DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2020) - The community came together again Monday night, continuing to make the Betty Jane France Memorial High Speed Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament a successful fundraiser for The NASCAR Foundation and the foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund.
A crowd of several hundred gathered in the Mori Hosseini Student Union Facility at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for a night of poker playing plus live and silent auctions to raise funds while also honoring the memory of the late founder and chairperson of The NASCAR Foundation. Jorge Magluta of Winter Springs won the annual tournament. Two other Daytona Beach residents, Roy Gailey and Bill Christy, finished second and third, respectively. Halifax Health was the event’s presenting sponsor.
NBC sports broadcaster Rick Allen and SIRIUS XM Radio personality Angie Skinner served as co-emcees while Allen also was auctioneer for the live auction for the second consecutive year. Co-chairmen for the tournament were The NASCAR Foundation Chairman Mike Helton and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace, who serves on the foundation board.
"I was thrilled to be involved with the great work The NASCAR Foundation does to help kids," Allen said. "This group here (at the poker tournament) helps put smiles on kids’ faces."
Added Helton: "The NASCAR Foundation board is constantly carrying on the tradition, the culture and wishes of Betty Jane France and that’s important to all of us in our organization. "She taught all of us to be good community neighbors and citizens.
"And that leads us to [High Speed Hold ‘Em]. This tournament is a great opportunity for the NASCAR industry and our community in Daytona Beach and Volusia County to have a lot of fun and do a lot of good things for people who need our support and help."