well as the lingering effects of last spring’s floods that devastated many residential neighborhoods in Nashville and the surrounding area. Sound & Speed, which began in 2006 as the brainchild of the late Brian Williams, former Senior Vice President of SunTrust Bank, Inc., and popular Nashville artist manager Don Light, has raised more than $1 million to benefit both Victory Junction and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum during the past five years. Since its inception, the event grew to become a ceremonial and highly anticipated kickoff to the upcoming NASCAR season each January for drivers and fans alike, as well as for the artists and fans of the country music industry who joined them for a unique celebration of motorsports and music. Heading the list of notable celebrities who have participated in Sound & Speed over the years are Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart. Sound & Speed organizers encourage fans of NASCAR racing and country music to continue supporting Victory Junction and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. More information about the two charitable organizations can be found at their respective Web sites, www.VictoryJunction.org and www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org.(10-28-2010)
Winner of Custom Cobra Replica announced: Kenny Crites, of Charleston, S.C., is the lucky new owner of Tommy Pike's powerful custom Cobra replica after winning Speedway Children's Charities custom car raffle. The raffle began nearly four months ago during the August Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway and more than 1,000 tickets were sold, raising nearly $24,000 for children in need. The custom Cobra replica was built in just five days during the August Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team from Tommy Pike Customs, from Greenville, S.C., turned a pile of parts into a high-performance roadster while AutoFair spectators watched. The crew worked 14 hours a day and put more than 500 total man hours into the car to build the custom Cobra replica from scratch. All proceeds from the raffle benefitted Speedway Children's Charities Charlotte Chapter and will help local children in need.(CMS)(12-18-2010)
Speedway Children's Charities Distributed More Than $725,000: Speedway Children's Charities donated in excess of $725,000 to organizations in the Charlotte, N.C., region benefiting area children during the grand opening of Carolina Christmas, Nov. 22 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In a special presentation Monday, November 22nd, the dollar amount donated was unveiled in a LED, or light emitting diode, display as more than 75 children from area charities were on hand for the program. Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway and president of Speedway Children's Charities Charlotte Chapter, joined Santa Claus in awarding grants to 75 local organizations Monday evening. Throughout the course of the year Speedway Children's Charities has donated to 92 organizations, directly impacting more than 45,000 children. Speedway Children's Charities raised the money through various fundraising activities along with individual and corporate donations throughout the year.
A number of area agencies will directly benefit from the funds, including A Better World (helps provide finances to operate after-school programs), Birthday Blessings (Shelter Party Program hosts birthday parties for homeless children and their families), Northeast Foundation, Inc. (helps fund Camp Open Airways and Camp Sweet Freedom for asthmatic and diabetic children to attend a summer day camp under medical supervision to control their asthma and diabetes while participating in typical camp activities) and Thompson Child & Family Focus (provides comprehensive early childhood education where typically developing and special needs children learn together).
In addition to the grant distribution, Charlotte Motor Speedway celebrated the opening night of Carolina Christmas, a spectacular new 2.5-mile drive-through Christmas light park and village located on the track and infield of the legendary superspeedway. The celebration included fireworks and the simultaneous lighting of the entire Carolina Christmas display, which features more than a million lights and 500 different light displays.
For more information visit www.charlotte.speedwaycharities.org for a list of 2010 Charlotte Chapter Grant Recipients, see the press release at charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)(11-24-2010)
Ryan Newman Foundation and Iams Announce Partnership: NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and his wife Krissie flew to Proctor & Gamble’s Pet Care facility in Mason, OH last week where they announced a partnership with the Iams brand. "It was nice to meet the Pet Care employees and get to see the place," said Newman. Michel Brousset of Iams presented a contribution of $50,000 to the Ryan Newman Foundation to help continue its efforts in animal welfare on and off the race track. Iams also presented a special "Lifetime Achievement Award" to Helen Woodward Animal Center President and Iams Home 4 the Holidays founder Mike Arms. Mike Arms has played an instrumental role in Krissie Newman’s life and how she handles the day to day operations of the Foundation. Her plans to create an animal center in North Carolina that will resemble the Helen Woodward Animal Center will serve as a model for the animal welfare and education throughout the United States.
Earlier this year, Iams donated dog and cat food to the Ryan Newman Foundation to help support the AniMeals program. The program was founded by the Helen Woodward Center with the help of Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County in North Carolina to provide free pet food deliveries to patient’s home. It was the hope of the Foundation that by assisting Hospice families with AniMeals, they will not only help feed the pets of the families in need, but also, as a part of the Foundation mission, keep pets in their homes and out of shelters. More info at ryannewmanfoundation.org.(11-4-2010)
Dog Living Magazine Develops Program to Benefit Ryan Newman Foundation: Dog Living Magazine, a Wilmington, NC based publication has developed a subscription donation program to benefit the Ryan Newman Foundation. For each paid subscription to the bi-monthly magazine, the foundation will receive $10.00 to help enrich the lives of animals across the country. Subscriptions can be ordered online at doglivingmagazine.com using the promo code listed below. There is a space just above the "Buy Now" button indicating where subscribers should enter the promo code.
Organization: Ryan Newman Foundation
Promo Code: RNF100
This program is good for both new Dog Living Magazine subscriptions and renewals, but may not be used for previously purchased subscriptions (9-8-2010)
Speediatrics Unit Celebrates 10th Anniversary: The Halifax Health - Betty Jane France Center for Pediatrics, otherwise known as Speediatrics, celebrated the beginning of a new decade of caring by unveiling a complete renovation of the children’s unit during a ceremony held this afternoon in Daytona Beach, FL. This year, The NASCAR Foundation and Halifax Health will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Speediatrics. In recognition of this celebration, The NASCAR Foundation presented Speediatrics with a $150,000 donation to the unit. During the event, NASCAR Foundation Chairperson Betty Jane France was joined by NASCAR President and NASCAR Foundation Board Member Mike Helton, NASCAR Foundation Board Member Rusty Wallace, Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey and Halifax Health President and CEO Jeff Feasel. The renovation of the NASCAR-themed unit was accomplished with the help of NASCAR sponsors 3M and Best Buy as well as Vomela Motorsports, Akzo Nobel Paints LLC and K’NEX. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Juan and Connie Montoya’s Formula Smiles Foundation have also supported this very important cause.
The renovation includes a new nurse’s station, as well as new flooring, lighting and furniture for the kids and teen rooms. The Speediatrics décor has been updated with child-friendly decorations on the walls and ceiling featuring custom Speediatrics cartoon characters. Also included is a new donor wall complete with a new video display and the restoration of the iconic signature wall that includes autographs from drivers who have visited the unit over the years.
“So many people have stepped forward to help this important project,” France said. “Speediatrics has done some remarkable things in its first 10 years. Now, with this renovation, the unit is set to continue its work in coming years. We are all very grateful for the assistance.”
Speediatrics is a 36-bed unit that cares for more than 2,000 children annually, with another 400 more receiving critical care in the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The environment created by the Speediatrics unit provides a much-needed diversion to young patients undergoing intensive treatments, lessening the intimidation factor that often comes with hospital visits. Each waiting room, hallway, nurse station and patient room has a motorsports theme, including race cars, checkered flags and colorful cartoon characters.
Additionally, each young patient admitted to the unit receives a Speediatrics-themed teddy bear specially designed by Betty Jane France and donated by The NASCAR Foundation, to provide a little extra comfort throughout their intensive treatments and recovery.(NASCAR)(11-12-2010)
Newman Gives Winners a Memorable Weekend At Talladega: Roger and Mary Bierden of Coushatta, LA were the big winners in the "Fish with Ryan Newman" raffle. The Bierden’s, who are regulars at Talladega Superspeedway, were given all-access passes to the garage and pit road area where they were introduced to Newman, the #39 crew and were able to witness the inner workings of NASCAR and the teams that compete week to week. Once qualifying was over on Saturday, the Bierden’s were taken to a spot that’s been a favorite to Newman and other celebrities over the year. The three loaded up their rods and tackle and fished the remainder of the afternoon.
"I had fun with Roger and Mary (Bierden)," said Newman who spent the day prior fishing and learning what the bass were biting. "They’re both down to earth and genuinely good people. I don’t think they do a lot of fishing, but Mary didn’t do too badly. Roger said the trip was for her, so he kicked back in the boat and let me and her fish."
Once the sun went down, everyone gathered at the camp for a cookout and share their tales about the big one that got away. Crew Chief Tony Gibson, crew members and even sponsor representatives were present and all had their "big fish" stories. "The lake we fish at is pretty well known in the garage area and the bass are a good size," said Newman who caught his on spinner bait and worms. "I know Dale Earnhardt, Buddy Baker and even Bill Jordon have all fished there over the years. It’s just a great, secluded place to get away from the race track and relax for a while.
I hope Roger and Mary had a good experience. The raffle was something new, and I feel like it was a success and look forward to doing other events like this to help raise funds and awareness to the Foundation." On raceday, the Bierden’s had the opportunity to walk to driver introductions and watch the drivers walk out on stage, take photos with Ryan at the car and watch the race from the pits.
"We would like to thank Ryan for a fun race and fishing weekend at Talladega," said Mary Bierden. "We had a great time. Getting to visit with Ryan was a pleasure for us and fishing was a blast. We caught some nice bass and got to cook out with Ryan and his team. Ryan cooks the best cheeseburgers. Going in the pits and getting our picture made with Ryan at the car and meeting Krissie was an experience we will never forget. It was a fantastic weekend. Thank you Ryan, Shelly, and Mary for making this a weekend we will never forget."(Ryan Newman Foundation)(11-4-2010)
Jail & Bail Event Produces $150,000 For Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund: Twenty NASCAR drivers and celebrities joined more than a thousand fans to help collect $150,000 in donations and pledges at the Third Official Jail and Bail charity event benefitting the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund Oct. 12 at Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson, N.C.
Over the three years of the event, more than $300,000 has been raised to provide 30 scholarships for qualified female students. The Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund is intended to provide an opportunity for qualified female students who wish to attend any one of Universal Technical Institute’s eleven campuses across the U.S., including the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C.
