The dynamic duo brings crime prevention and public awareness to the starting line
Washington, D.C. (February 2, 2023) – All crime prevention engines are a go on car #53 during NASCAR’S race at the Daytona International Speedway on February 18. Joey Gase and McGruff the Crime Dog® continue their crime fighting partnership and shine a light on criminals selling counterfeit products.
”As America’s Innovation Agency, the USPTO is working to change the narrative around purchasing counterfeit products and informing consumers about the dangers and consequences of purchasing counterfeit goods,” said Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “The USPTO is excited to team up with Joey Gase and McGruff to take a bite out of this 21st century crime that puts the health and safety of millions at risk, jeopardizes American businesses and the millions of workers they employ, and threatens American competitiveness worldwide.”
Gase’s race car spotlights the Go For Real™ campaign which educates teens and tweens on the inherent dangers of purchasing counterfeit products. The campaign is sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As part of this effort, NCPC, McGruff, and Gase will host a variety of events in Daytona in the week leading up to the race.
“With the iconic crime dog by his side, Joey will reach millions of households in America and make one message clear: You’re smart. Buy smart,” said Paul DelPonte, executive director at NCPC. “After all, he knows first-hand the important role real car parts have on safety.”
Gase and McGruff will visit two schools in the Daytona area to educate kids on the campaign. Additionally, those in the area can register to attend the Very Important Pup (VIP) Meet and Greet on February 16. During the VIP event, kids will become certified Media Contact: Tatiana Peralta Communications Manager firstname.lastname@example.org 954-895-5980 Dupe Detectives™ and receive Go For Real swag signed by Gase. Registration for the event will remain open through February 14.
“I am extremely excited to team up with the National Crime Prevention Council and McGruff to help Take A Bite Out of Crime,” said Gase. “Our fans loved it when we teamed up together last August in Daytona and I am excited to take the partnership to the next level with our BIGGEST race of the year!"
Sign up to receive updates for the week here and be entered into a raffle to receive signed swag from McGruff and Gase. You can also watch the crime fighters live on FOX Sports 1 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
To learn more visit ncpc.org.
Racing for the Gift of Life
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NASCAR driver and donor son, Joey Gase, to feature cornea and tissue donor on car at Phoenix Raceway
MESA, AZ— NASCAR driver Joey Gase will showcase his car featuring donor Gloria Estrada on the bumper at the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT MVD) location where she had registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor when she turned 18 years old—seven years before she passed away.
The grand reveal of the car to Gloria’s family will start at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, at the Mesa/Gilbert Regional ADOT MVD office at 4123 E Valley Auto Dr., Mesa, AZ 85206 ahead of his weekend race at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale.
This story highlights how important ADOT MVD’s partnership is with Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) because their team gives Arizonans the chance to say yes to organ, eye and tissue donation. And the connection to the gift of life goes one step further for some ADOT MVD employees.
“In every situation I’ve encountered, including that of my father-in-law—a kidney recipient from a living donor—there is a universal gratitude for the gift of extra life they have been granted by donation,” says Bonnie Palomo, east regional manager for ADOT MVD and a living kidney donor. “I am proud to be part of an organization that advocates and empowers our community to make the choice to check that box and save lives.”
Joey Estrada and Melissa Garza, Gloria’s parents, honored Gloria’s life motto to always help others whenever possible by supporting her decision to donate.
“That’s where we’re finding our peace,” Melissa says, “just knowing that she has and will help so many.”
After Gloria passed away from a sudden onset of strokes, she offered the gifts of tissue, corneas, as well as hair and whole-body donation for research (the final two made possible through other donation agencies).
Please remind your audiences: Arizonans can join the DonateLifeAZ Registry when they apply for or renew a driver’s license or state ID at an ADOT MVD or select authorized third-party office. They can also register online at DonateLifeAZ.org.
Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) fulfills the lifesaving and life-healing mission of organ, eye and tissue donation as the state’s federally designated organ procurement organization. Our work is made possible by the generosity of Arizona donors and their families. As also a tissue recovering agency and eye bank, DNA collaborates with health care and community partners to facilitate the gift of life. DNA is a vital link for transplantation and encourages Arizonans to sign up to be donors at DonateLifeAZ.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @DonateLifeAZ
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