Furniture Row to sponsor James Bond-themed fundraiser for childhood, ovarian cancers 

Mooresville, N.C. In a surprise twist to an already star-studded event, award-winning superstar duo Florida Georgia Line announced today that they will perform at the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s 8th annual Catwalk for a Cause childhood and ovarian cancers fundraiser May 17.

“We have always believed that music is healing and are super excited to bring our songs and good vibes to the night,” said FGL’s Brian Kelley. “It’s in our hearts to give back and we are honored to be a part of this amazing event.”

Catwalk for a Cause is an evening dedicated to celebrating children and teens who have beaten or continue to fight cancer, while raising money for childhood and ovarian cancers. This year’s 15 “Catwalk Heroes” are ages 3 to 17 years old and will be introduced leading up to the event via the MTJ Foundation’s Facebook page.

“These families have been through so much, and this night is about them,” said Martin Truex Jr.’s partner, Sherry Pollex. “We’re ecstatic and so thankful Tyler and Brian accepted our invitation! This will be an incredible surprise for our Catwalk Heroes, and for the hundreds who have already bought tickets!”

The evening’s highlight is when each “Catwalk Hero” is escorted down the runway by NASCAR favorites such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and wife, Amy; Danica Patrick; Ryan Newman, Joey Logano; Ricky Stenhouse Jr.; Jamie McMurray and wife, Christy; and of course co-founders of the foundation, Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex. Retailer Belk is working with the Foundation to produce the fashion show and will outfit the children, participating NASCAR drivers and their partners in Belk fashions.

A limited number of tickets remain for the May 17 fundraiser that kicks off a series of racing season highlights (NASCAR’s All-Star Race, May 20; the Coca-Cola 600, May 28). The program will feature up-and-coming pop star Calysta (“Caly”) Bevier, 17, whose performance of “Fight Song” on TV’s America’s Got Talent prompted famously critical judge Simon Cowell to use his only “golden buzzer,” catapulting Bevier to the finals. In 2015, Bevier underwent surgery to combat stage 3c ovarian cancer – the same diagnosis Pollex faced in 2014.

This year, Statesville (N.C.) Regional Airport sets a dramatic backdrop for the James Bond-themed event, complete with Casino Royale games held among the hangars, signature cocktails, themed food stations and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Furniture Row is Catwalk 2017’s Presenting Sponsor and also sponsors Truex Jr.’s Toyota #78.

“The Furniture Row family has supported me through so much, and I’m really appreciative they would become such a big part of what Sherry and I are most passionate about – giving these kids and their families an unforgettable night,” Truex Jr. said.

Date:                   Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time:                   5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Location:    Statesville Airport (details provided to participants)

Dress:        Cocktail attire optional

Tickets:      Visit www.Catwalk4ACause.org

About Martin Truex Jr. Foundation and SherryStrong.org

When NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex created the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation in 2007, they wanted to help children and teens affected by cancer: to support families enduring the emotional and financial stress; to be advocates for better, more effective treatments; and to be a voice for children fighting these tragically underfunded cancers.

Catwalk for a Cause became the foundation’s signature fundraiser. Ultimately, these children inspired Martin and Sherry’s own fight against this brutal disease. In 2014, doctors diagnosed Sherry with stage 3c ovarian cancer. After surgery and 17 months of chemotherapy, Sherry began healing through integrative medicine, nutrition, exercise and a focus on the mind/body connection.

In 2015, Martin and Sherry rebranded the Foundation’s mission to support both childhood and ovarian cancers. In 2016, Sherry launched SherryStrong.org to educate women about ovarian cancer symptoms, benefits of integrative medicine and a whole-body approach to health.

About Florida Georgia Line

FGL’s musical evolution DIG YOUR ROOTS propelled the history-making duo to #1 on the all-genre Billboard Artist 100 and Country Albums charts, delivering the 3X PLATINUM-certified lead single “H.O.L.Y.” [#1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart for 18 straight weeks]; PLATINUM-certified hit “May We All” featuring Tim McGraw [12th #1 overall as artists]; and current GOLD-certified standout “God, Your Mama, And Me” featuring Backstreet Boys. Following a successful sold-out trek last year that broke attendance records, played to over one million fans and featured headline-grabbing guest appearances, FGL continues to dominate on the road with their nationwide DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR, including Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane along with Ryan Follese, Seth Ennis and Morgan Wallen on select dates. FGL will team up with BSB this summer on their first-ever headline stadium stops at Boston’s Fenway Park, Minneapolis’ Target Field and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Also enlisting Hip-Hop icon Nelly and Lane, the dates are part of FGL’s genre-busting THE SMOOTH TOUR 2017, which kicks off on June 2. Bursting with first-rate reviews of their explosive live shows, MusicRow Magazine praised, “Just in case you’ve forgotten, Florida Georgia Line is one of the hottest country acts alive.” The superstar duo continues to crush records as the first and only Country act to achieve RIAA’s DIAMOND certification (10 million copies sold) for their breakout smash “Cruise,” which holds the record for the longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and is the best-selling digital country single of all time (SoundScan). Since introducing their breakout vibes in 2012, FGL has earned prestigious honors from the AMA, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and CMT and is currently nominated for six Billboard Music Awards, airing live on May 21 on ABC. Their previous BMLG Records releases – 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES and PLATINUM ANYTHING GOES – have attributed to sales surpassing 26 million tracks and more than 3.5 million albums worldwide. Fueled by fresh inspiration, they have also launched publishing company Tree Vibez Music and introduced Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey. For more on FGL, visit FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.

About Furniture Row

Furniture Row Racing began its NASCAR journey in 2005 by participating in the XFINITY Series in addition to running two races in NASCAR’s premier division. The Denver, Colo.-based team shifted its main focus to NASCAR’s elite series in 2006. While operating as a single-car team, Furniture Row Racing qualified for the Chase playoffs in three of the past four seasons. The team announced in August 2016 that it will add a second car, beginning in 2017. The team’s driver lineup includes Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 78 Toyota Camry and rookie Erik Jones in the No. 77 Toyota Camry. The team’s owner — Barney Visser – is also the founder and CEO of the Furniture Row Companies, one of America’s largest, family-owned and operated specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers. Furniture Row operates more than 330 stores in 30 states. For race team information visit www.FurnitureRowRacing.com and for Furniture Row company information visit www.FurnitureRow.com.