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NASCAR Foundation donates $1 million to NYU Langone Medical Center
NEW YORK -- The NASCAR Foundation will donate $1 million to NYU Langone Medical Center, as part of a multi-year partnership to benefit hospitalized children. Through this partnership, The NASCAR Foundation will enhance the Child Life Program at the Hassenfeld Children's Hospital of New York at NYU Langone. The partnership will be commemorated at the first-ever NASCAR Foundation Honors Gala taking place at The Marriott Marquis in New York on Sept. 27. This is The NASCAR Foundation's first multi-year partnership with a New York area hospital and marks its commitment to reach more kids nationally. NASCAR’s charitable arm has donated $25 million and impacted more than one million children since its inception in 2006. "This is an important partnership for The NASCAR Foundation," said NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton. "The work being done by the NYU Langone Medical Center is changing lives, each and every day. The NASCAR Foundation is proud to have an opportunity to support that important work and expand our commitment to improving the lives of children in need." Through this partnership, the Child Life Program will ease the anxiety of children and their families during their hospital stay, which is essential to recovery. The NASCAR Foundation will support an enhanced child and family experience, fund two Child Life specialists, and provide resources, equipment and supplies to complement the wide-range of supportive and therapeutic activities currently offered at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at no charge to patients. This marks an expansion of The NASCAR Foundation's commitment to supporting children with Child Life programming as part of its signature Speediatrics program, which has provided more than 500,000 children with state-of-the-art medical care. "As leaders in the field of pediatrics, we're proud to partner with The NASCAR Foundation whose generous philanthropic support provides extensive and meaningful programs to help children and their families," said Catherine S. Manno, MD, the Pat and John Rosenwald Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone. "This sponsorship, in concert with our Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, will strengthen our national exemplar model of care for children and their families." The NASCAR Foundation Honors Gala, which was planned to celebrate "10 Years of Giving," has taken on additional significance following the unexpected passing of its Founder and Chairwoman Emeritus Betty Jane France last month. The Gala will be a tribute to Betty Jane France's life and is being hosted by the France family including NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France (son) and his wife Amy France , International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy (daughter) and NASCAR Vice Chairman and International Speedway Corporation Chairman Jim France (brother-in-law). At the Honors Gala, various awards will be bestowed, including: -- Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide : One of four finalists will be announced as the winner following a fan vote which has taken place since July 13. The NASCAR Foundation will donate a total of $175,000 to the charities represented by the finalists -- with the winner's charity receiving a $100,000 donation. This year's finalists include Jim Giaccone of Bayville, New York, representing Tuesday's Children; Andy Hoffman of Atkinson, Nebraska, founder of the Team Jack Foundation; Logan Houptley of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a founding member of Mikayla's Voice; and Parker White of Greensboro, North Carolina, founder of BackPack Beginnings. Since the award's inception, nearly $900,000 has been contributed to charities represented by the finalists . -- Children's Champion Award: Dr. Howard B. Ginsburg : The William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, and Division Chief, Pediatric Surgery at NYU Langone, will receive the award recognizing his commitment to children. -- Founder's Award: NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus will receive the award recognizing his contributions to philanthropy. The Honors Gala will be headlined by Grammy® and Tony® nominated singer Sara Bareilles . The following NASCAR champions and rising stars will be in attendance: six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson , seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Richard Petty , reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch , NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, two-time NASCAR XFINITY Series Champions Martin Truex Jr . and Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., Danica Patrick , Kyle Larson , Kasey Kahne , Ben Kennedy and Julia Landauer. This event builds on NASCAR's long history in New York. The racing organization opened its first office in Manhattan in 1996 and is based out of the newly renovated New York headquarters at 590 Madison Avenue. This partnership also marks further collaboration between NYU and NASCAR. In March, Brian France participated in NYU's first Social Responsibility of Sports Conference where he pledged NASCAR's support to improve social responsibility in sports. For ticket information or table sponsorships, please visit www.nascarfoundation.org/honors-gala .
