CHICAGO (July 15, 10:45 p.m. EDT) — Eleven-year-old Mike Steele of Plainfield, Ill., will get the chance to meet NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon thanks to the generosity of nine plastic companies.
The firms combined to donate $52,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois during NPE 2003, as more than 200 people participated in “A Night Under the Stars” held June 24 at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum.
At the same time, Steele, who suffers from aplastic anemia, a bone marrow disorder, learned through a recorded message from Gordon that he will meet him at a Winston Cup Race in Bristol, Tenn., in August. Steele and his family will spend a weekend camped in a mobile home and then watch the race.
The fund-raising effort was sponsored by DuPont Engineering Polymers of Wilmington, Del.; Ashland Distribution Co. of Columbus, Ohio; PolyOne Corp. of Avon Lake, Ohio; and Titan Plastics Group of Portage, Mich. Other contributors include BIC Consumer Products USA of Milford, Conn.; Mayco Plastics Inc. of Sterling Heights, Mich.; National Molding Corp. of Farmingdale, N.Y.; Stihl Inc. of Virginia Beach, Va., and Ufe Mold Manufacturing of Stillwater, Minn.