and the Givin' is easy
Our Labor Day cover couple, Amy and Brian
France, aren’t just NASCAR’s royal family—they
also support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
at one of the season’s most noted annual charity
benefits, the Paddle & Party for Pink, among many
other charitable causes. Brian is NASCAR’s third generation
chairman and CEO. He and Amy live in
Manhattan and spend time in the Hamptons when
they’re not overseeing the multibillion-dollar sports property, one of the
most successful mom-and-pop businesses in the world. But the first family
of stock racing are anything but elitist. When Brian was a young lad,
he asked his father if he had a trust fund; Dad said no, and instead gave
him a job as a janitor at a track.
Now Amy and Brian, parents of five-year-old twins Luke and Meadow,
have formed the Luke and Meadow Foundation to help provide whatever
needs of children that aren’t being met. This extraordinarily philanthropic
family now hopes to fi ll in the gaps with their eponymous new
organization. As summer comes to a close, the Frances are “gearing up” for
a busy fall of social do-gooding. This year, Amy France cochairs the 2016
Angel Ball, on November 21, while continuing to expand the Luke and
Meadow Foundation. Take a look at the cover story for more on one of the
fastest—and most charitable—families in America.
Save the date: The NASCAR Foundation hosts its first-ever Honors Gala,
where it will unveil the winner of its Betty Jane France Humanitarian
Award, presented by Nationwide. It will be held on September 27, 2016,
at the Marriott Marquis. For tickets, call 212-254-6677.
While you’re at it, save these dates too: The Hamptons International
Film Festival is October 6 to 10, the New York Women’s Foundation Gala
is October 13, the New Yorkers for Children Gala is October 15, the New
York Philharmonic’s 175th Anniversary celebration is October 21, and the
Alzheimer’s Association’s Rita Hayworth Gala is October 25, just to name
a few. It’s all in our Events Calendar.
As you peruse our exciting Labor Day issue, don’t miss Jeffrey Lyons’s
movie reviews, Jill Brooke’s travel piece, Victoria Kelsey’s book reviews,
Aubrey Reuben’s Broadway reviews, Lou Carvell’s popular car column,
and the latest Hamptons charity galas of this season—since giving back is
a great Hamptonite pastime.
And as summer nears the end (blink and it’s over!), you will definitely
see me at all the best-of-the-best galas and private parties as we waltz into
the fall season. One thing you might also see me doing is working on a
passion project of mine: I am doing a series of portraits of philanthropists
for a book and exhibition…those you know from reading the headlines
and those you might not know because they like to give without fanfare.
I want to capture the essence of people who give selflessly to others—but
shhhhhhh, it’s a secret! It's all in The Sheet.
As we go to press, we have just learned that Betty Jane France, NASCAR’s
First Lady and the devoted mother of Brian France (cover story) has
passed away. Our sincerest condolences to Brian and Amy and the entire