Jay Payne news 2010-09-24

Payne to carry Angel Faces on his FireIce racecars JUPITER, Fla. (Sept. 24) -- A recent business trip to Colorado by FireIce CEO Michael Cordani prompted the title sponsor of championship drag racer Jay Payne's team to begin a new campaign to...

Payne to carry Angel Faces on his FireIce racecars

JUPITER, Fla. (Sept. 24) -- A recent business trip to Colorado by FireIce CEO Michael Cordani prompted the title sponsor of championship drag racer Jay Payne's team to begin a new campaign to promote nationwide awareness for Angel Faces. The 501c3 non-profit organization provides healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls with severe facial disfigurements, mostly caused by fires.

"We were assisting with the wildfires in Colorado when we met these incredible people from Angel Faces," Cordani said. "The firefighters were holding a benefit for them and when I heard what they were all about I knew we needed to get involved."

Established in 2003 by Lesia Cartelli, Angel Faces holds innovative retreats that focus on the healing process of the mind, heart, and spirit of its guests. The end result is a new and hope-filled start for girls, who leave the retreat with the skills and tools to overcome the challenges of living with a facial disfigurement.

Through her own personal experience, Cartelli realized the need to teach girls about setting goals and establishing emotional, physical, social, personal, sexual, and spiritual boundaries -- all vulnerable areas to a teenage girl trying to "fit in." Angel Faces was honored in December of 2006 on the Dr. Phil Show, when Dr. Phil and his wife Robin presented Cartelli the prestigious Heart of Woman Award.

"We met Danette Haag from Angel Faces, a burn victim herself, and she told us all about the program," Cordani said. "We made a quick call to Jay and decided collectively to do all we can to bring awareness to this organization with Jay's FireIce race cars."

Beginning immediately, Payne will banner Angel Faces (AngelFacesRetreat.org) on both his FireIce Top Alcohol Funny Car and his FireIce Ford Mustang Pro Mod racer.

"I'm more than happy to do whatever I can to help out these folks," said Payne, a 13-time drag racing champion with more than 100 victories. "It sounds like they're wonderful people doing great work and we're honored to have them on our racecars. Now I'm more inspired than ever before to do well and get them some extra attention."

-source: jay payne PR

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Series Charity , NHRA
Drivers Jay Payne