DAYTONA BEACH, FL (December 6, 2006) – The NASCAR Foundation, a non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities, celebrated a successful third annual NASCAR Day by donating $150,000 to Speediatrics – the racing-themed pediatric unit at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach today.
NASCAR Foundation Chairman Betty Jane France presented the check to Glenn Ritchey, chairman of the Halifax Medical Center Foundation Board and member of the Halifax Community Health System Board of Commissioners, before hospital, NASCAR and Daytona Beach leaders, local media and staff.
“NASCAR Day is a one-day celebration of the NASCAR spirit,” said France. “Because of the NASCAR fans, partners and companies right here in Daytona Beach who opened their hearts to the charities of The NASCAR Foundation, we are able to support such a worthy cause as Speediatrics.”
“We want to thank Betty Jane France and the NASCAR Foundation for their generous gift. This financial support will help Halifax Medical Center continue to provide high quality pediatric care to children in East Central Florida,” said Ritchey.
Three-thousand company locations participated in NASCAR Day 2006, a one-day celebration of the NASCAR spirit in May. Forty companies located in the Daytona Beach area helped raise more than $50,000 for the NASCAR initiative. More than 97,000 individuals purchased NASCAR Day lapel pins at NASCAR.com.
Following the ceremony, Betty Jane France visited Speediatrics where Speedway Ambassadors were busy entertaining the children with games and fun activities. Speedway Ambassadors are employees of the Daytona International Speedway, International Speedway Corp. and NASCAR who come to Speediatrics regularly to decorate and cheer up the children and their families during the holidays.
Speediatrics is the racing-themed pediatric unit at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, FL. The 36-bed unit provides both general pediatric and pediatric intensive care to hundreds of children each year. The racing-related theme has proven to make treatment more acceptable, comfortable and effective for children and their families. For more information about the Halifax Medical Center Foundation and Speediatrics visit www.halifaxfoundation.org.