Childress Institute Receives $1 million in Commitments at Event

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Sept. 3, 2014 – The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma received commitments of $1 million at its annual fundraising dinner at Childress Vineyards in Lexington on Aug. 20. The event, co-hosted by Richard Childress and his wife Judy, was also attended by their grandsons Austin and Ty Dillon and other racing celebrities.

“Any child can get seriously injured anywhere and at any time and you don’t have time to travel long distances for the best care,” said Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing and co-founder of the Childress Institute. “Unfortunately, not all hospitals in the U.S. have the resources and training they need to effectively treat severely injured kids. Kids need a champion and there are ways we can save more injured kids’ lives through the programs funded by the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.”

Sponsors for the event included:

  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Chevrolet
  • Dan and Karen Couture
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Lucas Oil Products, Inc.
  • Quicken Loans Inc.
  • Okuma America
  • South Point Hotel and Casino
  • Squire, Patton and Boggs
  • Specialized Mobile Exhibits
  • University of Northwestern Ohio
  • WIX Filters
  • WESCO Distribution
  • Beer was provided by D.G. Yuengling & Son

The Childress Institute announced its “Childress Cares for Kids” fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $5 million in five years. Including funds raised during the event, the Childress Institute has already received commitments of nearly $1 million.

“The funds raised during the event and in the days ahead will be used to field research projects needed to improve pediatric trauma care nationally and to address the issue of youth traumatic brain injuries in recreation and sports,” said Bob Gfeller, executive director of the Childress Institute.

Learn more about helping seriously injured children by liking the Childress Institute on Facebook at or following on Twitter @injuredkids. Fans can also show their support by joining the Childress Champions.

The Childress Institute was founded through the generosity of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress and his wife Judy. Its mission is to discover and share the best ways to prevent and treat severe injury in children.