Concord, N.C. – Last month’s Eighth Annual Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship (WBCC) raised nearly $600,000 to benefit multiple charities.
Hosted by Darrell and Michael Waltrip in Franklin, Tenn., the Oct. 18 Champion’s Dinner Presented by ACLJ.org and the Oct. 19 golf tournament sponsored by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. combined to raise more than $575,000, pushing the WBCC’s fundraising grand total to well more than $3,000,000 over the last six years. Money raised this year benefitted Motor Racing Outreach (MRO), Speedway Children’s Charities, The Journey Home Project, The Dog Knowledge Service Dog Foundation, Hope for the Warriors and Feed The Children.
“Going into the WBCC every year, I always think we can’t possibly top what we did the previous year, but every time, the entertainment is amazing, the guest list is stacked and the list of worthy causes we are able to help keeps growing,” said Darrell Waltrip. “It has grown from a ‘maybe I’ll be there’ to a ‘can’t-miss.’ It’s a fun event that does a lot of good, and I’m proud we can do that in Franklin.”
The Charlie Daniels Band headlined the dinner, which featured an opening performance by NewSong. FOX NASCAR host Shannon Spake and MRO President Billy Mauldin co-emceed the night’s festivities. In attendance were FOX NFL host and Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick, NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kenny Habul.
In a particularly poignant moment during the evening, two TDK Service Dog Foundation Inc. service dogs were awarded to deserving individuals to assist them in their daily lives. Service dog Henry was given to double-amputee and wounded veteran Chase Matthews, while Greer was given to the Jason Gusman family. Wounded veteran Jesse James Jackson and his family received an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World. One-hundred forty-four of the dinner guests returned the next morning for the WBCC’s “no mulligan” golf tournament at Vanderbilt Legends Club.
“I say this every year, but the 2017 WBCC event was our best ever,” said Michael Waltrip. “Great music, great golf and a lot of money raised for great causes near and dear to Darrell and my hearts. Charlie Daniels and NewSong were amazing. How do we top our event next year? We’re already working on that and can’t wait to see everyone next October in Franklin.”
Planning already is underway for the Ninth Annual Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship in 2018, set for Oct. 17-18 at The Factory and the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin. For further information, please visit www.waltripbrothers.com or contact Van Colley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motor Racing Outreach
Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by NASCAR drivers and their wives in response to the need for a “church” for the many individuals and families traveling and competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Through its work MRO has grown to include various other racing series and numerous local tracks throughout the United States. Working with local churches and other ministry organizations, MRO has become instrumental in facilitating the same type of pastoral care and support to the millions of fans who follow NASCAR. Learn more about Motor Racing Outreach online at www.go2mro.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/motorracingoutreach or on Twitter at @followmro.
Speedway Children’s Charities
Speedway Children’s Charities 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. SCC provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing. For more information, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.
The Journey Home Project
The Journey Home Project is a not-for profit organization that assists other not-for-profits in securing funds to help causes that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The Journey Home Project was founded in 2014 by Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels and board members: David Corlew, Ed Hardy, Joe Longever and Mercedez Longever. Conscious of the need to assist our nation’s veterans, they have set out to partner with organizations that do the most good, with the least overhead. Working in tandem with these organizations, The Journey Home Project is making a difference in the lives of American patriots. For more information, visit www.thejourneyhomeproject.org.