CHAMPCAR/CART: Della Penna Motorsports Launches Charity Program

Della Penna Motorsports proudly announces the development of a new charity program that will benefit social service agencies the Judson Center and Pleasant Run. The team will donate one dollar for each race lap that driver Richie Hearn completes...

Della Penna Motorsports proudly announces the development of a new charity program that will benefit social service agencies the Judson Center and Pleasant Run. The team will donate one dollar for each race lap that driver Richie Hearn completes and two dollars for every lap he leads in his #10 Budweiser Toyota-powered Champ Car throughout the 1999 FedEx Championship Series.

Team owner John Della Penna selected these charities based on their reputable programs and locations near race markets (Detroit and Brooklyn, Mich.) and in Indianapolis, where the team is based. Both agencies provide a wide variety of services for children and families who are in crisis. The Judson Center serves individuals in southeastern Michigan and Kalamazoo county and Pleasant Run reaches children and families across Indiana.

'Judson Center and Pleasant Run reach out to children who have been abused and neglected,' Della Penna said. 'This program not only allows us to give back to our community but to help raise the public's awareness of such worthwhile programs.'

Team supporters Budweiser and Toyota have graciously agreed to match the funds raised through this laps-completed program. There are approximately 2,800 laps total that will be completed during the season. As of Round 7 (June 6 at the Milwaukee Mile), Hearn has completed 1,085 laps out of a possible 1,230 laps. At the end of the 1999 FedEx Championship Series, Della Penna and Hearn will present one check for half of the total amount raised to Judson Center and the other half to Pleasant Run.

Della Penna Motorsports is currently working with Pleasant Run to coordinate visits to our Indianapolis shop as well as augmenting the fundraising efforts of both institutions.

The Judson Center, headquartered in Royal Oak, Mich., began as an orphanage in 1924 with only a few children in their care. Today, the Center is a human service agency that cares for over a thousand individuals daily. The Judson Center's mission is to help children, adults and families reach their fullest potential. The agency's programs include: Living in Family Environment (L.I.F.E.); Foster Care and Adoption; Family Preservation; Residential Care for Emotionally and Developmentally Impaired Adolescents and Adults; Youth in Transition; Transitions Residential; and Supported Employment.

Likewise, Pleasant Run served the community as an orphanage form 1867 to 1978 when abandoned children began to be cared for in foster homes, not institutions. Today, Pleasant Run provides services to at-risk children and their families through therapeutic programs such as an Intensive Treatment Center, Group Homes, Foster Care and community-based services. The objective is to help these children become healthy and happy contributing members of their communities. In 1998, the organization served more than 1,600 abused and neglected children and their families.

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