Home123 to Donate $10,000 to McMurray's Initiative IRVINE, Calif. (April 21, 2005) --- Jamie McMurray has been an inspiration to many with his commitment to raise awareness of autism and funding for the Autism Society of America (ASA). ...
Home123 to Donate $10,000 to McMurray's Initiative
IRVINE, Calif. (April 21, 2005) --- Jamie McMurray has been an inspiration to many with his commitment to raise awareness of autism and funding for the Autism Society of America (ASA). Home123 Corporation, a subsidiary of New Century Financial Corporation [NYSE: NEW] and the primary sponsor on McMurray's No. 42 Dodge this weekend in Phoenix, is no different. The mortgage company announced today it is increasing its pledge to McMurray and the ASA.
In addition to donating $42 for every lap McMurray leads along with ChevronTexaco, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and McMurray, Home123 will present McMurray with a check for $10,000 to the ASA before the race at Phoenix International Raceway this upcoming Saturday.
"This charity hits very close to home for me because my niece is autistic, and I see first hand how it affects her and our family," said McMurray. "I was so appreciative when Home123 agreed to be a part of the $42 pledge program. This $10,000 donation goes above and beyond anything I could have imagined. I'm honored to represent a company that is willing to support something that means so much to me."
"We are pleased to support Jamie, ASA and ChevronTexaco in an important cause that affects so many individuals," said Carl Vernon, president of Home123. "We look forward to continuing this effort."
Last season, McMurray, ChevronTexaco and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates raised more than $28,000 to benefit the ASA during the 2004 "Drive for a Cure." Home123 is committed to assist McMurray in surpassing last year's contribution.
Autism is a brain condition that affects a person's ability to communicate, to reason, and to interact with others. An estimated 1 in 250 individuals are diagnosed with the condition daily--more than 1.5 million individuals are living with autism today. Autism impacts individuals differently to varying degrees of severity, is four times more common in boys than girls and found equally in all walks of life and populations around the world. April is also Autism Awareness Month.