The NASCAR Foundation has narrowed its finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award down to four people, one of them being Alabama’s own Rex Reynolds.
The award, named after the foundation’s late founder, recognizes NASCAR fans who are volunteering for children’s causes in communities around the country. The winner will take $100,000 back to his or her program, while the four finalists are guaranteed to receive $25,000 for their charities. The award has been presented to two Alabamians in the previous seven years.
Reynolds, of Hazel Green, Alabama, is representing the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama as he seeks to obtain the top award. Reynolds plans to use the donation to fund programs and a STEM Lab at a potential Huntsville Boys and Girls Club.
Per a Talladega Superspeedway news release:
Reynolds has spent many years devoted to public service, particularly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama. After participating in the Boys & Girls Club as a youth, he volunteered on the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama board of directors for 13 years and continues to recruit both sponsors for annual club events and other volunteers. He was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame in 2010, and he has also given back to his community as a public safety director, city administrator, police chief and a member of the Alabama House of Representatives.
If Reynolds is chosen, he will join the ranks of last year’s recipient Julian Maha of KultureCity (Birmingham) and 2011 recipient Robert Weaver of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (Talladega).
The NASCAR Foundation has helped more than 260,000 children and donated more than $1.2 million to the finalists’ organizations.
“This year’s stellar group of finalists consists of loyal longtime NASCAR fans who also are outstanding people,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairman Mike Helton. “Each of these individuals demonstrates, on a daily basis, true commitment and passion for their causes. Their good works are exactly the sort of volunteerism Betty Jane France wanted to spotlight when the award was created.”
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