Roadracing World Action Fund Donations Reach $632,622.05
Published: September 25, 2008
Donations to the Roadracing World Action Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting motorcycle racing safety to reduce the risk of injury on the racetrack, have reached a grand total of $632,622.05 over seven years, thanks to members of the motorcycle racing community's continuing support. Donations that have arrived since June 30th of this year alone have totaled $23,797.08.
Race organizations have contributed heavily, with CMRA sending $4300 and AMA sending $500. Individual NESBA members contributed a total of $550.
Raising cash for the Action Fund is now a part of every ASRA race weekend. Starting at VIR in June, officials began to display an Action Fund donation jar at the ASRA merchandise table, encouraging passers-by to contribute. That strategy has worked well, with jar collections totaling $507 at the VIR event and $405 at the subsequent Summit Point event. And new 2008 ASRA Thunderbike Champion Nate Kern donated his purse money from the VIR event - $500!
Motorcycle industry support came from Pirelli in the form of a fundraiser held at the AMA/World Superbike event at Miller Motorsports Park, which earned $2500 each for the Action Fund and another charity, Racing 2 Save Lives. Pirelli sold spectators numerous sporting items such as books, hats and T-shirts, donating 100% of the proceeds.
Long-time contributor Max McAllister of Traxxion Dynamics donated another $1500, bringing his overall total to $9500. McAllister's first donation came in 2001, when he donated $2900, the amount one section of inflatable Airfence soft barrier cost at the time. McAllister has donated steadily since then.
Kurveygirl.com - Got Dzus Campaign has donated a portion of their sales of Dzus bolts to the Roadracing World Action Fund, and recently sent in a check for $2052 to cover sales year-to-date. Since 2006, Kurveygirl.com has contributed a total of $5002 through this ongoing program.
Thomas Patch has donated several times over the years, but his latest donation of $3000, enough to purchase a full 10-foot section of the latest non-inflatable soft barrier, has doubled his running total of $3000 to $6000. Patch has requested that the section be deployed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, with a Penguin School logo on the section to encourage track day riders to take the school held there. Patch, who is an instructor at Fishtail Racing School and with the State of Connecticut Motorcycle Safety Program, believes that soft barriers should be used not just during races, but also during motorcycle track day events and racing schools.
Cannoli Photography uses a unique ruse to get donations to the Action Fund; proprietor Edmond DeMattia gives away racetrack photos with the proviso that beneficiaries make a contribution. Contributions arriving with the words "Cannoli Photo" in the comments section of the RWAF online donation form came from Brian Ackerman, $100; Ryan Manotti, $50; Michael Tesch, $30; Ryan Manotti, $50; Timothy Tilghman, $20; Anthony Torrance, $10; and Bill Johnson, $5. Posted on the contributor list as Cannoli Photo Fundraiser, the total collected to date is $330.
In memory of …
Many contribute to the Roadracing World Action Fund as a way to honor the memory of a cherished friend or loved one. Donations received in memory of Beverly Rentzell, mother of former racer (and the original Revvin’ Kevin) Kevin Rentzell, came from Roger Lyle, $500; EAA Chapter 150, $75; Mr. & Mrs. Gene Sherrill $25; T.R. Williams, $25; Bob & Georgia Hagood, $15.
C.L. Melenyzer IV, EAA Chapter 150 Treasurer wrote: "Beverly Rentzell, wife of our member Robert Rentzell, has passed away and we would like to honor her memory with a donation of $75. She and Robert have been active and supportive members of the Experimental Aircraft Association and their sons are active in your organization."
T.R. Williams wrote: "In 1957, I was a member of the graduating class of Red Bank High School, in Red Bank, Tennessee. One of my classmates was Beverly Ashley Rentzell. Beverly passed away on July 6, 2008, and her family requested that any gifts in her memory be directed to your organization. In accordance with her family's wishes, please find our check enclosed in the amount of $25."
Jim and Theresa Kuykendall have donated $500 to the Roadracing World Action Fund "in loving memory of our son, Andrew." Total donations in memory of Andrew "Skip" Kuykendall have reached $2807.
Donations in memory of Jeremy Gordon have grown to a total of $1372, including donations recently received from Joe & Andrea Marietta, $407; Gordon Friends and Family on 4th of July, $350; and Phil Cook, $50.
Donations under the banner "Former Aprilia/Moto Guzzi Teammates and Personal Friends in loving honor of John-Mark Arechiga" were received from Helen T. Luttrell, $50; James Viola, $50; Michael Orr, $50; and Mark Sutton, $20. Sarah Lahalih also donated $100 in memory of John Mark Arechiga.
A donation in memory of Scott Forsythe in the amount of $260 was received from members of the New Triumph Bonneville Forum (NTBF), including Al Cook, Bluzboy66, Indypikes, Lobo and SCBonnelville. Thomas Kalajian (SC Bonneville) wrote, "A great friend and a great friend of motorcycles, may his memory be honored by helping to protect others."
The Midwest Safety Crew has donated $1472.80 in memory of Bill Ritger, their efforts aimed at increasing soft barrier deployment at Blackhawk Farms Raceway.
