Elliott Sadler's Fundraiser Successful for Second Straight Year
EMPORIA, Va. (July 13, 2004) -- Elliott Sadler announced today his Race for Hope charity event has raised a total of $86,400. The proceeds from the event are going to the Autism Society of America and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
"Race for Hope was a big hit with the fans, the media and the NASCAR drivers that participated," explained Sadler. "I know the Autism Society of America and The Victory Junction Gang Camp are happy with the results."
More than 3,000 fans were in attendance on May 25th to watch Elliott Sadler, Hermie Sadler, Richard Petty, Dale Jarrett, Jimmie Johnson, Sterling Marlin, Michael Waltrip, Jamie McMurray, Darrell Waltrip, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex, Jr., and Casey Mears race against fans and sign autographs at the NASCAR SpeedPark in Concord, N.C. Fans were also given the opportunity to attend private dinners with select drivers for up close and personal fan experiences -- the experience of a lifetime for some fans.
"I've had several public appearances since we held the event and all of the fans are still raving over how much fun they had at Race for Hope," Sadler continued. "They said it was the most fan friendly event they have ever attended. Some of the people who ate dinner with drivers said it was the closest they have ever been to a NASCAR driver.
"I'm so thankful to have such great friends and competitors in the NASCAR family and that we were able to provide such a good experience for the fans. I am thankful for a sponsor like M&M'S who supports me on and off the track and of course the NASCAR Speedpark for hosting the event. The Outback Steakhouse, Coca-Cola and the Ace & TJ Morning Show in based in Charlotte, N.C., were all great supporters as well. Without everyone's help the event would not have been possible."
The evening was filled with fun and excitement. One of the highlights was when both Elliott and Hermie Sadler were awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Autism Society of America for their hard work and dedication to the cause over the years.
"Everyone knows that autism is close to my heart because of my niece Halie Dru," Sadler said. "I have been working to raise awareness for this puzzling disorder and see it as a personal cause. I'm also a big supporter of what Kyle and Patti Petty have done with the Victory Junction Gang Camp. They had a dream and made it a reality - and in turn will help so many chronically ill children live out their dreams. Events like Race for Hope allow race fans to have fun and meet drivers but more importantly to raise awareness and funding for some worthy causes. I'd like to send my personal thanks to everyone that attended and was involved to make it a success."