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One of the largest fundraising events is held during the month of June in the Windy City. The annual auction held in conjunction with the NHRA National event in Chicago, Illinois. The fun-filled, action-packed event brings plenty of entertainment and fundraising. Those who attend the auction enjoy the dynamic announcing of Bob Frey and Alan Reinhart. Their combined talent brings so much talent and laughs in general. Truly they are a talented pair who makes the auction fun. One of the popular items includes the NHRA Championship quilt by Louis McClelland.
This year marks the 25th D.R.A.W. live and silent and live auction. For me this year will mark my participation in the 18th annual D.R.A.W. auction.
Another fabulous fundraising event that took place in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 13 was an open house in Duluth, Georgia, at R2B2 Motorsports. Melanie Troxel was present during this event that raised over $2,000 for D.R.A.W.
One of the greatest events that I attend takes place in June. This event is the JEG’S US Open Bracket Championship held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The BIG BUCKS bracket race includes a pit party and golf cart race. The event is so much fun for all who attend. As a matter of fact, some of the events that I enjoy attending the most are that of bracket races. Some of my fondest memories are that of the old MOROSO 5-Day Bracket Championship. That event is truly a legend in the world of bracket racing. The bracket racing tends to most to Florida during November. This November I will be fortunate to attend most of the Florida BIG BUCK bracket racing.
Last but certainly not least, is the celebration of Father’s Day. In the world of drag racing, fathers are frequently absent due to their participation in the sport. My father was frequently absent from home during my childhood. His racing and business kept him on the road traveling to racing events all over the country. As a child I attended many drag racing events and have fond events and all kind of stories from these trips. I can remember coming back to school and telling my classmates what cool people I met at the races.
Even though my father was frequently absent, he no doubt had the largest impact on my life. As a teenager in high school even when my father was traveling he would call me to ask me what my goal of the day was. My father always said if you don’t have a goal what could you truly expect to achieve. My father has been biggest influence on the completion of my college education, my independence, my adoption of my daughter Alexandra from Russia as a single parent, and the goals that I have been able to achieve in business. The most important thing he has taught me in business was that of a good work ethic and values. Most importantly he taught me to never burn a bridge because you never know when you will have to cross it again.
I am especially proud of the work that I have been able to achieve with D.R.A.W. I know those of you who know her will agree that Rosalee Noble is clearly a saint and is a wonderful person to work with, along with the rest of the D.R.A.W. Board of Trustees. The fact that over three million dollars has been raised since 1985 to help assist the injured racers says a lot.
Chances are that they may be off racing on Fathers Day doing what they love the most, drag racing. In closing, remember to support those fathers and the men in your life that have made a difference this Father’s Day. Here’s a Father’s Day quote by Jim Valvano: “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”