Private Collector in Texas Wins Auction for One-of-a-Kind Race-Worn NASCAR Helmet to Benefit Hope For The Warriors®

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Auction ends as the 2015 NASCAR season and support to military begins

"It was a once in a lifetime type of experience,” states Amir Ahmed, who attended the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2015 with Hope For The Warriors® through the Drive For Hope Program. “I am grateful and honored to have met such genuinely superb people."

The auction for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Ryan Newman’s race-worn helmet ended as the 2015 NASCAR season began. Newman, No. 31, wore the special designed helmet to promote Hope For The Warriors® in route to a third-place finish at the historic Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on October 26, 2014. The Hope For The Warriors® designed helmet went to a private collector in Texas, who placed the winning bid.

Hope For The Warriors® thanks Newman and RCR Racing for their support and Quicken Loans for the donation of the helmet. All proceeds from the sale of Newman's helmet went to Hope For The Warriors® to support four pillars of program work which aim to restore hope for service members, their family, and families of the fallen. Hope For The Warriors® assists approximately 4,000 military families each year through four program pillars.

“This helmet is a piece of sports history,” Travis Hanson, Hope for the Warriors®, Sports & Recreation Director said. “Hope For The Warriors® is extremely grateful for the donation by Quicken Loans and appreciative of the support given to service members and military families by Ryan Newman and RCR Racing.”

The helmet was designed and painted by Nick Pastura, iconic graphic artist, of Nick Pastura Motorsports. The back of the helmet features the image of the No Man Left Behind Monument, a monument that now graces both Marine Corps Bases Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and Camp Pendleton in California. The monument recognizes and honors the sacrifices of service members of the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The helmet is one of the first pieces to capture the image of the new iconic monument.

For the 2015 Sprint Cup NASCAR season, Hope For The Warriors® will invite service members, veterans, and military families to all NASCAR races to be involved in a new program called Drive For Hope. Service members will have the opportunity to meet professionals in fields they are interested in pursing before or after the race to help them navigate the transition into civilian life.

“It was a once in a lifetime type of experience,” states Amir Ahmed, who attended the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2015 with Hope For The Warriors® through the Drive For Hope Program. “I am grateful and honored to have met such genuinely superb people.”

The mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org) for three consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.

Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.

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