Friday, December 4, 2009

Booth gets award


LAS VEGAS (December 3, 2009) -- The Home Depot and the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) announced today that Tim Booth from Michigan International Speedway is the winner of the 2009 NMPA Home Depot Humanitarian Award. Booth was presented with the specially-designed Humanitarian of the Year crystal award and a $100,000 cash donation to his charity, the Spirit of America Blood and Marrow Drive, during the Myers Brothers Awards program in Las Vegas this afternoon.

“Just to have been nominated is truly a great honor, and I am humbled,” Booth said of the award. “The reality is this award is not about any one, single nominee or finalist, but rather about donating one’s time for a cause that you believe in – any amount of time and any cause will do. It’s about giving, isn’t it? So thank you to Home Depot and the NMPA for this great honor, and thank you for supporting my charity. Greg, Tony and I are all winners on our charities’ behalves.”

Booth, Michigan International Speedway’s Director of Guest Services, developed the project Spirit of America Blood and Marrow Drive after the September 11 attacks on the United States. His goal with the project was to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the terrorist attacks and to salute the men and women in uniform while increasing the nation’s blood supply. The inaugural event took place September 11, 2002 and has become an annual event. The event has grown to include co-sponsorship from the NASCAR Foundation, National Marrow Donor Program and Hendrick Marrow Foundation and has resulted in 30 additional tracks around the country hosting their own blood and marrow drives.

“The Home Depot is proud to recognize Tim Booth as the Humanitarian of the Year,” said Frank Bifulco, senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “His initiative and dedication to improving the efforts of blood and marrow drives around the country is impressive and honorable. We salute him, Greg and Tony as finalists and all of the nominees for the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year.”

“Out of several worthy candidates, Tim Booth’s work in creating and maintaining the Spirit of America Blood and Marrow drive stood out,” said NMPA President Dustin Long, who was on the selection committee. “What started as a single act by an individual grew into a program that spans the country. He reminds us how the actions of one can impact many.”

The finalists and winner of the 2009 Humanitarian Award were selected by the Humanitarian Award Selection Committee comprised of representatives of the NMPA and The Home Depot. All of the nominees were assessed based on their community commitment and dedication, impact on the community and charitable giving of their time and talents. The three nominees with the highest scores were named finalists for the award.

Booth, a BLANK at MIS, was one of the three finalists for the award along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart. Both Biffle and Stewart each received $25,000 cash donations to their respective charities for being selected as finalists for the Humanitarian Award.

The NMPA Home Depot Humanitarian Award was established in 2007. The inaugural Humanitarian Award winner was Don Miller, a former Penske Racing executive. Miller started the Stock-for-Tots program as a holiday event to collect toys and raise funds for Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). Richard Childress, president and CEO of Childress Racing, won the 2008 edition of the Humanitarian Award. Childress established the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008. Traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for children in the United States, and the Childress Institute focuses on research, education, treatment, prevention and raising awareness of childhood injuries.

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