NASCAR Foundation looking to honor local humanitarians
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 2, 2011) – The NASCAR Foundation will recognize the outstanding
charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans by awarding the first annual Betty Jane France
Humanitarian Award, which includes a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to the
children’s charity of the recipient’s choice.
The award will honor the passionate commitment Betty Jane France has demonstrated with her
charitable works and community efforts. France has been a pioneer of charitable works in the NASCAR
community and serves as Chairwoman and founder of The NASCAR Foundation. France also created the
Speediatrics concept, a pediatric unit with a racing theme at both the Halifax Health Medical Center in
Daytona Beach, Fla. and at the Betty Jane France Children's Emergency Center at Homestead Hospital
in Homestead, Fla.
“Since 2006, The NASCAR Foundation has been inspired by the selfless dedication of our
NASCAR fans to improve the lives of the children,” said Betty Jane France. “We have champions in every
community and we are thrilled to recognize them with this Humanitarian Award.”
The four finalists chosen will receive a $25,000 donation to a children’s charity of their choice, a
trip to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 2011 and be part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, where the winner will be announced and presented the award from
Betty Jane France.
The winner receives the $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to their children’s
charity and a 2012 Ford Explorer.
The award winner will be based on nominations where individuals submit a short story about the
community work and focus on supporting children’s charities done by the nominee. The three criteria that
will determine the winner, which is chosen by The NASCAR Foundation Board of Directors, include the
long term commitment to children’s causes, impact on the local community and dedication for their efforts
and passion for the sport of NASCAR.
Nominations will be accepted online at NASCAR.COM/Unites and through U.S. mail to: Betty
Jane Humanitarian Award; The NASCAR Foundation; 550 South Caldwell Street, Suite 2000, Charlotte,
N.C. 28202. The deadline for nominations is July 18.
For more information about the process visit NASCAR.COM/Unites.
About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation
in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the
NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation seeks to raise funds and
increase volunteerism to support non-profit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an
emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play.
For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.
For more information, please contact:
Tom Sullivan, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications, (704) 348-9613 or