The evening included NASCAR drivers and other celebrities being “sentenced” and put behind bars with all of the “bail money” going to support the scholarship fund. Inmates included NASCAR drivers Landon Cassill; Kevin Conway; Denny Hamlin; Brad Keselowski; Travis Kvapil; Joey Logano; Casey Mears; Michael McDowell; Joe Nemechek; Max Papis; Tony Raines; Brian Scott; Reed Sorenson; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Tony Stewart. Others locked up were the No. 11 FedEx Pit Crew, NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Jerry Cook and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison and Red Farmer of “The Alabama Gang.”
Joining “Judge John Darby” were “prosecutors” Jimmy Spencer of SPEED, NASCAR’s Mike Phillips and ESPN’s Marty Smith as NASCAR crew chiefs Kevin “Bono” Manion, Slugger Labbe and Tommy Baldwin Jr. served as the “dream team” defense attorneys. The event was hosted by NASCAR media personalities Matt Yocum and Ray Dunlap. Legendary country music artists The Charlie Daniels Band was joined by recording artist and hit songwriter Bridgette Tatum to provide memorable entertainment for the event. Davis, a Universal Technical Institute (UTI) graduate and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series official, died in 2008 at age 28, and is honored by this scholarship created to encourage women to seek careers in the automotive industry.(NASCAR)(10-26-2010)
Hendrick Motorsports to Sponsor Building of Playroom at Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte: The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is pleased to announce that three of NASCAR’s biggest stars have joined together to sponsor the building and outfitting of the toddler playroom at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. The charitable foundations of drivers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined their team, Hendrick Motorsports, in making a $75,000 combined donation toward a racing-themed room that will provide the house’s youngest guests with a fun and age-appropriate place to play and interact with other children.
This marks the first time that these drivers and their respective foundations have pledged their support to a single project in Charlotte as part of a united effort. They join fellow NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne and ESPN NASCAR analyst Ray Evernham as contributors to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
This contribution helps bring the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte one step closer to their goal of completing their capital campaign. For additional information on various sponsorship opportunities, please contact Emily DiNunzio at (704) 335-1191. The RMH of Charlotte is currently under construction on East Morehead Street and is slated to open in early 2011.
For more information on Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, please visit www.rmhofcharlotte.org.(8-25-2010)
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet “Battle at the Grove” charity race raises over $50k: An entertained crowd of sprint car and stock car racing fans at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. raised over $50,000 in net proceeds at last Thursday’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet “Battle at the Grove” charity race to benefit the Kasey Kahne Foundation and local charities designated by Ollie’s. Eighteen-year-old Aaron Ott of East Berlin, Pa. stole the show by easily winning the URC-sanctioned 360/358 Sprints feature that included event host Kasey Kahne and fellow NASCAR star Tony Stewart. This year’s event is the fourth year that Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and the Kasey Kahne Foundation have partnered together on a charity race at Williams Grove Speedway, a half-mile clay oval that is regarded as one of the most historic dirt track venues in the country and has hosted legendary racers such as A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti. Ott, a recent high school graduate who races for his father at Don Ott Motorsports, took the lead soon after the half-way point in the 25-lap main 360/358 Sprints feature and held off Pat Cannon in the green-white-checker finish to claim the $3,000 first place prize. Kahne started 20th and passed ten cars, including Stewart near the end, to finish tenth. Gary Stuhler won the hotly contested 20-lap Super Late Model feature that included NASCAR’s Kyle Busch. The Kasey Kahne Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3, was created by NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne to raise and donate funds to charitable organizations that care for chronically ill children and their families. The foundation is dedicated to positive cultural changes by giving underprivileged boys and girls ample opportunities for success. Community involvement projects and volunteerism are valued as they have the chance to make a positive impact on a life. For more information, visit kaseykahnefoundation.org.(8-10-2010)
Gibbs and family selected as 2nd quarter Spirit Award Winner: Members of the National Motorsports Press Association selected J.D. Gibbs and his family as the second quarter winner of the NMPA Speedway Motorsports Spirit Award. The award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. Each year, quarterly winners are selected, and an overall winner is determined by a vote of the National Motorsports Press Association membership.
Gibbs and his family were selected for hosting Taylor's Finish Line Festival in May. The festival was held to celebrate the end cancer treatments for Gibbs' 5-year-old son, Taylor. Proceeds benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western, N.C., and the Levine Children's Hospital of Charlotte. More than $600,000 was raised at the event, attended by more than 5,000 people.
Also receiving votes were: Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli for contributions to support trauma care at Lehigh Valley Health Network; employees of Richard Childress Racing and Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines for delivering and distributing cleaning supplies to Nashville, Tenn., residents affected by the flooding there; Tony Stewart for his annual Prelude to the Dream charity dirt late model race; and Kyle Petty for his annual charity motorcycle ride across the country. Bobby Hutchens, competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing, won the award in the first quarter.(JGR)(7-8-2010)
For those of you new to Ricky Byers Racing, please meet one of those more extraordinary individuals in auto racing. Ricky Byers has been racing for more than twenty years, and has won his share of races and championships. He has lived on the edge, tempted fate, come back to tell the stories – but none of that mattered anymore when he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (throat cancer.) He knew he was in for the fight of his life… Which, thank God, he won. Then it happened again.
Yes, Ricky Byers was struck down with squamous cell carcinoma a second time. A second time he found himself fighting for his life. But Ricky Byers is a fighter, he does not give up. Ricky investigated, he studied, he looked into his options; the doctors; the hospitals; the organizations… then, surrounded by the right team, Ricky won the fight again. But at a cost this time. Ricky Byers lost a vocal cord to cancer.
Has that stopped him? Of course not. Ricky took what he learned during his fight and used it to help others ~ patients with cancer and their families. He helps them find the medical treatment and financial aid they need to get through this struggle. As word about Ricky’s help got around and more people started coming to him, Ricky decided to form Racing For A Cure to fund his dream of furthering the efforts of total eradication of the disease of cancer.
Now Ricky races because it’s what he loves to do, he is a racer at heart. But he has dedicated all his earnings from racing; winnings, merchandise, promotions, to fighting cancer. More at rickybyersracing.com(6-22-2010)
Lenox to make $10,000 donation to Children's Tumor Foundation: Lenox, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, solder and band saw blades announced, in partnership with Richard Childress Racing driver Jeff Burton and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, will dedicate this weekend's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 to Pete Dingeman, the winner of the Lenox Extra-Mile Hero Contest. The June 27, 2010 NASCAR race will honor Dingeman, who passed away last December after a life-long battle with neurofibromatosis (NF). In recognition of his heroic efforts, a decal honoring Dingeman will be placed on Burton's #31 Lenox Industrial Tools Chevy paint scheme and Dingeman's family will serve as Grand Marshals for the race. Last year at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, Dingeman was announced as the winner of the Lenox Extra-Mile Hero Contest. Dingeman was presented with a check for $31,000 for his charity, The Children's Tumor Foundation, with an additional $31,000 going to Dingeman for being the Lenox Extra-Mile Hero - a portion of which he donated back to The Foundation. To further acknowledge the work and life of Dingeman, Lenox will collect fan signatures in his honor throughout the race weekend and make $1 donation to the Children's Tumor Foundation for each signature - for up to $10,000.(Pro Sports PR)(6-22-2010)
Hershey's donates $19,800 to Autism Speaks: Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes, the “Official Flavored Milk and Milkshakes of Dover International Speedway®,” presented Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, with a donation of $19,800 during a press event held today before the start of the “Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes.” Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes are a new line of single-serve milk and milkshakes that are produced by HP Hood LLC under license from The Hershey Company. The $19,800 donation to Autism Speaks is the result of a challenge that Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes delivered to Trevor Bayne, #99 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver for Michael Waltrip Racing. Hershey's Milk and Milkshakes offered to donate $99 to Autism Speaks for every lap completed by the #99 car during the “Heluva Good! 200” on Saturday, May 15, at Dover International Speedway. Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes is one of the sponsors of Bayne’s car at Dover.(Dover International Speedway)(5-16-2010)
Carl Edwards to Donate All-Star Winnings to Speedway Children's Charities: 2010 Speedway Children's Charities Spokesman Carl Edwards has announced that if he is victorious in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 22 at Charlotte Motor Speedway he will donate his portion of the $1 million prize earned by the race winner to the non-profit organization that cares for children in educational, financial, social and medical need. "If we win the All-Star race it's a million bucks! Whatever my portion of the winnings is I will donate it to Speedway Children's Charities in the name of General Sadler," said Edwards. Retired Air Force General Tom Sadler is the executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "I've seen how the Speedway Children's Charities works," Edwards continued, "and it's an efficient way to help kids all around the world with the things they need, basic things like health care and education."
Edwards however is not currently eligible to participate in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. To get in the race, a driver or his car owner must have won a points-paying Cup race in 2009 or 2010, have won a championship in the past 10 years, or have won a NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in the past 10 years.
"We deeply appreciate Carl's generosity," said Amanda Hollingsworth, director, Speedway Children's Charities Charlotte Chapter. "While we hope that he and his team can race their way into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, we also encourage his fans and supporters of Speedway Children's Charities to vote for Carl with the Sprint Fan Vote."(SCC)(5-15-2010)
Biffle Pledges to Give a Portion of His All-Star Race Earnings to Friends of the Animals: In an effort to help the Iredell County Friends of the Animals organization move closer to its goal of building a state-of-the art animal sanctuary to include an adoption and education center with a spay/neuter clinic in Mooresville, N.C. Greg Biffle has pledged to donate a portion of his winnings from the Sprint All-Star Race to their cause. As Biffle is one of the drivers who needs to be voted in or finish in the top two in the Sprint Showdown to be in the All-Star Race, it is important that Biffle fans take the time to vote now and vote often over the next week and a half.
