Annual Dinner & Auction
Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation’s signature annual event occurs as the opening event for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca Cola. Sponsorship opportunities are available now for 2013.
2013 Dinner Honoring Trevor Bayne
Trevor Bayne stormed onto front page of the sports world on February 20, 2011, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the famed Daytona 500, and in the process pulled off one of the biggest upsets in sporting history. Just one day after his 20th birthday, Bayne took the checkered flag in the “Super Bowl” of motorsports, and vaunted himself into the national spotlight and to the forefront of the NASCAR scene. The event was only his second career Sprint Cup start.
Bayne joined Roush Fenway Racing in October 2010. He competed in the balance of Nationwide Series races (seven) in 2010 in a Roush Fenway Ford, and is currently running for the Nationwide Championship in 2011. Bayne’s climb toward a career in NASCAR got a boost when Dale Earnhardt Inc. signed him to its driver development program in 2008.
Bayne also spends a lot of time and money raising awareness for Back2Back Ministries’ orphanages in Monterrey, Mexico.
For the first two years the event was held at Adam’s Mark. After that the Daytona International Speedway offered the elegant Daytona Club to house the annual event and now it is held at the fabulous DAYTONA 500 Club in the infield. A VIP reception is held on the second floor of the DAYTONA 500 Club. Until his untimely death, Benny Parsons served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. Dr. Jerry Punch has served as our Master of Ceremonies in recent years and Darrell Waltrip is our auctioneer.
Each year the event exceeded previous year’s attendance and corporate participation. Last year’s event was attended by over 70 businesses and organizations; the vast majority of these organizations were locally based in Volusia and Flagler County. The event has evolved to one of the “must do” events for the area’s major businesses. On average, over 450 individuals are in attendance.
Previous honorees include:
- 2012 - State Senator Evelyn Lynn
- 2011 - Jamie McMurray
- 2010 - Alan Gustafson
- 2009 - Vince Carter
- 2008 - Dale Jarrett
- 2007 - Bobby Ginn
- 2006 - Kyle Petty
- 2005 - Michael Waltrip
- 2004 - Hal Marchman
- 2003 - Jimmie Johnson
- 2002 - Kevin Harvick
- 2000 - Darrel Waltrip
- 1999 - Richard Petty
- 1998 - Mark Martin
The DAYTONA 500 Club - venue for the Annual Dinner & Auction