challenging community members along the 2010 Ride route to take part
in a grassroots awareness and fundraising effort. The funds raised
through the Charity Ride Dream Team Challenge will support Victory
Junction, a year-round camp for children with chronic medical
conditions or serious illnesses and other children's charities. Teams
are encouraged to register at www.kylepettycharityride.com/dream_team.
Led by NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty, the Ride will
depart Indian Wells, Calif., on May 1, and travel east, making
overnight stops in North Las Vegas, Nev.; Richfield, Utah; Durango,
Colo.; Amarillo, Texas; Texarkana, Texas; Choctaw, Miss.; Chattanooga,
Tenn.; and Asheville, N.C.; before reaching Victory Junction on May
9. Prior to the Ride's arrival in these cities, community members are
invited to form "Dream Teams" to raise funds for and awareness of the
Ride and its beneficiaries. Dream Teams will be invited to present
donations to Kyle Petty and Ride participants at special events along
the Ride route.
"Communities are encouraged to spread the word about the Ride prior to
our arrival and assist us in getting these Dream Teams excited about
helping kids," said Petty. "The funds collected will go towards
providing life-changing opportunities for deserving children and their
families. Every little bit helps. It's all about making a difference
in a kids' life."
In 2009, donations from The Dream Team Challenge totaled more than
Teams of all ages and sizes are welcome to participate in the Charity
Ride Dream Team Challenge and may register on the Kyle PettyCharity
Ride Web site. Registration is free. Registered teams will receive
"Dream Team Packs" containing background information on the Charity
Ride and Victory Junction, as well as ongoing updates and fundraising
Fundraising efforts should begin after a team has selected a captain
and team members have reviewed the information in the Dream Team
Pack. Then, the sky is the limit! From bake sales and lemonade
stands to black-tie galas and silent auctions, teams should choose
fundraising activities that align with individual members' interests
Teams from around the country are encouraged to participate, and those
along the Ride route may join riders at pre-determined stops.
Collected donations should be mailed to Kyle Petty Charity Ride, Inc.,
125 Floyd Smith Drive, Suite 45, Charlotte, NC 28262. Checks should
be made payable to "Kyle Petty Charity Ride, Inc."
Since Victory Junction's inception, the Charity Ride has sent more
than 7,000 children to the life-changing camp at no cost to their
families. Petty and his wife, Pattie, founded Victory Junction in
Randleman, N.C., in 2004. The year-round camp serves children, ages
six to 16, with a variety of health issues that would typically
prevent them from attending camp. The camp operates solely on the
donations of corporations, organizations and individuals.
For more information on the Charity Ride Dream Team Challenge and the
16th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, visit www.kylepettycharityride.com
. Fans are also encouraged to become a fan via Facebook (Kyle Petty
Charity Ride Across America andKyle Petty) and follow us on Twitter at
(@kpcharityride and @kylepetty).
About The Kyle Petty Charity Ride
Led by NASCAR driver and racing analyst Kyle Petty, the Kyle Petty
Charity Ride Across America raises awareness of and funds for Victory
Junction and other charities supporting chronically ill children. The
Charity Ride is one of the most successful and popular charity events
in the country. Now in its 16th year, the Charity Ride has donated
more than $13 million to Victory Junction and other children's
charities, with 6,400 participants logging more than 9.1 million
cumulative motorcycle miles. In 2010, celebrities, ride sponsors and
motorcycle enthusiasts will travel from Indian Wells, Calif. to
Randleman, N.C. from May 1-9. For more information about the Charity
Ride, please visit www.kylepettycharityride.com.
About Victory Junction
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children ages
six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.
Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, the camp
is located in Randleman, N.C., with a second location opening soon in
Kansas City, Kan. Victory Junction offers programs for 24 disease
groups and maintains strong relationships with 26 partner hospitals.
Victory Junction's mission is to provide life-changing camping
experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and
medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the
camp operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide
this experience at no charge to children and their families. For more
information about Victory Junction, please visitwww.victoryjunction.org.