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r'- Team Jack Foundation Presented Humanitarian Award Atkinson, Nebr. (October 3, 2016)--Co-founder of the Team Jack Foundation, Andy Hoffman, has been named the 2016 winner of The NASCAR Foundation's presti- gious Betty Jane France Humanitar- ian Award presented by Nationwide for his philanthropic efforts to find a cure for childhood brain cancer. Hoffman was among four final- ists from across the nation up for the award. This award honors a NAS- CAR fan who has positively im- pacted the lives of children through volunteerism. After two months of online fan voting on NASCAR. com, Hoffman emerged from the group of selected finalists. The vot- ing ended Monday night; the annual award was presented on Tuesday night during The NASCAR Foun- dation's Inaugural Honors Gala held at New York City Times Square. Over the past six years, The NASCAR Foundation has awarded $875,000 to the charities in honor of twenty remarkable finalists, with almost 200,000 children positively impacted. Hoffman will receive a $100,000 donation from The NAS- CAR Foundation for the charity he represents, the Team Jack Founda- tion. Team Jack was founded by Hoffman and his wife, Brianna, in 2013 after their son, Jack, was di- agnosed with a brain tumor. Team Jack works to raise research funds and create national awareness of pe- diatric brain cancer. "Receiving this award is truly a reflection of all of those amaz- ing people that helped support the Team Jack Foundation since day one," Hoffman said. "Winning this award, literally, could be the dif- ference between life or death for a child someday. Our hope is that the $100,000 donation will provide the seed money for us to help fund yet another clinical trial." The three other finalists, who each received $25,000 from The NASCAR Foundation, were: Jim Giaccone of Bayville, New York, representing the New York-based Tuesday's Children organization; Logan Houptley of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a founding member of the Mikayla's Voice organiza- tion in Nazareth, Pennsylvania; and Parker White of Greensboro, North Carolina, founder of BackPack Be- ginnings. "Andy is a deserving award winner and the Team Jack Foun- dation a deserving beneficiary of our $100,000 donation," said Mike Helton, chairman of The NASCAR Foundation and NASCAR's vice chairman. "The story of the Team Jack Foundation is emotional and inspiring. Tonight's presentation continues the high standards of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and honors the memory of Betty Jane France." Andy and his wife, Brianna, have lead efforts in establishing the Team Jack Foundation and have helped raise over $3 million for pe- diatric brain cancer research. Hot- man has helped turn his family's nightmare into a powerful force impacting the lives of children and their families. His passion for fight- ing pediatric brain cancer is unprec- edented. From investing personal resources to volunteering countless hours each year, the Hoffmans are helping lead the country in the fight against the number one cancer cause of death in children. Introducing Hoffman at the NASCAR Foundation Honors Gala on Tuesday night was Martin Truex Jr., who is currently in first place in the Sprint Cup NASCAR Chase Standings. Truex has his own foun- dation and has created similar goals as far as developing new, pediatric- centric cancer treatments. "It's amazing," Truex said about Hoffman in an interview with ESPN. "It's an unbelievable story and his commitment is incredible." Since the Foundation's incep- tion in January 2013, it has funded five research projects nationally. Recently, Hoffman helped suc- cessfully lobby for a $3 million pediatric brain tumor program at Nebraska's Fred and Pamela Buf- fett Cancer Center, $1.5 million of which is matched by the Team Jack Foundation. This groundbreaking program will help Nebraska's brain tumor children receive better treat- ment and affordable access to na- tional clinical trials. Today, the Foundation is com- prised of three staff members, an eight person board of directors as well as a scientific advisory board. The Foundation continues to be powered by generous volunteers all across Nebraska for various proj- ects and events. "Receiving this award is truly a reflection of all of those amaz- ing people that helped support the Team Jack Foundation since day one. Winning this award, literally, could be the difference between life or death for a child," Hoffman said. "This movement could not have happened anywhere else in the country except Nebraska." Services Held At B0nesteel For Glen Chasing Hawk Funeral services were held on Monday, October 3, 2016 in the City Hall at Bonesteel, South Da- kota. Mother Annie Henninger, Sister Connie Schrnitz SSND and Veronica Valandra, Lay Minister - Officiating. Interment was in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery at St. Charles, South Dakota. Cas- ket Bearers included Levi Chasing Hawk, Richard Chasing Hawk III, Randy Walth, Brock Bearshield, Burt Rainbow, Dave Colberg, Wade Andrews, Jr, Mike Birkel, Byron Andrews, Sr, Brandon Andrews, Barton Andrews and Byron An- drews, Jr. Glenford Wayne Chasing Hawk was born May 23, 1973 to the late Clifford Sr and Velma (Roubide- aux) Chasing Hawk in Rosebud, South Dakota. He died September 27, 2016 at the Platte Hospital in Platte, South Dakota at the age of 43 years. Glen graduated from Bon- esteel-Fairfax High School in 1991. He was active in all sports through Continued on Page 10 The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 American Legion Post #220 Herrick, South Dakota ANNUAL Herrick Legion & Auxiliary Social at 6:00 P.M. Supper at 7:00 P.M. Auxiliary Members to bring salad or dessert This meeting will replace the regular monthly meeting. At The Burke Civic Center Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday & 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Any boy or girl that will turn 12 years of age in 2016 or older who wishes to obtain a hunting license must attend this course. A parent must accompany their child. You must attend both days to be certified! Contact: Hans Walleser 222-6133 for more information. Bring $5.00 for lunch on Saturday! Join the Burke/South Central an.d Gregory Volleyball Teams For Their Annual BIG-PINK EVENT Thursday, October 13th at the Burke High School Gym (C-match begins at 5:15 with JV & Varsity to follow) FESTIVITIES INCLUDE: Silent Auction Recognition of Breast Cancer Fighters & Survivors Servin'Up a Fight (serving games for *1) Killin' Cancer for Carla (the B/SC Volleyball Team will be donating *5 for every "KILL" earned in the Var- sity game vs. Gregory. They challenge Cougar fans and businesses to do the same!) Proceeds from these festivi- ties will be matched by Modern Woodmen to be given to Carla Schmitz; friend and fan (,fALL Cougar athletics, local business owner, and a Breast Cancer Fighter! Proceeds from t-shirt sales will be given to the Gregory County Hope Society. If you would like to donate a Silent Auction item/basket, want to take part in the Killin' Cancer for Carla chal- lenge, or simply make a monetary donation please con- tact Coach Indahl or Coach Frank at the Burke School (605)775-2645) or by e-mail billiejo.indahl@kl2.sd.us or mandy.frank@ k 12.sd.us 4