Roadracing World Action Fund Reaches $795,585.47 Raised For Airfence Deployment
Published: March 01, 2011
The Roadracing World Action Fund has reached a total of $795,584.47 thanks to the creative fundraising efforts by members of the motorcycle community and many individual donors. Of that total, $745,874.50 was designated by donors for road race use and $49,709.97 was designated by donors for dirt track use.
The Roadracing World Action Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization which advocates and promotes the use of soft barriers to help prevent rider injuries at racetracks nationwide.
Strong support from individual contributors included Janet Gunn, who donated $5000, "In memory of Ian Gunn, who died in his bed, and Jimmy Adamo, who didn't." Dale Greenwood donated $1000, hoping to see more Airfence put in use at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Leading the pack of repeat contributors is Bob Robbins, who has donated every year since 2005. Robbins' 2010 contribution of $2000 brings his grand total to $4975. Robbins wrote, ”The continuing success of the program and those involved in keeping it going is very much appreciated. Let's all hope for a safe season on all racing levels."
Steven Brunton, also a perennial contributor since 2005, brought his grand total to $4450 with his 2010 contribution of $1000.
Others repeat donors included Charles Buse, with seven donations since 2003 for a grand total of $2000 with his 2010 donation of $300; Craig Beardsley, five donations of $75 over three years for a total of $375; and for the second year in a row David Van Ommeren donated $250 for a grand total of $500.
In addition to the services he provides transporting, deploying and repairing soft barriers, "Airfence Andy" Curro was the driving force behind a major fundraiser this year for the Roadracing World Action Fund. Curro purchased a 2009 Buell 1125R and sold raffle tickets at various events throughout the year, with net proceeds in the amount of $11,751 donated to the Action Fund. Bob Saeger held the winning raffle ticket drawn on Saturday, October 16th, at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the CCS Race of Champions.
The 4th Annual NESBA Blackhawk Farms Chili Cook-Off raised $10,447 for the Action Fund, the largest amount yet. Past events have raised $2276 (2007); $7085.35 (2008); and $5911.26 (2009), for a four-year grand total of $25,719.61. The latest event was held Saturday, September 4, 2010, with 144 people in attendance (plus an after-event donation of $50 mailed in by Kurt Bonigut). In a press release, NESBA Midwest Director Fred Duncan wrote, "I’m just overwhelmed how this small group of people comes together each year and raises this much money for Airfence. I’m proud to be associated with this group and appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped put this together." Contributing items to the 2010 event's raffles and auctions were Yoshimura Suzuki, Woodcraft, Yoyodyne, Vesrah, Cox Radiator Guards, Arai, Trackdaystore.com, NESBA, Mike Shinville, John Laconte, and Snap-On of Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Kilroy's Bar in St. Louis was the location of an impromptu fundraiser hosted by Chris Carr, which included a raffle of Global products, $220; the sale of miscellaneous items, $200; and donations from RK Stratman, Inc., $100, and Willie and Mary Ann Wilcox, $100. A total of $622 was thus added to the Roadracing World Action Fund for Dirt Track soft barriers.
The Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Pegram Racing Nicky Hayden Autographed Flat Track Number Plate Auction netted $2000 for the Roadracing World Action Fund - Dirt Track. The winning bid was placed by David Pierce of Farmington, Minnesota.
The Lucas Oil Elena Myers Custom Helmet Raffle at Laguna Seca netted $1460 for the Roadracing World Action Fund. Roadracing World staffers and Myers sold raffle tickets at the event, raising $730; Myers’ 2010 sponsor, Lucas Oil, then matched that amount, for a total contribution of $1460.
In December, Elena Myers autographed her Lucas pit shirts and sold them, donating proceeds of $300 to the Roadracing World Action Fund.
The Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Two-Up Fundraiser held during the Fastrack Riders track day event November 27 and 28, 2010, at Auto Club Speedway raised $3800. The two-up rides were available to members of the public with a minimum donation of $50 to the Roadracing World Action Fund. The total included $1000 from Lucas Oil, which offered pre-paid two-up rides as a sales incentive for Lucas employees and the employees of various Lucas vendors and distributors.
Viets Performance contributed $10 for each set of Bridgestone BT-003 race tires and Battlax slicks ordered through August 31, 2010, raising a total of $360 for the Roadracing World Action Fund.
KurveyGirl.com continued its “Got Dzus?” campaign in support of the Roadracing World Action Fund, providing a donation of $3099 for 2010, and bringing its overall total donated since 2006 to $11,606.
In a press release issued by Kurveygirl.com in November, owner Julie Salcido said, “Four years ago, I never thought we would reach the $11,600 mark so quickly. It is great to be able to give back to the racing community through the donations to the Action Fund.” For 2011, KurveyGirl.com will continue the “Got Dzus?” program, which has expanded to a $1 Donation for each item purchased from KurveyGirl.com.
In MEMORY OF….
