Tony Stewart Gives the Nod to Families for HoPE, Inc.

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Leslie Harley
Families for HoPE, Inc.
888-533-4443 or

Tony Stewart Gives the Nod to Families for HoPE, Inc.

Indianapolis (September 20, 2011) – Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart evokes several images — owner of Tony Stewart Racing, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, a highly competitive driver, and a tireless advocate of auto racing in its many forms.  And, increasingly, Tony is also well-known as a dedicated philanthropist.  Like his racing style, Tony Stewart pushes the limits to help others through his Foundation.

The Tony Stewart Foundation just announced the winners for its “Tony’s Grant Accelerator” competition.  Families for HoPE, Inc. has been selected as 1 of 40 charities from throughout the United States to be known as an Accelerator Charity and receive a monetary grant.  More than 300 nominations were reviewed by the foundation and 72 organizations were invited to submit the full grant application.

“We created this competition to uncover terrific charities that are serving children and animals in innovative ways,” remarked Stewart.  “The result is a collection of charities — large and small — with a common denominator of having a strong volunteer network and a dedicated staff to deliver programs.”

“Families for HoPE is very excited to receive a $2,000 grant from the Tony Stewart Foundation. Tony and his foundation were one of our earliest supporters and continue to help us reach our goals,” said Shira Arnold, President of the Board of Directors of Families for HoPE.  “This grant will help fund our Bi-Annual Family Conference to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina in July of 2012. We hope to have over 60 families from across the country in attendance and raising money for this conference is a major part of our ongoing work.  Because holoprosencephaly is so rare (only affecting one child in 5,000 – 10,000 live births), many of our families have never met another child with HPE.  Attending a conference allows families to meet, create friendships and share the HoPE in holoprosencephaly with each other on a personal level.”

Families for HoPE is continuing its effort to raise more funding for its conference and other programs supporting families affected by holoprosencephaly. To learn more about Families for HoPE, holoprosencephaly, and how you can help, visit or read the organization’s HoPE blog at

Since 2004, the Tony Stewart Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in grants to organizations serving children, animals and drivers.  Complete information about the foundation plus photos & stories of the 40 Grant Accelerator Charities are available at