Driving Hope Home
On the morning of July 14th, the heat and humidity didn’t dampen the positive energy at the Southington Country Club. The Joey Logano Foundation hosted a golf charity event, Driving Hope Home, and more than 150 golfers participated in the tournament. Joey Logano, Chairman, and Brittany Logano, Vice-Chair, graciously welcomed the crowd and mingled with guests in a golf cart replica of the Joey Logano Foundation race car. Afterwards, a dinner, car show, and live auction were held to raise money for the event. The Aqua Turf in Plantsville, CT hosted Thursday night’s dinner where there were 500 guests in attendance—double the number from last year. An impressive $210,000 was raised in just one day.
Logano requested Jeffrey Owen Hanson, an artist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, to attend the dinner and auction off two of his paintings. Hanson has a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis, which caused him severe vision loss in 2005, when he was just 12 years old. His diagnosis doesn’t prevent him from creating beautiful artwork though, and his generosity surely doesn’t go unnoticed. In addition to raising $40,000 for Logano’s charity event, Hanson’s paintings have been purchased for charity by celebrities like Sir Elton John, Warren E. Buffett, and Susan Sarandon.
The Joey Logano Foundation was created in May of 2013 and has since issued almost $1,000,000 in grant funding. The foundation’s mission is “to inspire and assemble the NASCAR community to assist those across the nation who are in need of a second chance due to natural or human disaster.” Joey’s compassion and philanthropy is nothing short of extraordinary, and this event demonstrated just that.
As part of the event, Joey Logano presented 18 trophies to the golf tournament winners. He made sure to award the last trophy to his parents, Tom and Deborah Logano, for their endless love and support. Even with all of his success, Joey still remains humble, charitable, and mindful of his roots. Future charity events are in the works for the Joey Logano Foundation; details can be found at joeyloganofoundation.com.
Driving Hope Home was presented by Planet Fitness and benefitted the Joey Logano Foundation, The Connection, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CT & Western Massachusetts.
Sources: joeyloganofoundation.com & jeffreyowenhanson.com