NASCAR DRIVER TO CELEBRATE THE GIFT OF LIFE Donate Life Georgia partnering with NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Gase to honor organ, eye & tissue donors.
CONTACT: Tracy G. Ide
Donate Life Georgia
ATLANTA – March 17, 2021 – Joey Gase is committed to honoring organ and tissue donors through his platform as a NASCAR driver because of his personal connection to organ and tissue donation. Following his mother’s death in 2011 from a sudden brain aneurysm, Gase made the decision to donate her organs, eyes and tissues, which ultimately touched the lives of 66 individuals in desperate need of a transplant. Since then, Gase has become as passionate about donation as he is about racing. In 2015, he was awarded NASCAR’s inaugural COMCAST Community Outreach Award for his work supporting organ, eye and tissue donation and donor families. Rick Ware Racing is excited that Gase will pilot the No. 53 entry in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.
The COVID-19 pandemic altered Donate Life Georgia’s plans to host an in-person event and meet & greet with Gase, but supporters of organ and tissue donation were able to participate in a virtual Handprints of Hope celebration during the month of March. Messages of hope and gratitude were placed on 133 handprints that will adorn Gase’s car for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“Sharing my mother’s story has really helped to get past my grief,” says Gase. “To know that mom’s still living out there in different ways.” And by featuring message of hope and gratitude from local transplant recipients and donor families when he races, Joey puts a face on donation that Georgians can relate to.
Every year, thousands of lives are saved by organ and tissue donations In Georgia; more than 4,400 people are waiting for a transplant that will save their life. Each designation matters, every person who documents their decision to save lives in Georgia could one day save eight lives, and improve dozens more.
More than 107,000 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant in the United States today. Nationally, organ donation provides the gift of life to more than 30,000 each year through heart, kidney, lung, liver, pancreas or intestine transplants, and hundreds of thousands more are helped through life-enhancing tissue transplants. Because of the generosity of organ donors, thousands of people are able to spend more time with family and friends.
To register as an organ and tissue donor visit www.DonateLifeGeorgia.org, say yes when receiving or renewing your driver’s license or when obtaining your hunting, fishing or trapping license through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
About Donate Life Georgia
Donate Life Georgia (DLG) is a statewide alliance formed to educate the public about organ, tissue and eye donation. DLG is one of 50 non-profit local coalitions affiliated with Donate Life America and works to spread a unified message to Americans about the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation.
Joey Gase & Nevada Donor Network to Honor Local Donor Heroes and Their Families In Pennzoil 400 Cup Series Race
This weekend, for the Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, one car holds very special meaning. The images and/or names of 19 local organ donor heroes will adorn Joey Gase’s Nevada Donor Network car. In 2011, Gase’s mother, Mary, died of a brain aneurysm and helped save and heal the lives of 66 people as an organ, eye and tissue donor. Nevada Donor Network and Gase have partnered together since 2013 to promote the gift of life and health through donation by honoring local heroes and their courageous families each time he races at LVMS.
Below is the list of our incredible honorees.
Several Hand Prints of Hope with messages written by families of heroic donors will also be displayed on Gase’s vehicle, including:
Donor mom Jodi Boling’s tribute reads “One’s ending, is another’s beginning. Be an organ donor,” in honor of her daughter Kaylinn.
These special honoree tributes and messages of hope are intended to inspire Nevadans to say ‘YES’ to registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor. We all have the power to bring hope to the nearly 600 Nevadans and over 100,000 Americans in need of a lifesaving organ transplant. Visit www.nvdonor.org to learn more and register as a hero today.
“I am so thankful to Nevada Donor Network for teaming up with us this weekend so we can not only race, but, more importantly, raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and honor all of these incredible heroes,” said Gase.
For more information about interview opportunities before, during and after the race, please contact Latoya Bembry at 702-367-7771 or firstname.lastname@example.org or JoeyGasePR@gmail.com
About Nevada Donor Network
Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501©(3) not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) committed to maximizing the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation. Established in 1987, Nevada Donor Network is one of only 58 OPOs in the U.S. serving more than three million people in the state of Nevada and 110,000 potential transplant recipients across the country. They work collaboratively with hospital staff and community partners to promote research and provide a strong support network to courageous donor families who’ve turned loss into hope. At Nevada Donor Network, they encourage Nevadans to help individuals in need of life-saving transplants through education, research and action. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, an affiliate of Donate Life America, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit www.nvdonor.org/
Joey Gase and Rick Ware Racing are proud to announce their 2021 Daytona 500 partner line up for the #53 car. You will see Page Construction, FOX NATION, Eternal Fan, THE LEGACY CHARITABLE FUND and Sandwich Man Racing Sports Memorabilia on the #53 Ford Mustang.
