Tony Stewart Foundation Benefit Concert Featuring Diamond Rio and Trace Adkins Just Days Away NASCAR Stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Petty to Also Attend PADUCAH, Ky., (Oct. 1, 2004) - The charitable foundation of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series ...
Tony Stewart Foundation Benefit Concert Featuring Diamond Rio and Trace Adkins Just Days Away
NASCAR Stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Petty to Also Attend
PADUCAH, Ky., (Oct. 1, 2004) - The charitable foundation of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Tony Stewart will hold its first benefit concert Wed., Oct. 6 at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center in downtown Paducah. The Tony Stewart Foundation Benefit Concert presented by Bass Pro Shops and Hultman Inc., will feature Arista Recording artist Diamond Rio and Capitol Recording artist Trace Adkins, along with guest appearances by NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Petty.
"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. "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 Diamond Rio and Trace Adkins, and joining us for the fun will be Dale Jr. and the Pettys. We're making sure that anyone who comes to the concert is going to have a good time."
A handful of tickets for the Tony Stewart Foundation Benefit Concert are still available. 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 $75 to $100.
The concert will be filmed by Great American Country (GAC), a 24-hour country music video network with 27 million customers nationwide, for air in mid-November. The televised portion of the concert will be sponsored by The Home Depot and Chevrolet. For more information about GAC, visit GACTV.com or check out channel 167 on the DISH Network, channel 326 on DIRECTV or your local cable listings.
"We're very proud that the Four Rivers Center was chosen for this event," said David Rowell, president and CEO of the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center. "Tony Stewart and his foundation have brought a high-profile event to Paducah that will also benefit 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 June 15.
"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 Diamond Rio:
After 13 years, six "Vocal Group of the Year" awards collectively from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, 25 top-10 country hits, 15 top-five singles, including nine #1s and over 10 million in record sales, Diamond Rio has created one of the most unique sounds in country music history. Diamond Rio's string of hits include "Meet in the Middle", "Love a Little Stronger", "One More Day", "I Believe" and "Unbelievable" to list a few. They have successfully combined stunning bluegrass harmonies with a driving beat, along with some of the most outstanding solo instrumental work. Comprised of lead vocalist Marty Roe, tenor vocalist Gene Johnson, drummer Brian Prout, bassist Dana Williams, guitarist Jimmy Olander and keyboard/pianist Dan Truman, Diamond Rio music is truly the sound of six masters at work. For more information, visit www.diamondrio.com.
About Trace Adkins:
Since launching his career in 1996 with his platinum-selling debut Dreamin' Out Loud, Trace Adkins has registered a string of hits including, "Every Light in the House is On", "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing", "I Left Something Turned On at Home", "Chrome", "I'm Tryin'", and "Hot Mama". He has also won dozens of industry awards and appeared on countless national television shows. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Adkins is considered one of the most recognized voices in contemporary country music today. For more information, visit www.traceadkins.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, 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 last October the Foundation announced a $1 million pledge. For more information, visit www.tonystewart.com.