Deadline for 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Nominations May 31

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In 2011, The NASCAR Foundation was proud to present the inaugural Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award to Talladega, Ala.-native Robert Weaver, who earned a $100,000 donation to Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind and a 2012 Ford Edge. Three other winners also received $25,000 donations from The NASCAR Foundation to their favorite children’s charities.

Mr. Weaver was chosen by The NASCAR Foundation Board of Directors out of more than 300 applications that were submitted during the nomination phase. The success of our first year efforts can be contributed in part to the overwhelming support The NASCAR Foundation received from NASCAR tracks. 

Nominations for the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award are currently being accepted, with an upcoming deadline of May 31, 2012. 

As the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award nominations kick into high gear, the contest’s 2011 winner, Weaver, had a street named in his honor in Talladega, Ala. The city of Talladega recognized Weaver by renaming a street “Weaver Way” to acknowledge his charitable accomplishments. 

“Suffice to say that Robert Weaver is well-deserving of this latest honor,” said France, chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation. “He was chosen as our inaugural award winner last year from an unbelievable list of nominees.

“We’re currently accepting our 2012 nominations, and we want to urge everyone to get involved in that process. There are a lot of Robert Weaver-type individuals out there in ‘NASCAR Nation,’ people who personify all that is good about our sport.”

The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award honors the steadfast commitment The NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman Betty Jane France has demonstrated on behalf of charities and community works throughout her life. France, the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, is credited with creating the “Speediatrics” concept, a pediatric unit with a racing-themed décor at both the Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla.

Nominations for the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award are based upon multiple criteria including a long term commitment to children’s causes, how the donation from The NASCAR Foundation would be used, impact on the local community, dedication for their efforts and passion for the sport of NASCAR. 

The winner of the second-annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will receive expense paid trips to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend and the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas in December, as well as a 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid from Toyota and $100,000 for donation to the children’s charity of their choice from The NASCAR Foundation. The other three finalists will receive a $25,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to a children’s charity of their choice, as well as the expense paid trips to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event and Las Vegas. For more information about The NASCAR Foundation and the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, please visit NASCAR.COM/foundation.

Last year, Weaver, along with three other finalists, was selected by the NASCAR Foundation Board of Directors from hundreds of applicants whom all made a significant impact on the lives of children through volunteerism or charitable work during the last five years. The grand prize was $100,000 along with three $25,000 prizes all of whom were donated by The NASCAR Foundation to the charity of each winner’s choice.

Robert Weaver, from Talladega, won $100,000 which he donated to an endowment for the children of Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Robert Weaver’s name. 

Patty Aber, from Middletown, N.J., gave her $25,000 gift to Bridge of Books Foundation which allowed them to hire much-needed staff for its day-to-day operations, purchase books and purchase supplies necessary to operate efficiently. 

Jake Bernstein, from St. Louis, Mo., donated his $25,000 to Autism Speaks to support their mission of advocacy and research.

Brenda Doner, from Columbus, Ohio, used her prize as a $25,000 donation to expand PBJ Connection’s space and extend their services to more children in the program.

Nominations for the 2012 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award are open through May 31, 2012 at NASCAR.COM/foundation.

The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award is looking for champions in our communities who represent the generosity of our sport. And we need your help. 

If someone you know has shown extraordinary charity and kindness of spirit in working for kids in need, honor their efforts by nominating them for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award by visiting NASCAR.COM/foundation, calling 704.348.9621, or sending an email to BJFaward@nascarfoundation.com. 

When NASCAR and our fans unite together anything is possible. 
  
Download a nomination form by clicking here.

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 NASCAR Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support nonprofit 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.
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