“I am very excited to be bring back three of our same partners from the 2020 Daytona 500 in Page Construction, Eternal Fan and The LEGACY CHARITABLE FUND PLUS at least two brand new partners in FOX NATION and Sandwich Man Racing Memorabilia,” said Gase. “It’s so cool to be able to represent both big international businesses like FOX NATION and small mom and pops businesses like Sandwich Man Racing Sports Memorabilia. That is something you don’t see too much of anymore unfortunately. Be sure to use the discount code JGase500 to receive 15% off purchases over $60 at Sandwich Man Racing Sports Memorabilia.”
This will be Gase’s 3rd start in the Daytona 500. His first was in 2017 where he was the highest finishing rookie in the race of 23rd and in 2020 with Rick Ware Racing where he also finished 23rd.
First practice for the Daytona 500 starts tomorrow at 12:05pm EST on FS1 and the Daytona 500 is at 2:30pm EST on February 14th live on FOX!
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The Legacy Charitable Fund was founded in 2014 with the purpose of providing donors maximum flexibility with their philanthropic desires. The Legacy Charitable Fund offers many of the advantages that are important to donors – investment growth, when to donate, how much to donate, and where to donate – and all of this can be done with a single contribution to The Legacy Charitable Fund. The Legacy Charitable Fund is an IRS approved non-profit 501(c)(3) donor advised fund.
Eternal Fan was created to provide a better way for fans to celebrate the passion that they have for sports and the places where they experienced positive shared memories. Eternal Fan’s customized Fan Memories programs are transforming traditions by creating legacies for people to celebrate their sporting lives for generations to come. Fan Memories Programs are currently available at Richmond Raceway as well as an ever-increasing discussion on other venues.
Sandwich Man Racing Sports Memorabilia is a family and veteran owned company that sells NASCAR diecasts and is beginning to branch out into various sports merchandise as it rapidly grows in popularity. Even though it is a young company, it has managed to gain thousands of followers on social media and run a successful webshop. Sandwich Man Racing believes in top notch products and customer service. As fellow sports lovers, they strive for a fun buying experience for everyone. Sandwich Man Racing is excited to team up with Joey Gase and offer fans discount code JGase500 for 15% off purchases over $60.
January 22, 2021 - Joey Gase is proud to announce that Joey Gase Motorsports will be running a new Late Model Development team based in Cornelius, NC. The team’s first race will be February 20th at Dillon Motor Speedway in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series with plans to run the full CPLMS schedule with additional races. The team currently has two cars in their fleet. Jasec Holladay will be driving one full time and the team is looking for another driver to field the second.
“I am very proud to be starting our own development team and excited to have Jasec Holladay as one of our drivers,” said Gase. “Jasec drove our open wheel modified last year at Hawkeye Downs and LaCrosse Speedway during Oktoberfest. He always had great speed and finished 2nd to me in the “Be A Hero 30” race at Hawkeye Downs. I can’t wait to see what he can accomplish this year being in a late model full time. My dad, Dave from Page Construction and I came up with this idea last year. We want to be able to give back to the racing community and give up and coming drivers a chance to show what they can do and lead them on the right path. I am extremely fortunate to be where I am today thanks to my family, friends and sponsors and I want to help others dreams come true as well. I made it a very different way than most without having millions of dollars in family money and I want to help others do the same thing.”
Page Construction will be the primary sponsor for Jasec Holladay to start off the season. “I am super excited to get this new venture under way and look forward to the 2021 season,” said Dave Page, owner of Page Construction. “We are thrilled to have Jasec Holliday, a young upcoming driver that we believe will be a contender for years to come.”
For more information about the team or interest in driving or sponsoring, please reach out to JoeyGasePR@gmail.com
January 15, 2021 (Mooresville, NC) – Rick Ware Racing welcomes back Joey Gase to the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series lineup. Starting at the season opener in February at Daytona International Speedway, Gase will be piloting one of the RWR entries for The DAYTONA 500.
“I am very excited to be racing for Rick Ware Racing again this year in the NASCAR Cup Series. Lisa and Rick treat us like family. Caitlin and I even take Carson and Jace to the shop and let them run around and play. It’s a awesome family atmosphere,” said Gase. “We learned a lot together as a team last season with some high notes and low notes, but I am really looking forward to see what 2021 has in store as we are all doing big things to take the whole team to the next level.”
Gase, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native, competed full-time with Rick Ware Racing in 2020. Gase is known for his active role in bringing awareness to organ donation through his OPO and Donate Life partners across the U.S. Joey and the team will be welcoming back his OPO and Donate Life partners as well as Page Construction, The Legacy Charitable Fund, and more that will be announced at a later date.
“I am excited to have Joey Gase back at Rick Ware Racing for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season," commented team owner, Rick Ware. "Joey has been a part of the RWR family for a couple years, and has always been great with finding creative ways to bring awareness to causes that mean a lot to him personally, and many across the world."