The Red Flag Fund donated $6000 in the memory of racers killed in 2010, including Rob Gette, Peter Lenz and Chris Spencer. Red Flag Fund Director Brian McLaughlin wrote, "Thanks for all the work you do to help road racers. In the unfortunate event that a racer is killed and the family does not receive assistance from the Red Flag Fund paying medical bills, the Red Flag Fund Board has decided to make a donation to the Airfence fund in the riders' name. We will be donating $6000 in the names of Robert Gette, Peter Lenz, and Chris Spencer, and any other racers killed in 2010."
Also donating to the Action Fund in memory of Peter Lenz: George Flanagan, $100; Kevin Klemmer, $100; Klaus Lummer, $100; Robert Croly, $100; Thomas Tucker, $75; Daniel Wernli, $70; David Lane, $50; Brett Babaian, $50; Wesley Flannell, $50; Paul Biondi, $50; Peter J. Carrea, $50; Jason Jacques,inc., $50; Timothy Whitaker, $50; Danny Fitch, $50; Julius Cisek, $50; Scott Daily, $50; James Batovsky, $45; Jim Hubbard, $30; David Normandin, $25; Elaine Checkley, $25; Matthew Miller, $20; Charles Hull, $20; David Kowalczyk, $20; Kalvin Kwong, $20; Bryan Lange, $20; Robert Lalonde, $15; Robert Ashcraft, $13; Jonathan Stapp, $10; Nicole Hooker, $10; Fiona Ballhatchet, $10; Rick Radford, $10; Kristian Nunez, $10; Terry Cabler, $10; Amy McCoy, 10; James Rodefer, $10; OnThe Throttle.tv, $10; Randall Farmer, $10; Stephanie Furchess, $8; Bryan Eisenbarth, $5; Matthew Bates, $2. Donations in memory of Peter Lenz listed above total $1413.
Making contributions in memory of Summit Point Raceway owner Bill Scott were Motorcycle Xcitement/Roger Lyle, $500; MG Car Club Washington DC Centre, $500; and Aimee Thoennes, $100.
Joe & Andrea Marietta have donated $407 in memory of Jeremy Gordon on July 7 each year since 2008. This year's contribution brings their grand total to $1221.
The Roadracing World Action Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3
non-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.)
"Airfence Andy" Curro's Buell 1125CR Raffle $11,751
2010 NESBA Blackhawk Farms Chili Cook-Off $10,447 ($25,719.61)
Janet Gunn $5000 In Memory of Ian Gunn and Jimmy Adamo
Fastrack Riders/Two-Up Ride Weekend at Fontana $3800 ($22,050)
Kurveygirl.com $3099 ($11,606)
Christopher Brown/Chevron Humankind $2378 ($4562)
AMA Pro Racing Fines Program: $2300 ($12,100)
Bob Robbins $2000 ($4975)
Lucas Oil/Elena Myers Arai Helmet Raffle at Laguna Seca $1460
Dale Greenwood $1000
Steven Brunton $1000 ($4450)
Jonathan Glaefke $1000 ($6793.01)
Marcus Kirk Photography/Ahn Ngoc Nguyen $561 In Memory of Greg
Motorcycle Xcitement/Roger Lyle $500 ($1200) "In Loving Memory of Bill Scott"
MG Car Club Washington DC Centre $500 In Memory of Bill Scott
Vic Zaninovich $500
Red Flag Fund $500 ($7500)
Michael Arenella/Chevron Humankind $764.88 ($2325.56)
Joe & Andrea Marietta $407 ($1221) In Memory of Jeremy Gordon
Viets Performance $360 ($430)"Viets Performance Bridgestone Tire Program Aug 6 - Sep 15, 2010"
Michael Mixon $350
Ducati Omaha $320 @ Ducati Revs Mid-America 2010
Charles Buse $300 ($2000)
Elena Myers $300
Midwest Safety Crew $263.93 ($2121.79) In Memory of Bill Ritger
Paul Milligan $260 "Thanks for helping to make our race tracks a safer place to have fun on with 2 wheels!"
David Van Ommeren $250 ($500)
Graham McIntyre/Microsoft Matching Gift Program $250 ($1750.08)
Eric Ashbaugh $200
Desmo Omaha Ducati Club in Omaha NE $200
Duncan MacDonald/Microsoft Matching Gift Program $200 ($400)
Travis Richards $160/In Memory of Ted Boody
Evan Harsha $150
Ronald Deaver/Clorox Gift Campaign $567.32 ($1130.96)
New Triumph Bonneville Forum $140 ($400) In Memory of Scott Forsythe
David Champion $125
Steve Daniels $120 "Thanks to Airfence Andy and NESBA."
