"Race Fans for a CureÂ®" raises nearly $95,000 for Komen Foundation; Dale and Kelley Jarrett to present check at Lowe's Motor Speedway. (DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 4, 2002) - Dale and Kelley Jarrett, on behalf of the Race Fans for a CureÂ® program...
"Race Fans for a Cure®" raises nearly $95,000 for Komen Foundation; Dale and Kelley Jarrett to present check at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
(DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 4, 2002) - Dale and Kelley Jarrett, on behalf of the Race Fans for a Cure® program sponsored by Ford Credit, will present a check for $94,182.58 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on Sunday, Oct. 13. The check will be presented to Komen Foundation Executive Board member Lynn Sellers at 10 a.m. in the track's media infield media center.
Immediately following the presentation, a Race Fans for a Cure® edition of the No. 88 NASCAR Winston Cup Taurus will be unveiled outside of the infield media center. The car is designed to represent the thousands of race fans who have participated in Race Fans for a Cure® and joined the fight against breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Race Fans for a Cure®, which is designed to increase the awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, received the donations -- often a dollar at a time -- from race fans at various NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch Grand National and Craftsman Truck series events and Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Days, and through its website -- www.racefansforacure.com -- during the 2002 season. Race Fans for a Cure® has raised $230,100.44 for the Komen Foundation since 2000.
A Race Fans for a Cure® display booth will be at Lowe's Motor Speedway from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13. A booth will also be at Dale Jarrett Ford in Monroe, N.C., and Dale Jarrett, Inc., in Newton, N.C., on Friday, Oct. 11. The display booths will offer information about the Komen Foundation and its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment, and is equipped to accept donations from fans. In May, Race Fans for a Cure® raised $19,087.45 in four days in the Charlotte, N.C., area -- the largest amount raised by the program in a single event.
"It is wonderful how much this program continues to grow," said Phil Gordon, Ford Credit Motorsport Marketing Manager. Ford Credit is an associate sponsor of the No. 88 NASCAR Winston Cup Taurus driven by 1999 champion Dale Jarrett. "More and more people hear about the program and want to get involved. They send e-mails through our website and stop me at the booth to say how much they appreciate what we're doing. We're happy we were able to bring Race Fans for a Cure® to more race tracks -- and more people -- this year."
For a $1 donation, fans receive a keepsake enamel pink ribbon pin, and can personalize a paper pink ribbon to show their support. Additionally, Race Fans for a Cure® offers an exclusive, collectible tin to generate funds for the fight against breast cancer. This tin, containing two different No. 88 die-cast cars, is available to those making a donation of $20 or more. All proceeds go to the Komen Foundation to support the fight against breast cancer through funding of innovative research and community-based outreach programs.
Furthermore, since 1998, Ford Credit has donated money to the Komen Foundation for every top-three finish and pole position (as fastest qualifier) that Dale Jarrett collects during the season. Since its inception, Ford Credit has donated $627,000 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish and $5,000 for each pole won. This season, Jarrett has two victories (Pocono and Michigan), a second-place finish (Michigan), two third-place finishes (Loudon and Dover), and a pole won (Michigan), resulting in a $42,500 donation from Ford Credit.
"A key to our success at the Komen Foundation is that we collaborate with a variety of companies and organizations to provide creative ways for people to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer," said Cindy Schneible, the Komen Foundation's vice-president of cause-related marketing and sponsorship. "Race Fans for a Cure® enables the Komen Foundation to expand our efforts, reaching more women with the life-saving message of early detection and raising additional funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. We thank Dale and Kelley Jarrett and Ford Credit wholeheartedly for being true 'Partners in the Promise.'"
To learn more about Race Fans for a Cure®, the Komen Foundation, Ford Credit and their efforts to help raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, fans can log on to www.racefansforacure.com.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1982 on a promise made between two sisters -- Nancy Brinker and her dying sister, Susan G. Komen. Twenty years later, the Komen Foundation and its Affiliate Network are global leaders in the fight against breast cancer through their support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs. Today, the Foundation celebrates the power of a promise and how a single person's vision can make a difference in the lives of millions. For more information about breast health or breast cancer, call the Komen Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800.I'M AWARE (1.800.462.9273), or visit the Foundation's website at www.komen.org/.
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