For more information on Joey, please visit www.JoeyGaseRacing.com, and follow along on social media @JoeyGaseRacing. For sponsorship opportunities, email JoeyGasePR@gmail.com
Gase to honor nearly 70 Hero’s and Messages of Thanks to Page Construction and Midwest Transplant Network At Kansas Speedway
This Sunday at Kansas Speedway you will see the Black and Green #51 car with the Page Construction and Midwest Transplant sponsorship and Hand Prints on the hood but if you look closely at these near 70 Hand Prints you will see much more than just Hand Prints, you will see the names of donor hero’s and messages of hope.
“I am extremely excited to be promoting both Kansas based organizations Page Construction and Midwest Transplant this weekend at Kansas” Said Gase. “I can’t thank Dave and everyone at Page Construction enough for letting do our Virtual Hand Prints of Hope with MTN this weekend, originally it Page Construction had the whole car to their selfs but was gracious enough to give up the Hood for a very important cause to me and so many others across the world.”
While COVID-19 social distancing measures will limit attendance, the racetrack has 48,000 permanent seats. This total would accommodate only 40% of those awaiting a lifesaving transplant nationwide. Almost 120,000 people across the county are waiting for the gift of life through transplantation; approximately 2,000 currently wait in Missouri and Kansas. Gase will race the Midwest Transplant Network (MTN)/Page Construction #51 car in honor of his mother and others touched by donation and transplantation.
In previous years, Midwest Transplant Network hosted a “Handprints of Hope” event at its Westwood headquarters, allowing recipients, donor families, and registered organ donors to sign and make handprints on Gase’s car. Due to COVID-19 public safety concerns, MTN altered plans
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About Midwest Transplant Network:
Midwest Transplant Network has been connecting lives through organ donation since 1973. As the federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) for Kansas and the western two-thirds of Missouri, Midwest Transplant Network provides services including organ procurement; surgical tissue and eye recovery; laboratory testing and 24-hour rapid response for referrals from hospital partners. Midwest Transplant Network ranks in the top 10% in the country among OPOs, which reflects the organization’s quality, professionalism and excellence in partnerships throughout the region. For more information, visit mwtn.org.
Nevada Donor Network and Joey Gase Team Up To Raise Awareness for Organ Donation and Honor 12 Individuals
This Sunday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway you will see the blue #51 Nevada Donor Network car, but this time it will look a little different. Thanks to Nevada Donor Network, you will see 12 individuals on the car. These are donor heroes, recipients, and induvial on the waitlist. Below is the list of our amazing honorees.
Angel & Jackie Velasquez (Heroic tissue & cornea donors)
Paul Fresquez (Heroic tissue & cornea donor)
Lauren Deschaine (Heroic organ donor)
Cliff Conedy (Heart recipient & donor dad)
Manny Gallegos (Kidney Recipient)
Amy Ortiz (Donor daughter & tissue recipient)
Jarin Fujii (Heroic cornea donor)
Traci Trout (Heroic cornea donor)
Chris Ruby (Heroic tissue donor)
Jarin Fujii (Heroic cornea donor)
Ann McDowell (Donor daughter)
Arlett Valencia (Kidney recipient & waiting list candidate)
Traci Trout (Heroic cornea donor)
Driver Joey Gase became connected to the cause at just 18-years-old when he lost his mother to a brain aneurysm. As the eldest in his family, Gase was faced with the responsibility of deciding whether to donate her organs and tissues. He made the courageous decision to donate, which healed and saved the lives of others. This experience sparked a fire in Gase to spread the word about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.
“I am so thankful to Nevada Donor Network for teaming up with us this weekend so we can not only race but more importantly raise awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation and honoring all of these amazing people,” said Gase.
For more information about interview opportunities before, during and after the race, please contact Alma Rodriguez at 855-683-6667 or email@example.com.
About Nevada Donor Network:
Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501(c)3 not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) also responsible for facilitating tissue and cornea donation statewide. Founded in 1987, our core purpose is to provide hope strength and life to more than 2 million people in the state of Nevada and thousands of potential transplant recipients across the country.
Our primary functions as an OPO are to coordinate, recover and allocate lifesaving organs and healing tissues for transplantation and research on behalf of our heroic donors. We provide education to hospital staff and community partners on the referral and donation process and provide a strong network of support for the courageous donor families who save lives through the gift of donation. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, a statewide collaboration of agencies committed to motivating Nevada residents to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.
