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In August of 2006, Kyle Busch was invited to visit a children's home near Grand Rapids Michigan. St. John's home provides housing and structure to children ages 6-18 that have been taken out of there previously living situation for various reasons. Kyle accepted the opportunity to meet and spend some time with the children living at St. John's, a decision that would forever change him. His experience provided him with valuable insight into how these extraordinary kids are working to overcome the challenges in their everyday lives. He realized the things most people take for granted are the very things that these children need; a safe home where they encouraged to learn and taught the skills to achieve their dreams.
Shortly after his visit, Kyle made the decision to start the Kyle Busch Foundation to provide assistance to organizations like St. John's and the children who live there. There are children's homes throughout the country just like St. John's, most of which are in need of assistance. With your help, the Kyle Busch Foundation can help make a difference in the lives of these children.
Winter 2011 Vol. 2 ner with children of the home and their host families. “It's great to be able to come out and enjoy an evening with the kids, we really look forward to this each year” said Becky Hopkins, Vice President of the Kyle Busch Foundation.
After the dinner the children were presented gifts from the Kyle Busch Foundation and the NASCAR Foundation. The paper was flying as they dove right into their new presented gifts, which included RC cars, shoes, gift cards, games and more. The event culminated with some serious competition of Wii games, the guys racing each other on one TV and the girls going step for step in a Dance Revolution challenge. Even Kyle's Fiancé, Samantha Sarcinella, was in on the dancing action. “I had so much fun with the kids, they really have some serious dance moves!” said Sarcinella.
Annual Holiday Party
Members of the Kyle Busch Foundation hosted their annual Holiday Party for the children of the Church of God Childrenʼs Home of North Carolina.
The evening began with a great din-
A special thanks goes out to the NASCAR Foundation who helped
with the event and had many members of the NASCAR Family out to enjoy the evening. The Kyle Busch Foundation would like to thank the following for making this special night such a suc-
F O U N DAT I O N
Lake Norman Clean Cast Event
Thirty-five kids from the Claremont Boys and Girls Club lined the bank of Lake Norman waiting for their bobber to disappear under the water. Volunteers were close-by to help bait hooks, help cast wiggling worms to the best spots, untangle lines and hopefully to help land the big whoppers. All fish, bushes and trees were released unharmed.
This was the first of several events planned for this year. Stutts Marina and Lake Norman Marina are the sites for the next events.
Bob Bauer is involved in the Southfork Junior Bassmasters, is the youth director for the, NC Federation Nation and works tirelessly to promote bass fishing for kids. He is seen at right with one of
Kerry Earnhardt was also on hand to help out with the event and share one of his passions, fishing, with the kids in attendance. "I love a good day of fishing, and when I was asked to help show kids how to fish there was no way I could turn down the opportunity," Kerry said of the event.
Almost everyone caught a fish but they all had fun. Fish were weighed and hourly prizes were awarded for the largest fish in 4 categories.
cess: NASCAR UNITES, A Childʼs Place, Changed Choices, Holy Angels, The Salvation Army, and the Triple Cross Ranch. About the Kyle Busch Foundation: The Kyle Busch Foundation is dedicated to providing essential tools for less fortunate children throughout the country. KBF will concentrate its efforts on assisting organizations in fostering a safe environment for children to live, learn and challenge themselves as well as seeing that day to day needs are met.
and played in the water. Every time someone brought a fish to the scale kids wanted to touch and feel the fish.
Happy, excited voices yelled, “I got one, I got one!”
The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists, Midway Marina Bait and Tackle, The Boathouse Grill and Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet and The Dale Earnhardt Foundation teamed up with Bob Bauer, Mark Lancaster, 18 volunteers, three local fishing guides and youth mentors from the Southfork Junior Bassmasters to put on the first Lake Norman Clean Cast for Kids Fishing Tournament at Midway Marina last Thursday.
the attendees and her prize fish!
Devon Lee was so excited when a largemouth bass hit his worm and yanked his bobber out of sight. The smile on his face couldnʼt have been any bigger! The bass weighed 2 pounds 8 ½ ounces. Bob Patrick, a volunteer from the Balls Creek Bassmasters Club deftly handled the landing net. The Boathouse Grill dining room filled with smiles and laughter as the kids shared fishing stories; the ones that got away as they wolfed down hot dogs, burgers and fries. After lunch the fishing didnʼt seem quite as serious as the kids squashed worms,
Ivey Huffman, 9, from Conover, was the angler of the day and weighed 4 fish. Her one pound seven ounce channel catfish won the catfish category and she took home a new rod and reel. Devon Leeʼs big bass was never challenged and he easily won the bass division. What a day!
