DEARBORN, Mich., July 30, 2001 - Race fans in Indiana can join Dale and Kelley Jarrett, Ford Credit and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in their endeavor to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. By visiting the Race...
DEARBORN, Mich., July 30, 2001 - Race fans in Indiana can join Dale and Kelley Jarrett, Ford Credit and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in their endeavor to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. By visiting the Race Fans for a Cure(tm) booth at Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Day at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis on Thursday, August 2nd, fans can play an important role in the continued fight against breast cancer.
Race Fans for a Cure(tm) - a joint initiative involving Ford Credit, Dale and Kelley Jarrett and the Komen Foundation - will be at the RCA Dome from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday. Race Fans for a Cure(tm) booths have raised $32,000 for the Komen Foundation so far this year. Last year race fans donated $33,000 at Race Fans for a Cure(tm) booths, and this year Ford Credit will match all donations up to $100,000.
Ford Credit, associate sponsor of the No. 88 NASCAR Winston Cup Taurus driven by Dale Jarrett, sponsors a Race Fans for a Cure(tm) booth at various NASCAR Winston Cup events and Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Days during the season. Race Fans for a Cure(tm) is an initiative designed to increase awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection. The booth offers information about the Komen Foundation and its mission, the three steps to early breast cancer detection, and is equipped to accept donations from fans.
"Dale and I are excited about having the opportunity to be involved with the Race Fans for a Cure(tm) program for the 2001 season," Kelley Jarrett said. "We have enjoyed meeting the fans and are inspired by the kindness and generosity when they visit the booth to honor a loved one or share their personal story."
For a $1 donation, fans can personalize a pink paper ribbon for inclusion on a banner to be displayed at Ford Credit's end-of-year check presentation to the Komen Foundation.
Fans also receive a keepsake enamel ribbon to show their support. This year, Race Fans for a Cure(tm) offers an exclusive, collectible tin to generate funds for the fight against breast cancer. This tin, containing two Dale Jarrett No. 88 die-cast cars, is offered free as a gift for those making a $20 donation. Those making a $50 donation receive a personal autograph session with Dale Jarrett in addition to the collectible tin. All proceeds go to the Komen Foundation.
"We hope to be able to exceed our goal again this year when we present the check to Komen, and we are grateful to the fans, as we truly believe they, individually, are making a great impact in the fight to eradicate breast cancer," Kelley Jarrett said.
Since 1998, Ford Credit has donated money to the Komen Foundation for every top-three finish and pole position (fastest qualifying time) that Dale Jarrett collects during the season. Since its inception, Ford Credit has donated $567,500 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses - including $75,000 so far in 2001. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Dale's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish, and $5,000 for each pole won over the course of the season.
To learn more about Race Fans for a Cure(tm), the Komen Foundation, Ford Credit and their efforts to help raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, fans can log on to www.racefansforacure.com. Fans can share their thoughts or ask questions about future Race Fans for a Cure(tm) events. Fans can also make online donations via credit card.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at age 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of over 70,000 volunteers working through local Affiliates and Komen Race for the Cure® events to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. The Foundation runs one of the most innovative, responsive grant programs in breast cancer today. In addition to funding research, the Foundation and its Affiliates fund community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects for the medically underserved.
Ford Credit is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company and the world's largest provider of automotive finance. It serves more than 10 million customers in 40 countries.