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Stewart Donates Custom Scooter to Darrell Gwynn Foundation
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The custom scooter three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart used to move around following an Aug. 5 sprint car crash that broke his right leg has been donated to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
Stewart personally donated the scooter, complete with a special paint scheme that mimics the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS he drives in the elite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Foundation, in turn, will auction the scooter at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson event April 11-13 in Palm Beach, Fla.
Stewart signed the scooter, as well as a 16x20 picture of him on the scooter. But in addition to the scooter, Stewart has created an overall package that will accompany the scooter’s winning bid. It includes a race-worn Bass Pro Shops firesuit signed by Stewart and a trip for two people to be his guests at the July 3-5 Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Daytona International Speedway. Round-trip airfare, a three-night hotel stay and garage passes will all be covered by Stewart, and two reserved seats will be available on the No. 14 team’s pit box for the winners to watch the Coke Zero 400, which Stewart has won four times (2005, 2006, 2009 and 2012).
To make sure the scooter and accompanying prize package is a strong fundraiser for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Stewart will personally match the first $50,000 bid and donate it to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
“We thought long and hard about what we should do with the scooter when we were finished with it,” Stewart said. “After working with Darrell Gwynn and his foundation for so many years, I know there are a lot of people who aren’t as fortunate, and that a scooter is a way of life.
“The scooter I used after my accident is top of the line, and it will serve someone very well. I want it to go to a deserving person, but I also want it to help others. Auctioning it off at Barrett-Jackson, where all the money will go to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, allows Darrell and his group to serve its mission by providing support for people living with paralysis.
“I’m putting my money where my mouth is too by personally matching the first $50,000 bid on the scooter and giving it to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The scooter and the money will be well served by Darrell and his team, who have donated wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals through its National Wheelchair Donation Program. I’m impressed with everything Darrell has done for others and I’m very proud to contribute to his foundation’s mission.”
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 who are facing medical and financial hardships. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund, offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., and Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., 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 Beach, Fla., and Homestead (Fla.) Hospital. 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 more than 10,000 students annually at approximately 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. 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. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has reached the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level as a demonstration of its commitment to transparency. For more information please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation or follow on Twitter @gwynnfoundation.