Jimmie Johnson to be honored

Jimmie Johnson to be honored at Stewart-Marchman dinner. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 29, 2003) -- The Stewart-Marchman Foundation will honor NASCAR Winston Cup star Jimmie Johnson during its annual Daytona Club gala at the Daytona International ...

Jimmie Johnson to be honored at Stewart-Marchman dinner.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 29, 2003) -- The Stewart-Marchman Foundation will honor NASCAR Winston Cup star Jimmie Johnson during its annual Daytona Club gala at the Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 6:30 p.m.

Johnson is coming off of a superb rookie season when he tied the modern day rookie record with three wins, sweeping the events at Dover International Speedway.

This season, he is continuing his fast start in Winston Cup competition by winning The Winston, NASCAR's all-star event, May 17 on his home track--the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Johnson's win netted him the largest purse in The Winston's 19-year history--a cool one million dollars. He followed up with another victory at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in the 600 over Memorial Day weekend.

In addition to his racing prowess, Johnson has demonstrated his concern for others both as a friend and mentor to young race drivers. He has also volunteered for the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet and teamed up with Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse to help support our troops by raising money for Operation United Service Organizations (USO) Care Packages. Money raised through donations at local Lowe's stores will be sent to the USO and used to create care packages that troops will receive around the world.

Joining Johnson at the gala will be former NASCAR driver and broadcast personality Bennie Parsons who will emcee the event.

Title Sponsor for the fund-raiser is The Johnson Group, Inc.--one of Central Florida's most prominent builder/developers.

The Stewart-Marchman Foundation, Inc., was created in 1997 to support the work of the Stewart-Marchman Center for Chemical Independence, a non-profit, community-based corporation that provides treatment and related inpatient/ outpatient services to people in Volusia and Flagler counties who suffer from some kind of chemical addiction.

According to Peter Heebner, Esq., President of the Foundation, the Foundation's mission is to raise public awareness of the Center's residential programs and to encourage planned giving in support of the Stewart Marchman Center's work with addicted persons in our communities.

Dr. Ernest Cantley, President and CEO of Stewart Marchman Center characterized the event as a mainstay of the Center's fundraising efforts. "Because or the importance of this annual event to the Center," Cantley explained, "We are very fortunate to have such a truly generous and caring person like Jimmie Johnson as this year's guest of honor."

Tickets and sponsorships for the event may still be purchased from the Stewart-Marchman Foundation, Inc. For reservations or to make a contribution call (386) 947-1416 or e-mail dzeoli@stewart-marchman.org. Pay by check, money order, or credit card. Address to Stewart-Marchman Foundation, 3875 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach, Florida 32124.

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Series Charity , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson