The NASCAR Foundation held its third annual poker event, “High Speed Hold ’Em,” on Wednesday night, a charitable and celebratory lead-in to Sunday’s Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Championed by event co-chairs Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick, the evening featured a fun-filled poker tournament with players including NASCAR drivers Regan Smith, Alex Bowman, Dakoda Armstrong, Jamie Dick, Jimmy Weller, John Wes Townley and IMSA driver James Gue. The evening culminated with a $150,000 check presentation to the Speediatrics unit at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
“In just three years, with many in our community and industry working together, we have made the High Speed Hold ‘Em event a fun, engaging and, most importantly, charitable part of NASCAR’s season-launch celebration,” said Betty Jane France, chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation. “This event has become very important to the Daytona Beach community, providing another round of support for The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics children’s unit at Halifax Health Medical Center.”
The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics units were created based on the vision of France, whose passion for children has ensured that kids receive the medical care they need in order to live, learn and play in their communities. With locations in Daytona Beach and at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla., Speediatrics provides medical treatment to nearly 27,000 children annually.
“So many children benefit from the facilities, resources and talented medical staff at Speediatrics,” said Jeff Feasel, President/CEO Halifax Health. “High Speed Hold ’Em provides a great opportunity to catch up with some of the stars of NASCAR, along with highlighting the only pediatric program in the area. This is just another example of how The NASCAR Foundation and our community comes together to support our kids.”
Fittingly, 2003 World Series of Poker celebrity player Chris Moneymaker won first place in the tournament, while attendees Michael Munier and Sherry Gailey took the second and third place spots, respectively.