More than 40 years of being a NASCAR fan has resulted in Carl Dakes having his own personal list of what NASCAR is all about: American pride, family, friends, camping and tailgating. His longtime love of the sport also produced two favorite all-time drivers – Davey Allison and Matt Kenseth.
Dakes has been volunteering for 18 years, donating his design and painting services. Among his contributions has been painting both the interior and exterior of the eight different Believe In Tomorrow facilities called respite homes. That sort of commitment led to Dakes receiving the foundation’s highest award – its Unsung Hero Award.
The president of Believe In Tomorrow, Brian Morrison, sums up Dakes’ importance by saying, “Carl is an inspiration to other volunteers.”
Funds received from the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will go toward funding two new facilities to support U.S. Military families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses.