The NASCAR Foundation will host its first-ever Honors Gala in New York City on September 27 to unveil the winner of its signature Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide.
The gala will celebrate “10 Years of Giving” for the foundation which has donated twenty-five million dollars to more than one million children since inception in 2006. Along with the signature award, the foundation will hand out a series of awards including its first-ever Founders Award to Mark Lazarus, Chairman of the NBC Sports Group. The Founder’s Award honors contributions to philanthropy through use of time, talent and resources – both personally and professionally – to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children. Additionally, the annual Children’s Champion Award will be given to a medical professional that has showcased significant contributions, leadership, and dedication to enriching the lives of children.
The NASCAR Foundation will also announce the launch of the Speediatrics Children’s Fund through a long-term partnership with a New York-area medical organization providing services to children in need. The gala will be headlined by multi-platinum selling pop star Rachel Platten will perform live with music from her major-label debut, Wildfire and will also host a live auction featuring the artwork of the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide winner Jeff Hanson, a philanthropic artist whose artwork gifted to charity has generated nearly two million dollars.