“I didn’t really want to campaign to get voted into the All-Star race because I feel like we should race our way in but the idea was presented to me to make this donation to the Friends of the Animals and I couldn’t say ‘no’,” said Biffle. “The animal sanctuary we are working to build is a project my wife Nicole and I really believe in because we believe it will increase adoptions and spay/neuters for animals.” For more info see www.friendsoftheanimals.net.(5-15-2010)
K’NEX Announces $100,000 Toy Donation to The Dale Jr. Foundation and The NASCAR Foundation: K’NEX, the most innovative and fastest growing construction toy company in America, announced today a donation of $100,000 worth of toys to The Dale Jr. Foundation and The NASCAR Foundation in conjunction with its sponsorship of the JR Motorsports #88 Chevrolet this weekend at Dover International Speedway. The donation was announced this morning by K’NEX officials at the DIS media center. Both The Dale Jr. Foundation and The NASCAR Foundation will distribute the K’NEX toys to 19 separate charities, beginning with a $5,000 toy donation to Dover International Speedway benefitting Boys and Girls Club of America and Toys for Tots.
“This is a tremendous donation from the good people at K’NEX,” JR Motorsports co-owner and general manager Kelley Earnhardt said. “We’ve had substantial donations to The Dale Jr. Foundation in the past, but this is unique because it’s in the form of toys. There will be a lot of other charities that will benefit from this effort on behalf of K’NEX. We’re going to make sure these toys go a long way in helping underprivileged and special-needs children.” The Dale Jr. Foundation will donate its portion to The Jamie McMurray Foundation, Jeff Gordon Foundation, Victory Junction Gang Camp, Make-A-Wish of Central & Western North Carolina, Women’s Auxilliary of Motorsports, The Pit Board Charity, Barium Springs Home for Children, Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Hendrick Marrow Program and The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
“The K’NEX $100,000 toy donation is something I’m extremely proud to be a part of,” said K'NEX President Michael Araten. “I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but this definitely has to be one of the larger toy donations this sport has seen. We know The Dale Jr. Foundation and The NASCAR Foundation will put these toys to good use.” The NASCAR Foundation will donate to A Place for Hope, AFLAC Cancer Center, The Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City as part of its NASCAR Day projects this year. Additional donations will go to Speediatrics Halifax Hospital and Baptist Hospital, Shands –USF and Stocks for Tots. Additionally, for the month of May, K’NEX is donating 10% of the online products sales at K’NEX.com to The Dale Jr. Foundation.(5-15-2010)
Pocono Raceway Owners Contribute $1 Million to Lehigh Valley Health Network: On the first lap of a 1988 Pocono Raceway event, NASCAR legend Bobby Allison radioed his crew that his tire was going flat. In the second turn, the tire blew. Allison's car hit the wall, spun and was T-boned on the driver's side. His injuries were life-threatening.
As trauma specialists from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) began treatment at the scene, raceway owners Drs. Joseph "Doc" and Rose Mattioli comforted Allison's wife, Judy. "I told her we had a helicopter to take him to the health network's Trauma Center and that he would receive the best care," Rose says. "All the drivers took comfort in knowing he was in good hands."
The Mattiolis believe Allison is alive today because of the trauma care he received. It's one reason they contributed $1 million to support trauma care at LVHN. In recognition of the gift, LVHN has named the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest facility the Mattioli Trauma Center. "We've been fortunate over the years, and strongly believe in supporting things that are important to us," Doc Mattioli says.
Interest from the endowment created by the Mattiolis' gift will perpetually support trauma care, education and research. "It will raise the quality of trauma care available in our community to an even higher level and further enhance our health network's reputation as a regional and national leader," says Elliot J. Sussman, M.D., LVHN's president and chief executive officer. The Mattioli Trauma Center is the region's largest Level 1 Trauma Center for adults, provides the region's highest level of trauma care for children, is the only one that specializes in trauma care for older adults, and includes one of the most advanced burn centers in the nation. Approximately 4,500 people receive care at the Mattioli Trauma Center every year.
The Mattiolis also experienced the importance of specialized health care when their twin great-granddaughters were born prematurely. Weighing three pounds at birth, they received care in LVHN's Forrest G. Moyer, M.D. neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). "It's a miracle that they lived," Rose says. "We had the right people to take care of them. We call them our miracle babies."
Children of modest families, Doc and Rose vowed in their youth to support causes that were important to them if they ever had the means. "Thank God I married someone who had the same beliefs as me," Rose says. "It's important for us to give back to the community that has given us so much." Doc and Rose's "passion for the sport of racing" is as strong today as it was when they built the Long Pond, Pa., raceway more than 40 years ago. They know that by supporting a health network with A Passion for Better Medicine, future generations will have access to the same life-saving care that a NASCAR legend and their beloved great-grandchildren received.
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes three hospital facilities - two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, Pa.; eight health centers caring for communities in four counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region's most experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care , and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Lehigh Valley Health Network is Network Cancer Program accredited, one of only 26 in the nation and the highest available from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer; has been recognized by US News & World Report for 14 consecutive years as one of America's Best Hospitals and is a national Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available at www.lvh.org.(5-15-2010)
Falk wins Denny Hamlin's 250-lap charity race: Denny Hamlin has the household name, a multimillion-dollar contract with Joe Gibbs Racing and 10 career victories on NASCAR's top touring series. C.E. Falk III is a 22-year-old Norfolk native who's two weeks shy of graduating from Charlotte. Falk has racing in his blood, though, and the son of former Busch Series driver Eddie Falk wasn't about to back down when he got a rare opportunity to trade sheet metal with Hamlin last night at Southside Speedway. Falk qualified third behind local favorite Hamlin and Tony Stewart for the third annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, a 250-lap Late Model race to benefit Hamlin's charitable foundation. Stewart was second, followed by Eddie Johnson. Hamlin settled for a disappointing fourth-place finish after dominating the race.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(5-1-2010)
Newman's release 2nd book about pets: Last weekend, Ryan Newman and wife Krissie, released their second book Pit Road: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets, the Second Lap at Bristol Motor Speedway. The book celebrates the NASCAR community and their beloved furry and sometimes even feathered families. Pit Road Pets: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets, the Second Lap, gives fans an intimate look at some of NASCAR’s most loved drivers both past and present, their families and their love for animals. Crew chiefs, broadcast personalities and the people who work behind the scenes at races each weekend are all part of this picturesque book.
“The book isn’t just the drivers,” Krissie Newman said. “We have the big personalities in the sport, but we also have a large contingent of the media broadcasters; we have the people who are behind the scenes like Jay Howard, who coordinates all of the pre-race activities; we have more team owners like Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick. This is the only book that encompasses every aspect of what racing is on a non-racing scale. And it’s really incredible to listen to the personal stories that they tell about their lives away from the racetrack.”
As the follow-up to the Newman’s first Pit Road Pets book which was published in 2006, The Second Lap even delves into the heart of NASCAR – its fans. Photographer Karen Will Rogers and a team of people traveled to three racetracks during the 2009 season – Bristol Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Charlotte Motor Speedway – to meet and photograph NASCAR’s devoted fans and their pets.
“When we started planning our second book, it was really a no-brainer to include the fans,” Krissie Newman said. “The fans are really the heartbeat of this sport. NASCAR has the most unique and most dedicated fans out there, and we wanted to showcase them and their personalities and their love for animals in our book. In fact, it was a chance meeting with fans that really encouraged us to help animals and start the Ryan Newman Foundation. And I can’t tell you how many fans come up to either me or Ryan to tell us about their pets or who want us to meet their dogs. It just made sense.”
The book, which sales for $24.95, is available for purchase at www.RyanNewmanFoundation.org or at the racetrack on the #39 Ryan Newman souvenir trailer. The proceeds from the first book helped build a regional spay/neuter clinic at the Humane Society of Catawba County in Hickory, N.C. To date, The Ryan Newman Foundation S.N.I.P. clinic has already performed over 13,000 spay/neuter surgeries since their doors opened in 2007, preventing the death of hundreds of thousands of unwanted and stray animals.
With the release of The Second Lap, the Ryan Newman Foundation hopes to make an even bigger impact. One hundred percent of the Ryan Newman Foundation net proceeds will be donated to animal causes such as giving grants to families that can’t afford to spay or neuter their pets. The Ryan Newman Foundation also plans to build an animal education center in North Carolina that will serve as a model for animal welfare and education throughout the U.S. For more information about the book, visit www.RyanNewmanFoundation.org.(3-22-2010)
NASCAR Foundation Breaks Ground For New Playground At Ronald McDonald House Charities Of Kansas City: Representatives from The NASCAR Foundation, Sprint, Inc., Ronald McDonald House, Turner Construction and Kansas Speedway broke ground today for a brand new state-of-the-art playground at the Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City. The playground is one of five community service projects across the country being hosted by The NASCAR Foundation to help celebrate NASCAR Day and will be dedicated in honor of Tom Murphy, a former Sprint Executive and NASCAR Foundation Board Member. Throughout his adult life, Murphy was a strong supporter of the Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City and served on its board of directors. His wife, Jenny, was on hand to participate in the ceremony. The playground, which will be built over the course of five days, May 12-16, is made possible through a generous gift by Sprint, Inc. and The NASCAR Foundation. Local construction company, Turner Construction, has also donated all of its services to make the build possible. Annually, the Ronald McDonald House and Family Room provide lodging to nearly 6,000 families and supports over 41,000 visits from family and friends of in-patients at Children's Mercy Hospital. The playground will provide a place for children and their families to come, relax and rejuvenate their spirits. Numerous volunteers will be needed to fill shifts each day of the project. For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/NASCARDay and click on the Ronald McDonald House Charities Kansas City project. Fans and community members can also support the project by donating $5 for a NASCAR Day pin at the Ronald McDonald House Charities Kansas City or by going online to the NASCAR Day website.(NASCAR)(3-9-2010)
Sirius Speedway Launches Fundraising Drive: Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody is teaming with Ray Evernham to raise money for the new Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, NC. Nearly two decades ago, Evernham needed a place to stay while his year-old son, Ray J, was treated for leukemia at New York’s Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Ronald McDonald House gave him and his family a home away from home and a sense of comfort that he has never forgotten. "I can't explain what it means to be so lost in a town with a sick child," he said. "Parents will find comfort within these walls. It's important that Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte gets built and used." Evernham recently made a $250,000 donation to the cause, and also agreed to serve on the charity's executive board. His pledge pushed donations past the $6-million mark, but the fundraising drive is running behind projections, and is well short of its $9-million goal. "This is something I have to do," said Evernham. "You don't let things like this go by without getting involved."