Hoffman wins Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award
NEW YORK -- Andy Hoffman, founder of the Nebraska-based Team Jack Foundation dedicated to funding pediatric brain cancer research, was the recipient of The NASCAR Foundation's sixth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide on Tuesday night, during The Foundation's inaugural Honors Gala at the Marriott Marquis. This year's award presentation is the highlight of the "10 Years of Giving" celebration for The NASCAR Foundation, which has donated approximately $25 million to impact the lives of children since its inception in 2006. The Honors Gala raised more than $1.6 million to benefit hospitalized children across the country through the recently established Speediatrics Children's Fund. The award is presented to a NASCAR fan who has done outstanding work on behalf of children in need in their community. The award honors the philanthropic ideals of the late Betty Jane France , who started The NASCAR Foundation in 2006. The NASCAR Foundation will donate $100,000 to "Team Jack," which was founded by Hoffman and his wife Brianna in 2013, two years after their son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Team Jack works to raise research funds and create national awareness of pediatric brain cancer. Hoffman, from Atkinson, Nebraska, was chosen via an online fan vote on NASCAR.com. "I am humbled to have won the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award," Hoffman said. "Receiving this award is truly a reflection of all of those amazing people that helped support the Team Jack Foundation since day one. Winning this award, literally, could be the difference between life or death for a child someday. Our hope is that the $100,000 donation will provide the seed money for us to help fund yet another clinical trial." There were three other finalists for the award; each will receive $25,000 from The NASCAR Foundation for the charity they represent. Those finalists: Jim Giaccone of Bayville, New York, representing the New York-based Tuesday's Children organization; Logan Houptley of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a founding member of the Mikayla's Voice organization in Nazareth, Pennsylvania; and Parker White of Greensboro, North Carolina, founder of BackPack Beginnings. &amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;
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A personal mission becomes a cause for Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Finalist
In 2011, Andy Hoffman's young son Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumor. And so, in America's Heartland, the battle began for the life of one child. Soon, the situation led Hoffman's family to take on another battle of national scope, for the lives of many children. One year after the devastating diagnosis, Hoffman had T-shirts made to sell as a fundraiser for children's brain cancer research. Approximately 20,000 shirts were sold, more than $300,000 was raised. Inspiration morphed into dedication and a year later Hoffman and his wife, Brianna, formed "Team Jack Foundation" based in Atkinson, Nebraska. In the process, they confronted the fact that procedures to treat pediatric brain cancer – both in surgery and chemotherapy – were more than 30 years old. A further catalyst was the obvious need for funding, for further childhood cancer research. Team Jack Foundation raises money to fund impactful pediatric brain cancer research while working to create national awareness for the disease. The long-term goal of the non-profit organization is to fund research at the top research centers in the United States and internationally with a special emphasis on the state of Nebraska and the surrounding region, where research centers are limited. "Our goal is to raise as much money as we can, as fast as we can and get that money into the hands of the best researchers in the world to help find a cure for pediatric brain cancer," Hoffman said. It's happening. In 2013, Hoffman appealed to the Nebraska State Legislature for funding at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, resulting in the state matching Team Jack Foundation's commitment of $1.5 million. The foundation has raised nearly $3 million, with the funding going to five research programs across the country. In addition, Hoffman has run three marathons through which he personally raised more than $10,000. Hoffman, 37 – and a longtime Jeff Gordon fan – is one of four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation's 2016 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide. The award will be presented by France , The NASCAR Foundation's Chairwoman Emeritus and founder, on Sept. 27 during the inaugural Honors Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The foundation will donate $100,000 to the charity represented by the award winner and $25,000 to each of the other three finalists' charities. The award winner will be determined via an online vote now underway and running through Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. ET at NASCAR.com/Award Andy Hoffman and his son, Jack, at a chemotherapy session. Each year, approximately 4,300 children are diagnosed with life-threatening brain cancer. Young Jack Hoffman's battle continues, but for many other children, the battle is lost. "As a parent, when your child receives that first cancer diagnosis, it's a process," Hoffman said. "It's devastating. It's paralyzing. Then you go from being paralyzed to almost having a pity party, and you're praying, asking God, 'Why?' But then, the next step is, 'How are we going to beat this thing?' "I can't ask for a better group to advocate for, than these kids going through something like this. … There's so much more work that needs to be done. We've only scratched the surface. "For whatever reason, God chose us [to face this challenge] so we felt like it was our job, our obligation to other families … to use all of the blessings in our life, to do the most amount of good as possible." To learn more about this year's finalists for The NASCAR Foundation's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide, and to cast your vote today, go to www.NASCAR.com/Award . Voting is open now until Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. ET.