Joey Gase and Rick Ware Racing Partner with Bare Arms and Legacy Charitable Fund under the lights in Bristol
This Saturday night at “The last great Colosseum” fans will see the black, blue, and green #51 Ford Mustang with a new sponsor, Bare Arms Gear, on the hood. Bare Arms Gear is a retail store that sells tactical gear, apparel, gun range bags, scopes & optics, holsters, decals, patches, jewelry, and Black Rifle Coffee. They have three current locations for in-store shopping, two of which are in Kentucky and one location in West Virginia, and of course their online store which is https://barearmsgear.com/. There are four more locations that are coming soon for Bare Arms Gear, including Charlotte, NC. “Unlike large corporate entities, we believe in hiring and employing local residents and when you shop and buy local, you support your local community and those funds go right back into where you live and work,” said Billy Bare owner of Bare Arms.
Another partner for Joey this weekend in Bristol is The Legacy Charitable Fund, a non-profit charity that was founded in 2014. Their sole purpose is to provide Donors the maximum flexibility with their philanthropic desires. The Legacy Charitable Fund offers many advantages that are important to Donors, such as investment growth and when, where, and how much to donate. All of these actions can be made with a contribution to The Legacy Charitable Fund. To find out more please visit http://legacycharitablefund.com/ .
Be sure to tune in to The Bass Pro Shops NRA night race this Saturday at 7:30pm ET on NBCSN to see Joey Gase and the #51 Bare Arms Gear/Legacy Charitable Fund Ford Mustang in action.
Written by Matt Martinez
Cedar Rapids, IA Native and NASCAR Driver Joey Gase Teams Up With The Salvation Army To Support Local-Disaster Relief
For immediate release Contact: Sam Amick
August 15, 2020 (309) 678-2883
Pekin, IL- NASCAR Cup Series driver and Cedar Rapids native, Joey Gase, is on the ground in Iowa to help in recovery efforts after this past Monday’s derecho storm. Throughout his racing career, Joey has used his platform to help others. In 2018, he jumped in to help tornado victims in Bondurant, Marshalltown and Pella and since 2011 has raised awareness for organ donation. This week he is jumping in again to help his community by bringing people together behind this cause. This storm left behind destroyed crops, downed trees and power lines as well as major damage to homes and businesses throughout Linn County.
Joey Gase said, “The amount of destruction is unbelievable here and I have never seen anything like it. It truly frustrates me that the community has not gotten more attention and support nationally and I just wanted to be able to help my family, and neighbors in this relief effort. I am so proud of our community. We all got together and helped one another as soon as the storm lifted. What I don’t think people understand is how this storm came out of nowhere and caused major damage in such a large area and left over 500,000 people without power.” Joey has partnered with The Salvation Army Heartland Division to help raise funds for relief efforts in Cedar Rapids. Joey continued, “Any monetary amount can go a long way to help a family get back on their feet.”
Gase is excited to help his community and is encouraging people to make a gift to his Race For Relief fundraiser by going online to SalArmy.US/Gase. All funds raised will go towards helping people in Cedar Rapids. The Salvation Army units from around Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa have been bringing food, water, supplies, cleanup kits and other critically needed items to residents and first responders as well as providing pastoral care throughout Linn County. The organization will continue those efforts for as long as they are needed.
Help The Salvation Army Heartland Division Emergency Disaster Services fight for good by making your donation today. For more information on how we serve the community, please contact Sam Amick, 309-678-2883
JOEY GASE AND HAWKEYE DOWNS TEAM UP TO PROMOTE ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONATION FOR THE “BE A HERO 30 PRESENTED BY IOWA DONOR NETWORK” ON JULY 24TH
On July 24th, at Hawkeye Downs Speedway, NASCAR Driver Joey Gase and numerous other drivers from the Midwest will be racing in the “Be A Hero 30” race in their Cassill Sport Mods competing for the $1,000 top prize. But more importantly, they will be racing for an important cause!
All of this is made possible by Iowa Donor Network, who strives to provide the best possible care to donor families, facilitate the recovery of organs and tissues, educate the communities they serve and support special events to promote donation throughout Iowa. To fulfill their mission, they collaborate with the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, healthcare professionals and organizations statewide to honor the gift of life.
Joey and his family have a very close connection to Iowa Donor Network and donation. At the young age of 18, Gase tragically lost his mother, Mary, to a sudden brain aneurysm. Faced with a difficult decision, Gase and his family decided to donate his mother’s organs. Later they learned that her gift helped save and improve the lives of 66 people. Gase developed a desire and passion for educating others on the need of organ, tissue, and eye donation and honoring all of those affected by it. Joey’s hard work in the donation community has proven to be successful in his goals and he has received many honorable awards, including the Inaugural COMCAST Community Outreach Award and AATB
Communication and Education’s “The Ground Breaker” Award.
“I am super excited to come back and race at Hawkeye Down and race awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation,” said Gase. “We finalized this event at the last minute last year and it was a great success, so I expect this year to be even better with having more time to plan!
The payout for the top 15 in the “Be A Hero 30” is as follows…
If you would like to know more information about Hawkeye Downs Speedway or Iowa Donor Network please visit https://hawkeyedowns.org/ or https://www.iowadonornetwork.org/