Martin Truex Jr Foundation news 2008-09-17

Truex to Tee It Up for Charity On Thursday, September 18th, Martin Truex Jr. will kick off the First Annual Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Golf Tournament in his hometown of Mayetta, N.J. Though he describes himself as an "awful" golfer, the ...

Truex to Tee It Up for Charity

On Thursday, September 18th, Martin Truex Jr. will kick off the First Annual Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Golf Tournament in his hometown of Mayetta, N.J. Though he describes himself as an "awful" golfer, the 28-year old Sprint Cup driver can't wait to hit the links at Sea Oaks Golf Club in Tuckerton, New Jersey, to help raise money for several local charities. The "best ball" tournament which kicks off at 11:30 a.m. will be followed by a silent auction and fan appreciation dinner at the Sea Oaks Resort.

Proceeds from the tournament spread to several local organizations including the Ocean of Love program, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Ocean County children with cancer and their families; the Head Start Program of Ocean County, a program dedicated to providing services to underprivileged children in Ocean County; the 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center, a treatment center for dyslexic children that provides assistance free of charge; and the New Jersey Pajama Program, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing new pajamas and books to abused children in the area.

"It's important to me to give back to the kids in my area who are less fortunate than I was growing up," said Truex, a native of nearby Mayetta, N.J. "Playing golf is a great way to get together with old friends, meet new ones and raise money for these great causes. I'm looking forward to giving back to the community here; I've waited for this for a long time."

Foursomes for the golf tournament and tickets for the dinner have sold out, a fact that doesn't surprise Truex. "NASCAR fans are the most supportive fans of any sport in the country, especially in this area," continued Truex. "They love their racing and they'll jump at the chance to give back to their community."

When asked about the state of his golf game, the Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver smiled and replied, "Let's just say I'm a much better driver than I am a golfer. That's okay, though. It's not about playing golf today; it's about raising money for kids."

After the tournament, the 300-person fan appreciation dinner will feature a silent auction, raffle, door prizes, live entertainment and check presentations for the local charities. For more information on how you can donate to the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation or to the charities in Martin's hometown of Mayetta, please visit www.martintruexjrfoundation.org.

-credit: mtjf

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