The Roadracing World Action Fund, Inc. is a 501(3)c not for profit organization and donations are tax deductible.
To help save lives and prevent injuries at racetracks, donate online at http://actionfund.roadracingworld.com/, call 800-464-8336 or send your tax deductible donation to:
Roadracing World Action Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 1428
Lake Elsinore, CA 92531
Summary of Recently Posted Contributions
(Contributor comments and dedications are included below with their listing. Total overall contribution appears in parentheses.)
Thomas Patch $3000 ($6000)
Pirelli $2500 AMA/SBK Fundraiser at MMP
Kurveygirl.com-Got Dzus Campaign $2052 ($5002)
Traxxion Dynamics $1500 ($9500)
Mid-West Safety Crew $1472.80
Red Flag Fund $1000 ($2000)
Nate Kern $500 (Donated purse from VIR ASRA Event)
Jim and Theresa Kuykendall $500 "In loving memory of our son, Andrew."
Roger Lyle $500 ($700) "In Loving Memory of Beverly Rentzell."
SDS Performance $465
Friends and Family, 4th of July /In Memory of Jeremy Gordon WERA/CCS Expert #407 $350
Bob Robbins $275 ($2025)
New Triumph Bonneville Forum $260 In Memory of Scott Forsythe
John Fuisz $250 ($500) NESBA - Mid Atlantic
Joe & Andrea Marietta $407 In Memory of Jeremy Gordon
Tony Fleming $150 NESBA/Summit Point
Graham McIntyre $125.02 ($250.04)
Graham McIntyre $125.02 ($250.04) Microsoft Matching Fund Program
Bryan Bailey $100
Keith Souter $100 ($300)
Brian Ackerman $100 Cannoli Photo
Donald Fisher $100
Robert Laszko $200 ($400)
Nedley Heidel $100 ($350)
Sarah Lahalih $100 In Memory of John Mark Arechiga
Anonymous/Exeter NH $100
Michael Arenella $84.50 ($443.68)
Michael Arenella/Chevron Humankind Matching Gift $84.50
United Way of SE PA $83.72 ($319.32)
E.A.A. Chapter 150 $75 In Memory of Beverly Rentzell
John Stewardson $101.55 ($778)
Craig Beardsley $75 "In appreciation of NESBA."
Michael Brown $75 BHF
Diane Mickelson $60 ASRA
Bruce Wilkins $55 ($130)
Ryan Manotti $50 ($100) Cannoli Photo
Alexey Zinger $50
Phil Cook $50 ($75) In Memory of Jeremy Gordon
Sandra Gougis $50 "For Michael Gougis' birthday”
Tom Cooney $50 ($100) NESBA
Lance Lau $50 "This is for Dave Swarts' daring commentary re: DMG's ruining of AMA road racing."
Michael Orr $50 In Memory of John Mark Arechiga
James Viola $50 In Memory of John Mark Arechiga
Helen Luttrell $50 In Memory of John Mark Arechiga
City of Chattanooga/Inspection Division $50 In Memory of Beverly Rentzell
Michael Gougis $50 ($515)
Troy Graham $40
Greg Reisinger $40
Elaine Seasly $36 ($488.80)
Michael Tesch $30 Cannoli Photo
Reni B. Winter $28 "Stay safe all!"
Robin Caron $25 ($50)
Robin Caron $25 ($50) Microsoft Matching Fund Program
Mr. & Mrs. Gene Sherrill $25 In Memory of Beverly Rentzell
T.R.Williams $25 In Memory of Beverly Rentzell
Darrin Talbott $25 ($1775) 21x Contributor
Tod Waterman $25 "I ride with NESBA and appreciate the fence at Summit Point."
Peter Newell $20
Timothy Tilghman $20 ($45) Cannoli Photo
Mark Sutton $20 ($120) In Memory of John Mark Arechiga
Michael Chouinard $20
Bob & Georgia Hagood $15 In Memory of Beverly Rentzell
Matthew Kent $10
Mark Zaremskas $10 "Done as per Glenngsxr from the WERA board!"
Anthony Torrance $10 Cannoli Photo
Bill Johnson $5 Cannoli Photo
Kevin Foster $5
Accounting Details to Date
Road Racing Expenditure Details
Direct purchase of soft barriers: $406,969.61
Bank Fees: $549.05
Air Fence* Deployment Crew Training: $700
Transportation & Installation: $8569.78
Corporation/Business Fees: $1782
Online Auction Fees: $221.99
Printing Education Materials: $346.42
Misc Supplies: $39.59
Direct donation to AMA Pro Racing for Air Fence: $104,104
Red Flag Fund/Fundraiser split - $4500
Total Spent: $559,748.00
Total Donations Collected $588,874.08
Misc. Income $118.31
Cash on hand: $28,944.39
Dirt Track Expenditure Details
Direct purchase of soft barriers: $34,500
Transportation & Installation $2174.77
Total Spent: $39,392.49
Total collected: $44,047.97
Cash on hand: $4655.48
All administrative costs, including the percentage taken by credit card companies on credit card donations, have been absorbed by Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
Airfence is a registered trademark of Airfence Safety Systems Australia.
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