The Home Depot And NASCAR Announce Finalists For Inaugural Humanitarian Award; Award to Recognize Outstanding Community Service by Individual Within NASCAR Community
Atlanta, November 27, 2007 -- The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR®) has announced the finalists for the first-ever NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award. The award is the first of its kind open to any member of the NASCAR community who has shown extraordinary dedication to serving others and improving communities through meaningful service efforts.
The three finalists are: Spencer Lueders, project creator, director and team member of 24 Hours of Booty; Don Miller, project creator and director of Stocks-for-Tots Charity Event; and Kyle Petty, driver for Petty Enterprises and co-founder of Victory Junction Gang Camp.
The recipient of the NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award will be announced at the NASCAR NMPA® Myers Brothers Awards luncheon in New York City on Nov. 29, 2007. The award recipient will receive a specially designed crystal award, a $100,000 donation made by The Home Depot to the recipient's charity of choice and a playground in the city of their choice built by volunteers from NASCAR, The Home Depot and KaBOOM!®, the company's national nonprofit partner which envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. The other two finalists will receive a $25,000 donation each to their non-profit charity.
"The NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award finalists exemplify the values of volunteerism and charitable giving of time and talent that are fundamental to both The Home Depot and NASCAR," said John Ross, vice president of marketing and interim chief marketing officer of The Home Depot. "We are proud to recognize and celebrate these individuals who give so much of their time and energy to help others."
"NASCAR is proud to join with our valued partner, The Home Depot, to recognize an individual in our sport who has given back to the community in a special and meaningful way," said Jim O'Connell, vice president of corporate marketing at NASCAR. "The NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award is an innovative way to recognize the efforts of those in the NASCAR industry who show extra dedication and service to their communities and those less fortunate."
All active employees within the NASCAR industry -- drivers, owners, team and track employees, licensees, media partners, sponsors, and motorsports media -- were eligible to receive the NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award. Nominees were assessed based on their community commitment and dedication; impact on the community; and charitable giving of their time and talents. A blue-ribbon committee comprised of representatives from NASCAR, The Home Depot and motorsports media selected the three finalists.
ABOUT THE FINALISTS
Spencer Lueders, NASCAR Competition and Patent Counsel, started 24 Hours of Booty in 2002 by riding the famed "Booty Loop" in Charlotte by himself to raise local awareness for cancer. Today, it has evolved into a 24-hour road cycling charity event which aims to increase public awareness and support for cancer research and programs, while raising funds to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation and local cancer organizations. It is the only 24-hour event of its kind in the country. To date, the annual event has raised more than $1.3 million.
Don Miller, Penske Racing executive officer, initiated the development of Stock-for-Tots as a holiday event and fundraiser for Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), an organization whose mission is to continue to help and provide education, counseling and intervention programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Miller continues to be intimately involved in the event which brings together stock car racing and its fans to collect toys and raise funds for SCAN. Since 1989, the event has raised more than $400,000 and distributed nearly 40,000 toys to children in North Carolina and is now the largest fundraiser for SCAN.
Kyle Petty, driver for Petty Enterprises, founded the Victory Junction Gang Camp, along with his wife Pattie, in honor of their late son Adam. Victory Junction is a year-round camp located in Randleman, N.C., whose mission is to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering while in a safe and medically sound environment. The camp offers disease-specific sessions during the summer to create supportive peer groups for children encountering the same health issues. Currently, Petty serves as vice chairman on its Board of Directors.
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