Jansen DeJulio $100
Ken Vukel $100
Aimee Thoennes $100 In Memory of Bill Scott
Paul L. Black $100 ($500)
Gary McQuiston $100 ($400) In Memory of Bill Parr
Todd Alberico $100 (Matching Funds Program/Goldman Sachs) ($200)
Thomas Reeves $100
Kevin Klemmer $100 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Keith Souter $100 ($600)
Gary Rand $100 ($501) In Memory of Rusty Bradley
Morris Foor $100 ($200) WERA SE Racers
Rich Thompson $100 ($3949)
Sean P. Clark $100 ($200) "WERA BBS strikes again…"
George Flanagan $100 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Klaus Lummer $100 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Dave Sapsis $100
Robert Croly $100 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Ronald Deaver $81.82 ($563.64)
Neal Garvin $75 ($175)
Craig Beardsely $75 ($375) NESBA/BHF
Thomas Tucker $75 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Daniel Wernli $70 In Memory of Peter Lenz
UPRR Securities LLC $69.15
Vinton Squires $67.97 ($269.94)
Drake Hodge $60
Ramachandra Davis $97.50
Miles Thornton $50 In Memory of Ethan Gillim and Connor LaFrance
Dennis Hitzeman $50
Gill Barnett $50
Robin Caron/Microsoft Matching Gift Program $50 ($400)
Anonymous/Jasper, FL $50 ($250) "For Wilson's Walls."
Lars Pedersen $50 NESBA/BHF
Mike Kuhno $50
Kerria Emery $50
Geoff Kramer $50 ($411)
Steve & Karen Webster $110 ($210) In Memory of Howard Fitzcharles
Claudia Benitez-Nelson $50 "To help make my brother's, Doug Dossette, track days at Pacific Raceways safer."
Chris Broome $50 ($100)
John Butler $50 ($475) "In lieu of a Christmas present to my sister."
Benjamin Zvirbulis $50
Patrick Ryan $50 ($100)
Charles Helming $50 ($150)
Jason Rigby $50
Adam Mihulka $50
Henry DeLuca $50 ($100) "Thanks for sending more Airfence to Summit. I may actually start racing there again because of it."
Nikk Rogers $50
Paige Huston $50 ($100) In Memory of Steve Teichtmeister and Chad Clifton
Paige Huston $50 ($100) In Memory of Geoff Street
Michael Kelly $50
Edward Gambrel $50 ($100) "Fat Head beat Skip! F'n!"
Alan Chook/The Apple Xchange $50
Rob Adams $50 "To all those that have never crashed, hope this helps when you do!"
Edgar Dorn $50
Rodger Doyle $50 ($500) In Honor of Papa Thiam "P.S. Times Square Adventure."
Paul K. Merwin $50 In Memory of Toby Jorgensen
Chip @ KWS $50 "Frenchy's MotoGP Season"
David Lane $50 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Brett Babaian $50 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Wesley Flannell $50 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Paul E. Biondi $50 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Peter J. Carrea $50 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Jason Jacques Inc $50 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Timothy Whitaker $50 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Danny Fitch $50 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Julius Cisek $50 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Scott Daily $50 In Memory of Peter Lenz
James Batovsky $45 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Michael Falconer $35 ($205)
Dale Carson $30 BHF
Jim Hubbard $30 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Larry Lawrence $25 ($75)
Shelley Culp $25 "In Honor of Dewayne Henson and Catherine Moss' wedding"
Norman Carer $25
Jay Ruess $25 ($75) "Fathead wins the Thrilla at Milla"
Darrin Zumbaum $25 "In honor of NESBA Control Rider and AMA Daytona SportBike racer Abe Stacey, who lost his life today."
David Normandin $25 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Elaine Checkley $25 In Memory of Peter Lenz
James Hillis $20 FOGI Racing Development/fogi.us
Jimmy DeVito $20
Matthew Miller $20 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Charles Hull $20 In Memory of Peter Lenz
David Kowalczyk $20 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Kalvin Kwong $20 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Bryan Lange $20 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Gerhard Kurz $19 ($69) "For Mardi Gras Parade Float Head Davie Stone's placing at the Miller WERA National, 2010."
Daniel Gizynski $15
Robert Lalonde $15 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Robert Ashcraft $13 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Jonathan Stapp $10 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Nicole Hooker $10 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Rick Radford $10 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Kristian Nunez $10 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Fiona Ballhatchet $10 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Terry Cabler $10 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Amy McCoy $10 In Memory of Peter Lenz
OnTheThrottle.tv $10 In Memory of Peter Lenz
James Rodefer $10 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Randall Farmer $10 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Stephanie Furches $8 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Jaron Gustofson $5
Bryan Eisenbarth $5 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Matthew Bates $2 In Memory of Peter Lenz
Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Pegram Racing Nicky Hayden Autographed Flat Track Number Plate Auction $2000
The Steel Shoe Fund $1000
Chris Carr's Fundraiser at Kilroy's $622
American Motorcyclist Association $575
Ray Greenland $270
Frenda A. Carr $100
Thomas Reeves $100
Michael Smith $100 "I would like to dedicate this to Chris Carr for all his years of support to the industry and making it safe for all racers."
Jason Rigby $50
Steve Lacey $50
David Lenkowsky $50
Christopher Rudy $50
Zane Amaro $50 "Loved the racing at Calistoga and the Airfence did its job. Let's work to get it all the way around the corners. Let's also work towards more purse money for the riders that risk their lives to entertain us!"
Rhonda S. Waters $50 In Memory of Loretta Rispoli
Douglas Stewart $50 "In Memory of Andy Tressor, if only we had the Airfence in 1997."
George Writesel $50
Travis Richards $40 In Memory of Ted Boody
Norman Carer $25
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