Sirius Speedway has set a goal of $5,000 in listener donations. If that goal is met, host Dave Moody will join Evernham in receiving an on-air pedicure, with the color to be selected by the largest individual giver. In addition, Evernham will match listener donations up to an additional $5,000.
“I’m not really a pedicure kind of guy,” said Moody, who also serves as lead turn announcer for MRN Radio’s broadcasts of NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping Truck Series races. “In fact, I’m not wild about people messing with my feet at all. But if that’s what it takes to help Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte get built, that’s what we’ll do. Paint my toenails pink.” Construction is scheduled to begin next week, following a ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday. The 35,000-square-foot facility will be built on a one-acre lot donated by Carolinas Medical Center, and will be able to house up to 28 families of sick children. Charlotte has two large children’s hospitals, and many families travel to the city to take advantage of the care provided by Carolinas HealthCare’s Levine Children’s Hospital and Presbyterian Hemby Children’s Hospital.
"It's overwhelming and very stressful to be here with a child in crisis, trying to figure out this city… where to stay, where to eat, where to go,” said Mona Johnson-Gibson, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. “We have to be ready to go. It won’t be long before we’re opening.”
Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte will be the fifth Ronald McDonald House in North Carolina and one of 160 nationwide.
Donors are asked to send checks and money orders (no cash please) to Sirius Speedway, c/o MRN Radio, 555 MRN Drive, Concord NC, 28027. Make checks payable to Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.(1-24-2010)
Fans can contribute directly to American Red Cross International Response Fund at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Donors also can text "Haiti" to 90999 on their cell phone to send a $10 donation to support Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
MAF Honors NASCAR Teams' Response to Haiti Quake: In the aftermath of the catastrophic Jan. 12, 7.0 earthquake that destroyed the capital of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, two renowned NASCAR auto racing teams shuttled relief workers and supplies into Haiti and transported evacuees, rotating workers and quake victims to the United States. This week at their respective shops in North Carolina, MAF (Missionary Aviation Fellowship) President John Boyd presented Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing with special service awards for their work in Haiti.
In the crucial days following one of the world's greatest disasters, the teams generously provided aircraft from their fleets. The Hendrick and Gibbs crews worked with MFI (Missionary Flights International) and MAF to shuttle planes between Fort Pierce, Fla., and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, enabling the rotation of high-impact volunteer medical teams and humanitarian workers. The planes also evacuated adopted orphans to their American homes. In addition, the aviation crews offered care, personal concern and warm fellowship to the MAF missionary pilots and ground workers as they toiled amid heat, chaos, suffering and death.
"With these awards, we at MAF want to express our sincere gratitude to Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing for their support of the MAF team in Haiti," Boyd said. "We honor two fine motorsports teams for their selfless actions, and for the special blessing they were to us during a very trying time." Boyd also invited the two teams' aviation staffs to participate in one of the MAF advanced mountain training workshops at the ministry's headquarters in Nampa, Idaho.
MAF has served the missionary community and the people of Haiti since 1986. Eight MAF missionary families and seven Haitian staff members provide air service with three bush aircraft that fly to 16 remote airstrips from Port-au-Prince. Within the first three months of its disaster relief efforts, MAF had partnered with dozens of relief agencies, including the United Nations. In addition to having coordinated the flights of 3,500 international passengers and 1.5 million pounds of cargo between Florida and Port-au-Prince, MAF logged 1,037 flights within Haiti, transported 1,801 relief workers, missionaries, patients and medical staff in and out of inland towns and villages urgently needing help, and delivered 315,498 pounds of urgent relief and medical cargo. MAF continues its disaster response work in Haiti, having now shifted from the crisis-relief phase to a rebuilding stage that is expected to last several years.(MAF PR)(7-29-2010)
ML Motorsports owner donates to Haiti relief efforts: Add ML Motorsports owner Mary Louise Miller to the list of NASCAR folks lending aid to the earthquake victims in Haiti. ML Motorsports runs the #70, Foretravel Motorcoach / BIOMET Chevy in the Nationwide Series with driver Shelby Howard. Miller, who with her husband Dane founded BIOMET, a leading manufacturer of Orthopedic devices based in Warsaw, In. last month donated more than a half million dollars of equipment to the relief effort, stepped up to the plate once again this week. BIOMET quietly made the donation a couple of weeks ago, learned of an effort by Sister Laureen Painter, Vice President of St. Joseph Hospital Foundation in nearby South Bend to gather local doctors to go to Haiti to lend aid. Working with Friendship Flights Inc, based at the Goshen, In airport, BIOMET, Tuesday donated the company's Citation Excel Jet to fly the medical volunteers to Haiti.(On Pit Road)(2-8-2010)
Penske Donates Trucks to Clinton Bush Haiti Fund: Penske Corporation and its family of companies announced that today it has donated over $1 million worth of diesel-powered flatbed trucks to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. “I’m pleased the Penske Corporation has stepped up to donate more than $1 million worth of trucks, which will be instrumental in mobilizing food and lifesaving supplies in Haiti,” President Clinton said. “Their generous contribution is an example of what the private sector can do to help Haiti rebuild and recover from the massive earthquake, and I’m grateful for their leadership.”
"The catastrophe that has struck Haiti is almost unimaginable," said Roger Penske, Chairman of Penske Corporation. "These trucks will assist in the humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti by facilitating the distribution of critical supplies that will help ease the suffering of the Haitian people." For more info about the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, visit www.clintonbushhaitifund.org.(Penske Racing)(2-6-2010)
Michigan International Speedway launches Haiti relief effort: Michigan International Speedway is working with the NASCAR Foundation to gather monetary donations for Haiti relief. Michigan International Speedway will match total donations up to $15,000. Through “MIS Cares for Haiti,” race fans may make a donation by visiting the NASCAR Foundation online (click here) from Friday, Jan. 29 through Thursday, Feb. 4. All money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for efforts to support Haiti. MIS Cares is a 501 c (3) non-profit entity under the umbrella of the NASCAR Foundation. It serves as the liaison between Michigan International Speedway and all of the charitable causes the speedway.(MIS)(1-29-2010)
Indy teaming with Red Cross for Haitian Relief UPDATE 2: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is teaming with the American Red Cross through an online auction and Brickyard Authentics retail store price reduction to encourage race fans to contribute to relief efforts for Haitian earthquake victims. Thousands were killed and injured when a massive earthquake struck Jan. 12 near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The catastrophic damage destroyed the infrastructure of the capital of the Caribbean island nation, creating an urgent need for funds for water, food, medical services and temporary shelter. An eBay auction of autographed racing memorabilia will begin Jan. 15, with all proceeds being donated to American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. Items will be designated as part of the Haiti relief program. Initial items being auctioned at eBay.com:
•A helmet signed by nearly the entire starting field of the 2009 Indianapolis 500
•2010 Indianapolis 500 cap signed by three-time winner Helio Castroneves
•A replica Indianapolis 500 milk bottle featuring the 2009 event logo, signed by Castroneves
•An IMS Centennial Era cap signed by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt and A.J. Foyt Racing driver Vitor Meira
•An IMS Centennial Era cap signed by three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford
•An enlarged 2008 Indianapolis 500 replica ticket signed by 2007 Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti
More items will be added to the auction soon. Check the auction site daily for updates.
Fans visiting Brickyard Authentics retail locations at the IMS Hall of Fame Museum and Indianapolis International Airport will receive a 20% savings on any purchase with a donation of $5 or more to the American Red Cross canisters located near the register. This program is valid at the retail stores only. For more information about the Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org or read the blog at blog.redcross.org.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.(IMS)(1-15-2010)
UPDATE: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is contributing $10,000 to the American Red Cross to assist its relief efforts for Haitian earthquake victims. Thousands were killed and injured when a massive earthquake struck Jan. 12 near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The catastrophic damage destroyed the infrastructure of the capital of the Caribbean island nation, creating an urgent need for funds for water, food, medical services and temporary shelter. “Our fans have responded to the needs in Haiti by offering generous donations through our auctions on the Internet, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for supporting this cause,” said Mari Hulman George, chairman of the Board of Directors, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Given the ongoing and long-term needs of the people of Haiti, our family felt it important to do more. The American Red Cross is doing wonderful things in the wake of this tragedy, and we’re proud to partner with them on these relief efforts.” Motorsports fans also can contribute to the American Red Cross in many ways, including an online auction at the IMS eBay site and a Brickyard Authentics retail store price reduction. All proceeds from the eBay auction of racing memorabilia, which began Jan. 15, are being donated to American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. Items are designated as part of the Haiti relief program. The newest item to be added to the auction is a VIP ticket package for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 race weekend May 28-May 30. Included are four tickets in an IMS luxury suite for Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 28 and Race Day, Sunday, May 30, four pit and garage credentials (if age 18 or over) and a police escort to IMS on Race Day morning. Fans visiting Brickyard Authentics retail locations at the IMS Hall of Fame Museum and Indianapolis International Airport will receive a 20 percent savings on any purchase with a donation of $5 or more to the American Red Cross canisters located near the register. This program is valid at the retail stores only.(IMS)(1-20-2010)
NEW ITEMS: A helmet signed by 22 Indianapolis 500 winners is among the unique new items added recently to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway eBay auctions to benefit American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti, which already have raised more than $8,400. Indy winners who signed the helmet include Helio Castroneves, Mario Andretti, Scott Dixon, A.J. Foyt, Gordon Johncock, Buddy Lazier, Arie Luyendyk, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, Jim Rathmann, Buddy Rice, Johnny Rutherford, Tom Sneva, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr., Bobby Unser, Dan Wheldon and more. All proceeds from the eBay auction of racing memorabilia, which began Jan. 15, are being donated to Red Cross relief efforts for the devastating earthquake Jan. 12. Items are designated as part of the Haiti relief program. The auction site os eBay.com. More items are arriving from race teams and competitors from around the world and being added to the auction regularly. Check the auction site daily for updates.
