Kernersville, N.C. (July 11, 2011) – The Kevin Harvick Foundation and longtime partner Rheem Manufacturing Company have teamed up with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to host a group of 50 youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester on Wednesday, July 13 for the Northeast Delta Dental Eastern League All-Star Game in Manchester, N.H. In addition to attending the game, the group will participate in a Home Run Derby with Kevin Harvick Foundation co-founders Kevin and DeLana Harvick and players from the New England Fisher Cats minor league baseball team.
Harvick, a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, will drive the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Impala show car around the warning track on his way to the pitcher’s mound to throw out the first pitch. Immediately following the first pitch, he and his wife, DeLana, will accept a $50,000 donation to the Kevin Harvick Foundation from Rheem.
“DeLana and I are really looking forward to this event,” said Harvick. “Together with Rheem we took a group of kids to the beach at Daytona (Fla.) last summer and this year, we’re heading to the ballpark. Rheem has been a wonderful partner and with their generous donation, the Kevin Harvick Foundation will not only be able to bring these kids to the ballgame but support and benefit so many more children.”
“Rheem is pleased to continue working with the Kevin Harvick Foundation to support the well being of children throughout our nation. By sponsoring wonderful events like this one benefiting the Manchester Boys & Girls Club, we know that our support will help the Kevin Harvick Foundation to continue the important work of providing meaningful assistance to other children throughout the U.S.,” said Ed Raniszeski, Rheem corporate director of marketing. “This is now the second year that we’ve joined with Kevin and DeLana Harvick and their Foundation to bring a fun-filled, entertaining event to children in one of NASCAR’s racing communities who may never otherwise get a chance to attend a professional ballgame, a NASCAR race or meet a champion racecar driver. Childhood is a time for innocence and dreaming, and Rheem is grateful for the opportunity to play a small part today in making the dreams of children come alive in Manchester.”
The Kevin Harvick Foundation and Rheem are also providing the group of children with tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 16. The No. 33 Rheem Heating, Cooling and Water Heating Chevrolet Impala, which will be driven by Harvick, will carry a special decal commemorating the ballpark event.
About the Kevin Harvick Foundation:
Established in 2010 by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, the mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation is to support programs that positively enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. The foundation works to not only improve the quality of life, but to help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams by supporting programs such as the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund at California State University, Bakersfield, Kevin’s Krew, Kevin Harvick Foundation Chase Your Dreams Scholarships and a camper cabin at Victory Junction.
Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held, with headquarters in Atlanta. In its 86th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company’s premium brands, including Raypak, Ruud and Rheem, have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water-heating supplier to Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) and is the primary sponsor of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series “Driver of the Decade” Kevin Harvick and his No. 33 car.