Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of four feature stories on this year’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide finalists.
For the first time, The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide has a hometown favorite.
Tammy Richardson, one of four finalists announced last week for the seventh annual award, is from Las Vegas. The award is presented during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas. The award honors NASCAR fans who are also accomplished volunteers working for children’s causes in their communities throughout the United States. It also honors the memory and the philanthropic legacy of the foundation’s late founder, Betty Jane France, who passed away last August.
On Thursday, Nov. 30, the award winner will be announced. The winner will be determined by online voting at NASCAR.com/Award; voting ends on Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. (ET). The NASCAR Foundation donates $100,000 to the charity the winner represents and $25,000 to the other finalists’ charities.
Richardson is representing the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF), an organization that provides 25 pediatric programs and services to nearly 500 children. One of those programs is “Camp Cartwheel,” an outdoor camp experience designed to help children fighting cancer and other critical diseases. Richardson, a longtime volunteer and committee member at Camp Cartwheel, also operates the Camp Store, providing items and gifts for attendees. Funds received from the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award would go toward the NCCF’s Emergency Funding Program that covers housing, travel, medical expenses and the cost of camp.
Richardson has imagined what it would be like to walk across the stage in her hometown, as the 2017 award winner.
“It would be amazing … it would be overwhelming but very humbling at the same time … it would be huge,” Richardson says. “Vegas is where I live, it’s where…