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Tournament breaks record for fundraising for

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Speediatrics


Miami, Fl -- November 20, 2006 -- With the "Who's Who" of NASCAR racing in attendance, The 5th Annual Miccosukee Resort & Gaming "Hot Rods & Reels", Charity Fishing Tournament was a huge success. The tournament, part of the first ever Florida Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, raised more than $106,000 for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Speediatrics, the racing-themed pediatric unit at Homestead Hospital.


More than 35 people spent an hour and a half fishing on the infield lake at the Homestead-Miami Speedway with Tony Stewart, Kyle Petty, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Bobby Labonte and other top figures in the world of racing. They not only spent time with some of the greatest racers in the world, but had the opportunity to win a million dollars as the fisherman with the largest catch won the chance to pick an envelope that could have contained The Miccosukee Million.


"This was a wonderful day of fun and excitement and coming together for very important causes," said Darrell Gwynn, president of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. "For the past five years, we've seen the top racers and their fans, both corporate and individual participants enjoying this one-of-a-kind event, but this year surpassed them all. Every boat was filled, more dollars were raised, and every one had an experience they will remember for a lifetime."

The boat with NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Bill Elliott, guide Mark Shepard and guests George Grasshopper and Rick Doctor came in tops in both individual catch (2.96 lbs, caught by Grasshopper) and total weight of all the fish caught (4 lbs., 14 oz). Grasshopper then had a chance to draw for the Miccosukee Million but came away without the winning envelope.


"Hot Rods & Reels" has been part of the Nextel Ford Championship weekend for the past five years, and will be inaugurated by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in Daytona this coming February as part of Speed Weeks. The event raised more than twice as much as it did last year.


"This event continues to grow in popularity, and is an essential part of raising the awareness of spinal cord injuries and prevention," added Gwynn.


Part of the morning's activities included the donation of a new Quickie wheelchair from Sunrise Medical courtesy of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to 8-year old Damian Martinez of West Palm Beach. Martinez suffers from cerebral palsy and this new wheelchair will provide him with much greater mobility. "It is moments such as this, giving Damian the new chair, that remind all of us how important the monies raised at Hot Rods & Reels is."


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 targeted research.


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