By Lou Mintzer
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Foundation donates $1 million to Victory Junction Dale Earnhardt Jr. will donate $1 million to Victory Junction Gang Camp for “The Dale Jr. Corral and Amphitheatre,” an interactive accessible outdoor amphitheater that will provide campers the opportunity to do things such as sing a song, act in a play, tell a joke, play an instrument or watch a movie.
More than 13,000 children suffering from diseases such as cancer, hemophilia, spina bifida, physical disabilities and sickle-cell anemia have attended the camp in Randleman, N.C., free of charge. The camp was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty and was based on the vision of their son Adam Petty, who was killed in a crash at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2000.
On March 27, during The Dale Jr. Foundation Physical Disabilities Weekend at Victory Junction, Earnhardt Jr. will break ground on the amphitheater with 88 members of his official fan club.There are many reasons why we wanted to get involved with Victory Junction and build
this amphitheater, and it starts with the tremendous impact the camp has on these kids,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “Itʼs incredible how one week changes lives. Just as important to me is my friendship with Kyle and Pattie Petty, and the
memory of my buddy, Adam Petty. Adam and I met each other at an early age, and from that point on our lives and careers were virtually paral-
lel. He was as genuine as they get and a great friend. If I can play a small part in helping Kyle and Pattie keep his dream alive, it doesnʼt require a second thought.”
As part of the corral, campers will be able to get their face pictured on an old, western “Wanted” poster along with the infamous outlaw, “Junior.”
“Pattie and I are extremely humbled by Juniorʼs kindness and generosity,” Kyle Petty said. “Weʼve known Junior since he was a kid and it means the world to us that he is honoring our son, Adam, by helping change the lives of these kids. Adam is definitely smiling.”
HE DALE JR. FOUN DATION IS A CHARITY DEDICATED TO GIVING UNDERPRIVILEGED INDIVIDUALS WITH A FOCUS ON YOUTH, THE RE SOURCES TO IM PROVE CONFIDENCE, EDUCATION, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE EX TRAORDINARY GOALS.
Victory Junction announced today that it will feature a public open house in conjunction with Randlemanʼs NASCAR Days on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Headlining the dayʼs festivities is a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. honoring the grand opening of Dale Jr.ʼs Corral and Amphitheatre, with special guests Dale Earnhardt Jr. and members of the Earnhardt and Petty families.
Dale Jr.ʼs Corral and Amphitheatre was generously donated by Earnhardt Jr. and will be used as both a fun, interactive activity center for campers, and a venue for local concerts and camp fundraisers. The amphitheatre is western-themed in true Dale Jr. fashion and consists of a mock jail, general store, bank and outhouse. While the venue features playful and colorful buildings, the amphitheatreʼs design is fashioned after the mock western town located on Dale Jr.ʼs property in Mooresville, N.C. The ceremony will be followed by a live performance by the Kevin Lee Band. All of the buildings from the Bowling Alley to the Super Dome will be open for public viewing throughout the day, giving visitors a peek at what campers get to experience. Victory Junction staff will also be on hand to help answer questions and share amazing stories about camp. Chili, hot dogs, drinks and chips will be available for purchase in the Hendrick Fuel Stop. Hunt Brothers Pizza & Wings, as well as Bojanglesʼ famous sweet tea and chicken biscuits will be available on the lawn of Victory Circle. The annual “Vicʼs Garage Sale,” featuring NASCAR memorabilia, will be held in the Michael Waltrip Sports Arena. All proceeds of the garage sale benefit Victory Junction.
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, NC, with a second location opening soon in Kansas City, KS. Victory Junction offers programs for a range of disease groups and maintains strong relationships with more than 30 partner hospitals.
Victory Junctionʼs mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, groups and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. For more information or to donate, visit
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CHILDRENS HOSPITAL & DENNY HAMLIN CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF BON AIR THERAPY CENTER
atric physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Construction of the Bon Air Therapy Center was made possible by donations from the Denny Hamlin Foundation, the Junior Board of Childrenʼs Hospital, and others.
