For the past 10 years, NASCAR has presented the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award represents the philanthropic ideals and vision of The Foundation’s founder and original chairperson.
This year the NASCAR Foundation selected a life long NASCAR fan and daughter of a racing mechanic to receive the award on its 10th anniversary.
Charlene Greer was chosen from four finalist to receive the honour. Greer has been a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties where she volunteers some 120 hours each month. Along with Greer receiving the award, the Foundation is donating $100,000 to the organization which will be used to aid in transporting the more than 1,400 children the Boys and Girls Club serves to the eight facilitates in the two counties.
Green spoke on receiving the award saying, “being a finalist for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award has been overwhelmingly humbling. I cannot thank The NASCAR Foundation enough for giving us the platform to talk about the life-changing works that our staff and volunteers at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties facilitates every day. Being able to represent the incredible team of people that stand beside me serving the mission and the passion for our kids has been an honor. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!”
Like NASCAR, Greer calls Daytona Beach home and grew up at the track, watching races and her father working on the cars. She has seen “Awesome Bill form Dawsonville” win the race that earned him a million dollars at Darlington in 1985.
With a live group ceremony not possible, the NASCAR Foundation chose to honour each of the finalists in a separate local ceremony. The other three finalists were Daryl Farler with the Amputee Blade Runners, Larry Jordan with the Angel Fight Soars, Inc., and Rich Langley with the Rock Solid Foundation. The Foundation made a $25,000 donation to each of the non winning finalists charity organizations.
Chairman of The NASCAR Foundation Mike Helton spoke on the ceremonies saying, “this year’s finalists are all stand outs. Their NASCAR spirit is behind the incredible work they do to improve the lives of children in our communities each and every day. What a year this has been and our fans rallied around this award like never before. We are very proud of all the finalists and particularly proud to present the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award to Charlene Greer, a very deserving recipient, to honor the work she’s doing in NASCAR’s hometown of Daytona Beach.”