If you talk to any expecting parent and ask them if they are hoping for a boy or girl, most will tell you that the gender of their child doesn’t matter as much as the child being born healthy with “ten fingers and ten toes”. Fortunately, most children are born exactly this way. But, as we know, for some life begins with the challenge of having a chronic illness. And, even though most children are born healthy, they might develop a chronic illness, like cancer, later on down the road. For these children, something as simple as going to summer camp, would be nothing more than a dream if it weren’t for organizations like Victory Junction.
At Victory Junction, kids can be kids regardless of their illness. Whether it is fishing in their catch-kiss-and-release pond, swimming in the motorcycle-themed pool, riding horses or any number of other things that, previously, seemed impossible Victory Junctions gives children with chronic illnesses the opportunity to have fun and participate in activities that help them think less about their limitations and more about the possibilities of life all in a medically-safe environment at no cost to the camper or their family.
Adam Petty was an extraordinary young man. Born into a family of NASCAR racing legends, he was also very good at racing cars, too. In 1999, Adam visited Camp Boggy Creek, a SeriousFun camp in Florida, with his dad and knew it was his calling to bring a similar camp to the hills of North Carolina where he grew up. Adam had a real desire to help others and between races often visited children with challenging medical conditions at pediatric hospitals. He also began saving money and developing the plans for the children’s camp of his dreams. One year after his touching experience visiting children at Florida’s Camp Boggy Creek, Adam Petty tragically lost his life in a racing accident at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He was only 19 years old.
In honor of Adam’s memory, the Petty family rallied their friends and the NASCAR community to help them bring Adam’s dream to fruition — a place where children with serious illness would be able to experience the joys of childhood and forget about being sick for a while. With land donated by Richard and Lynda Petty, and generous donations from the NASCAR community, corporations, individuals and foundations, Victory Junction opened its gates to our first campers in June of 2004.
Mike Key and Dagoberto “Robert” Salazar founded Majestic Floor Covering in 2003. In 2011, Robert was killed in a tragic accident on his way to a job. While the loss of his best friend and business partner rocked Mike’s world, it gave him a renewed sense of purpose and strengthened his resolve to build a successful business built on the foundation of giving back to the community. “God has blessed me with more than I deserve. I don’t give back for the publicity, I give back because it is the right thing to do.”
Dave Johnson joined the Majestic Floor Covering team in August of this year. One of his first tasks as the new Marketing Director was to connect with Victory Junction to see how Majestic could help them send more children to camp. “I have to admit that my job at Majestic didn’t start off the way I expected it to analyzing the numbers of previous marketing campaigns”, Dave recalls. “Seeing how committed Mike is to giving back to the community is refreshing – while profits are important to him, helping those in need is obviously a very close second place.”
Two weeks later the Majestic Floor Covering team met with Victory Junction’s leadership team, Chad Coltrane, CEO, Mark Schumacher, Chief Development Officer and Tracy Hedrick, Vice President – Facilities to get a tour and discuss the best ways Majestic could help Victory Junction accomplish their goals. “I wanted them to know that our intentions were as altruistic as they get”, said Mike.
The tour started with in the “Yellow Room” with the Majestic team watching a video that started off with two young children with chronic illnesses, Peter and Haleigh, dressed to go swimming looking out over the area that would become Victory Junction. It told the story of how Victory Junction had gone from a vast area of “red clay” to the NASCAR themed camp that was Adam Petty’s dream. The video brings the two children back, ten years later with both looking forward to the future. Haleigh’s mom attributes Victory Junction for the hope her daughter needed to get through her cancer treatments. Once the video was over, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. “If you can watch this video and it doesn’t pull at your heart strings, you may need to check to see if you have a heart”, Mike said.
After the video, the Majestic team was taken on a tour of the rest of the camp. The first stop was the catch, kiss and release pond where kids fish for bass, striper and trout, some for the very first time, from the accessible fishing dock. If they catch a fish, and the kids almost always do because the pond is well stocked, they have to kiss it before they release it. Of course is if a child prefers not to kiss a fish – not to worry – the counselors will do it for them.
The next stop on the tour was the sleeping cabins which are named after the different NASCAR race tracks. Inside the décor is racing inspired with beds that look like cars and night stands that look like gas pumps. On each bed is a unique, one-of-a –kind, hand-made teddy bear that the kids take home with them to remember their time at Victory Junction. It was here that Chad told the story of a camper who was severely home-sick and wanted to go home. She missed her family so much, she wasn’t able to enjoy the camp. At night, knowing the counselors were very tired, one of the other campers would come to the girl’s bed side to comfort her and sing to her. This helped the girl overcome her homesickness and enjoy the rest of her time at camp. “It is stories like this that are the real benefit to the kids coming to camp”, Chad said.
After the tour, Mike and the Majestic team’s resolve to partner with Victory Junction was solidified. Chad shared that it costs approximately $2,500 to send a child to camp for the week and from there, it quickly became Majestic’s goal to raise enough money to send 20 kids to camp. With this goal in mind, The Majestic Floor Covering Golf Tournament to benefit Victory Junction was born.
If you know Mike Key, you know that he doesn’t do anything halfway and the premiere Majestic Floor Covering Golf Tournament to benefit Victory Junction is proof of that. The event will take place October 13, 2017 at Tot Hill Farm Golf Club and will begin at 8:00. Majestic Floor Covering is giving away a new 2017 Chevrolet Sonic to anyone that hits a hole in one on the designate par-3 hole. Additionally, there will be a $10,000 prize for anyone that hits a hole in one on a separate par-3 hole. To make the event memorable and fun, Majestic has hired Charity Golf Guns to bring one of their AR-15 Golf Ball Launchers to the event. This will give golfers the opportunity to use the rifle to launch their golf ball approximately 400 yards in place of driving off a tee. Additionally there will be a beverage cart, prizes, raffles and lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A of Asheboro.
There are sponsorship levels for every budget from sponsoring a hole at $150 to the Platinum Sponsorship of $5,000. Some sponsorship levels come with greens fees for four or you can buy a foursome for only $300. Whatever you donate, 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit Victory Junction and your donation is tax deductible. To sponsor or sign up for this event that benefits a great organization, visit www.golf336.com or call Mike Key or Dave Johnson at 336-824-1599.