Chad Little Proves Charity Starts at Home

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 27, 2000) - NASCAR Winston Cup competitor Chad Little, driver of the No. 97 John Deere Ford, has made it a yearly tradition to return home to his native state of Washington to host a charity benefit for the ...

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 27, 2000) - NASCAR Winston Cup competitor Chad Little, driver of the No. 97 John Deere Ford, has made it a yearly tradition to return home to his native state of Washington to host a charity benefit for the children and families of the Pacific Northwest. Little, who finished the 1999 season 23rd in the Winston Cup point standings, takes an active role in promoting children's welfare as he is a father of two, son Jesse and daughter Haley. Little will take some time before the upcoming Daytona 500 and in between pre-season test dates to visit his hometown of Spokane, Wash., for the one-night fundraiser benefiting the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. This year's benefit will take place on Friday, January 28, at the Spokane Arena, home of the Spokane Chiefs. The event dubbed "NASCAR Night with the Spokane Chiefs" will feature intermission activities in conjunction with the scheduled ice hockey game. Little is slated to sign autographs from 6:15 until 7:00 p.m., the scheduled start of the game. In between the first and second periods, Little will participate in a shoot-off versus one lucky fan with each exchanging penalty shots. Little has agreed to donate $100 to the Crisis Nursery for each goal scored. The second intermission will feature Little once again signing autographs for the fans as the night's activities begin to wind down. The main fundraiser for the evening will be a silent auction, which begins when the doors open 6 p.m. Donated items include a Chad Little raceday uniform, shoes, helmet visor, and gloves along with a race car hood signed by the entire No. 97 John Deere Motorsports crew, a helmet signed by the stars of NASCAR, signed memorabilia from the Spokane Chiefs, and a NASCAR tour for two to Las Vegas during the CarsDirect.com 400. This marks the fifth year that Little has appeared at the Crisis Nursery's Winter benefit. "This has been something that we as a family try to do every year," Little said. "We were lucky enough to schedule this year's event in between tests and the Daytona 500, but it also allows us to move it to a larger venue and allows for more promotion. It's for a cause that I believe in strongly, and as a father of two young children, I want to bring attention to the pains that some children endure through no fault of their own. The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is doing a great job educating parents and providing respite care for children. "This is my fifth year participating in this event, and each year the feedback is positive. It's a very upbeat night for a very serious cause. Last year we raised over $5,000, and look to reach the $10,000 mark this year with the bigger venue, and increased activities." Little also participates in the World 600 Children Charities, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Brenner's Children's Hospital, Burn Foundation and National Head Injury Foundation. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is a community funded, non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The Crisis Nursery opened in 1987, after four years of securing the necessary funding from the community. With more than 85 percent of funding coming directly from community sources, grass-root support continues to be the driving source for the ongoing success. In January 2000, the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery was the only center-based Crisis Nursery still successfully operating in the State of Washington.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Chad Little