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Maha Wins Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award
December 1, 2017
Julian Maha, a Birmingham physician and founder of an organization that works to improve the lives of children with autism, was announced as the winner of The NASCAR Foundation’s Seventh Annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.
Maha Wins Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

Julian Maha, a Birmingham physician and founder of an organization that works to improve the lives of children with autism, was announced as the winner of The NASCAR Foundation’s Seventh Annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide on Thursday night, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas.

Maha, from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, was chosen via an online fan vote conducted on NASCAR.com. He is the award-winning founder of KultureCity, the cutting-edge organization that also seeks to educate society regarding the inclusion of autistic children. In addition to the award, KultureCity received a $100,000 donation from the foundation, NASCAR’s charitable arm.

The award honors the philanthropic ideals and vision of the late Betty Jane France, who started The NASCAR Foundation in 2006. It is annually presented to a NASCAR fan who embodies those ideals through their own service in the community.

KultureCity — which has been named a Top-10 Non-Profit by Microsoft and the Top Non-Profit in Alabama — estimates that under Maha’s leadership, the organization has impacted the lives of more than 100,000 autistic children.

Maha also is a proud NASCAR fan as he lives just a short drive from Talladega Superspeedway, according to NASCAR.

This year’s three award finalists’ (Shannon Goldwater, Tammy Richardson and Chante Gonzalez Vido) charities each received $25,000 from The NASCAR Foundation.