Some of the exciting items added to the auctions between Jan. 23-29:
•ABC Supply helmet visor and ABC Supply diecast car signed by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt
•Andretti “Racing Line” poster signed by 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti and Jeff Andretti
•Tissot watch signed by 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden
•Race-worn camouflage gloves and shoes signed by 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon
•Brushed metal diecast of the #14 Old Spice Chevrolet signed by two-time Brickyard 400 winner Tony Stewart
•Red Bull Racing PUMA team jacket signed by NASCAR star Brian Vickers
•Red Bull Toyota sheet metal signed by Vickers
•Promotional standup of IZOD IndyCar Series star Sarah Fisher, signed by Fisher
•1973 Indianapolis 500 qualifying photo of Bill Vukovich Jr., signed by Vukovich.(IMS)(1-29-2010)
NASCAR Foundation to donate $250,000 for Haiti Relief: The NASCAR Foundation will donate $250,000 toward relief help in Haiti, officials said on Saturday night at the Charlotte Bobcats' NBA game where four-time defending Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson and other drivers were on hand to help raise even more funds. Senior vice president Paul Brooks said the donation was driven by team owner Rick Hendrick, who has made two planes available to fly supplies and medical help to the earthquake devastated republic. The money will go directly to the Missionary Flight International out of Florida that coordinates relief flights to Haiti. Team owner/driver Michael Waltrip also has donated the use of one of his planes and Joe Gibbs Racing is looking at providing at least one of his planes. "Hopefully soon we'll have three planes flying to do whatever we can if Gibbs is involved,'' Brooks said. "Tonight is the least we can do to join these two sports together to rally the community for this effort.'' NASCAR Night at Time Warner Arena originally was scheduled to raise funds for the Victory Junction Gang Camp established by Kyle and Pattie for terminally and chronically ill children. After the tragedy in Haiti it was decided to send a majority of the funds raised by donations and a portion of ticket sales to the relief effort. "It is funny how NASCAR always aspired to be like Major League Baseball, the NFL and the NBA,'' Petty said. "You never really think about just how big we've become until you throw the two together for something like this. It is a big deal for us to be able to do what we're doing.''
Brooks agreed. "Both our sports have charities close to our athletes' hearts, but the needs in Haiti go beyond those borders,'' he said. "It's a true human need.''
Waltrip said his plane is flying supplies and medical help to Florida because it is not approved for international travel. From there those supplies are taken by other planes, such as the ones HMS donated. "I love racing cars,'' Waltrip said. "It's nice to be able to make a difference with something like this.''
NASCAR drivers are getting involved beyond Saturday night's event. Johnson donated 2,000 T-shirts from his foundation to be flown to Haiti. Max Papis is devising a plan to donate money and have fans donate money for every lap he runs between the Rolex 24 and Daytona 500. "It's good we're able to be able to help,'' Johnson said. Said Papis, "If I can do anything to make people more aware, that's part of my duty.'' Papis joined Waltrip, Brad Keselowski, Kelly Bires and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the first-ever NBA skills competition before the Bobcats faced the Orlando Magic. Stenhouse, who was subbing for the injured Denny Hamlin, won with a time of 32 seconds. Keselowski was last with a time of 52 seconds. He didn't care, knowing the ultimate goal was to raise money for Haiti. "Let me tell you something,'' the Penske Racing driver said. "My brother got on a plane in Michigan to Florida to go to Haiti for Christian ministry. Guess whose plane took him there from Florida? "Rick Hendrick's. That says it all.''(ESPN)(1-24-2010)
Hendrick lends planes for Haiti earthquake relief UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports has loaned an airplane and two flight crews to an organization that is participating in the Haitian earthquake relief efforts. The NASCAR team loaned a 45-passenger plane to Missionary Flights International, which will send support teams in and out of Port-au-Prince. The first flight is scheduled to leave Fort Pierce, Fla., on Saturday morning and will take 30 passengers and medical supplies into Haiti. The HMS aviation team is planning to fly at least one roundtrip per day, with no timeline set on how long the plane and personnel will be on loan. The eight-team crew consists of HMS aviation director Dave Dudley, four captain-level pilots, one mechanic and one flight attendant. All volunteered to participate. HMS officials have a second plane on standby, and team owner Rick Hendrick is covering all costs associated with the flights. Hendrick officials said Friday they received a special exemption from the FAA to fly the plane into Port-au-Prince. The international Red Cross estimates 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed in the earthquake, which devastated the Caribbean nation on Tuesday.(Associated Press)(1-15-2010)
UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports has added a second airplane to the Haitian earthquake relief effort, with both planes making daily flights into the devastated nation. The NASCAR team initially loaned one 45-passenger plane and an eight-person crew to Missionary Flights International, but gave a second aircraft and additional personnel because of the desperate need. The Hendrick flight crews have been taking supplies and support teams into Port-au-Prince, and reacting to onsite to situations. Team owner Rick Hendrick said on Wednesday that one of the planes transported 26 orphans to Fort Pierce, Fla., on Tuesday to meet American families who had adopted the children before the earthquake struck. Hendrick is covering the cost of the flights.(Associated Press)(1-20-2010)
Motor Racing Outreach Community, Fans, and Supporters! HELP VICTIMS OF THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE Your donation can help people in Port au Prince who have been injured and lost homes and belongings in the earthquake. More info at firstgiving.com/wvmro.(1-16-2010)
Donate to the People of Haiti: The world’s attention has been on the devastation in Haiti, where an earthquake has nearly destroyed a whole nation, killing thousands of people in the process. Many people are asking what they can do to help but they also want to assure their help is utilized the right way. Since the late 1981, the VanWingerden family has been a fixture in the country of Haiti. With their Double Harvest project, they have been helping the people of Haiti by establishing an agricultural project that would reap an increase in the harvest from the land as well as a spiritual harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God. Tom VanWingerden, founder of North Carolina's Metrolina Greenhouses and frequent Legends Car and Thunder Roadster driver, who tragically lost his life in December, made monthly trips to Haiti to help the people continue on their quest to help people help themselves and to“Sow Seeds of Life” in an impoverished situation. Tom had and his family still has a passion for this effort and they give much of their resources to this mission. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, January 12th, has caused catastrophic damage and multiple casualties and injuries. Double Harvest, located just eight miles from where the earthquake hit, was spared severe damage, and all the people, including a visiting mission’s team, are safe. However, nearby villages have homes damaged or completely destroyed. Double Harvest has built and runs an active children’s school, a medical/surgery center, and a large agricultural farm to produce food to help Haitians be self-sustaining over time. By the sheer grace of God, all of Double Harvest’s buildings remained intact during the earthquake, and they have quickly turned into a makeshift relief center helping thousands of Haitians. Relief efforts from all over the world have been spotty in getting executed, but Double Harvest is established, on the ground already, and already helping to repair, rebuild, and restore the people of Haiti.
Double Harvest, even though not a relief organization, is taking donations as they are assisting the local people of Haiti in their clinic and the community as a whole. If you would like to donate to Double Harvest, you may send a check to the information below:
Double Harvest – Haiti
Tom VanWingerden Memorial Fund
55 South Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
or go to .(1-15-2010)
NASCAR fans support The NASCAR Foundation: Thousands of NASCAR fans across the country came out to support The NASCAR Foundation throughout the year, enabling the Foundation to raise and contribute $1.8 million in program services to nonprofit organizations across the country. A majority of the contributions went to affect the lives of children and families in need, especially in the areas of pediatric health, fulfilling “NASCAR Dreams,” education and community service. The Foundation saw an increase in volunteer participation this year, in part due to a strong emphasis placed on community service through The NASCAR Foundation Volunteer Network – 10,000 NASCAR fans involved in community service projects. Record numbers of people came out to serve in their community this year, committing more than 10,000 hours to help those in need, including potentially saving 15,000 lives through The NASCAR Foundation Fourth Annual Blood Drive, raising enough funds to provide 250,000 meals to children and their families, raising awareness at the track about the importance of screening for breast cancer and collecting funds at the track that would enable over 150 kids to attend Victory Junction camp in Randleman, N.C.
More than $350,000 was contributed this year to organizations with an emphasis on pediatric health, including pediatric cancer and trauma research. The work being done by organizations like The Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital, the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and Speediatrics is critical to helping children live longer and fuller lives.
The NASCAR Foundation also worked throughout the year to provide life changing experiences and educational opportunities for young people at the track. Throughout the season the Foundation worked with organizations to bring more than 400 kids to the track to get an inside glimpse to the sport, its personalities and learn about the engineering that goes in to putting a stock car on the track every weekend.
One of these groups was students from Phillip O. Berry High School in Charlotte, N.C. Through a NASCAR Day program, The NASCAR Foundation brought students from the school out to the track in May for a tour and meet and greet with 2009 NASCAR Day spokesperson Kevin Costner. In May, Victory Junction added The NASCAR Foundation to the elite founder list for surpassing the $1 million-giving mark. Since its inception, The NASCAR Foundation has given more than $1.5 million to Victory Junction through a variety of fundraising means, including NASCAR Day. Collectively, those efforts have sent more than 500 deserving children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses to Victory Junction for a life-changing experience. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation’s 2010 projects or on the impact the Foundation made within the motorsports community this year, visit nascar.com/foundation.(12-31-2009)
Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities grants $275,000 to charities: The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities hosted its annual Grant Distribution and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Las Vegas Chapter awarded $275,000 to 78 local children's charities at the ceremony. Children from all recipients were invited to attend and the event, which included musical entertainment by Malia Civetz and dancing by the Culture Shock dance group. The evening concluded with a visit from Santa Claus (delivered to the speedway in a Richard Petty Driving Experience stock car) and gifts for each child. Fund raising events for the 2009 season included the Mel Larson Night of Champions Presented By Autotrader.com (which honored Carroll Shelby), the 11th annual NASCAR Driver Auction at Sam's Town Live!, the chapter's seventh annual golf tournament and the sixth annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at the Cannery Hotel & Casino. Making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. (LVMS.com)(12-16-2009)
Evernham makes donation & joins Ronald McDonald House: Former Championship crew chief and Sprint Cup team owner, Ray Evernham, announced Thursday afternoon he was making a $250,000 donation to the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Charlotte. This announcement was made during a press conference held at the future site of the House (the 1600 block of East Morehead Street). Not only did Evernham make a donation, but he also announced he would be joining the charity's Executive Board.Evernham. The RMH is more than a charity to Evernham; it supported his family 18 years ago when his son, Ray J., was diagnosed with leukemia.
