Thursday, April 02, 2009

An update with a lot of thank yous

The NASCAR Foundation's online auction to benefit Pennies For Wessa ended late last week and the total raised was about $4,600.

Add $5,000 donated by Rusty Wallace from his participation in the Saturday Night Special race at Bristol and another $1,000 from Richard Childress and more than $10,000 was raised for Wessa Miller and her family. That's awesome.

There have also been a number of donations made directly to penniesforwessa.org since the auction began a few weeks ago, so we've done a lot of good for the young lady who 11 years ago gave Dale Earnhardt a lucky penny before he won the 1998 Daytona 500.

As great as it was to see all of that money raised, it was just as nice to see how much fun Wessa and her parents, Booker and Juanita, had when they visited Bristol for the race a couple of weeks ago. They met a lot of people who were very nice to them and had a great time.

Wessa got to meet her favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. She also seemed to connect to Bootie Barker, Michael Waltrip's crew chief. Barker is also in a wheelchair and because the No. 55 team's hauler has to be accessible for him Wessa was able to go up into the transporter and see what that's like.

I would never be able to list all of the people who were part of making that weekend successful. Tom Sullivan and Kim Hyde and Shannon Wiseman and Lori Worley and Wes Ramey and my wife, Katy, and well, as I said, I can't list them all, but thanks to everybody involved.

It has been an important few weeks for Wessa. Last Sunday she was baptized at her church in Kentucky. Heaven continues to smile on the Millers, because as nice as it is that so many people have helped their family out financially, they've always been rich because they've got each other.

33 comments:

Richard in N.C. said...

Mr. Poole, Thank YOU.

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Two thumbs up!

Anonymous said...

You left out.
This was the only Daytona 500 that NASCAR ever gave to Earnhardt.
You also left out this was the race track where he was killed,because he made a STUPID move on the track.
Your continually shoving this crap down our throats why leave it out of this story?
You did manage a plug for JUnior though.(As usual).

The penny had nothing to do with it.

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Too scared to put your name Anonymous?????? Why don't you keep your mouth shut if you don't have anything good to say. This is a little girl in need, who just happened to connect with a great driver and part of Nascar Nation. Do your whining somewhere else and be a man. Using "Anonymous" as a name means you are just a scared lil boy..............

foyt said...

Adam, I think anonymous' real identity must be....hell I can't evven remember his name....used to be on TMD with David until being replaced by the much superior Mike Bagley. What was that guy's name??

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Adam?
Adams address?
Adams e-mail?
Adams driver?Earnhardt!
Why don't you tell me who you are?
The little girl does need help.
So do thousands more.
My problem is with Poole using Earnhardts name to get this done.
Why not raise money in the name of JESUS?
I worship no man.
And the penny had nothing to do with his win.
Signed,
Adam

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If you think "this crap" is being shoved down your throat, then don't read Poole's article's. I am not a E or Jr fan. I pull for the Penske camp. I live in Raleigh, NC. Bring it if you want to meet up. Maybe you would think different of the story if you or someone in your family was sick or affected by a serious illness or disability. How many other places do you just bitch about good people doing good things for good people in need. How bitter of a boy can you be to complain about this fundraiser. Go give a few hours of your time volunteering at any children's hospital and see if you don't have a lil more compassion for kids suffering and their families coping with the pain of the situation.

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It is pretty sad you can't even do a nice thing for a disabled child and some jerk has to bring his negativity and rudeness into it. Good job David - I am sure the family appreciates what everyone did for Wessa. Anonymous is a jerk. I am not an Earnhardt fan but who cares!

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