'PRELUDE' PRODUCES $800K FOR CHARITY NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream Presented by Old Spice Raises $800,000 after Ground-Breaking Telecast on HBO Pay-Per-View INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 8, 2007) -- The third annual NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream presented...
'PRELUDE' PRODUCES $800K FOR CHARITY
NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream Presented by Old Spice Raises $800,000 after Ground-Breaking Telecast on HBO Pay-Per-View
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 8, 2007) -- The third annual NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream presented by Old Spice, held June 6 and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View, raised $800,000 for charity. The 30-lap dirt late model event at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, featured some of racing's biggest stars, and in a thrilling race won by NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Carl Edwards, it allowed the Tony Stewart Foundation to make significant contributions to charity.
The chief benefactor of the NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream presented by Old Spice was the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The Randleman, N.C.-based organization that serves as a year-round camp for children ages seven to 15 with an assortment of life-threatening illnesses will receive $600,000 from the Tony Stewart Foundation.
"It's tough to put into words what that kind of a donation means to Victory Junction," said Kyle Petty, who along with wife Pattie formed the Victory Junction Gang Camp in honor of their late son, Adam. "Getting the camp built was a huge undertaking that took a lot of money from a lot of generous donations, but running the camp and maintaining its medical facilities have proven to be just as expensive. The success of the Prelude to the Dream has ensured the camp's success, which allows everyone who works at Victory Junction to focus on one thing -- making sure the kids who come to camp get to do the things they can't always do in a hospital, and that's the ability to simply be a kid."
Also receiving support from the proceeds generated by the NEXTEL Prelude to the Dream presented by Old Spice was the Autism Society of Delaware and Motor Racing Outreach, with each entity receiving $25,000.
The remaining $150,000 stayed with the Tony Stewart Foundation, allowing the Foundation to continue its support of groups caring for chronically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities and charitable outfits specializing in the protection of various animal species. Charities actively supported by the Foundation include, but are not limited to, the Ronald McDonald House, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Indiana Special Olympics, Greyrescue (Greyhound Rescue Organization) and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
"This year's Prelude to the Dream was our biggest yet, and the money it was able to raise for charity is a testament to all of the time and effort everyone put into it," said Tony Stewart, two-time Nextel Cup champion and founder of the Tony Stewart Foundation. "From the drivers who participated in the race, to the fans who came to Eldora or watched it on HBO Pay-Per-View, to the media who covered it, to all the work everyone did behind the scenes to make the event first-class, it was a total team effort that made the Prelude so successful.
"We learned a lot from this year's race, and we're already planning for next year. We feel like we've found a cool event that the drivers and the fans really enjoy, and we only want to make it better so that next year's donation is even bigger."
Carl Stealey, Old Spice associate marketing director, added, "We consider our relationship with Tony Stewart to be very special, and when our relationship can benefit the work of such great charitable organizations, it's just hard to imagine it getting any better."