"When I was getting started in NASCAR, we were in the middle of moving to Charlotte from New Jersey when we learned that Ray J. had leukemia," Evernham said. "He needed treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. While Ray J. underwent his outpatient treatments, the RMH put a lot of our concerns at ease and allowed us to focus all our efforts on Ray J." During a two-year period, Ray made 10 trips to New York City so Ray J. could receive his treatments. Every time they arrived at the RMH, they were always met "with open arms."
"We were treated like family," Evernham said. "That's why I urge everyone to get behind this charity. The thought of having a sick child is one of the most stressful feelings in the world; however, that stress is reduced when you know you have a place to stay and 'friends' who will take care of you."
During the press conference, Evernham shared Ray J.'s story with the crowd, who is now 18 years old, graduated from high school last May and is cancer free. Construction of the House is scheduled to be completed in late 2010 on the one-acre parcel of land, donated by Carolinas Medical Center. The lot currently contains two structures that will be removed, making way for the state-of-the-art facility. An official groundbreaking will be announced soon and is expected to take place after the first of the year. Today, Evernham is exploring other ways of expanding his motorsports legacy, including broadcasting races for ESPN, managing East Lincoln Speedway, designing a vehicle to go after the land speed record for a piston-driven car, helping develop young drivers and overseeing a museum and entertainment facility in Mooresville, N.C.
For more information on RMH of Charlotte, visit www.rmhofcharlotte.org.(VMG)(12-12-2009)
Wally Dallenbach Jr. Foundation Announced: Fulfilling a life’s dream to give back to his community, to assist children in their time of need and to educate and impart a passion for the outdoors, Wally Dallenbach Jr., former NASCAR driver and current broadcast commentator [TNT's six-race Sprint Cup Series schedule June/July], businessman and family man, is proud to announce the creation of the Wally Dallenbach Jr. Foundation.. The mission of the 501(c)(3) charitable organization is to give children who have lost a parent the opportunity to learn about the outdoors, their heritage and their late parent’s passion through hunting and fishing expeditions. The idea for the Wally Dallenbach Jr. Foundation was created when Dallenbach was making an appearance at a Bass Pro Shops store. There, Dallenbach was approached by a little boy. In his discussion with the child, Dallenbach learned that the boy had lost his father, an avid outdoors enthusiast. Trying to learn more about his father’s life and passion, the boy insisted that he and his mother visit the outdoors store to enjoy a shopping experience that the boy had once with his father. Unfortunately, the boy’s father passed on before they were able to have a “father-son outdoors adventure.” Dallenbach was moved by the boy’s story and since then he has heard many more just like it – missed opportunities due to the untimely passing of a loved one. Instead of merely listening, he decided to do his part to assist these kids, as well as their surviving parent, through the creation of the Wally Dallenbach Jr. Foundation. The Wally Dallenbach Jr. Foundation also features a board of directors with representatives from the outdoors retail world, television executives and other captains of industry, all of whom will take an active role in the enhancement and continuity of the Foundation. For more information about the Wally Dallenbach Jr. Foundation, please visit www.wallydallenbachjrfoundation.com.(12-10-2009)
Ernie Irvan’s Race2Safety Foundation Presents Helmets: After comprehensive fundraising efforts conducted during the first five years of its existence, former NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan’s Race2Safety Foundation made its first major presentation this past week of more than 3,000 child bicycle safety helmets to Boys & Girls Clubs of America locations in the Southeast, as well as to a pair of organizations that also promote brain injury awareness and prevention with a special focus on kids. Thanks to funds raised via NASCAR fan track walk events at Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway, the tremendous support of the NASCAR Foundation, proceeds from personal appearances by Irvan, as well as gifts from the former driver’s fans and supporters, Race2Safety conducted helmet presentations to Boys & Girls Clubs in Atlanta, Charleston, S.C., Columbia, S.C., and the Charlotte area. Race2Safety also will donate quantities of helmets to the Helmets for Kids organization in Minnesota headed by brain injury survivor and endurance cyclist Mike Heikes, as well as to the St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center in Syracuse, N.Y. “After raising money for the last four or five years, we are extremely excited to finally have this first opportunity to see it all come together as we make our initial presentation of bicycle helmets and to help elevate awareness of brain injuries and their effects on our lives, particularly those of children,” said Irvan, whose illustrious NASCAR career was sidetracked by head injuries sustained in a horrific racing accident at Michigan International Speedway in 1994. “It’s difficult to find the right words to express how happy we are to be able to donate helmets to the Boys & Girls Clubs, to Mike Heikes and his Helmets for Kids organization, and to St. Camillus. I hope this will be the first of many, many events like this in the years to come.”
The mission of Race2Safety is to make a positive difference in the lives of men, women and children across America by informing and educating them about the latest transportation-related head protection equipment and technologies and actively promoting the everyday use of such equipment. The organization works closely with safety equipment manufacturers, head injury prevention and treatment associations, as well as state and federal transportation safety organizations to help dramatically reduce the number of transportation-related traumatic brain injuries that occur every year.(12-7-2009)
Penske donates $25,000 to Brienne Davis scholarship: Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Foundation announced Roger Penske has donated $25,000 toward the Brienne Davis Memorial Scholarship for one qualified female to attend UTI's NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C. The Penske award is part of the Brienne Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund for women pursuing careers in the automotive industry. Davis, a UTI graduate and Sprint Cup official, died tragically in 2008. "The automotive industry needs outstanding people, like Brienne Davis, who are dedicated to top-notch service," Roger Penske, chairman of Penske Corporation, said. "This scholarship was created to provide more opportunities for women committed to pursuing technical excellence through a career in the motorsports and racing industries." In addition to the $25,000 scholarship, the Foundation, through the support of The NASCAR Foundation and the NASCAR family, will also be awarding three $10,000 Brienne Davis Memorial Scholarships to women who wish to attend one of UTI's nine automotive campuses across the United States. The deadline for scholarship applications is Dec. 31, 2009. More information about the scholarships is available on the UTI Foundation Web site at www.utifoundation.net.(Penske Racing)(12-6-2009)
Johnson's Announce Nearly $1 Million in Funding for Education: On the heels of winning his fourth-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, Jimmie Johnson continues to show he is a champion off the track as well. Chandra and Jimmie Johnson announced donations totaling $922,000 for the 2009 Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions Grants today. The foundation received more than 80 applications from eligible school districts in California, North Carolina and Oklahoma. The selection criteria were based on basic needs of the school. “It was amazing to review the proposals and read first hand about the pressing needs of our schools. The funding requests were so diverse,” said Chandra Johnson, co-founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. “I am particularly excited about the projects in Oklahoma as this is our first opportunity to give back in my hometown.”
The grants include $347,000 towards science and technology needs, $357,000 for outdoor classrooms, playgrounds and athletic facilities, and $27,000 for accelerated reading programs. The Johnsons awarded the California grants at a special ceremony today at Jimmie Johnson’s elementary school, Crest Elementary, in El Cajon, Calif.
“This is what the foundation is all about, being able to give back to communities in need. We are grateful for the partnership with Lowe’s and their guidance as our foundation begins its work in education,” said Johnson, 34, who also attended Greenfield Middle School and Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif. “I look forward to visiting some of the schools next year to see the completed projects.”
