The Ryan Newman Foundation and the Atlanta chapter of Speedway Children's Charities are co-hosting Harvest Nights, a charity reception and auction presented by Alltel Wireless. The event, which benefits both nonprofit organizations and the charities they support, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Motor Speedway's Tara Ballroom on Thursday, October 26, 2006. The star-studded reception will give race fans the opportunity to meet and greet NASCAR Nextel Cup Series drivers Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne, NASCAR legends Buddy Baker and Rex White, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Chad Chaffin and Erin Crocker, and Evernham Motorsports team owner Ray Evernham. The event will also feature live musical entertainment and an auction sponsored by EasyCare with premiere autographed sports items including a Tony Stewart fire suit, Felix Sabates sheet metal, Jeff Gordon die-cast car, Jimmie Johnson race shoes, Dwyane Wade Miami Heat Jersey, Derek Jeter New York Yankees Jersey, as well as memorabilia autographed by Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne. Tickets are available for a $100 contribution per person. To purchase your ticket online, visit or To purchase your tickets by mail or phone, please call Pat Thompson at (770) 946-3921 to request an invitation by mail. Only 300 tickets will be sold. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be designated specifically for Noah's Ark, an Atlanta area children's orphanage, pet adoption center, and wild animal sanctuary. The Ryan Newman Foundation was founded by NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and his wife, Krissie in January 2005. The mission of the foundation is to educate and encourage people to spay/neuter their pets and to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters; to educate children and adults about the importance of conservation so the beauty of the great outdoors can be appreciated by future generations; and to provide college scholarship funding through the Rich Vogler Scholarship program to students interested in auto racing careers. For more information, visit Speedway Children's Charities provides funds to organizations that meet the direct needs of children. From mentoring programs to camps for special needs children, we best affect children's lives by supporting organizations that work tirelessly to see that children's needs are met and that no child is left behind regardless of illness, social environment, or disability. Speedway Children's Charities and the Ryan Newman Foundation are both 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit
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