HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2008) - Sally Hebert joined Greg Biffle in the winner's circle at the NASCAR Sprint Series Sylvania 300 on Sunday, collecting a prize package of $100,000 cash and an additional $100,000, which she chose to donate to The Conklin Center for the Blind through Rubbermaid's "Race Back to School and Win" promotion. After being selected from 30,000 entries, Hebert saw her original winnings of $1,000 in cash and a $1,000 donation multiply by 100 when Biffle took the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Chase opening race.
"My husband and I are huge NASCAR fans, but I'm not sure we've ever watched a race more intently or pulled for a driver so hard," said Hebert, a native of Ormond Beach, Fla. which is near NASCAR hot spot, Daytona Beach. "When Greg took the lead with 12 laps to go, I just knew he was going to hold on for the win. It was the perfect end to a great race for everyone - me and my family, Greg and his team and The Conklin Center."
"It's tough to get a win in the NASCAR Series any week, but for it to happen in the first race of the Chase and the weekend Rubbermaid is offering $200,000 to Sally, is pretty unbelievable," said Biffle. "This win is certainly a great way for us to start the Chase, but the win probably means even more to the children and families supported by The Conklin Center."
Founded in 1979, The Conklin Center was the first nonprofit, human service agency in the nation dedicated to training adults who are blind and have an additional disability to be able to work at competitive jobs and live independently. Today, The Conklin Center helps empower hundreds of visually impaired individuals from around the World with functional daily and social skills necessary for community living. More than 80 percent of students at The Conklin Center complete the program each year and become gainfully employed, graduate to further academic or vocational training, or gain sufficient skills to be more self-reliant.
"This $100,000 windfall couldn't come at a better time for the Conklin Center and the blind people we serve. We will use the prize money to create educational opportunities for blind infants and toddlers as well as opportunities for adults to learn, work and live with dignity in our Florida communities. I want to thank Rubbermaid for sponsoring this great contest, Greg Biffle for running a terrific race, and our friend, contest winner Mrs. Hebert, for designating the Conklin Center for the Blind as her charity," said Robert T. Kelly, Executive Director.
"With so many great drivers in the Series, statistically, the odds were really against any of this happening," said Gino Biondi, vice president of marketing for Rubbermaid. "Fortunately, Greg and his team prevailed in an exciting race that is going to make a difference in the lives of Sally and her family, and for so many people that benefit from the The Conklin Center on a daily basis." The Rubbermaid ""Race Back to School and Win"" online sweepstakes was conducted in August, and Hebert was randomly selected as the winner on Sept. 10, 2008.
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