It's less than five days until Dale Jr. returns to our annual RCCA Member Appreciation Party!
On Saturday, May 20, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join nearly 500 of his closest friends and die-cast collectors to raise money in support of the good work done by Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Nationwide Childrens Hospital is Americas largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Childrens has a staff of more than 11 thousand providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually.
Two hundred meet-and-great tickets are already sold out and 100 percent of those sales will be donated directly to Nationwide Children's. Dale Jr. will also join us for two incredible live die-cast auctions to benefit the patients of Nationwide Children's.
In addition to Dale Jr., party guests will also get the chance to hear from legendary NASCAR crew chief and engine builder Waddell Wilson.
Wilson landed his first job in racing as an engine builder for the iconic and formidable Ford race team of Holman-Moody. While working at Holman-Moody Wilson found himself building engines for future legends including Fireball Roberts, Fred Lorenzen, A.J. Foyt, Junior Johnson, Mario Andretti, Dick Hutcherson, David Pearson and Bobby Allison.
Five University of Racing die-cast that replicate cars Wilson built will be on sale during the event. Wilson will also autograph one item for all in attendance.
Also joining us on stage will be NASCAR paint scheme artist Brendan Droppo. Droppo has designed some of the most popular Hendrick Motorsports paint schemes in recent years - including Jimmie Johnson's Fontana-winning Lowe's Superman car, Johnson's 2016 Darlington Throwback, and Earnhardt's 2017 Nationwide Children's Hospital car. Droppo will talk about his lifelong love of NASCAR, how he became a paint scheme designer at the sport's highest level, and also autograph one item for party attendees.
In addition, we're pleased to announce that this year's emcee will be popular NBC Sports broadcast personality Dave Burns. Burns has 25 years of motorsports experience and is currently a pit reporter for the NBC Sports Groups' NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series coverage.
Hope you already have your ticket. This will be an event for the ages!