Michigan Int'l Speedway news 2009-11-12

Tim Booth named as finalist for Home Depot NMPA 2009 Humanitarian Award MIS Director of Guest Services to be recognized at NASCAR Sprint Cup awards banquet BROOKLYN, Mich. (Nov. 12, 2009) -- Selfless is just one word that describes...

Tim Booth named as finalist for Home Depot NMPA 2009 Humanitarian Award

MIS Director of Guest Services to be recognized at NASCAR Sprint Cup awards banquet

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Nov. 12, 2009) -- Selfless is just one word that describes Michigan International Speedway Director of Guest Services Tim Booth. v

For his efforts making the Spirit of America Blood Drive the nation's largest 9-11 blood drive, The Home Depot and the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) announced today that Booth is a finalist for the 2009 Home Depot NMPA Humanitarian Award. Other finalists for the award are NASCAR Sprint Cup driver's Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart. The three will be recognized at the upcoming NASCAR NMPA Myers Brother Awards program in Las Vegas where the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year will be announced.

"This is unbelievable. Words can't say enough how appreciative I am for being selected as a finalist," Booth said. "To see my name as a nominee alongside the likes of Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle, who both give so much of their time and resources for charity, is a true honor."

Booth has made countless efforts to support various non-profit organizations in his community, but none as much as the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross. His creation of the Spirit of America Blood Drive, which began in 2002, was a way to honor the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001. Since that time, the drive has grown into the nation's largest September 11 blood drive. The blood drive's success also caught the eye of the NASCAR Foundation, which has since created the NASCAR Foundation Blood & Marrow Drive, which is hosted at over 30 race tracks on September 11.

Booth is also a regular blood donor who has personally given blood 146 times, which amounts to over 18 gallons in his lifetime.

"When I created the Spirit of America Blood Drive in 2002, I honestly had no idea it would be as successful as it is," Booth said. "It's a great event that brings the community together for a good cause. I personally enjoy giving blood and try to donate every 56 days if I can."

The finalists for the 2009 Humanitarian Award were selected by the Humanitarian Award Selection Committee comprised of representatives of the NMPA and The Home Depot. All of the nominees were assessed based on their community commitment and dedication, impact on the community and charitable giving of their time and talents. The three nominees with the highest scores were named finalists for the award.

"Volunteerism is important to The Home Depot and we've made a commitment to recognize individuals that are doing outstanding projects for the betterment of community," said Frank Bifulco, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Home Depot. "Greg, Tim and Tony have each put forth extraordinary efforts in the name of charity and The Home Depot is proud to be able to recognize and pay tribute to those efforts."

"I commend Tim for all his hard work, dedication and commitment to the Spirit of America Blood Drive and his many other charitable contributions," MIS President Roger Curtis said. "Tim is a very deserving finalist for the NMPA NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award and I couldn't be happier for him and what he has done to put the blood drive and MIS on the map for his efforts."

Biffle was nominated for his work in raising awareness to the importance of animal welfare. Establishing the Greg Biffle Foundation in 2005, Biffle's work has lead to more than 200 animal welfare agencies in the United States receiving financial assistance which has allowed the receiving agencies to better care for sheltered animals. Biffle is active in the fund raising, support and publicity for the foundation and serves as the national spokesperson for the North Shore Animal League's Spay USA which is a nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter services.

Stewart was nominated for his annual event Prelude to the Dream which supports injured and fallen service members and their families. Stewart launched the annual event in 2005 and it has grown in stature and notoriety every year. The event includes participation from the world's top drivers, an exclusive HBO Pay-Per-View television package and a sold-out race event. The 2009 Prelude brought 25 world-class drivers to a short-track shootout in an effort to raise money. Proceeds from the event were used to help organizations such as Wounded Warriors, Operation Homefront, Intrepid Fund and Fisher House.

The winner of the 2009 Humanitarian Award will be announced at the annual NASCAR NMPA Myers Brother Awards program in Las Vegas on December 3. The winner will receive a specially-designed crystal trophy and a $100,000 cash donation to the recipient's designated charity. Additionally, the two remaining finalists will each receive $25,000 cash donations to their respective charitable organizations.

"This is wonderful news for Tim and the Spirit of America Blood Drive," CEO of the American Red Cross Great Lakes Region Blood Services Sharon Jaksa said. "All of us at the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross are appreciative of the efforts Tim has made in making the blood drive the most successful event for this region each and every year."

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