Joe Vaughn, the board chair of Greenville’s Project HOPE Foundation, recently won The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and received $100,000 for HOPE.
The award is presented to a NASCAR fan who has done volunteer work on behalf of children in his or her community. Vaughn has been supporting Project HOPE Foundation, a non-profit organization offering a lifespan of autism services, since 2005.
Vaughn has devoted countless amounts of time, energy and money to support HOPE’s mission, despite having no direct ties to autism.
“We are so incredibly thankful for Joe’s loyalty to our organization,” Project HOPE Foundation co-founder and co-executive director Lisa Lane said. “We’ve known how special Joe is for a long time, and now everyone knows. We are thrilled to see him getting the recognition he deserves.”
Under Vaughn’s leadership, HOPE has grown to seven campuses across the Upstate and Greenwood.
“Joe is always thinking outside the box about ways to broaden HOPE’s reach,” HOPE co-founder and co-executive director Susan Sachs said. “He gives selflessly and pours his heart and soul into everything he does. He’s a shining example of what it means to be a humanitarian.”