LAS VEGAS (December 2, 2010) ----- The Home Depot and the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) announced today that Tony Stewart is the winner of the 2010 NMPA Home Depot Humanitarian Award. Stewart was presented with the specially-designed Humanitarian of the Year crystal award and a $100,000 cash donation to the Tony Stewart Foundation during the annual Myers Brothers Award luncheon in Las Vegas on Thursday.
“It was a great honor to be nominated, but to win is incredibly humbling,” Stewart said. “When we set out and created the Prelude to the Dream, and worked with Eddie Gossage and his staff at Texas Motor Speedway to establish the Smoke Show, our goal was really simple – to help people. We’re proud to say we’ve done a lot of that, but there is still a lot more to do. We’re grateful for this award, because the recognition will allow us to make the Prelude and the Smoke Show better than they ever were before.”
Stewart established the Tony Stewart Foundation to raise and donate funds to help care for critically ill children, drivers injured in motorsports activities and to support other charitable organizations in the protection of various animal species. The inaugural Prelude to the Dream took place in 2005 and has grown to become a must-see event as it is an annual sell-out that features an exclusive HBO Pay-Per-View television package. The Smoke Show, a stock car racing fantasy camp, has raised more than $676,000 since its inception in 2008.
Plans for the annual events are already taking place for 2011. The seventh annual Prelude to the Dream will take place June 8 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, while details of the fourth annual Smoke Show at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth will be announced in early 2011.
“The Home Depot is excited to be able to present this award to Tony,” said Frank Bifulco, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “We enjoyed a long relationship with Tony and are very familiar with his generous spirit. We have first-hand knowledge that these events are more than just a charitable effort for Tony, but a way of life. We salute all of the winners and are very proud to have The Home Depot brand associated with all of their hard work.”
“The charitable efforts by the candidates were inspiring,” said NMPA President Dustin Long, who was on the selection committee. “Tony’s efforts stand out for the variety and far-reaching impact his programs have had and will continue to have. The longevity and popularity of the ‘Prelude to the Dream’ has impacted NASCAR and other groups across the country in countless ways.”
The finalists and winner of the 2010 Humanitarian Award were selected by the Humanitarian Award Selection Committee comprised of members of the NMPA and The Home Depot. All of the nominees for the award were judged based on their community commitment and dedication, impact on the community and charitable giving of their time and talents. The three nominees with the highest scored were named finalists for the award.
2010 Humanitarian of the Year
Stewart was one of the three finalists for the award along with Joe Gibbs Racing team president J.D. Gibbs and driver Juan Pablo Montoya. Both Gibbs and Montoya each receive $25,000 cash donations to their respective charities for being selected as finalists.
The NMPA Home Depot Humanitarian Award was established in 2007. The inaugural Humanitarian Award winner was Don Miller, former Penske Racing executive, for his work in establishing the Stock-for-Tots program which collects toys and raises funds for Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). Richard Childress, president and CEO of Childress Racing, won the 2008 edition of the Humanitarian Award for establishing the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008. The 2009 award was presented to Tim Booth, Michigan International Speedway’s Director of Guest Services. He was honored for his work creating the Spirit of America Blood and Marrow Drive after the September 11 attacks on the United States.
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,244 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2009, The Home Depot had sales of $66.2 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $2.6 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index