“We are proud to support the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in its efforts to fulfill basic school needs in the Johnsons’ hometowns,” said Larry D. Stone, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “Jimmie and Chandra Johnson have always shared Lowe’s commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and work, so it was a natural fit to partner with them on this outstanding educational program.” For a complete list of 2009 grant recipients and projects, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org. To apply for a grant, visit toolboxforeducation.com.(Jimmie Johnson Foundation/GMR Marketing)(12-1-2009)
Newman helps family from Extreme Home Makeover: The Ryan Newman Foundation and Iams team up to help a family featured on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. Ryan and Krissie Newman are helping the Creasey Family, Lexington, NC find the perfect pet for their new home. Krissie Newman will locate the pet through a local animal adoption center and The Ryan Newman Foundation is covering the adoption, spay/neuter and necessary fee’s associated with the adoption. Iams, one of the leaders in pet care nutrition donated a year’s worth of food for the new family member. Iams ProActive Health with Prebiotics works inside the digestive tract to promote healthy digestion and strong defenses. Healthy inside. Healthy outside. The Ryan Newman Foundation and Iams are very proud to be a part of this exciting time for the Creasey Family.(11-25-2009)
#24 - Fastest Crew Award: To recognize the fan-chosen “fastest pit crew,” AT&T donated $20,000 to Victory Junction. “We are pleased to donate this money as part of our ‘Fastest Pit Crew’ program to Victory Junction,” said Daryl Evans, vice president of marketing for AT&T. “It was exciting to see who the fans thought was the fastest and most valuable pit crew, but it’s even more exciting to know we will be helping some great kids attend this special camp.” AT&T’s Fastest Pit Crew ran season-long and asked fans to vote each race via text message to determine the fastest pit crew. Points accumulated throughout the season, and #24-Jeff Gordon's DuPont pit crew was the ultimate winner. “Congratulations to the DuPont pit crew,” said Kyle Petty,co founder of Victory Junction. “They came out and hung out with the kids this summer, and that was really cool. This year has been hard on all of us financially so we’re especially grateful to AT&T and its ‘Fastest Pit Crew’ program for benefiting the kids at Victory Junction. With this donation, eight kids will get an experience of a lifetime!”(victoryjunction.org)(11-25-2009)
Living Legends treasurer accused of stealing: The stepdaughter of legendary NASCAR engine and car builder Ray Fox was arrested Tuesday after police said she embezzled more than $20,000 from an auto racing organization headed by her stepdad. Deborah Sue Burdick was charged with grand theft after South Daytona investigators said she pilfered about $21,000 from the Living Legends of Auto Racing, according to an arrest report. Living Legends, founded in 1993, recognizes, honors and promotes the pioneers of beach and stock car racing. The organization has more than 600 members from around the world, according to its Web site. The 56-year-old Burdick, who was released from the Volusia County Branch Jail on Tuesday afternoon on $10,000 bail, did not return a phone message. Police said she had been siphoning the money since April 2006. Fox, now in his 90s, was an early NASCAR engine and race car builder, as well as an engine inspector in his later years. He is also president of Living Legends of Auto Racing, based in South Daytona. He did not return a call for comment. Based on police reports, it's not clear why the money was taken. Burdick's husband told detectives she provides financial assistance for her son. Two Living Legends board members told investigators that Deborah Sue Burdick's gambling problem is why she stole, the report states. When Burdick was confronted by Coolidge at a board meeting in August about the $7,500 check, Burdick said "she needed the money," and she did not have her mother "or anyone to turn to," the report states.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(11-12-2009)
NASCAR Drivers Help Assemble Care Packages For Military: Some seven hours before Saturday night’s Sharpie 500, NASCAR drivers #07-Casey Mears and #31-Jeff Burton weren’t thinking about how they would travel the fine line between making their living and risking their lives. Rather, Mears and Burton were inside a bustling Jack Daniel’s tent some 500 yards outside the Bristol Motor Speedway, helping more than 100 volunteers pack 10,000 huge plastic bags of supplies – lotion, tissue, trail mix, shaving razors, puzzle books, cotton swabs, camouflage pouches, candy, raisins, beef jerky, packets of powdered orange drink and more – bound for American military troops serving overseas. In the hours before the Sharpie 500, Mears and Burton weren’t obsessing over how to win a race and lift their arms in victory. Rather, they were making a sacrifice – of time, attention and hands – to lift the morale of those far away, bearing arms in combat. “It means something to me to do this, because I know how much getting these means to those soldiers,” Mears said, stuffing items, one after another, into bags that kept steadily coming his way. Added Burton: “Spending some time doing this doesn’t compare to the work those troops are putting in over there. So, I don’t feel like this is a sacrifice for me at all. If it is one, I’m happy to make it.”(Bristol Herald Courier)(8-23-2009)
Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund To Provide Three $10,000 Scholarships In 2010: The Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund will now provide three $10,000 scholarships annually for qualified female students who wish to attend any Universal Technical Institute (UTI) campus as a result of the overwhelming success of the second official Jail & Bail supported by Best Buy and Insignia. The Jail & Bail was created by NASCAR Officials to raise money for the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund, in partnership with The NASCAR Foundation and the UTI Foundation to honor Brienne Davis, a NASCAR Official and UTI alumnus who died tragically in 2008.
NASCAR drivers Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Trevor Bayne, Kurt Busch, Paulie Harraka, Kevin Harvick, Jason Leffler, Juan Pablo Montoya, Reed Sorenson, Scott Speed, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., David Stremme and Brian Vickers as well as NASCAR executives and celebrities John Darby, Wendy Venturini and Rutledge Wood were all locked up for the event, which was held at Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson, N.C., and helped raise more than $100,000 in pledges in just one night.
The Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund is intended to provide an opportunity for a qualified female student who wishes to attend one of nine Universal Technical Institute campuses across the U.S. including UTI’s NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C. Last year, the inaugural Brienne Davis Scholarship was awarded to Kenna Primm, who is currently enrolled at NTI in Mooresville. “Thanks to the Brienne Davis scholarship from the UTI Foundation I was able to come to North Carolina and fulfill my goal of attending NASCAR Technical Institute,” said Primm. “I'm very excited to see other females receive this scholarship opportunity and live out their dreams." The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2009. Those interested in applying must fill out an application form, provide letters of recommendation and submit an essay. For more information on how you can apply visit www.utifoundation.net, or to learn how you can contribute to the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund and help provide an opportunity to a deserving female student, visit www.nascar.com/foundation.
Jeff Gordon Foundation pledges $2.5 million: The Jeff Gordon Foundation commemorated A Decade of Caring -- it's 10th anniversary -- with friends and supporters at VanLandingham Estate on Oct. 14th where Gordon announced his Foundation will be donating and pledging $2.5 million this year. The Foundation's funding will support several initiatives including the development of the Pediatric Pulmonary Lab and Community Outreach Program at the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital, the establishment of the Jeff Gordon Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at Riley Hospital for Children and the funding of the Phase I Long-Term Follow-Up Program focused on the effects of treatment on the health and quality of life of cancer patients. "Looking back at the past 10 years it's amazing to see the tremendous growth of the Foundation and the number of children that we have been able to help," Gordon said. "I am also pleased that we are able to provide such a large commitment this year even in these difficult economic times." Since its inception in 1999, The Jeff Gordon Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million to the country's top childhood health organizations. To assist the Foundation this year a campaign called TEN Match was created to gather support and to celebrate the Foundation's 10-year anniversary. For every donation of $10 or more, Gordon will personally match the contribution. Through generous donors, great strides in the support of pediatric cancer research and treatment and the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital continue to be made.(JGF)(10-22-2009)
Over $125k donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation: Over 2,500 supporters of the fire fighting community; $98,000 raised through the support of individuals, sponsors and merchandise sales this September; A total of $125,900.12 donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) over the course of two September races that the organization has held an annual event at Dover International Speedway. The NFFF and Dover International Speedway created a package that offers the fire fighting community a ticket to the Sept. 27, 2009 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, admission to a special pre-race, NFFF hospitality area, and a trackside tour of the Monster Mile. Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevy volunteered to participate in a special question-and-answer session in the NFFF hospitality tent prior to the race. 500 supporters took advantage of the package in 2008. This time around the number ballooned to over 2,000. A portion of proceeds from the sale of a special second-edition firefighter Miles the Monster t-shirt is included in the total donated to the NFFF, along with contributions from sponsors PBI, Kidde, Motorola, Holmatro Rescue Equipment, Provident, True Hero, Rosenbauer, DPC, Spartan, Road Rescue and Wheeled Coach. The NFFF program at Dover honors the nearly 100 firefighters who lose their lives each year in the line of duty. Every day, the over one-million firefighters around the country respond to calls to keep citizens safe. During race weekend at the Speedway, over 250 fire and EMS crews work to keep drivers, crews and all the fans in attendance out of harms way. Plans are currently being made for the NFFF's return to Dover International Speedway for the Sept. 26, 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile in 2010: May 14-16 and Sept. 24-26. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(9-30-2009)
Dover victory means over $29k to Red Cross: #48-Jimmie Johnson and American Le Mans Series drivers Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz Raced for Relief this weekend, and as a result of their efforts, Lowe’s donated $29,295, including $4,800 for Johnson’s victory finish, to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which helps people affected by disasters like the floods in Georgia. Johnson completed 400 laps during his victory at Dover, Del. Sunday while Fernandez and Diaz raced for 353 miles in their race at Road Atlanta on Saturday. The $29,295 is in addition to the $250,000 Lowe’s donated to the American Red Cross last week. Lowe’s stores across Georgia continue to serve as official cash donation sites for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Funds raised will help to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of disasters like the recent floods. Donations to the American Red Cross may be made at participating Lowe’s stores, online at www.redcross.org, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).(Lowe's PR)(9-29-2009)
NASCAR Foundation Annual Blood Drive Collects 4,861 Pints: NASCAR fans across the country came out by the thousands last week for The NASCAR Foundation’s Fourth Annual Blood Drive presented by Nationwide Insurance. A total of 4,861 units of blood were collected through the national effort, helping to save thousands of lives. The NASCAR Foundation Annual Blood Drive, held at 34 locations across the country on Sept. 11, has become one of the largest national drives of its kind, helping to save thousands of lives since the program began in 2006. In 2009, the top three collection sites were Michigan International Speedway with 1,297 units, Pocono Raceway with 710 units and Daytona International Speedway with 414 units collected. Through a partnership with the American Red Cross, the Drive seeks to help meet the on-going need for more than 39,000 blood donations every day and to help lessen the blood shortages that often occur during the summer months and around holidays. Nationwide Insurance, the first corporate office in the country to have an on-site American Red Cross blood donor center, presented the drive for the second year and hosted drives at four corporate offices in 2009. A few tracks held drivers after Sept. 11th.(NASCAR)(9-20-2009)
PRS Guitars donates guitars to drivers: This year’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 marks the fifth year that one winning NASCAR driver will walk away with a four foot tall, fifty pound trophy custom designed and built by PRS [Paul Reed Smith] Guitars from Stevensville, Maryland. In addition, this year six drivers will leave the track with their own PRS guitar that will help aid many more people down the road.
Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer have each won a race in Richmond under the domain of Chevrolet. To honor their success and their efforts, PRS held a special press conference Friday at Richmond International Raceway, during which PRS President, Jack Higginbotham presented the aforementioned drivers with a PRS Corvette guitar for their individual charities. Jack Higginbotham, President of Paul Reed Smith Guitars, said, “It is our hope that each of these guitars will develop its own story and have a positive effect on the lives of others. Whether it is cancer research, shelter for the needy or assistance for underprivileged children, each driver has a passion for their cause, and we are honored to help them in their mission.”
