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6/23/2004
Harris Teeter Creates a New Kind of Pit Stop for the Victory Junction Gang Camp
Harris Teeter announced its pledge of $150,000 to sponsor the Harris Teeter Pit Stop at the Victory Junction Gang Camp at the 14th Annual Harris Teeter Race Festival today. The Pit Stop will be the camp store at Victory Junction. Here, campers can get necessities or purchase souvenirs for their family or friends. There will also be a snack shop and soda fountain in the Pit Stop.

The check was presented to camp founders Kyle and Pattie Petty by Harris Teeter manager of communication, Jennifer Panetta as part of a five-year commitment to the camp. "We are thrilled to have Harris Teeter as a partner," said Kyle Petty. "It is an honor to have a great local company such as Harris Teeter come on board to help make the Victory Junction Gang Camp a reality. We look forward to a long relationship with Harris Teeter and their employees," added Petty. "Kyle, Pattie and the Victory Junction Gang Camp team have built an amazing facility," said Jennifer Panetta. "Harris Teeter is proud to be a sponsor and help them make a difference in many children's lives," added Panetta.

The 14th Annual Race Festival included 25 drivers from Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck racing series. Over 12,000 fans had the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers, bid on racing auction items and sample food from over 25 different vendors free of charge.

Harris Teeter, Inc. with headquarters in Matthews, NC, is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK). Harris Teeter is the 39th largest supermarket in the United States with 2003 sales of $2.43 billion. The grocery store chain employs over 14,000 associates and has 136 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida.

Victory Junction Gang Camp, founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, in honor of their late son, Adam, will provide camp sessions year-round for children ages 7-15 living with life-threatening illnesses. Like other camps under the umbrella of The Association of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps founded by actor Paul Newman, Victory Junction Gang Camp will have a unique architectural theme geared toward making every child's camp experience unforgettable and empowering. In October 2000, Kyle and Pattie Petty announced the beginning of a $24 million dollar campaign to build the facility. To date, the organization has raised more than $23 million from over 16,000 donors. In July 2002, NASCAR named Victory Junction as "A Proud Charity of NASCAR" and committed the full resources of the motor racing sanctioning body to help raise awareness and funds.
Victory Junction Gang Camp will have a racing theme that allows campers to begin their experience by entering the camp through a tunnel and crossing a starting line into the world of racing. When complete, Victory Junction's 75-acre site will have more than 36 buildings, including a dining hall, gym, pool, theater, therapeutic equestrian center, arts and crafts center, race shop and cabins. Most importantly, the camp will offer a sophisticated medical facility staffed by a team of professionals capable of administering to the needs of these children, up to and including the administering of chemotherapy.

The Victory Junction Gang Camp is located in Randleman, North Carolina,on land donated by NASCAR legend Richard Petty and his wife, Lynda. The camp will be free of charge to children and their families and will be the only year-round multi-disease facility of its kind in the Carolinas and Virginia. It is solely supported by contributions and donations from corporations, individuals and foundations. For more information or to make a donation to Victory Junction, visit its site at www.victoryjunction.org or call (336) 498-9055.
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