Darrell Gwynn Foundation Donates $20,000 Wheelchair to NASCAR Fan Spencer Blomquist at Hot Rods & Reels, February 24

February 24th, 2012

Donnie Allison Defends Title with Victory in Hot Rods & Reels – Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, supporters, donated a $20,000 power wheelchair to Spencer Blomquist, a 23 year-old NASCAR fan and native of Cantonment, Fla. at its annual Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers on Lake Lloyd at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 24. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is the provide SUPPORT for people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.

Blomquist was a victim of a car robbery two years ago and sustained a spinal cord injury from a gunshot wound in the incident. He was denied by his health insurance the proper power wheelchair he needed. With the gift of mobility he received from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Spencer will be able to complete his education at Pensacola State University and pursue a career. The wheelchair donation was made through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program. To learn more or donate and give the gift of mobility please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org.

NASCAR Legend Donnie Allison defended his title from 2011 by winning the 2012 Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers. Allison’s team of Robert Clarke, Sr., Robert Clarke, Jr. and David Driggers captured the tournament championship by accumulating a three-bass weigh-in total of 15.26lbs. Allison also caught the biggest fish in the event reeling in a lunker 6.91lbs. largemouth bass.

This year’s Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers featured three Daytona 500 Champions. The race winners that participated in the event included defending Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne, along with Daytona 500 winners Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray. Other drivers and celebrities that also participated included: Joe Nemecheck, Regan Smith, Clint Bowyer, Joey Coulter, Donnie Allison, Bobby Labonte, Martin Truex, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola, David Ragan, Michael McDowell.

The charity fishing tournament pairs NASCAR Drivers with donors and supporters for a fun day of fishing benefiting the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The event is a great way for companies to reward employees or entertain clients. For more information on purchasing a boat or sponsorships for upcoming Hot Rods & Reels events in Homestead, Fla. and Daytona, Fla., please visit www.hotrodsandreels.com or call (954) 792-7223 x.113.

About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
Founded in 2002 by Champion Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide SUPPORT for people living with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. The foundation’s primary support program is its national Wheelchair Donation Program. With this program the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated custom built wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals in need. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assistance Fund also supports two Speediatrics Units the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally, the Patient Assistance Fund provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. The foundation operates an Education & Prevention Program directed to high school students to educate them on the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to spinal cord injuries. This rapidly growing program reaches over 10,000 students annually at over 50 high schools. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for and established a National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month and Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Florida. The foundation also lobbied and established With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR and many more generous sponsors, individual supporters and donors, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation continues to evolve as a leading foundation for those with spinal cord injuries and living with paralysis. For more information please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation .

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