Tony Stewart Foundation Announces Benefit Concert Featuring Montgomery Gentry and Phil Vassar NASCAR Stars Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Petty and Others to Also Attend PADUCAH, Ky., (Aug. 17, 2005) - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Tony Stewart...
Tony Stewart Foundation Announces Benefit Concert Featuring Montgomery Gentry and Phil Vassar
NASCAR Stars Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Petty and Others to Also Attend
PADUCAH, Ky., (Aug. 17, 2005) - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Tony Stewart announced today that his charitable foundation - known simply as the Tony Stewart Foundation - will hold its second annual benefit concert Oct. 5 at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center in downtown Paducah.
The Tony Stewart Foundation Benefit Concert presented by Harrah's Metropolis Casino will feature Sony Recording artist Montgomery Gentry and Arista Recording artist Phil Vassar, along with guest appearances by NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Petty, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Martin Truex Jr., and of course, Stewart.
"This concert is going to be a first-class production, with all of the money raised going to charity," said Stewart, the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion whose inaugural benefit concert raised over $275,000. "Part of the money will go to local charities in and around the Paducah area, while the rest of the money will go to Kyle and Pattie Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C.
"We'll have two great performances by Montgomery Gentry and Phil Vassar, and joining us for the fun will be a bunch of my buddies from NASCAR. We're making sure that anyone who comes to the concert is going to have a good time."
Tickets for the Tony Stewart Foundation Benefit Concert presented by Harrah's Metropolis Casino are on sale now. Concertgoers can buy tickets from the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center box office by calling (270) 450-4444 or by visiting their website at www.fourriverscenter.org. Ticket prices range from $100 to $150.
"We're very proud that the Four Rivers Center was again chosen for this event," said Brian Laczko, executive director of the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center. "Tony Stewart and his foundation have brought a high-profile event to Paducah that also benefits local Paducah charities. We're honored to be involved."
The local charities chosen by the Tony Stewart Foundation to receive funds from concert proceeds are the Easter Seals West Kentucky and the Dream Factory - Paducah Chapter.
"On behalf of all of us associated with the Easter Seals, we feel very blessed to be chosen as one of the local organizations to benefit from this concert," said Valerie Pollard, vice president of development, Easter Seals West Kentucky. "In Western Kentucky alone we serve over 300 children and 300 adults, and without the help of private donations and foundation grants, our work wouldn't be possible."
"The Dream Factory is totally dependent on charitable contributions, and we're proud to say that nearly 90 percent of all money raised by each one of our chapters is spent granting the wishes of seriously ill children," said Janice Harris, area coordinator, Dream Factory - Paducah Chapter. "The Paducah chapter is the only wish-granting organization in this area, with the money raised in this area staying in this area to grant the dreams of local kids."
Someone already very familiar with the impact of charitable contributions received from the Tony Stewart Foundation is Kyle Petty, whose Victory Junction Gang Camp enjoyed its grand opening last June.
"Having Tony's support has been huge for Victory Junction," said Petty, an eight-time race winner in the Nextel Cup Series. "He was one of the first drivers to get on board with us, and beyond the money he and his foundation have donated to the camp, he's brought notoriety, which has helped fuel interest in the camp. It's just one more example of how when we're on the track we're fierce competitors, but off the track we're all united in trying to improve the lives of others, especially children. I've always admired his charitable work and it's an honor to have him as a part of the Victory Junction family."
About Montgomery Gentry:
Montgomery Gentry has moved into elite territory. The high-powered duo is an integral part of a generation of rockers and country icons for whom music and boundaries simply don't mix. From the onset, the signs were everywhere. Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery were part of the groundbreaking "CMT Outlaws" special, along with Hank Williams Jr., Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Tanya Tucker, Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings, and members of Metallica and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They joined Skynyrd for a roof-shaking segment of "CMT Crossroads," and spent New Year's Eve rocking a sold-out Rupp Arena with the legendary group. In the media, they have been featured on a wide array of TV's best showcases, from CBS' "Early Show" and NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to ESPN2's "Cold Pizza," ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and FOX's "On Air With Ryan Seacrest." On record, the signs were just as unmistakable. The duo hit #1 with "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," and the CD it came from, You Do Your Thing, debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and quickly went gold. Through it all, Eddie and Troy have proven themselves heirs to the mantle of Haggard, Jones, Jennings and Cash, artists whose integrity and intensity blurred the lines between life and music. They are singers at the peak of their form, making music that is as raw and powerful as it is compelling. This fall will see the release of their Greatest Hits album, featuring 12 of Montgomery Gentry's consummate hits, plus one new track. For more information, visit www.montgomerygentry.com.
About Phil Vassar:
Having made the journey from award-winning hit songwriter to chart-topping and tirelessly-touring recording artist, Phil Vassar has earned his reputation as one of country music's hardest working and most gifted performers. And that recognition has him popping up in a variety of high-profile venues, from his stint as a judge on the USA Network's talent search series "Nashville Star" to the Prilosec OTC national print and TV campaign featuring his new single "Good Ole Days." Vassar has performed the track on NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and the forthcoming music video pays homage to fun-loving frat-house movies. He can also be heard voicing "Live For Today," a song he wrote that was used by NBC's "Today Show" on a segment of the same name. For more information, visit www.philvassar.com.
About the Victory Junction Gang Camp:
Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round, multi-disease camp serving children from the Carolinas and Virginia. The camp provides sessions to children ages seven to 15 with life-threatening illnesses. The Victory Junction Gang Camp has a racing theme that allows campers to begin their experience by entering the camp through a tunnel and crossing a starting line into the world of racing. The Victory Junction Gang Camp's 75-acre site has more than 36 buildings, including a dining hall, gym, pool, theater, therapeutic equestrian center, arts and crafts center, race shop and 16 camper cabins. The Victory Junction Gang Camp, a proud charity of NASCAR, opened in June 2004 and is free to children and their families. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.
About the Easter Seals West Kentucky:
Located at three sites - two in Paducah and one in Madisonville - the Easter Seals West Kentucky is a non-profit human service organization that has been serving the community for over 50 years. Its child development center serves over 300 children each year, from six weeks to six years. Pre-school, childcare, early intervention, Head Start services, speech, physical and occupational therapies for both special needs and typically developing children are offered at the center and in the child's home. Its adult services center serves over 300 adults with disabilities each year. Vocational evaluations, support for community living, production and custodial services, employment connections and an adult healthcare program for both seniors and disabled adults encompass adult services. For more information, visit www.eswky.easterseals.com.
About the Dream Factory - Paducah Chapter:
Hopkinsville, Ky., has been the home of the Dream Factory since its inception in November of 1980, where it has grown into a national organization with over 30 chapters. Its purpose is to grant the wishes of seriously ill children between the ages of three and 18. The Paducah chapter was formed in December of 1983, where to date it has granted over 280 dreams to children in the counties of Ballard, Marshall, Calloway, McCracken, Graves, Livingston, Carlisle and others, as well as to areas of Southern Illinois. For more information, visit www.dreamfactoryinc.com.
About the Tony Stewart Foundation:
Established in August of 2003, the Tony Stewart Foundation was created to raise funds for future donation to groups caring for chronically ill children and drivers injured in motorsports activities, as well as to support other charitable organizations in the protection of various animal species. Charities actively supported by the Foundation include the Ronald McDonald House, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Indiana Special Olympics, Greyrescue (Greyhound Rescue Organization), the Charlotte (N.C.) Metropolitan Zoo, and Kyle & Pattie Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp, where in October 2003 the Foundation announced a $1 million pledge. For more information, visit www.tonystewart.com.