PRS’s extensive involvement in racing began with a sponsorship of the world dominating factory Corvette C6.r racing team in 2003. During the past six years, PRS’s involvement in racing has ranged from being a part of large-scale NASCAR events to its own grassroots “Laps For Life” charity event helping support the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.(PRS Guitars site)(9-12-2009)
13-Year-Old Girl from Aflac Cancer Center Designs Carl Edwards’ Car: On September 6th, at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the #99 Aflac Ford Fusion will sport a colorful new look inspired by a 13-year-old patient at the Aflac Cancer Center. Aflac invited children at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service to “Color Carl’s Car” for the Labor Day weekend race. The chosen paint scheme, submitted by Jody Lawrence of Greensboro, Georgia, was selected among 54 other entries as part of Aflac’s month-long effort to generate awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. All of the children’s drawings will be featured on the pit wall banner for the #99 race team. Edwards will wear a matching fire suit and a white helmet signed by children at the Aflac Cancer Center. People can join the fight against pediatric cancer by donating to the Aflac Cancer Center (ACC) through the Aflac Cancer Center causes page which can be accessed on Facebook.com or at aflac.com/aflaccancercenter. Aflac will contribute one dollar for anyone who joins the ACC causes page and will match donations up to $1 million.
Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos kicked off the campaign by making a personal donation of $100,000 and challenged others to contribute to the fight against childhood cancer. Carl Edwards responded to this challenge by announcing on Facebook that he will donate his portion of the winnings from Sunday’s race to the Aflac Cancer Center.
Aflac is also engaging NASCAR fans in the fight against childhood cancer through a text donation program which will run throughout the month of September. The NASCAR community can simply text “GoCarl” to 90999 using any carrier, to donate $5 per text, with charges appearing on customers’ wireless bill. The NASCAR Foundation will match texted donations up to $10,000.
Childhood cancer is Aflac’s primary philanthropic commitment and the number one cause of death by disease for young people under the age of 15. However, due to increased and improved research and treatment, since the 1980s, childhood cancer survival rates have improved from less than 20% to over 80% today.
“This is a wonderful campaign and a great example of how Aflac continues to support childhood cancer treatment and research,” said Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford Fusion. “I am proud to be a part of this effort.”
“Aflac is combining our passion for fighting childhood cancer with our NASCAR sponsorship of Carl Edwards to raise money and awareness for a great cause,” said Paul Amos II, Aflac President and Chief Operating Officer. “By showcasing Jody’s compelling story we hope to inspire NASCAR fans to help raise funds and support the research and treatment that takes place everyday at the Aflac Cancer Center.”
As an additional program element, Aflac has teamed up with Motorsports Authentics to create a special die cast car, featuring the special paint scheme, which was sold on QVC and is still available online at nascarsuperstore.com. As part of the initiative, five percent of all profits from the die cast sales will be donated to the Aflac Cancer Center.(RFR/Aflac), see images of thew scheme on my #99 Team Schemes page.(9-6-2009)
College fund established for Poole's grandson: Since his passing eight weeks ago, the inspiration of David Poole's legacy has been quite prevalent. Countless memories have been shared and personal tributes written. In those tributes, it was clear the sport of auto racing held a significant place in David's heart. But it was also clear his inner-joy came from his two-year-old grandson, Eli. We all find balance and escape in different ways. Poole found his in Eli. With the support of many industry people as well as Katy Poole, David's wife, a college fund has been established for Eli. The hope here is that Eli will be afforded the opportunity to embark on his own successful career, and - all the while - truly understand how much his PawPaw meant to the NASCAR community. The college fund for Eli is established at the Bank of Stanly in Oakboro, N.C. Donations can be sent to the following address:
Eli Samuel Ross
Bank of Stanly
Attn: Misty Nordan
P.O. Box 539
Oakboro, NC 28129
(Please make checks payable to "Eli Ross Account" at Bank of Stanly.)
Al Pearce's [motorsports writer/Autoweek] F-1 champions' helmet project is finally complete and was totally successful. Pearce recently flew to/from London for Lewis Hamilton's signature, spent a few days at home, then went to/from Brazil for Nelson Piquet's signature. They were the 19th and 20th champions to sign, 19 of them living. (got the late Phil Hill's signature in Nov. of '07 in Santa Monica). Pearce went into eight countries and did five East Coast-to-Europe flights, one to Canada, two East Coast-to-California trips and the trek to/from Brazil.
There were 50 takeoffs and landings on six airlines. He also used private and rental cars, cab, local, regional and international trains, ferry (twice across the English Channel), city and international buses, and subways. A friend used a national/international mileage web site to figure Pearce's travels at about 67,000 miles.
All proceeds from the sale or auction of this helmet will go directly to the Victory Junction and the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. From what some F-1 people in Europe told Pearce, this helmet is a one-of-a-kind item. They're stunned that every living World Driving Champion would agree to meet him and sign this itemt.
Below are the order and details about getting their signatures, starting in November of 2007. Except for Sir Jack Brabham (FedEx took care of it; I couldn't justify the expense or time going to/from Australia), I delivered the helmet to each champion.
1. Phil Hill Nov. 12 His home Santa Monica, CA.
2. Jacques Villeneuve Nov. 16 Pit road Homestead, FL.
3. Emerson Fittipaldi Nov. 18 His home Miami, FL.
4. Mario Andretti Nov. 28 His office Nazareth, PA.
5. Damon Hill Dec. 2 Grosvenor House London, England
6. John Surtees Dec. 2 Grosvenor House London, England
7. Jackie Stewart Dec. 2 Grosvenor House London, England
8. Alain Prost Jan. 30 His home Paris, France
9. Fernando Alonso Jan. 30 Renault World HQ Paris, France
10. Jody Scheckter Jan. 31 Laverstoke Park Farm Overton, England
11. Nigel Mansell Feb. 6 Walker Racing hauler Sebring, FL.
12. Michael Schumacher April 9 Harbour Castle Hotel Toronto, Canada
13. Niki Lauda April 21 Fly Niki Airlines HQ Vienna, Austria
14. Kimi Raikkonen May 21 Ferrari transporter Monte Carlo, Monaco
15. Keke Rosberg May 22 Red Bull hospitality Monte Carlo, Monaco
16. Mika Hakkinen May 23 Le Meridian Beach Hotel Monte Carlo, Monaco
17. Jack Brabham June 29 His home Queensland, Australia
18. Alan Jones Aug. 15 Toyota Expo Tent Laguna Seca, CA
19. Lewis Hamilton Dec. 7 Grosvenor House London, England
20. Nelson Piquet Dec. 18 AutoTrac, Inc. HQ Brasilia, Brazil
AND In the spirit of the season, veteran motorsports writer Al Pearce [Autoweek] deserves substantial recognition for a charitable project that has taken him around the world in the past 13 months. Pearce is a writer who literally has gone the extra mile in supporting two causes initiated by Kyle and Pattie Petty: the Victory Junction and the Kyle Petty Charity Ride. At his own expense, Pearce, who lives in Newport News, Va., and covers NASCAR for AutoWeek, traveled approximately 67,000 miles to obtain the signatures of 20 Formula One world driving champions on a racing helmet he plans to auction in support of the two charities. Trips to London and Brazil in December, to get the signatures of Lewis Hamilton and Nelson Piquet completed the roster of living F1 champions. The helmet now features 20 names, including the 19 living champions plus Phil Hill, who died Aug. 28, 2008. Hill is the only American-born driver to win the F1 championship. Pearce met each driver face-to-face, with the exception of Sir Jack Brabham, who lives in Australia. FedEx delivered the helmet to Brabham and back to Pearce after it was signed. "All proceeds from this helmet will go directly to the Victory Junction and the Kyle Petty Charity Ride," said Pearce, who will begin marketing the helmet in January. "From what some F1 people in Europe tell me, this is a one-of-a-kind item and will be quite valuable. They're stunned that every living World Driving Champion would agree to meet me [being a total stranger] and sign this item. It took countless e-mails, calls and letters to set up the precise dates, times and places for these brief meetings." All told, Pearce visited eight countries in pursuit of the 20 signatures. His most productive trip, in terms of signatures collected, took place in December 2007, when he got the autographs of Damon Hill, John Surtees and Jackie Stewart on the same day, at the Grosvenor House in London. "My travels covered 13 months, took me into eight countries, required five East Coast-to-Europe flights, one flight to Canada, two East Coast-to-California trips and the recent journey to Brazil," Pearce said. "There were 50 takeoffs and landings on six airlines. I also used private and rental cars, cabs, local, regional and international trains, a ferry (twice across the English Channel), city and international buses, and subways." Despite the enormous expenses he accumulated, Pearce won't take a dime of reimbursement for this labor of love.(NASCAR.com)(12-28-2008)
'Super' helmets a Victory this holiday season: Al Pearce, the former racing writer for the Hampton Daily Press and NASCAR correspondent for Autoweek, is an avid supporter of the Victory Junction. He’s been on most if not all of the charity rides. He believes in the camp so much that a few years ago he came up with the idea of having all the Sprint Cup champions living at that time to sign a helmet and then auctioned off each of the mementos, with all the proceeds going to the camp. Since then, he’s done the same with helmets signed by Cup champion car owners, Daytona 500 winners, Indy 500 winners, Formula One champions and Chase for the Championship drivers.
Running out of autographed auto racing-themed helmets that might have a broad enough appeal to generate bids in the thousands of dollars didn’t stop Pearce from discontinuing his helmet project. In fact, he may have come up with an idea that most likely will have the broadest appeal in a sports-themed helmet. Pearce is in the process of getting autographs of Super Bowl-winning coaches. So far in person he’s gotten the signatures of Joe Gibbs, Jon Gruden, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells, Mike Ditka, Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin and Tom Flores. Currently, the helmet has been shipped to Florida to get Chuck Noll’s autograph. He’s already made arrangements to meet Bill Cowher in the Raleigh area once the helmet comes back from Noll.
That leaves Tony Dungy, Don Shula, Brian Billick, John Madden, George Seifert, Mike Shanahan, Barry Switzer, Mike Tomlin and Mike Holmgren. He hopes to get most of them by Super Bowl week.(High Point Enterprise)(12-28-2009)
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