MIS winner Jarrett to be honored 'Champion' at benefit

Four-time MIS winner Jarrett to be honored 'Champion' at benefit for two Lenawee County charities. BROOKLYN, Mich. --Dale Jarrett knows what it feels like to be a champion. He won the 1999 Winston Cup championship and has visited victory lane ...

Four-time MIS winner Jarrett to be honored 'Champion' at benefit for two Lenawee County charities.

BROOKLYN, Mich. --Dale Jarrett knows what it feels like to be a champion. He won the 1999 Winston Cup championship and has visited victory lane 31 times in his Winston Cup career. But on June 12, he will be a champion to hundreds of Lenawee county children and hospice patients.

The second MIS Night of Champions Benefit dinner and auction will take place Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Michigan International Speedway and honor Jarrett as its 'champion'. The event will benefit the Boy & Girls Club of Lenawee and Hospice of Lenawee.

In 2001, nearly 400 people -- including 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Bill Elliott and legendary college football coach Bo Schembechler -- helped make the inaugural " Night of Champions" fundraiser at Michigan International Speedway a huge success. The first fundraiser grossed more than $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee and Hospice of Lenawee through table sponsorships and an auction.

Jarrett has quite a history at MIS, as he captured his first career victory in thrilling fashion by edging the late Davey Allison in August of 1991, in the closest NASCAR finish ever at MIS. Last season, Jarrett recovered from a spin on lap 11 to win last year's Pepsi 400 on August 18. During Jarrett's 32 Winston Cup starts at MIS, no number, not even 88, has been as lucky as number 18. The August NASCAR Winston Cup race has been run on August 18 only three times, and Jarrett has won all three. "Having won at MIS four times and winning my first NASCAR Winston Cup race there makes it a very special track for me," said Jarrett. "Being the honored guest at the Night of Champions, and knowing that it benefits so many people, will add to the memorable events I have been a part of at MIS."

"We were so pleased with our inaugural event in 2001, and we look forward to benefiting two great Lenawee county charities this year," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "We are also thrilled to be able to honor a person that is not only a champion on the track, but also a champion in the community as well."

"The Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee is honored to participate in this community collaboration effort with MIS and Hospice of Lenawee," said Dana Pink, Executive Director of the Lenawee Boys & Girls Club. "The committee that is in place to ensure the success of the event is phenomenal. We are excited to be one of the local non-profit organizations to benefit from the proceeds, since over 400 members' lives will be touched by this event."

"Hospice of Lenawee feels very privileged to be a part of community endeavor, along with the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee and MIS", said Dennis Barr, Administrator of the Hospice of Lenawee. "The time and effort put forth by MIS and the planning committee further demonstrate the strong support the Lenawee community provides the local organizations that benefit the community. The funds provided to Hospice of Lenawee from this event will enable us to continue our mission of providing the best quality of life for those living with a life limiting illness."

"We were so pleased with our inaugural event in 2001, and we look forward to benefiting two great Lenawee county charities this year," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "We are also thrilled to be able to honor a person that is not only a champion on the track, but also a champion in the community as well."

Jerry Anderson, a long-time news anchor with WTOL-CBS in Toledo, will once again direct the auction, which alone raised more than $27,000 during the first event.

A limited number of tables are still available to purchase. For more information on purchasing a table, please call MIS Community Relations Manager Kimberly Cole at 517-592-1203.

The Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee opened their doors in January 2001. The Club offers youth of Lenawee County a safe place to go after school with structured programming and trained professionals. Over 400 members belong to the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee with an average daily attendance of 60-70 youth. The Club is open Tuesday-Thursday, 2:30-7 p.m., Friday 2:30-8:45 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-3p.m. For more information, call 517-266-9775.

Hospice of Lenawee is a community-based program, which emphasizes the patient's quality of life through intense comfort-care treatment. Such an approach is used when aggressive treatment aimed at a cure is no longer an option. The Hospice of Lenawee team of healthcare specialists provides holistic care and support to both patient and family. Hospice of Lenawee care may be requested by anyone, including physicians, patients, family members, hospital personnel, nursing agencies and others, simply by calling (517) 263-2323.

Reserved grandstand seats remain for all events at MIS this summer. The 2003 season kicks off another special Father's Day weekend at MIS with the Flagstar 200 ARCA RE/MAX series race on Saturday, June 14, and culminates with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Sirius 400 on Sunday, June 15(race 15 of 36 on the 2003 Winston Cup schedule).

For ticket information, call (800) 354-1010 or visit www.MISpeedway.com.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Davey Allison