From Experience to Empathy: Why NASCAR fans back Drive to End Hunger

This is a guest post by Stefani Norris. Norris lives in Chicago and works in the sports media industry. Through his support of Drive to End Hunger, Jeff Gordon has helped raise awareness of the plight of nearly 9 million older Americans at risk of hunger – and with that increased awareness comes more donations of food and funds to help solve the hunger problem. Taking a “see for yourself” stance to help communicate the reality of hunger among older …

Join the Drive to End Hunger in the Charlotte 1 Million and Make a Difference

The idea ignited during a meal packaging event at AARP’s headquarters last fall. As 25 employees lined up in the cafeteria to package 900 meals in an hour, everyone began to imagine something greater.  “It felt really good to know I was helping to make a difference,” said Allison Beatty, an Executive Secretary at AARP. Beatty, who along with her colleagues packaged Macaroni & Cheese, said it was a significant feat. “It was very hands on and quite remarkable.” The …

Auction of 2013 Corvette Collector Edition to Benefit Drive to End Hunger

UPDATED:   The first Corvette 427 Convertible offered to the public went to the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction, on Sat., Jan. 21 for $600,000. An additional $100,000 was donated to AARP Foundation by another bidder for an extraordinary grand total of $700,000. “AARP Foundation is appreciative of the generosity of Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports’ donation of the special edition Corvette 427 for the auction. The $700,000 raised will go directly to support efforts to combat …

The Speed of Inspiration

Sometimes inspiration travels fast. As in 150-mph fast. Pull up a bucket seat and a roll cage and I’ll explain. Last winter, Doug Brown, the principal of W.T. Chipman Middle School in Dover, Del., was watching the Daytona 500 NASCAR race when he noticed that driver Jeff Gordon’s car was emblazoned with a logo for AARP’s Drive to End Hunger campaign. 

AARP Foundation: Making Good Things Happen

This is a guest post by Jo Ann Jenkins. Jo Ann is the president of AARP Foundation. She provides leadership across the Foundation areas of development, litigation, and impact program areas. I’m declaring a moratorium on bad economic news. We read the papers, we watch TV, we tweet. We know the data is dark and dreary. In fact, every day we see the results of the economy in the faces of the people we help. Today, though, I’m celebrating some good …

NASCAR, NFL and 9/11: Memories and Mixed Emotions

To paraphrase a Rolling Stones song, am I the only one with mixed emotions? I was happy about a beautiful fall weekend. Thrilled to be in Richmond covering NASCAR’s last race before ‘the Chase’ for our Drive to End Hunger effort. Excited for NFL kickoff weekend (go Redskins!). And extremely sad about what happened 10 years ago. Anyone who experienced it firsthand knows what I mean. Images can bring the sounds, sights and smells from that day rushing back all …