NOV. 18, 5th ANNUAL HOT RODS AND REELS
HR&R 06 Release
5th ANNUAL MICCOSUKEE RESORT &
GAMING "HOT RODS & REELS", CHARITY FISHING TOURNAMENT SET FOR NOVEMBER 18TH:
PARTICIPATING NASCAR STARS & FANS HAVE
CHANCE TO WIN "THE MICCOSUKEE MILLION"
MIAMI (October 30, 2006) , The 5th
Annual Miccosukee Resort & Gaming "Hot Rods & Reels", charity fishing
tournament, scheduled for Saturday November 18th at 8:30 a.m.,
offers what many would consider a perfect trifecta for fun: fishing for
trophy bass alongside NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers and other racing celebrities
with the chance to win The Miccosukee Million.
The fundraiser for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to Cure
Paralysis and the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, Speediatricsâ,
at Homestead Hospital will be held at Homestead-Miami Speedway's infield
lake as part of the Ford Championship Weekend and Florida's first Spinal
Cord Injury Awareness Week.
"With the help of the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, and our celebrity participants, this event
provides a really special opportunity for racing fans and fishing
enthusiasts to have a great time while raising money for some great causes,"
said Darrell Gwynn, President of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) and
event founder. "We are really excited to tie this year's event with
Florida's Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week and hope that events such as
this one will help raise awareness of how to prevent paralysis and efforts
to find a cure."
Hot Rods & Reels" will take place on the Speedway's
18-acre infield lake, which is 60 feet deep and stocked with trophy-size
peacock bass and largemouth bass. Because of its unique location and
outstanding fishing, the lake has been featured on ESPN's "Great Outdoors"
and in the Miami Herald.
"The Miccosukee Hot Rods & Reels Fishing Tournament has
become one of the premier events during Ford Championship Weekend," said
Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "We are honored to host
everyone from The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Speediatrics, drivers, and
participants at our world famous infield lake at Homestead-Miami Speedway."
The Hot Rods & Reels tournament rules are simple: The
boat with the heaviest combined largemouth bass or peacock bass weight wins
the tournament. However, the individual who reels in the heaviest fish in
the tournament has the chance to select from one of 250 envelopes, one of
which contains the $1 million grand prize. An official weigh-in determining
the winning fish will immediately precede the prize drawing. Each
driver/celebrity will be teamed with two guest anglers in their own bass
boat featuring an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recognized
guide. Because space is limited people interested in participating should
www.hotrodsandreels.com early to
register for the event. This year's tournament features an 8:30 a.m. start,
allowing ample fishing before the track gets hot at 1:00 p.m. for the start
of NASCAR Nextel Cup practice.
Both a fan and celebrity favorite, Hot Rods & Reels
draws some of the biggest names in NASCAR, including drivers, owners, and TV
personalities. NASCAR drivers and celebrities currently scheduled (subject
to change) for the 2005 Hot Rods & Reels" tournament include:
o Jimmy Spencer
o Bobby Labonte
o Tony Stewart
o Kyle Petty
o Scott Wimmer
o Jeff Burton
o Donnie Allison
o Mike Wallace
o Richard Childress
o Ryan Newman
o Ken Schrader
o Michael Waltrip
o Martin Truex, Jr.
Earlier this year, the DGF was involved in the
initiative to have November 13 - 19, 2006 declared as the first Florida Spinal
Cord Injury Awareness Week. Because Florida has numerous, year-long, outdoor
activities that lend themselves to spinal cord injuries, increased awareness of
how these injuries occur and tips for preventing them is particularly important
in the state. DGF has numerous public educational activities planned through
the week, including presentations in high schools, a radio and television PSA
campaign and events including Hot Rods and Reels.
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3)
organization dedicated to preventing paralysis when possible, providing support
for individual's living with paralysis and ultimately finding a cure for
paralysis. To expedite specific cures, the Foundation assists in the funding of
The Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, Speediatricsâ,
at Homestead Hospital is a completely renovated pediatrics unit designed with a
motorsports theme. The only dedicated pediatric unit in deep South Miami-Dade,
its design is to make children feel as comfortable as possible during a hospital
The 5th Annual Miccosukee Resort & Gaming "Hot Rods &
Reels", NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Drivers & Teams Charity Fishing Tournament takes place
during the Ford Championship Weekend, November 17-19th at the Homestead-Miami
Speedway, home of the season-finales for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and
Craftsman Truck Series.
Joining Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in sponsoring this event
are Bass Pro Shots, Sprint, Hook & Tackle and the Homestead-Miami Speedway. For
more information on registration or sponsorship, visit
www.hotrodsandreels.com or call
954-792-7223 ext. 105. To order tickets to the Ford Championship Weekend at
Homestead-Miami Speedway, please call (305) 230-RACE or log on
Assistant Manager, Public
Caren Berg or Sue Siebert
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