The Dale Jr. Foundation supports over 300 charities locally and nationally, including:
Make-A-Wish of Central and Western North Carolina
Founded by Dr. Jerry Clark, this chapter of Make-A-Wish was chartered in 1985. The chapter was originally called the Charlotte Clark Chapter in honor Dr. Clarks' first wife, whom he lost to cancer. The Central and Western NC Chapter covers the state from Burlington (Alamance County) through the 51 counties to the west. We maintain offices in Asheville, Charlotte & Greensboro. In May of 2010 Dale Jr. will be granted his 200th Wish. This is achieved by very few celebrities in a lifetime. Dale is one of five individuals who have reached this milestone.
For more information, visit www.ncwish.org
VH1 Save The Music Foundation
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $47 million in new musical instruments to 1,750 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of over 1.6 million children. The 2012 Ambassador Class - dedicated to raising awareness and funds to benefit The Foundation - includes: Amber Riley, Ciara, Jewel, John Legend, John Mayer, Kristin Chenoweth, Lifehouse and Sara Bareilles.
Blessings in a Backpack
For more information, visit www.vh1savethemusic.com and follow VH1 Save The Music Foundation on twitter @vh1savethemusic.
Blessings in a Backpack is a results oriented program. This unique program is designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally funded Free/Reduced Price Meal program and have little or no food on the weekends. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program. It costs $80 to feed one American school child in our program for an entire 38 week school year. Blessings in a Backpack is currently feeding over 37,600 children in 216 schools across 32 U.S. states and three countries. We are Feeding the Future of America® - one school at a time.
Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte
For more information, visit www.blessingsinabackpack.org
The mission of Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is to provide the families of children being treated in area medical facilities with a safe, affordable and caring “home away from home.” Construction on the house began in January of 2010 with high hopes and anticipation in the Charlotte community. Officially opened in April 2011, Ronald McDonald House Charlotte is 35,000 square feet with 28 bedrooms to offer families struggling with children’s illnesses. The house is located near both Levine Children’s Hospital and Hemby Children’s Hospital, and was filled and decorated by various individuals and companies throughout Charlotte. Ronald McDonald Houses began in 1974 with a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families by offering hope, support and community. To date, Ronald McDonald charities offer support to nearly 3.7 million children worldwide each year. In 2010, Dale Jr. and some of his Hendrick teammates donated a total of $75,000 to the creation of a toddler playroom in the house.
Camp Debbie Lou
For more infomation, visit www.rmhofcharlotte.org
Camp Debbie Lou is a low country ranch whose purpose is to provide an opportunity for children with cancer to experience quality time with their families in a Christian environment filled with fun, love and laughter. It serves as a retreat for children ages 4-14 who have been diagnosed with cancer , inviting the whole family for a fun-filled summertime getaway.
Speedway Children’s Charities
For more information, visit www.campdebbielou.com
The mission of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. Speedway Children's Charities was founded by Bruton Smith, Chairman of Speedway Motorsports and Sonic Automotive, as a memoriam and legacy to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who passed away at a very young age. Dale Jr. participates in the Speedway Children’s Charities Ride of a Lifetime. To win your chance to ride with Dale Jr. during driver introductions, please check out www.sccrideofalifetime.com
Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids
For more information, visit www.speedwaycharities.org
Ace & TJ's Grin Kids is designed to enhance the lives of children in our listening areas who are terminally ill and chronically disabled, ages five through twelve, by treating them to "once in a life time" trip to Disney World. Each year, generally the first weekend in October, the Grin Kids organization charters a private jet and hosts qualified special needs children, along with their siblings, parents, and health care workers to Disney World in Florida. Because of their special needs and financial strain, this is an experience that many of selected Grin Kids and families would not be able to know without the help of Ace & TJ's Grin Kids charity. During the 5-day vacation, all expenses are paid, including air travel; private special needs ground transportation, Disney Park-Hopper passes, and meals, hotel rooms at a Disney Resort, and Disney Dollars for souvenirs. This year we will be traveling with a Pediatrician and three Registered Nurses on staff.
For more information, visit www.grinkids.org
Other Local Organizations include: Barium Springs Home for Children, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Humane Society of Iredell County, Special Olympics NC, Christian Mission Food Pantry, Cutts Coats for Kids, Iredell County Stop Child Abuse Now, and more. Click on the organization names for more information.