I was lucky enough to spend my Spring Break with Speedway President Tony Kenney in Dayton, Ohio. After enjoying a few splash-tacular days at the Great Wolf Lodge, it was time to get to work filming the commercial. My co-star and I got along extremely well and it was a real treat to share the screen with him. We both knew that our commercial would be helping kids in Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals all over the midwest. It was an honor to work on such an awesome project!! I know it is important to raise funds and awareness for CMNH. Even more important is letting people know that it is helping kids just like me right in their local community. So stop by your local Speedway and grab a Speedy Freeze or fountain drink because proceeds benefit CMNH!!! Thank you Mr. Kenney & thank you Speedway!!! Visit http://www.makeadifferencewithspeedway.com/ to see the commercial and for more ways to donate!!
In honor of Super Baskets of Hope and the completion of assembly day, an evening cocktail reception was held to celebrate this awesome project. In the days prior to the Super Bowl, Super Baskets of Hope had already made such an impact that the NFL made it its official charity. Super Baskets of Hope was even given a spot in the Super Bowl pre-game show, highlighting the events of the week. The reception was attended by approximately 75 guests who had played a big part in Super Baskets of Hope. I was lucky enough to be include with this elite group of outstanding individuals and was both honored and humbled to be there. Seriously, I was the only one in attendance who was under five feet tall. It was a very grown up party!!! :) The three men in the photo below are all great members of the NFL, but for me, more importantly, they are people who care about doing kind things for kids that make a difference off the field. Coach Tony Dungy, Kurt Warner, and Mike Furrey are all huge supporters of Super Baskets of Hope and are personally involved in every aspect of it!! Thanks to them and all who had a hand in Super Baskets of Hope. It was a huge success. Here is a video clip from Super Baskets:
Super Baskets of Hope Assembly Day has arrived!!! We are at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, to start packing up the baskets for this amazing project!!! Everyone knows that the work done here is going to bring happiness and joy to kids all across the U.S. and that makes it worth it. FOR THE KIDS!!!!! The day was jam packed with celebrity speakers and Riley Kid Heroes. We were joined by Indy Mayor Greg Ballard, first lady of Indiana Cheryl Daniels, Coach Tony Dungy, Colts player Gary Brackett, Pacer player George Hill, as well as many others. It was an honor to be part of such a powerful project that I know will make a difference for so many kids. Thanks to all the incredible sponsors who donated items and their time to come out and make Super Baskets of Hope such a huge success!!! These are just a few photos of the days events!!!