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Junior Gives $1 Million to Victory Junction

| , RacinToday.com Monday, March 1 2010
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is giving big to Victory Junction.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is giving big to Victory Junction. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Victory Junction kicked off its “Keeping the Dream Alive” campaign Monday by announcing that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join the elite list of Victory Junction Founders, as he commits to donate $1 million to build and maintain The Dale Jr. Corral and Amphitheatre at the Randleman, N.C. camp for children with serious illnesses.

Victory Junction is the camp for children who are suffering from diseases such as cancer, hemophilia, spina bifida, physical disabilities and sickle cell.

It was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in the memory of their late son, Adam.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is keeping Adam’s dream alive. On March 27, 2010, during The Dale Jr. Foundation Physical Disabilities Weekend at Victory Junction, Dale Jr. will join the Victory Junction family as a Founder and will break ground on a one-of-a-kind project, The Dale Jr. Corral and Amphitheatre. Eighty-eight members of The JR Nation Crew, The Official Fan Club of Dale Jr., will be randomly selected to be special guests for this private ground breaking ceremon

To become a part of the FREE JR Nation Crew fan club and be eligible to attend, go to www.dalejr.com/jrnation.

“There are many reasons why we wanted to get involved with Victory Junction and build this amphitheatre, and it starts with the tremendous impact the camp has on these kids. It’s incredible how one week changes lives,” said Earnhardt. “Just as important to me is my friendship with Kyle and Pattie Petty, and the memory of my buddy, Adam Petty. Adam and I met each other at an early age, and from that point on our lives and careers were virtually parallel. He was as genuine as they get and a great friend. If I can play a small part in helping Kyle and Pattie keep his dream alive, it doesn’t require a second thought.”

This unique, interactive, accessible outdoor amphitheatre will provide campers, the opportunity to sing a song, act in a play, tell a joke, play an instrument, watch a movie or even get their face pictured on an old, western “Wanted” poster along with the infamous outlaw, “Junior.”

“Pattie and I are extremely humbled by Jr.’s kindness and generosity. We’ve known Jr. since he was a kid and it means the world to us that he is honoring our son, Adam, by helping change the lives of these kids,” said Kyle Petty. “Adam is definitely smiling.”

Go to www.victoryjunction.org to donate toward the project and to learn about Victory Junction’s new Dream Team Challenge.

| , RacinToday.com Monday, March 1 2010
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