Sep 26, 2008
VICTORY JUNCTION GANG ANNOUNCES SITE SELECTION FOR MIDWEST CAMP
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sept. 26, 2008 – Victory Junction Gang today announced a site selection for its second, medical camping facility for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The expansion of Victory Junction will be located at 8205 Riverview Road, Kansas City, Kan., and built on 71 acres in Wyandotte County, Kan., pending Unified Government review and approval.
Victory Junction Gang is a year-round facility that enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide this experience free of charge to children and families.
Early 2008, co-founders Kyle and Pattie Petty announced plans to expand to the ‘Heartland’ and spread the once-in-a-lifetime experience with children in need.
“As Victory Junction accepted more and more children from across the United States, we realized the need for a camping experience such as ours was far greater than one camp could serve,” said co-founder and chief executive officer Pattie Petty. “With that, we began our search in the central part of the country and an area that is philanthropically driven to serve the greater good. Kansas immediately became a haven and strong advocate for this project.”
Since identifying the region for its second facility, Victory Junction hired Wells Fargo executive Mike Lepore to serve as president of the Midwest camp. Lepore is responsible for the success of the capital campaign and all aspects of the new camp’s operations. Thus far, he has garnered more than $4 million in contributions and in-kind donations, including NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM Champion Tony Stewart’s recent pledge of $1 million.
Victory Junction has assembled local market campaign chairs which include former Kansas Governor Bill Graves, Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Joe Reardon, Jeff Boerger, president of Kansas Speedway, and Greg Graves, chief executive officer of Burns & McDonnell Engineering.
“Victory Junction has been blessed by the support received thus far, not only from donors and interested volunteers but from area hospitals as well,” said Petty. “To grow this new facility, it is imperative to have the right partners to provide the necessary funds to operate, to send qualified children to our camp and to provide the volunteer manpower to meet our children’s needs.”
The camp in Kansas is expected to break ground in 2009.
Victory Junction Gang History
After the loss of their son Adam Petty in 2000, Kyle and Pattie Petty founded Victory Junction in honor of and to fulfill Adam’s dream of providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences to children with special needs.
The first Victory Junction Gang opened in Randleman, N.C., in June 2004. Since opening, the camp has served more than 9886 children and families from 47 states and three countries and received more than 70,000 financial and in-kind donations.
Victory Junction serves children, ages 6 to 16, by offering nine week-long, disease-specific sessions with up to 128 children per session. During the fall, winter and spring, family weekends are offered to up to 32 families per weekend. The camp organizes programs for 24 disease groups such as, but not limited to, Autism, Cancer, Craniofacial Anomalies, Diabetes, Hemophilia, Neurology, severe burn victims, Sickle Cell, Spina Bifida and Ventilator Assisted.
Note: Media may access the following FTP site for executive biographies, press materials and photography. The site will be accessible for one week by using the link ftp://share.victoryjunction.org/httpdocs/share/. FTP access also may be obtained by visiting ‘My Computer,’ typing in ftp://share.victoryjunction.org into the browser window, go to ‘File,’ login as username: victoryjunction and password: gangcamp. Once connected, go to 'Httpdocs' folder and then 'Share' folder.
Victory Junction footage is available using the following satellite link on Friday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. CT. The feed will loop three times for a period of 20 minutes.
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About Victory Junction Gang
Victory Junction Gang is a year-round camping environment for children, ages 6 to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, N.C. with a second location opening soon in Kansas City, Kan. Victory Junction offers programs for 24 disease groups and maintains strong relationships with 22 partner hospitals. Victory Junction’s mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org.