Ok, now I get it… I’m a little slow sometimes. When I wrote about Danny Gokey, Chris Young, Hank Williams Jr., and Holly Williams being on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman on Jan. 8, 2010, it never dawned on me that this was for the annual Sprint Sound & Speed, presented by SunTrust. But, Kyle Petty will be there, and it looks like he will be performing with his band, as well as taking part in the next day’s activities.
This year’s event is being held Jan. 8-9 in Nashville. It is a fund raiser for Victory Junction, a year-round camping experience for children, ages 6-16, with chonic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Victory Junction was founded by Patty and Kyle Petty. A portion of the money raised at this annual event also benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The event has raised more than $800,000 since it began.
Victory Junction is located in Randalman, N.C., and a second location will be opening soon in Kansas City, Kan. The camp offers programs for 24 disease groups and maintains strong relationships with 27 partner hospitals. The mission of the camp is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. You can learn more about Victory Junction here.
After the Friday night concert, the event will continue on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, where fans of racing and country music have a chance to get up close and personal with drivers, team owners, and some top-name artists for autographs, questions and answers, and more.
In addition to Kyle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer, Reed Sorenson and David Stemme will be among the drivers present. And country music artists at the event will include Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Turner, Diamond Rio, and Chris Young – other drivers and country music artists will be joining the event in the weeks to come.
Tickets for the show range from $32 to $54, and the festival on Jan. 9 will be $20 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, and you can get more information by visiting Sound and Speed’s website, by clicking here.
Here’s a great video that will show you all what Victory Junction is, and what it does to help these children have a fun-filled, and learning experience at camp.
What a great place, and a very worthwhile charitable organization. You have to love Kyle, and everyone who gives their time to help support this fundraiser for his wonderful camp.
I better run, we’ll chat soon.