Ricky Craven wins first quarter voting for NASCAR True Value Person of the Year. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 2, 2002) - Since 1998, Ricky Craven has played host to hundreds of snowmobile riders that eagerly participate in the Ricky Craven...
Ricky Craven wins first quarter voting for NASCAR True Value Person of the Year.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 2, 2002) - Since 1998, Ricky Craven has played host to hundreds of snowmobile riders that eagerly participate in the Ricky Craven Snowmobile Ride for Charity. It's because of this annual event and his generous behavior in aiding charities that he has been named the First Quarter True Value Person of the Year.
True Value, the Official Hardware Store of NASCAR, is in its third consecutive year of the NASCAR True Value Person of the Year program. The award is designed to honor drivers, not only for their accomplishments on the track, but for their community service contributions and charitable efforts.
On January 21, 2002, Craven, driver of the No. 32 Tide Ford Taurus, made the trek to his home state of Maine to help raise $114,600. In the event's five-year history, a total of $381,500 has been raised. The charitable organizations that have benefited from this include: The Marrow Foundation, The Travis Roy Foundation, Make-A-Wish, Children's Miracle Network and Give Kids The World.
"When I started this ride, I wanted to give back to my New England roots, while raising money and awareness for various charities," said Craven."This project is something I can do with my family and other families can take part in as a group. I've been pleased with the results we've gotten.
"This year was the first time I was able to take my daughter Riley on the ride and will go down as one of my highlights for the year."
At the 25th Annual PRIDE (Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education) Conference, held earlier this year, Craven addressed over 450 kids on the benefits of living drug-free, having good nutritional habits and a positive attitude.
He related his own personal experiences of being a NASCAR Winston Cup driver with the attributes of"practicing what he was preaching." Upon completion of the event, Craven was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Department of Health and Human Services Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
For the purpose of determining the NASCAR True Value Person of the Year Award winner, the NASCAR Winston Cup season has been divided into four quarters in which drivers are nominated for their off-track efforts. An elite group of panelists will select one of the four quarterly finalists to name the NASCAR True Value Person of the Year. This award will be presented at the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Awards Ceremony in New York City, along with a prize of $100,000. The prize will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his/her choice.
In addition to the NASCAR True Value Person of the Year, True Value sponsors the Driver of the Race Award, which goes to the eligible driver who wins each of the 36 NASCAR Winston Cup championship events. Each True Value Driver of the Race Award winner receives $2,500 with an additional $2,500 going to the charity of his/her choice.