'The Winter Wonderland Gala with Jeff Gordon & Friends' Debuts With Maine's Largest Event Featuring a Music Concert by American Idol Winner Carrie Underwood

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Four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Jeff Gordon, exudes the same passion and commitment to helping chronically ill children as he radiates on the racetrack. The largest fundraising event ever held in the history of Maine, the first annual “Winter Wonderland Gala with Jeff Gordon & Friends” is set to raise over $500,000 for charities supported by The Jeff Gordon Foundation. Catapulting this celebration of giving, “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood brings her vocal prowess and riveting country music to the Cumberland County Civic Center for a highly charged music concert.

NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, along with The Portland Pirates, The Bill Dodge Auto Group and Get-Etched.com, will partner for “The Winter Wonderland Gala with Jeff Gordon & Friends” on January 14, 2006 at 7pm, in Portland, Maine. With a sold-out dinner and highly coveted auction items, the event is set to raise over $500,000 dollars for The Jeff Gordon Foundation charities. Highlighting the festivities, Carrie Underwood will take the microphone at the Cumberland County Civic Center with a highly anticipated afternoon music concert for 6,500 fans. Winner of three 2005 Billboard Music Awards, Underwood is sure to raise the roof in Portland. Concert attendees will be further treated with a complimentary collectible granite coaster of Carrie Underwood provided by Get-Etched.com. Opening for Carrie Underwood, The Don Campbell Band will perform their country music hits featuring hooks and harmony-laiden melodies, emotionally pleasing lyrics and guitar and fiddle instrumentation.

Jumpstarting a weekend of celebration and encouragement, on the evening of Friday, January 13th at 7pm, The Portland Pirates will present a special pre-game show featuring a motivating and inspirational story of NASCAR driver Jerry Nadeau. Jerry’s story features a strong message of personal conviction, tragedy and triumph, and will leave the audience with the belief that passion and perseverance can overcome all.

Established in 1999, The Jeff Gordon Foundation primarily provides support for Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation, The Marrow Foundation in partnership with the Hendrick Marrow Program, Riley Hospital for Children and Jeff Gordon’s Children Hospital at NorthEast Medical Center. Knowing that gaining speed over serious illness is the greatest victory of all, Gordon and The Foundation are honored to bring needed monies and assistance to chronically ill children and their families.

“The most rewarding blessing of my career is the ability reach beyond my own life and bring joy to those in need," said Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet. "Although my adrenaline peaks behind the wheel, the smile of a child in need is the fastest way to warm my heart. I extend my deepest appreciation to Carrie Underwood, The Portland Pirates, The Bill Dodge Auto Group and Get-Etched.com for helping me to further the work of my foundation.”

“The Winter Wonderland Gala with Jeff Gordon & Friends” will be the largest single fundraising event in the history of Jeff Gordon’s foundation, as well as in the history of Maine. The Portland Pirates, The Bill Dodge Auto Group and Get-Etched.com are proud to join The Jeff Gordon Foundation in staging the largest and most exciting event to take place in Maine.

About The Jeff Gordon Foundation: The Jeff Gordon Foundation was established in December of 1999 by the four-time NASCAR Nextel Cup champion to support children and families in need. The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Marrow Foundation in partnership with The Hendrick Marrow Program and Riley Hospital for Children and Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital at NorthEast Medical Center. For more information, visit http://www.JeffGordonFoundation.org.

About The Bill Dodge Auto Group: The Bill Dodge Auto Group offers Maine’s largest new vehicle selections with GMC Truck, Buick, Pontiac, Cadillac BMW, Infiniti, KIA and Saturn as well as one of the largest inventories of pre-owned vehicles. For more information, visit http://www.billdodgeautogroup.com.

About Get-Etched.com: Touted as one of the nation’s quickest growing keepsake and specialty gift item companies, Get-Etched.com permanently laser etches photos, logos, images and text onto granite to capture special moments and memories that will be treasured for generations to come. Get-Etched is proud to be part of The Jeff Gordon Foundations’ ongoing charitable work by contributing to this special event and also by offering on its website Jeff Gordon collectibles and special ordering envelopes that benefit the foundation. To place an order or for more information, visit http://www.get-etched.com.

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