Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award finalists announced

On Tuesday, the NASCAR Foundation announced the four finalists for the 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award — Duncan Dobie, Lisa Hall, Don Post and Richard Johnson.

“These finalists truly demonstrate the generosity, compassion and commitment that embody the spirit of the award,” NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman Betty Jane France said. “All four finalists have a remarkable story regarding their own philanthropic efforts in their respective communities and share in the extraordinary traits that are so prevalent throughout NASCAR’s fan base.”

Duncan Dobie (Marietta, Ga.) — has served as a teacher and mentor at Camp Sunshine, and through his work, has helped more than 12,000 children with cancer over the past 30 years. He was motivated to perform these duties after his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at a young age.

Lisa Hall (Bedford, N.H) — has served as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for 10 years. Through that role, she has volunteered support to children who are in the court system because of abuse and/or neglect. She spends and average of one-and-a-half years with each child she works with until he/she is placed in a safe, permanent home.

Don Post (Kansas City, Mo.) — has been on a 33-year mission of volunteering his time to various Kansas City-area charities since retiring. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 1980 and was told he had less than five years to live. He beat those odds and gives his time to charities including the March of Dimes.

Richard Johnson (St. Johns, Fla.) — has been working with charities that help children with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency for more than five years. He helps fundraise and organize events, including an annual “Friends for a Cure Golf Tournament” and the “It’s All in the Family” fundraising campaign.

The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award is given yearly to one NASCAR fan who has made a positive impact on children in his/her community. The award is fan-voted, and votes may be cast online at until midnight ET on Dec. 5. Fans may also visit the site to learn more about each finalist. The winner will be announced on Dec. 6 during the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards banquet at Wynn Las Vegas. The winner will receive a 2014 Chevrolet SS and $100,000.

Each finalist will have a $25,000 donation made on their behalf from the NASCAR Foundation to his/her charity of choice. Finalists will also receive VIP at-track experiences at one of the remaining races on the 2013 Sprint Cup schedule.

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