Project HOPE Foundation Board Chair Wins The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

December 5, 2019 — Joe Vaughn of Woodruff, SC was named the winner of The NASCAR Foundation’s ninth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The NASCAR Foundation will now donate $100,000 to Project HOPE Foundation in his honor.

The award, named in honor of the foundation’s late founder and chairwoman, is presented to a NASCAR fan who has done exceptional volunteer work on behalf of children in their community. A month-long online vote determined the award winner and Vaughn came out on top.

Vaughn has been supporting Project HOPE Foundation, a non-profit organization offering a lifespan of autism services, since 2005. He currently serves as the organization’s Board Chair, a position he’s held since 2010. Vaughn has devoted countless amounts of time, energy and money to support HOPE’s mission, despite having no direct ties to autism. “We are so incredibly thankful for Joe’s loyalty to our organization,” says Project HOPE Foundation Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Lisa Lane. “We’ve known how special Joe is for a long time, and now everyone knows! We are thrilled to see him getting the recognition he deserves.”

Under Vaughn’s leadership, HOPE has grown to 7 campuses across the Upstate and Greenwood, SC and quadrupled in size. “Joe is always thinking outside the box about ways to broaden HOPE’s reach,” says HOPE Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Susan Sachs. “He gives selflessly and pours his heart and soul into everything he does. He’s a shining example of what it means to be a humanitarian.”

Vaughn was one of four finalists for the award. The NASCAR Foundation will donate $25,000 to each of the other finalists’ charities.


Project HOPE Foundation provides a lifespan of services for the autism community, through programs that help families, open minds, promote inclusion and expand potential. We are broad in our scope, serving across ages (from two to young adults), across the spectrum of autism, and across programs (ABA therapy, classroom options, adult employment, social groups, life skills, community outreach, professional training). Founded in 1997 by moms looking for services for their young sons with autism, Project HOPE Foundation offers programs that benefit the child affected with autism as well as the entire family.

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