Rollin’ with NASCAR, Brad Paisley & other stars

Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker play at a NASCAR charity event

Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker entertain the crowd with a private concert

This year has gone so fast and been so slammed with cool events that I’ve hardly had time to post much about them on my site or the Jackson site.  I’ve done a decent job keeping folks in the loop on my facebook page, but now I am going to post a few of the highlights over the past few months, starting with the cool NASCAR event we recently attended.

Brooks Beatty and I immediately went from the annual Jackson Kayak Dealer Summit to Nashville, TN, to join up with NASCAR for a good cause – The Waltripp Brothers Charity Dinner/Auction.  The event was to raise money for two of NASCAR’s best charities – MRO (Motor Racing Outreach) and Feed the Children.  We, at Jackson Kayak, donated a new Cuda 14 to be auctioned off to raise awareness for these

Michael Waltripp sits in a Jackson Cuda 14

Michael Waltripp enjoys the Cuda 14

causes.  Before dinner the guests would browse all the auction items which included all kinds of cool sports, outdoors and music memorabilia.  I remember seeing a signed shoe and jersey from Shaquille O’niel, guitar signed by Darius Rucker, a Charlie Daniels signed fiddle, andvarious signed items by Brad Paisley and many more.  Many celebrities were in attendance including Shaq, Eddie George, Mark Martin, the Waltripp Brothers, Dario Franchitti (3 time Indy 500 winner), Rick Hendrick, Mike Helton (NASCAR president), Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker who provided the evening’s entertainment.

The Cuda 14 did end up auctioning off to NASCAR icon and team owner, Rick Hendricks!  That will be cool to know what he ends up doing with it.  I am sure he has some sort of beach house or lake house he’ll stash it at.  Who knows, but I hope he enjoys it and catches a lot of fish out of it!

All in all, great event for a great cause!

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