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BREAKING NEWS: Gary Sinise will be grand marshal at Goody's 500
Marine veteran J.B. Kerns will wave the green flag
Marine Cpl. Josh "J.B." Kerns (left) is seen with actor Gary Sinise last month at Martinsville Speedway.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Goody's announced Tuesday that award-winning actor Gary Sinise will serve as the grand marshal at the Goody's Fast Relief 500 race at Martinsville Speedway.
Marine Cpl. Josh "J.B." Kerns, a Patrick County native who was wounded in Afghanistan last year, will wave the green flag to start the 500-lap event on April 1, according to a news release.
Sinise, currently starring on CBS' "CSI:NY," last year launched the Gary Sinise Foundation, a nonprofit organization that honors defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities, the release said.
The Gary Sinise Foundation and The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (named after a fallen firefighter on Sept. 11, 2001), recently announced a partnership to build Kerns a "smart home" in his hometown of Ararat as part of the Building For America's Bravest Program.
Throughout the Goody's Fast Relief 500 weekend, efforts will be under way to raise funds and awareness, including a concert with Sinise's Lt. Dan Band at Martinsville High School on March 31.