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Betty Jane France's giving nature honored at her funeral
PHOTOS: Remembering Betty Jane France DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR employees sat alongside community leaders. Race team owners shared pews with Betty Jane France's many, many friends. Her beloved and close-knit family members -- including her brother-in-law Jim France , NASCAR Chairman Brian France and his family, and International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy and her son, Ben -- were among the more than 500 people who gathered to wish Betty Jane France a proper and heartfelt farewell. Anyone driving into Volusia County on Thursday morning surely noticed the prevailing Tropical Storm Hermine clouds often parted in spots revealing blue sky, a fitting natural tribute to one of NASCAR's brightest personalities. Richard Petty, Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon , sportscar star Hurley Haywood and all of NASCAR's executives were among those gathered to pay respects to France . Bouquets of white orchids, lillies, hydrangeas, and roses decorated the church alter, and the calming scent of seeded eucalyptus came from floral arrangements adorning the ends of the pews. Former Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey spoke of France's great ability to inject humor and bring smiles to her work, yet she always had the ability to "make us feel special." Several times he brought the crowded church sanctuary -- and nearly 100 others seated in an extra wing watching the service on closed circuit -- to laughter, reminiscing about France and her husband, former NASCAR Chairman Bill France Jr. He told the story of how the couple would often find itself waiting in a long line to go up the elevators at Daytona International Speedway . Track workers offered to escort the Frances around the line, but Betty Jane always refused to get in front of anyone else. Bill France , Ritchey said smiling and drawing laughter, might have politely gone along with his wife's wishes, but probably would have preferred the short cut. Several times he used the word, "impact" in describing France's many contributions. And that was the decided theme injecting Betty Jane France's sunshine this cloudy Thursday morning. Brian France also addressed the church and spoke eloquently and lovingly of his mom, reminding, "Her life was a gift to us.’" He shared the three things that seemed most important to Betty Jane -- her family (her marriage, children and grandchildren), her devotion to the local community, and her commitment to the NASCAR community at large. He graciously thanked all the people for caring and for coming and told the congregation, "we should all be so lucky" to have lived as his mother did. After the nearly hour-long service at the Seabreeze United Church of Christ, people mulled around, shaking hands, smiling and sharing their Betty Jane stories of generosity and goodwill. "Betty Jane was charming, beautiful, intelligent and she played her role in NASCAR to perfection," Waltrip said. "She was the right person to do all she had to do. "Just a great lady." And as the track presidents mingled with business leaders and community members shook hands with Petty and Waltrip, there was a prevailing sense of gratitude to Betty Jane, for all she has done and all she inspires us to do.
Decals to honor Betty Jane France this weekend
PHOTOS: Remembering Betty Jane France Teams in all three NASCAR national series are paying tribute to Betty Jane France this weekend with special decals on their vehicles. A NASCAR spokesperson said the decals -- which read "A Champion of Women's and Children's Health" beneath France's initials -- were issued to Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series teams in Saturday morning inspections both at Darlington Raceway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park . France , the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy, died Monday evening. Her life and her impact on countless others were celebrated Thursday at a memorial service in Daytona Beach, Florida. France was remembered with a moment of silence during pre-race ceremonies ahead of Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series event at Darlington. Ben Kennedy , France's grandson and a competitor in the Camping World Truck Series, paid tribute with his grandmother's name above the passenger door of his No. 33 truck at Mosport. France was known as much for her diligence in philanthropic efforts as her prominence in NASCAR's first family. The NASCAR Foundation's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, presented by Nationwide, has honored fans making a difference in their communities since its inception in 2011.
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