MIS Fire/Safety Crew Aids Victory Junction Gang Camp With Donation of Nearly $10,000 Brooklyn, MI, August 22 -- In a special pre-race ceremony before today's GFS Marketplace 400, the MIS Fire/Safety Crew supplied a special type of aid. Garth ...
MIS Fire/Safety Crew Aids Victory Junction Gang Camp With Donation of Nearly $10,000
Brooklyn, MI, August 22 -- In a special pre-race ceremony before today's GFS Marketplace 400, the MIS Fire/Safety Crew supplied a special type of aid. Garth Hyliard, head of the MIS Fire, EMS and Recovery Crew for more than 30 years, presented Kyle Petty with a check for $9,758. The check was a donation to The Victory Junction Gang Camp -- a charity founded by Petty, his wife Patty and 2002 NEXTEL Cup Champion Tony Stewart and supported by NASCAR and its many participants. The camp, which opened in June, provides an opportunity for children with severe illnesses to enjoy various activities.
"This check represents what teamwork means at MIS," Hyliard said. "Our entire collection of track service workers -- including fire crews, EMS/Medical staff, Clean-up teams and Wrecker squads -- worked extremely hard to raise this money for a very worthy cause. I am overwhelmed at the commitment and support our team has made to the Victory Junction Gang Camp. They've already started making plans for additional fundraisers for 2005."
The fund-raising campaign began after Hyliard received an e-mail from his counterpart at Daytona International Speedway, who proudly announced that the Fire/Safety crew at the Florida track had raised more than $2,700 during the Pepsi 400 weekend in July. The e-mail also challenged all the other tracks in the ISC family to see if they could surpass the Daytona total.
Hyliard and his crew developed some creative fund-raising activities. In addition to just reaching into their own pockets, they raised more than $1,100 selling Victory Junction Gang pins, and gained additional donations from raffles for a poster autographed by Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon and another for an MIS Fire Crew T-shirt autographed by Richard and Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
"This is a friendly rivalry where the Victory Junction Gang Camp is the big winner," Hyliard said. "The other ISC tracks now have an bigger number to shoot for. If they beat our total, that's great because everything raised goes to help some kids who could use some help. But we're planning to top our own total next year, so the other tracks better raise a lot. We're proud of what we've done and we expect to do even better in 2005."
Kyle Petty, driver of the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge in today's GFS Marketplace 400, was honored by the donation by the MIS Safety Crew.
"This is just an amazing donation," Petty said. "It just goes to show how everyone in the NASCAR family can rally to help some people in need. On behalf of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, I am honored to accept this donation."
Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie, as well 2002 NEXTEL Cup Champion Tony Stewart, Victory Junction is a year-round facility serving children primarily from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The camp will provide sessions to children ages seven to fifteen suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Because of the Petty family's long time prominence in motorsports, Victory Junction is designed with a racing theme, complete with a racetrack. The camp incorporates the sights, sounds, look and feel of racing, allowing campers to begin their experience by entering the camp through a tunnel and crossing a starting line into the world of racing. When complete, Victory Junction's 75-acre site will have more than 36 buildings, including a dining hall, gym, pool, theater, therapeutic equestrian center, arts and crafts center, race shop, and 16 camper cabins. The Victory Junction Gang Camp, a Proud Charity of NASCAR, opened in June 2004 and is free to children and their families. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.