The Ninth Annual Glenn and Connie Ritchey Community Service Award, honoring Betty Jane France and her late husband, Bill France Jr., was presented in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Daytona 500 Club on May 17.
The Ritchey Award is given to a couple that has demonstrated a legacy of dedication and service to the community.
"It is no secret that the France family has been a bedrock of service for our community," said Doug Beach, executive director of the Council on Aging. "Although Bill Jr. is no longer with us, his legacy of giving lives on. And Betty Jane has been a tireless advocate for many, many causes."
The Frances have contributed millions of dollars to local charities. Mrs. France was instrumental in the creation of "Speediatrics" at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, which provides world-class healthcare to children. She also serves as chairwoman of the NASCAR Foundation. They have been strong supporters of COA as well.
All proceeds from the event benefit senior citizens. In 2012, the COA served 1,558 clients under grants, 193,000 meals to homebound clients with "Meals-on-Wheels," maintained eight congregate dining sites and operated five senior centers in Volusia County.
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