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 …

End Hunger: Drive, Collect, Honk or Just Show Up

NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon drives. AARP state offices organize food collections. People donate food and money. Two Indiana teenagers raised $1,600 with a Hunger Honk-a-Thon…… It’s almost a “man bites dog” story: two 13-year-old girls trade summer leisure for unpaid work-fundraising for Drive to End Hunger, an initiative by AARP and AARP Foundation to help to raise awareness of the issue of senior hunger. Why choose this issue focused on the 50+ population? “We’re going to be in that population someday, …

Martinsville: Memories, Mayhem, Marvelous!

Adrenaline rush: Turn 3 at Martinsville from the infield. This is a guest post from AARP’s Deb Silverberg, who was on the ground at the April 3 Sprint Cup race in Martinsville.   Memories – so many, Mayhem: it is a short track, after all. Marvelous…more on that in a minute. Before we move on to race highlights, how about the most important M-word? Meals. Not only did our No. 24 Jeff Gordon make an impressive Top 5 finish in Martinsville, …

Meal Donations after Fontana Race top 216,000

Just weeks into the NASCAR season and the Drive to End Hunger has provided more than 216,000 meals for hungry seniors. Building momentum for the initiative, four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet Team finished 18th at Sunday’s Auto Club Speedway 400 in Fontana, Calif., and look for their eighth win this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Last week AARP Foundation made a $10,000 donation on behalf of Drive to End Hunger to …

I’m Sorry … Let’s Race

Dear Mom & Dad: As your youngest child, you know that I’m not used to apologizing. I think it’s in the genes of each baby of the family. But I digress …

Drive To End Hunger Food Drives Take California

Non-race fans and race fans alike peeked with great interest inside the AARP Drive to End Hunger No. 24 car today at a food drive in Fontana, Calif, site of Sunday’s Auto Club 400.