RICHMOND, Va. (April 19, 2010) – Childrenʼs Hospital will celebrate the Grand Opening of its Bon Air Therapy Center with a reception on Wednesday, April 28. A child currently receiving therapy at the Center will do the honors of cutting the ribbon.
Special Guests at the reception will include Denny Hamlin and other representatives from the Denny Hamlin Foundation. In June 2009, the Denny Hamlin Foundation donated $20,000 to pay for construction of the main gym at the new therapy center.
“Giving kids the ability to heal through physical therapy is something that is very important to me, and to be able to do this in my
“The new Center has more space for each child seen in therapy,” comments Sallie Tidman, OT/L, Director of Therapy Services. “The large gyms allow more room for therapeutic activities like running, skipping and hopping and for equipment like treadmills and exercise bikes.”
hometown means so much more,” says Hamlin. The Bon Air Therapy Center opened in late December 2009 with 5,300 square feet of space that includes two gyms, two sensory motor areas, seven quiet treatment spaces, a psychology office, and a comfortable waiting room with a dedicated childrenʼs nook. The Center replaces the former South Therapy Center which needed additional space to meet growing demand for pedi-
The denny hamlin foundation Group
In addition to the donation from the Denny Hamlin Foundation, gifts were made to fund the Bon Air Therapy Center by American Family Fitness, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Congdon, the Junior Board of Childrenʼs Hospital, Metropolitan Health Foundation and the Sunshine Gift Shop of Childrenʼs Hospital.
The Bon Air Therapy Center is located in the Sheltering Arms Bon Air facility near Buford Road and Midlothian Turnpike.
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Ultimate Speed The Jeff Gordon Foundation, with presenting sponsor Pacific Technical Resources, Inc., hosted the Foundationʼs annual "Ultimate Speed" go-kart event at Victory Lane Karting on Wednesday. Proceeds from the event will help purchase state-of-the-art cardiac/respiratory monitors for the Jeff Gordon Childrenʼs Hospital in Concord. John Roberts, host of SPEED Channelʼs NASCAR Raceday and Victory Lane, emceed as 21 teams in nine different heats raced four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. The event also featured a live auction and the Italian dinner was catered by Paventiʼs Pizza. Prior to the green flag waving, Gordon announced the Foundationʼs efforts to fund 14 Phillips IntelliVue Cardiac/Respiratory monitors
The Jeff Gordon Childrenʼs Foundation recently commemorated A Decade of Caring - its tenth anniversary - with a pledge of $1.5 million to Riley Children's Foundation. The gift establishes the Jeff Gordon Childrenʼs Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Fund. This fund will provide vital resources for Riley Hospital/Indiana University School of Medicine researchers seeking to impact treatments, therapies and cures. Since its first gift in 2001, The Jeff Gordon
needed in the Pediatric Unit. The new monitors will have a bandagetype saturation probe which more accurately and comfortably assesses oxygen levels in the patientʼs blood during their stay at The Jeff Gordon Childrenʼs Hospital. These monitoring systems will reduce the risk of human error and increase available staff time to care for other pediatric patients.
"Our Pediatric Unit at Jeff Gordon Childrenʼs Hospital currently uses several individual pieces of equipment to monitor the cardiac and respiratory status of our pa tients," said Brandi Newman, Director of Womenʼs & Childrenʼs Services, NorthEast Medical Center. "One cardiac/respiratory monitor performs the functions of all the various pieces
of equipment, providing more accu rate monitoring which could lead to better treatment and outcomes for our patients. Our patients truly deserve the highest level of care." The Presenting Sponsor of this yearʼs event, Pacific Technical Resources Inc., partnered to show their support and passion for the efforts put forth by The Jeff Gordon Foundation. Their involvement in "Ultimate Speed" enhanced the opportunity for the Foundation to provide the Jeff Gordon Childrenʼs hospital with the highest quality of medical equipment available.
2010 Gordon Celebrity Bowl
Childrenʼs Foundation has given Riley more than $1.58 million.
Riley Hospital's Cancer Center, a national leader in providing clinical care and conducting research for pediatric cancer, treats 75% of all children with cancer in Indiana. The Center's achievements during the past decade include increasing survival rates by 10 percent for children with high risk neuroblastoma and acute myelogenous leukemia. The gift from The Jeff Gordon
Foundation will create a $1 million endowment to fund research conducted in partnership between Riley Hospital and the Wells Center for Pediatric Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The remaining $500,000 will address immediate research needs at Riley Hospital.
