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Betty Jane France Award Finalists Announced


The finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide were announced on NBCSN’s NASCAR America program Wednesday night. The award recognizes NASCAR fans who volunteer their time to support children’s causes across the country.

The award will be presented at the NASCAR Foundation’s inaugural Honors Gala in New York City on September 27th. The recipient is determined through an online vote between now through September 26th at

The year, the award presentation will be featured as part of the “10 Years of Giving” celebration for The NASCAR Foundation. Since its inception in 2006, the foundation has donated nearly $25 million to over one million children via various charities. Betty Jane France, who founded the organization and serves as chairwoman emeritus will present the award and a $100,000 donation to the winner’s represented cause. In total, $175,000 will be awarded to the finalists’ charities.

The 2016 finalists are Jim Giaccone of Bayville, NY, representing Tuesday’s Children; Andy Hoffman of Atkinson, NE, founder of the Team Jack Foundation; Logan Houptley of Bethlehem, PA, one of the founding members of Mikayla’s Voice; and Parker White of Greensboro, NC, founder of BackPack Beginnings.

“The body of work by this year’s four finalists represents an impressive level of commitment to improving the lives of children.” France said. She added “Their accomplishments likewise reflect The NASCAR Foundation’s fundamental ideals and what the foundation strives to achieve on a daily basis. All four finalists are wonderful representatives of our award process and of the NASCAR community.”

To learn more about The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide and the four finalists, visit