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Dick Vermeil, former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, has joined The Elegance at Hershey Board of Directors, organizers announced yesterday. Vermeil currently is a vintage race car driver and drove in the event last year. The Elegance at Hershey raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the AACA Museum and the AACA Library and Research Center. Vermeil will also be honored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as Father of the Year in June.
The Elegance at Hershey is a unique event. Vintage race cars compete on a challenging hill climb. There is also a cocktail party, dinner, auction, and 5K run. That leads to a Sunday garden party with some of the world's finest automobiles displayed through the formal gardens of The Hotel Hershey. Couples, families and corporations embrace this must-attend weekend of charity events June 14-16.
"We are extremely proud and pleased to welcome Coach Vermeil to The Elegance at Hershey Board and appreciate all he does to support these worthwhile charity events," noted David L. George, a founding member of The Elegance at Hershey Board and race director for the Grand Ascent hill climb competition.
In 2012 Vermeil roared up the challenging Grand Ascent hill climb course in his father's 1926 California Sprint car. Fully competitive after a $225,000 restoration, much of the work was performed personally by him.
"Old No. 7 is a car I worked on when I was a kid, and today it brings back great memories and lots of fun," he laughed. "I'm glad to be a part of The Elegance at Hershey and lend a hand to these important causes," he said.
Vermeil, along with more than 30 vintage race car owners and drivers will again pay homage to the historic Hershey Hill Climb when they compete on the original course behind the Hotel Hershey June 14-15. Tickets for the hill climb event are available now at www.theEleganceAtHershey.com. Vermeil was the honorary chairman of the 2011 event.
"In its first two years, The Elegance at Hershey established itself as one of the premiere lifestyle auto events of its kind in the country, raising and distributing more than $400,000 for our designated charities," George noted.
Vermeil is also being recognized as “Father of the Year.” The ADA has partnered with the National Father's Day Council since 1999 to host the Father of the Year Awards dinner. Each year numerous men from across the nation are recognized for the outstanding strength, commitment and love they exhibit as fathers. The Philadelphia event raises funds for the ADA’s advocacy, research and educational programs. The event will take place 12 June at the Marriott in Philadelphia. The reception starts at 5:30 a.m. and dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. To make a donation in honor of Vermeil, go to http://main.diabetes.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FOTY_FatherSelected&loc=Philadelphia&father=DickVermeil.
Dick Vermeil is still recognized for shaping the Philadelphia Eagles into a winning team after joining the NFL franchise in 1976. He was named the NFL's Coach of the Year in 1980 when he led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl. He was also named "Coach of the Year" on three other levels: high school, junior college, and NCAA Division 1.
He spends his time now between his "adopted hometown" of Philadelphia and his award-winning Vermeil Wines / On The Edge Winery in Napa Valley, California. His wines have been featured at many distinguished events, including the Dick Vermeil Wine Dinner hosted by the BBC Tavern and Grill in Greenville, DE in December 2010. Proceeds from that event went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Vermeil has established himself as an outstanding sportscaster for CBS and ABC. He returned to coaching, and led the St. Louis Rams to their first-ever Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999. He was once again named NFL Coach of the Year after leading the Rams in one of the biggest single-year turnarounds in NFL history. He later coached the Kansas City Chiefs from 2001-2005.
This article was taken in part from a press release by the Elegance at Hershey. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetes, make an appointment with your physician.
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