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Chandra and Jimmie Johnson Award More Than $650,000 in Education Grants in Partnership with Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.
In what is surely a fitting end to an amazing season, reigning five-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and wife, Chandra, announced the recipients of more than $650,000 in education grants. For the second consecutive year, the Jimmie Johnson Founda-
Collinswood Language Academy in Charlotte, N.C. Collinswood was one of three Charlotte area schools awarded a grant. The school, a full magnet offering the Dual Language Spanish Immersion program, was awarded $45,947 for the construction of a playground for first through eighth grade students.
tion/Loweʼs Toolbox for Education Champions Grants were awarded to deserving K-12 public schools in the Johnsonsʼ hometowns and where they currently reside.
have been able to visit several schools, and I think thatʼs when you really see the impact these grants can have on the students,” said Jimmie Johnson, a native of El Cajon, Calif. “Chani and I are proud that we are able to make an impact in our hometowns as well as in Charlotte, at schools such as Collinswood.” The new playground will replace the run-down existing equipment and will meet the needs of the growing population as Collinswood adds seventh and eighth grades over the next two years. Collinswood also was the recipient of a 2009 Champions Grant for the installation of a SMART Board.
“We continue to see the huge need in public education,” said Chandra Johnson, co-founder of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. “There was a substantial increase in the number of applications and the amount of funding requested this year. We are honored that we are able to fund 13 new projects in our second year.” The Johnsons announced the recipients of the donations totaling $688,087 at a special ceremony at
"We are so honored that Jimmie and Chandra not only selected Collinswood as a recipient of a 2010 Toolbox for Education Grant, but also selected our school as the site of this year's announcement,” said Nicolette Grant, Principal at Collinswood Language Academy. “In
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NASCAR champ Johnson awards education grants and North Carolina. Grant awards included $198,554 toward science and technology needs, $133,845 for playgrounds and athletic facilities, $88,097 toward trade-based programs, $82,455 for experiential learning, $72,000 for performing arts programs, $68,098 toward lit-
The kindergartners and firstgraders from a Charlotte magnet school didn't know they were heading to a surprise assembly to see the only NASCAR Sprint Cup champion of their lifetimes. Jimmie Johnson then supplied money for a playground and basketball court at their school. It's part of the five-time defending Cup champion's $688,087 in education grants given to 13 schools in three states. It's a partnership with his charitable foundation and Lowe's, his primary sponsor.
"I think we had like $6 million in grant (applications) that were sent to us," Johnson said. "There's no way you can fund that, but you just
“Chani and I
this difficult economic time, it is so rewarding to know that our local heroes are taking an active interest in education and providing much needed financial support. This gift will have a positive impact on the social and physical development of our students for years to come."
This year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Loweʼs Toolbox for Education Champions Grants program received more than 100 applications from eligible school districts in California, Oklahoma,
eracy initiatives, and $25,038 in school improvements. “Jimmie and Chandra Johnson have proven to be great partners with Loweʼs in supporting education,” said Larry D. Stone, chairman of Loweʼs Charitable and Educational Foundation. “We know the grants will fulfill some important needs for these schools.” In two years 40 Champions Grants have been awarded to 35 schools totaling more than $1.5 million. The 2010 Champions Grants were awarded to the following schools:
sit there and wish you could. And that's just in the three areas where we were taking grants. It shows the need and how strained the educational system is. We're just happy to help make a difference." Johnson surprised cheering students at the Collinswood Language Academy, which offers a Spanish immersion program, with about $46,000 for a playground and basketball court. Two other schools in North Carolina, three in Oklahoma and seven in
California also will get money. Johnson is from El Cajon, Calif., and lives in the Charlotte area. His wife, Chandra, is from Oklahoma. "It's one thing to go out and raise the money and then have an awards ceremony and pass stuff out," Johnson said. "But to actually see the kids, interact with them, that's the best part of fundraising." It's the second year of a collaboration between the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe's Toolbox for Education Champions Grants. The grants go for a variety of projects ranging from science and technology needs to arts, literacy initiatives, athletic facilities and school improvements."Johnson, who captured his fifth straight Sprint Cup title last month, picked up his fourth Driver of the Year award
this week as the best driver in the United States.