TSF to hold charity concert

Tony Stewart Foundation Announces Benefit Concert Featuring Diamond Rio and Trace Adkins NASCAR Stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Petty to Also Attend PADUCAH, Ky., (April 27, 2004) - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Tony Stewart announced...

Tony Stewart Foundation Announces Benefit Concert Featuring Diamond Rio and Trace Adkins

NASCAR Stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Petty to Also Attend

PADUCAH, Ky., (April 27, 2004) - NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Tony Stewart announced today that his charitable foundation - known simply as the Tony Stewart Foundation - will hold a benefit concert 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."

Tickets for the Tony Stewart Foundation Benefit Concert presented by Bass Pro Shops and Hultman Inc., will go on sale June 5.  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.

"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 is slated to have 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."

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