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Hendrick Marrow Program and NASCAR Team for Auction

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 24, 2003) – The Hendrick Marrow Program, founded by Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, has partnered with NASCAR.com to host a charity auction featuring NASCAR memorabilia.

For five days, beginning April 24, participants will be able to bid on eBay for collectables, such as an autographed Jeff Gordon race-run bumper, an autographed Jimmie Johnson race-run hood and an autographed lithograph from seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt.

Highlighting the auction will be the historical Thomas E. Franklin “American Heroes” photograph of the three firefighters from September 11—Dan McWilliams of Long Island, N.Y., George Johnson of Rockaway Beach, N.Y., and Billy Eisengrein of Staten Island, N.Y.—raising the American flag amidst the rubble of Ground Zero.

The photo is autographed by all three firefighters and the wooden frame bears the inscription, “Flag Raising, World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.”

Proceeds from the sale of this piece will be divided among The Hendrick Marrow Program, The Widows and Orphans Fund, and The Marrow Foundation’s “Be Someone’s Hero” campaign.

“We are pleased to support The Hendrick Marrow Program and are committed to offering NASCAR fans an opportunity to purchase memorabilia that has such strong sentimental value while also contributing to a worthy cause, ” said Drew Reinfenberger, executive vice president and general manager of Turner Sports Interactive.

Fans will be able to bid on the following:

Autographed Jeff Gordon race-run bumper from the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet driven in The Winston on May 19, 2001. Following a collision with Jeff Burton, Gordon was allowed to use a back-up car to complete—and win—the race. The bumper is from his primary car.

Autographed Jimmie Johnson race-run hood from the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet entry in the 2002 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, where Johnson finished fourth.

Autographed Terry Labonte portrait from his participation in the EA Sports weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in 2002.

Autographed lithograph from seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, entitled “The Winning Look,” donated by Hank Jones.

Joe Nemechek autographed copy of “FAST FOOD: Fueling the Boys in the NASCAR Winston Cup Garage,” the officially licensed NASCAR publication featuring more than 150 recipes, including contributions by Nemechek’s mother Martha, and 100 full-color photos.

Autographed Brian Vickers cap and hero card.

Autographed Jimmie Johnson flag from his win at the MBNA All-American Heroes 400 at Dover International Speedway in 2002.

Autographed Jeff Gordon 1:24 Elmo car and Chevrolet racing cap donated from The Jeff Gordon Foundation, Sesame Street and Action. Gordon autographed the packaging of this 1:64 scale No. 24 Jeff Gordon Foundation/Sesame Street 2002 Monte Carlo.

Autographed copy of “Red Rabbit” by Tom Clancy, with a limited edition slipcover.

In 1997, Hendrick founded The Hendrick Marrow Program in partnership with The Marrow Foundation and the National Marrow Donor Program with the mission of educating the public about the need for unrelated marrow or stem cell donors, raising funds to cover the lab costs needed to add volunteers to the NMDP Registry at recruitment drives across the United States, and helping to pay for the uninsured transplant-related expenses such as food and housing costs for patients undergoing marrow or stem cell transplants.

View the auction items on eBay.


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