September 10, 2011 -To say that everything David Foster touches turns to gold (frequently platinum) is an understatement.  One of the most respected names in music – with 16 Grammy Award wins and an unprecedented 46 nominations – educated the American public about organ donor registration with his Official Indy 500 pace car Chevy Camaro convertible sweepstakes.  The contest is now closed and the winner is a native born South Dakotan who won a brand new 2011 Chevy Camaro convertible online at www.beadonorsavealife.com.

 

Kelly Nyberg, a 24 year old native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the winner of this 4 month long contest that started in Long Beach, California and ended at the Indianapolis 500.  The Foundation put together a truck and trailer road show to travel the country promoting the contest as well as educating and encouraging Americans to make the decision to become registered organ donors in their own State and/or make a donation either by text message or online.

 

“I can’t believe I won!  I will certainly enjoy this Camaro and absolutely cannot wait to drive it! Thanks so much for this fantastic opportunity, I feel so lucky!” said the diminutive brunette who now works for Entertainment Tonight in Los Angeles.

 

The 2011 Camaro Convertible is the 22nd Chevrolet chosen to pace the Indianapolis 500 and the seventh Camaro. Adding to the rich heritage is the fact that 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500, as well as the centennial year of Chevrolet.

 

“Our experience during this 4 month campaign in the United States was amazing.  We were able to provide education about the importance of organ donor registration and we heard such great stories from people whose lives were touched by organ donation and transplant.  If we’ve saved even one life through this endeavour, we feel like we’ve made a difference,” said David Foster Foundation CEO, Mike Ravenhill.

 

This special-edition Chevrolet Camaro Convertible served as the official pace car of the 2011 Indianapolis 500 and was one of only 50 official pace cars. Earlier this year, the Camaro was gifted by Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the Foundation and auctioned off at the Barrett Jackson Auction with the full proceeds of $225,000 going to the David Foster Foundation.

 

About the David Foster Foundation:

The David Foster Foundation was created in 1986 by 16 time Grammy award-winning producer and songwriter David Foster. It all began with a phone call from David’s mother in his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – asking him if he could visit a girl from BC who was in UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles awaiting a life-saving organ transplant.

 

When David met the girl and her mother, he saw how difficult it was for them being so far from their family, friends and home.  He asked the little girl what she wanted more than anything in the world, and she said “I just want to see my sister”. David realized that for the price of an airline ticket, he could make her dream come true. That was the day the David Foster Foundation was born.

 

In the United States, the David Foster Foundation promotes organ donor registration through public awareness campaigns such as this official pace car tour.

 

Registering to become an organ donor in the United States varies from state to state.  Go towww.beadonorsavealife.com for details on how to commit to becoming an organ donor in your state or to make a donation or visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com

 
For more information

Contact:

Michael Ravenhill

CEO – David Foster Foundation

Mobile:  1-602-318-6786

 

Kathy Baan

Director of Family Relations,

and Communications

David Foster Foundation

Mobile: 250-893-0424