Martinsville Speedway set charity event

Martinsville, VA--- The March of Dimes WalkAmerica for Martinsville and Henry County will be held at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, May 6. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. More than 25...

Martinsville, VA--- The March of Dimes WalkAmerica for Martinsville and Henry County will be held at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, May 6. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. More than 25 business plan to sponsor or contribute teams to the walk. On Friday, May 5 starting at 5 p.m., an auction, with all proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes, will be held in the parking lot of the Liberty Fair Mall in Martinsville. Autographed items from area colleges as well as items donated from local race drivers will be up for bid. Up and coming Country music artist Crystal Day will be performing at the auction while numerous area NASCAR Late Model Stock drivers will be in attendance signing autographs. Paula Burnette, a member of the Henry County Board of Supervisors and the Rev. Thurman Echols, of Moral Hill Baptist Church, are serving serve as co-chairs for WalkAmerica. Jacob and John Nelson are serving serve as Ambassadors of WalkAmerica 2000. The Nelson twins are living proof that the March of Dimes benefits the Martinsville and Henry County area, as they received assistance from the March of Dimes as newborns. The March of Dimes is the national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. WalkAmerica dollars have helped make possible remarkable breakthroughs, such as pioneering surgery that corrects certain birth defects before a baby is born, surfactant therapy to help premature babies breathe and other new tests and treatments that help babies be healthier. In its eighth year as a national retail sponsor, Kmart Corporation is the top national WalkAmerica team, a distinction held for 15 consecutive years. During WalkAmerica, now celebrating its 30th year, nearly 650,000 people are expected to walk in more than 1,400 communities in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Nationwide, more than nine million men, women and children will take part as sponsors, volunteers or walkers.

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