Rheem Manufacturing Company has advanced its charitable commitment with longtime partner the Kevin Harvick Foundation. Rheem will give the foundation a $50,000 donation, which will help support programs that positively enrich the lives of children. This is the second year in a row that Rheem has contributed $50,000 to the Kevin Harvick Foundation.

Rheem presented the donation to Kevin and DeLana Harvick on Wednesday, July 13, at a special event where Rheem, the Kevin Harvick Foundation and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats will host a group of 50 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester at the Northeast Delta Dental Eastern League All Star Game in Manchester, N.H.

“Rheem is pleased to continue working with the Kevin Harvick Foundation to support the well being of children throughout our nation. By sponsoring wonderful events like this one benefiting the Manchester Boys & Girls Club, we know that our support will help the Kevin Harvick Foundation to continue the important work of providing meaningful assistance to other children throughout the U.S.,” said Ed Raniszeski, Rheem corporate director of marketing. “This is now the second year that we’ve joined with Kevin and DeLana Harvick and their Foundation to bring a fun-filled, entertaining event to children in one of NASCAR’s racing communities who may never otherwise get a chance to attend a professional ballgame, a NASCAR race or meet a champion racecar driver. Childhood is a time for innocence and dreaming, and Rheem is grateful for the opportunity to play a small part today in making the dreams of children come alive in Manchester.”

The event in Manchester will feature a private tour of the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium for the members of the Boys & Girls Club, a homerun derby featuring Kevin and DeLana Harvick and members of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and a special appearance during which Harvick will drive the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Impala around the warning track area.

“DeLana and I are really looking forward to this event,” said Harvick. “Together with Rheem we took a group of kids to the beach at Daytona (Fla.) last summer and this year, we’re heading to the ballpark. Rheem has been a wonderful partner and with their generous donation, the Kevin Harvick Foundation will not only be able to bring these kids to the ballgame but support and benefit so many more children.”

Rheem and The Kevin Harvick Foundation have also provided tickets to the youth of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 16. The No. 33 Rheem Heating, Cooling and Water Heating Chevrolet Impala, which will be driven by Harvick, will carry a special decal commemorating the ballpark event.

Kevin Harvick, a two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, is one of the top drivers in NASCAR today. Rheem joined Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) as a primary sponsor in 2008 and has increased its involvement with KHI each year. The No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet Impala will run in 34 NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2011 sporting multiple Rheem paint schemes touting the company’s heating, cooling, water heating, tankless water heating, swimming pool and spa heating products.

About the Kevin Harvick Foundation:
Established in 2010 by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and his wife, DeLana, the mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation is to support programs that positively enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. The foundation works to not only improve the quality of life, but to help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams by supporting programs such as the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund at California State University, Bakersfield, Kevin’s Krew, Kevin Harvick Foundation Chase Your Dreams Scholarships and a camper cabin at Victory Junction.

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