The Home Depot and NASCAR Select Don Miller as Recipient of Inaugural Humanitarian Award Award Recognizes Outstanding Community Service by Individual Within NASCAR

Community; Miller Has Donated More than 40,000 Toys via Stocks-for-Tots

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    ATLANTA, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Home Depot(R), the
 world's largest home improvement retailer, and The National Association for
 Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR(R)) today announced that Don Miller of
 Mooresville, N.C., was selected as the recipient of the inaugural NASCAR
 Home Depot Humanitarian Award for his work with the Stocks-for-Tots
 program. The award is the first of its kind open to any member of the
 NASCAR community who has shown extraordinary dedication to serving others
 and improving communities through meaningful service efforts. Miller is an
 executive for Penske Racing.
 
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     As the NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian of the Year, Miller received a
 specially designed crystal award and a $100,000 donation made by The Home
 Depot to his charity of choice, Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), an
 organization whose mission is to continue to help and provide education,
 counseling and intervention programs for the prevention of child abuse and
 neglect. Miller will also receive a playground in the city of his choice
 built by volunteers from NASCAR, The Home Depot and KaBOOM!(R), the
 Company's national nonprofit partner which envisions a great place to play
 within walking distance of every child in America.
 
     Miller developed Stocks-for-Tots as a holiday event and fundraiser for
 SCAN. Miller continues to be intimately involved in the event which brings
 together stock car racing and its fans to collect toys and raise funds for
 SCAN. Since 1989, the event has raised more than $400,000 and distributed
 nearly 40,000 toys to children in North Carolina and is now the largest
 fundraiser for SCAN.
 
     "The Home Depot is proud to recognize Don Miller as the inaugural
 recipient of the NASCAR Home Depot Humanitarian Award," said John Ross,
 vice president of marketing, The Home Depot. "Don is an icon in NASCAR for
 his relentless drive and passion for the Stocks-for-Tots program. All three
 of the finalists exemplify the values of volunteerism and charitable giving
 of time and talent that are fundamental to both The Home Depot and NASCAR."
 
     The other finalists for the award were Spencer Lueders, project
 creator, director and team member of 24 Hours of Booty; and Kyle Petty,
 driver for Petty Enterprises and co-founder of Victory Junction Gang Camp.
 They received a $25,000 donation each to their designated non-profit
 charities.
 
     "NASCAR is proud to join with our valued partner, The Home Depot, to
 recognize an individual like Don Miller in our sport who has given back to
 the community in a special and meaningful way," said Jim O'Connell, vice
 president of corporate marketing at NASCAR. "The NASCAR Home Depot
 Humanitarian Award is an innovative way to recognize the efforts of those
 in the NASCAR industry who show extra dedication and service to their
 communities and those less fortunate."
 
     All active employees within the NASCAR industry -- drivers, owners,
 team and track employees, licensees, media partners, sponsors, and
 motorsports media -- were eligible to receive the NASCAR Home Depot
 Humanitarian Award. Nominees were assessed based on their community
 commitment and dedication; impact on the community; and charitable giving
 of their time and talents. A blue-ribbon committee comprised of
 representatives from NASCAR, The Home Depot and motorsports media selected
 the three finalists.
 
     ABOUT THE HOME DEPOT
 
     The Home Depot is the Official Home Improvement Warehouse of NASCAR and
 sponsor of the #20 Home Depot Racing team with sponsorship contracts
 through 2009. The Home Depot first entered NASCAR in 1999 with a multi-year
 deal with Joe Gibbs Racing and then-rookie driver Tony Stewart. Driver Tony
 Stewart was honored as Rookie of the Year in 1999 and as the 2002 NASCAR
 Cup Series champion. Stewart has captured 19 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point
 victories since 1999. HDG
 
 
 

SOURCE The Home Depot
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