There is no one in the history of NASCAR who has given more to the sport he loves and the fans who follow and love him than Richard Petty. Following in the footsteps of his father Lee Petty, and continuing in the racing legacy of the Petty family, Richard’s record speaks for itself. He won the NASCAR Championship seven times, winning a record 200 races in his career, taking the checkered flag in the Daytona 500 a record seven times and winning a record 27 races, 10 of them consecutively, in the 1967 season alone. Statistically, he is the most accomplished driver in the history of the sport and continues to be one of the most respected figures in motorsports as a whole, being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010. The spotlight that has been on Richard Petty most of his life is not lost on this humble and gracious man. Some race car drivers, once retired, fade into the history books, but Richard Petty, along with his children and The Petty Family Foundation, established in 2008, continue to give back to local charities and organizations that better their community.
The Petty Family Foundation
In 2008, The Petty Family Foundation was created as a way for the entire family to stay involved with their community, dedicated to unlocking the potential of people and organizations by providing financial support where necessary. Staying true to the Petty family ideals, the main focus has been on supporting organizations that serve children and soldiers. However, the foundation also remains instrumental in driving forward positive change in the Piedmont Triad community. In an effort to continue their fundraising, the second annual Blue Jeans and Boots event was held on May 10, 2017, at Reverie Place, the home of Richard Petty in Randleman, NC. The event, sponsored by Hutchinson Family Office, was extra special this year because of one special birthday.
“This year, Blue Jeans and Boots was extra special because we also celebrated my daddy’s 80th birthday,” said Rebecca Petty-Moffitt, Richard Petty’s daughter and executive director of The Petty Family Foundation. “It was a wonderful way to raise money and honor a man who truly loves his community and enjoys giving back to others.”
The evening began with free tastings by several local distilleries and craft beer companies, including Tito’s Vodka, Four Saints Brewery, Old Nick Williams Distillery and Mayberry Spirits, followed by cigar rolling, live music and other activities. Dinner was catered by Penny Path Cafe and guests also were treated to a birthday cake suited for the King of NASCAR, provided by Dewey’s Bakery.
The Petty family members who were present for the celebration gave Mr. Petty a custom made belt buckle by Johnson and Held Buckle Company featuring the profile of Mr. Petty. After singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ the guests enjoyed the birthday cake, and many took pictures with Mr. Petty.
This year’s Blue Jeans and Boots raised $100,000, and the money will go toward local charities and their causes. In 2016, The Petty Family Foundation partnered with Victory Junction, Randolph Community College, Operation North State, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Hospice of Randolph County, Ricky Proehl P.O.W.E.R. of Play Foundation, local youth athletic programs and other veteran organizations.
For all Richard Petty gave and continued to give to NASCAR over 60 years and going strong, he and his family, through The Petty Family Foundation, have continued to give to the community that has supported him.