DAYTONA BEACH, Fla .– Today, the NASCAR Foundation announced that Charlene Greer, a longtime NASCAR fan and 9-year volunteer with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia / Flagler Counties, is the recipient of the 10th Humanitarian Award NASCAR Foundation Annual Betty Jane France. Greer received the award – along with a $ 100,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia / Flagler Counties – in a celebration broadcast live on NASCAR.com from the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at Daytona International Speedway .
Greer, of Daytona Beach, Fla., Is one of four finalists who are all longtime NASCAR fans. Greer grew up spending weekends on the track with his father, a motorsport mechanic. Some of his fondest memories are seeing Bill Elliott go from the nickname “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” to “Million Dollar Bill” with his victory at Darlington in 1985 on Labor Day weekend and his first appearance in DAYTONA. 500, now his home circuit.
This year, the NASCAR Foundation chose to celebrate each finalist with a small celebration in their racing markets. The finalists include Daryl Farler, representing the Amputee Blade Runners, celebrating at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation with Nashville Superspeedway; Larry Jordan representing Angel Flight Soars, Inc. at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; and Rich Langley with the Roc Solid Foundation celebrating with the team at the Richard Childress Racing Museum. Each of the three finalists receives a donation of $ 25,000 to their charity and, being the 10th year of the award, an additional donation of $ 5,000 to honor the occasion.
“This year’s finalists all stand out. Their NASCAR spirit is behind the incredible work they do to improve the lives of children in our communities every day, ”said Mike Helton, President of the NASCAR Foundation. “What a year this has been and our fans have come together around this award like never before. We are very proud of all of the finalists and especially proud to present the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award to Charlene Greer, a very deserving winner, to honor the work she does in NASCAR’s hometown of Daytona Beach. ”
The award honors the philanthropic ideals and vision of the late founder and president of the NASCAR Foundation, Betty Jane France, and is presented annually to a NASCAR fan who is an accomplished volunteer who advocates for children’s causes. This year marks the 10th annual awards ceremony which has reached 354,647 children to date while recognizing 40 finalists with a total of $ 1,770,000 in contributions to the causes they represent.
Greer’s victory will help change the lives of children living in disadvantaged conditions. The resulting $ 100,000 donation will cover the cost of transporting the organization’s more than 1,400 children safely to the eight Boys and Girls clubs after school using bus transportation. With 87% of its members on free or discounted lunch and the club’s motto of never turning down a child for their inability to pay, it would help children reach their full potential.
“Being a finalist for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award has been extremely humbling,” said Greer. “I can’t thank the NASCAR Foundation enough for giving us the platform to talk about the life-changing work that our staff and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia / Flagler Counties facilitate every day. To be able to represent the incredible team of people who stand by my side to serve the mission and passion for our children has been an honor. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! ”
Greer lends nearly 120 hours per month to support Boys and Girls Clubs, including operational funding, as well as his vision and execution of special activities that directly benefit students. She mentors children, which is her favorite role, participates in board meetings and advocates for the cause while meeting with local elected officials and community leaders. His fundraising efforts are probably the most widely recognized, as his support fully funds the annual Honor Roll Banquet and the Clubs Christmas Party.
To learn more about NASCAR Foundation programs, including the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and Speediatrics Children’s Fund, please visit NASCARfoundation.org.