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  08-29-07: HIGH NOTE AT RICHMOND

  08-20-07: 2 YEAR OLD GETS CHAIR

  07-11-07: CRAIG DONATION

  06-26-07: DAYTONA DONATION

  04-20-07: DGF AND EASTER SEALS

  04-03-07: DGF REELS IN $175,000

  03-06-07: DGF AT GAINESVILLE

  03-01-07: TOT GETS CHAIR

  02-28-07: MCCARTNEY CAR @ BJ

  02-20-07: 1st DAYTONA A SUCCESS

  01-29-07: BJ RAISES $200,000

  01-11-07: 1st DAYTONA HR&R

  01-11-07: NEW MEMBERS TO BOARD

  
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6/26/07

DARRELL GWYNN FOUNDATION STARTS PEPSI 400 RACE

WITH WHEELCHAIR DONATION AT FINISH LINE

Davie, FL: The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and support of spinal cord injury victims, will donate a new power wheelchair to 6-year-old Jessica Greenfield at Daytona International Speedway’s NASCAR NEXTEL Series Pepsi 400 race, to be held on July 7, 2007. The presentation will take place at 7:13 p.m. on the Speedway’s start-finish line during a special pre-race ceremony. Internationally known NASCAR driver and honorary DGF board member Tony Stewart is also scheduled to take part in the presentation. The wheelchair donation is made possible by DGF and its national partnership with Easter Seals. Jessica, a client of Easter Seals Volusia Flagler Counties, receives occupational and physical therapy at her school in Flagler County by an Easter Seals school therapist. Also instrumental in this donation is Chevy Racing, DGF’s partner, which is providing tickets to the event for Jessica and guests and will take part in the presentation.

“Anything that we can do to make Jessica’s life a little better is our goal,” said Darrell Gwynn, president and founder of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. “This new chair will not only be easier for her to maneuver, but it will allow her to save more of her energy for just being a kid.”

Wheelchair recipient Jessica Greenfield suffers from Cerebral Palsy, a condition that significantly limits her mobility. Although she currently uses a manual wheelchair, the progressive weakening of her body has made the chair increasingly difficult to operate. Jessica attends kindergarten at Belle Terre Elementary School in Palm Coast. She excels in reading and spelling, loves the color pink and enjoys watching The Rugrats. Darrell Gwynn, Tony Stewart and Chevy Racing Marketing Manager Jeff Chew will present Jessica with her own Quickie Z500 power chair just prior to the introduction of the drivers participating in the race.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. The foundation works to help improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury and illness by providing necessary equipment or special services. The presentation to Jessica Greenfield is one in a series of national donations the Foundation will present throughout the year. DGF has partnered with the Easter Seals Foundation to help identify recipients for the Wheelchair Donation Program.

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About The Darrell Gwynn Foundation

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) is a certified non-profit 501(c)3 Agency.  DGF exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses. To expedite specific cures, the Foundation assists in the funding of targeted research. DGF is also dedicated to injury prevention, with special emphasis on programs targeting children. The Foundation helps improve the quality of life for those already afflicted with injury or illness, by providing necessary equipment or special services. DGF is an official charity of the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and has a close affiliation with NASCAR and the NASCAR Foundation.  Additional information about DGF is found at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.

 

About Easter Seals

Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals living with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs. For more than 85 years, Easter Seals has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.easterseals.com.

 

About Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in located in Daytona Beach Florida. It is a 2.5 mile (4 km) tri-oval race track facility with a seating capacity of 168,000 spectators. It hosts a variety of motor vehicle races including go-karts, motorcycles, (on and off road), sports cars, modified pickup trucks, and stock cars. The facility also includes a 3.56 mile (5.7 km) road course and a 180-acre infield, including the 29 acre Lake Lloyd, which has hosted racing as well as the first ever Daytona Hot Rods & Reels benefiting the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in February 2007. For more information, log on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.