Kyle Busch Foundation Partners with Girl Talk to Help Teens Go to Prom


by Kelli Bartik
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 CHARLOTTE, NC -- Hundreds of Charlotte teens will enjoy the shopping spree of a lifetime this weekend, thanks to the Girl Talk Foundation, and the racer known as "Rowdy".  

While Kyle Busch spent his day on the track too tough to tame at Darlington, his wife Samantha was busy giving back here in Charlotte.  "Over the past couple months, all of Kyle's amazing fans have donated dresses.  We got about 150 dresses," said Samantha.  "So then the Kyle Busch Foundation went out and we bought 150 brand new dresses for the girls too."

Samantha hand-delivered the dresses, hoping to make prom night even more special for hundreds of local teens.  "You know, prom's really important," she added.  "It's kind of like a wedding.  I mean, it's the right of passage for a high school girl.  It's what they look forward to.  They plan it; they pin it."

And it can get pricey: a big reason Janine Davis, founder of Girl Talk Foundation, created Prom Project 12 years ago.  "We know that it costs an average family about $800 per child for prom," she said.  "Who can afford that now?"

Davis says this donation is huge.  "Samantha Busch's heart is made of gold, really," she added.  "She sees the importance of girls feeling special and feeling good about themselves, and so she jumped right on... and she has taken it to another level."

Before today, they had been storing these dresses at Kyle Busch Motorsports: a race shop.  You would think that would bother Kyle and his team, but not at all.  "The guys thought it was funny," said Samantha.  "They were everywhere.  We kept getting shipments in, and they were helping us carry them to and from the car.  Kyle, in our garage, he set up two ladders and got a rake and made this make shift hanging rod.  He was unfolding the dresses and putting them on hangers with me."

Kyle missed his high school prom to race, but he and Samantha are having fun helping others go to theirs.

*Although registration is closed on the website, girls can still come if they are not registered. Those that did not register should arrive 30 minutes before the event.

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 

Time: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Where: ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, 300 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC


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