About a month ago, we told you about the generous donation Dale Jr. made to Victory Junction to help build a new amphitheatre for the children to use for a variety of camp activities. We’re happy to report that the ground breaking for the amphitheatre recently took place on March 27, 2010! The amphitheatre is scheduled for completion in October 2010 and will be called the Dale Jr. Corral and Amphitheatre. Here are a couple pictures from the exciting event:
Victory Junction is a year-round camp for children between the ages of 6 and 16 who have chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Located in Randleman, NC, the camp was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam Petty who died tragically during a Nationwide Series practice session in 2000. Adam had a passion for helping children and had always dreamed of a way to change their lives. Since opening its doors in 2004, the camp has welcomed over 11,000 children from 47 states and three countries. Although it costs $2,500 to send a child to the camp, none of the families have to bear the burden of this cost because it is covered by donations from generous donors.
The Dale Jr. Foundation sponsored the ground breaking ceremony weekend, and invited families and children with disabilities to come for the weekend and “try out” the camp. Twenty-one campers and their families came to visit and attend the ceremony. Forty-four members of the Dale Jr. Fan Club also won the opportunity to attend the event.
Dale Jr. along with members of the Petty and Earnhardt families were in attendance for the ground breaking ceremony. During the event, Dale Jr. spoke about how much the camp means to him and how excited he is about the new amphitheatre. Then Petty also surprised Dale Jr. with the “Sheriff of his Corral” – a miniature horse dressed up in a Sheriff’s costume! The children gave Dale Jr. a thank you gift as well – a baby goat that the camp had proudly named “Jr.”
We’re excited to see what the new amphitheatre will look like when it’s finished. Keep checking back and we’ll post more pictures and updates as we get them!
For more information on Victory Junction, please visit: www.victoryjunction.org.
For more information on the Dale Jr. Foundation, please visit: www.thedalejrfoundation.org