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Project HOPE Foundation Announces Partnership with Former NASCAR South Carolina Rookie of the Year

April 16, 2019 (Woodruff, SC) – Project HOPE Foundation, a nonprofit organization offering a lifespan of services to the autism community, is pleased to announce its Racing with HOPE partnership with Colby Howard, driver for Anthony Campi Racing and 2017 NASCAR South Carolina Rookie of the Year. Howard visited Project HOPE Foundation’s Woodruff campus for an official announcement ceremony, and to let students sign the hood of his car.

“Project HOPE Foundation is thrilled to collaborate with Colby Howard and his racing team for this unique partnership,” said Lisa Lane, the foundation’s Co-Founder and Co-Executive director. “Since our inception in 1997, one of our fundamental core values has been to promote awareness and inclusion for the autism community. We’re extremely grateful to Joe and Nikki Vaughn, the generous donors who made this partnership possible, and for the chance to make this exciting announcement during Autism Awareness Month.”

Howard, a 17-year-old Hillcrest High School junior and third-generation race car driver, was recently named to the reputable Anthony Campi Racing team for the 2019 season. Howard won the Show Me the Money 100 Pro Late Model Feature at Montgomery Motor Speedway on April 6, donning the Project HOPE Foundation logo on his car.

“It’s truly a privilege to represent Project HOPE Foundation,” said Howard, pro-late model stock car driver. “I’ve always admired their dedication to promoting awareness and support, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for South Carolinians with autism and their families. We look forward to taking Project HOPE Foundation with us to many celebrations in victory lane.”

Howard’s car, with the HOPE-signed hood, will be on display at the Evening of HOPE Gala, the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraiser and auction, which will be held at the Greenville Convention Center on Saturday, April 27 at 6pm. The hood of the HOPE car will be auctioned off at the event. Gala tickets can be purchased online.

Project HOPE Foundation provides a lifespan of services for the autism community, through programs that Help families, Open minds, Promote inclusion and Expand potential. We are broad in our scope, serving across ages (from two to young adults), cross the spectrum of autism, and across programs (ABA therapy, classroom options, adult employment, social groups, life skills, community outreach, professional trainings). We are individualized in our approach, seeking to meet the unique needs of each specific person. Founded in 1997 by moms looking for services for their young sons with autism, Project HOPE Foundation offers programs that benefit not only the child affected with autism but also the entire family, all of whom are forever changed by this diagnosis.

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