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Stevens, Enders Plan Visit to Thailand in Support of Serving Orphans Worldwide

NHRA stars Richie Stevens and Erica Enders-Stevens Present Donation to Serving Orphans Worldwide

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Oct. 7) — Serving Orphans Worldwide (SOW) recently hosted NHRA Pro Stock drivers Richie Stevens and Erica Enders-Stevens at its offices in Bristol to plan the couple’s upcoming trip to SOW orphanages in Thailand.

Stevens and Enders-Stevens helped raise more than $40,000 for SOW during the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals with branding on their race cars and on-air promotion during the ESPN2 television coverage. Serving Orphans Worldwide Chief Operating Officer Richard Baker accepted the check from the decorated couple.

“The support Richie and Erica have helped raise will have a tremendous impact on the children we serve,” Baker said. “The fact they are excited about our work and want to continue helping us achieve our vision is an outstanding blessing.”

Stevens and Enders-Stevens joined Baker at the SOW office to plan a trip to Thailand with the organization at the completion of their racing season. While in Bristol, Stevens and Enders-Stevens viewed a short video about Baan Zion Children Ministries in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Baan Zion cares for more than 30 orphaned girls whose mothers are detained in Thai prisons.

“The work that Serving Orphans Worldwide is doing is pretty incredible,” Stevens said. “They are truly changing lives at the most basic level. To see the profound differences they make in these children’s lives is incredible. I know Erica and I are both very honored and humbled to be able to offer a little bit of help and we can’t thank the NHRA community enough for all of its support.”

During their trip in December, Stevens and Enders-Stevens plan to visit four of SOW’s orphanages, including Baan Zion. The money they raised at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals will keep the doors open at that orphanage for the next year.

“We were all very excited to show Richie and Erica how incredibly valuable their support is to our organization,” Baker said. “Who better to tell them thank you than the children themselves in December?”

Richie Stevens, Enders-Stevens Present $40K to Serving Orphans Worldwide

NHRA stars Richie Stevens and Erica Enders-Stevens Present Donation to Serving Orphans Worldwide

BRISTOL, TN — Serving Orphans Worldwide (SOW), which supports orphanages and children’s homes across the globe, accepted a $40,000 donation on behalf of Stevens-Enders Motorsports at the completion of the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

NHRA Pro Stock drivers Richie Stevens and wife Erica Enders-Stevens helped raise awareness of the non-profit organization with branding on their race cars and on-air promotion during the ESPN2 television coverage. Backed by anonymous donors who came forward during the race weekend, drag racing’s latest power couple presented Serving Orphans Worldwide Chief Operating Officer Richard Baker with the donation in the Stevens-Enders Motorsports pit.

“That’s just amazing,” Baker said. “I’m trying to fight the tears back. That’s enough money to fund an orphanage for an entire year.”

Serving Orphans Worldwide was founded in 2010 to help “rescue” orphanages that need help and funding to continue to operate.

“Richie and I are proud to be associated with such an incredible organization that helps so many children around the world,” Enders-Stevens said. “The fact we were able to raise $40,000 to help some children warms our hearts and shows how caring people are out here in the NHRA community.”

As part of the donation, Stevens and Enders-Stevens plan to travel to Thailand after the NHRA season to select the first orphanage they will officially “adopt.”

“We only get involved with orphanages that are in rescue mode and we elevate them,” Baker said. “We’ve got three stages: Rescue, Train, Sustain. We understand that orphanages will probably never be 100 percent sustainable and that they are not the ideal solution to the orphan crisis, but we’re meeting kids where they are and helping them get the love and care they deserve.”

With the help of Serving Orphans Worldwide, several orphanages have already begun income-generating or farming projects to help sustain themselves. Serving Orphans Worldwide is involved with orphanages in 25 countries on five continents, most in third-world countries that lack the government and private sector safety nets that are present in the United States.

“There’s a great need out there,” Baker said. “We’re just scratching the surface, but we are making a difference.”

SOW became involved in NHRA through Stevens’ long relationship with businessman Tom Pierson, a supporter of Serving Orphans Worldwide and sponsor of Steven’s Camaro.

“We’re excited about the partnership with Richie and Erica,” Baker said, “and amazed and humbled by their willingness to give.”