James River Continues Support of Victory Junction Gang

Wed October 26, 2005 - Southeast Edition

T he equipment dealership that helped in the construction of a camp for ill children continues to support its mission.

With the help of hundreds of contractors throughout Virginia and the Carolinas, James River Equipment raised more than $75,000 for the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, NC.

Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty of NASCAR fame, the racing-themed camp brings together children suffering from serious diseases.

James River President Mark Romer said his company became involved with the camp through one of his loyal customers, Hugh Hawthorne, a friend of the Petty family.

James River donated the machines used to clear and grade the land. At the height of the work, more than 15 John Deere machines were being used to shape the land.

Hawthorne and a team of contractors donated their time to build the camp. The fund raiser was part of James River Equipment’s customer appreciation event Oct. 11 and 12.

The company auctioned off items such as a picture of Babe Ruth and former President George Bush and a picture of the meeting between former presidents Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy.

In addition, the attendees toured John Deere’s plant in Kernersville, NC, where it produces excavators, and the Richard Petty Museum in Randleman, NC.

More than 350 people attended the event and got the chance to meet both Richard and Kyle Petty.