JAMA Racing Ministry featured DRAW in the MotorManiaTV.com Live Feed Sponsor Ads for the US Street Nationals in Bradenton, FL, the weekend of January 24-26, 2014. They had a lot of rain delay but during the down time the announcer talked about DRAW and a “click through” banner to our website ran. JAMA has notified DRAW that they have the opportunity to run another round, for DRAW, at the (DuckX) Lights Out V Outlaw Event at South Georgia Motorsports Park, February 20-23. It will be on MotorManiaTV.com. DRAW is very appreciative of JAMA’s efforts to get the word about DRAW out to other drag racing venues. Check out the website at http://motormaniatv.com/
GARLITS, Patricia Louise Bieger, wife of Legendary Drag Racer, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits for nearly 61 years left this world and went over to the other side to spend eternity with Jesus Christ on February 2, 2014, at 5:53 PM. Patricia was born March 27th, 1934 in Covington, Kentucky, to Richard and Vivian Bieger. She had been suffering for many years, from a terminal disease. She passed away quietly at home with her husband, two Daughters, GayLyn Capitano and Donna Garlits, her sister Sharon Keppel and granddaughter Anna Capitano at her side, along with her two little Yorkshire Terriers, Bonnie and Belle. We had Glenn Miller playing in the background, as that was her favorite "Big Band". Patricia is survived by her husband; Donald Glenn Garlits, two Daughters; GayLyn Capitano and Donna Louise Garlits, her Son-in-Law; Gregory Ernest Capitano, her five Grandchildren; Kirsten Capitano Watley, Rodney Donald Garlits, Sarah Lyn Smith, Benjamin Gregory Capitano, and Anna Elizabeth Capitano, one Great-Grandchild; Braden Alexander-James Garlits, a Sister; Sharon Faye Keppel, a Nephew; Charles Joseph Keppel Jr. and a Niece; Sandra Lee Toner, a brother-in-law; Edward Lawrence Garlits and Nephews; Edward Lawrence Garlits Jr. and William Dale Garlits, as well as great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Pat was one of the Founders of DRAW. Cards may be sent to the family at the following address: Don Garlits, Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Inc., 13700 SW 16th Ave, Ocala, FL 34473.
Beat the cold by planning for DRAW’s annual charity golf tournament on March 12 at Gainesville Event to honor the late Tracy Winters
There’s no better away to shun the shivering reality of this winter’s arctic blast than by cleaning your golf clubs in preparation for the 18th annual DRAW’s Tracy Winter Memorial Golf Tournament on March 12 at Gainesville, FL, the Wednesday before the March 13-16 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. DRAW – Drag Racing Association of Women – has been busily preparing for its first major fund-raising event of the season with heavy hearts and their efforts are to honor the memory of Tracy Winters, vice president of sales and marketing at her family’s J.W. Performance Transmission Inc. and longtime DRAW board member who passed away unexpectedly last August. Tracy was 46 years old.
There is no better way to thank Tracy for her countless hours devoted to DRAW than for a record number of sponsors and participants to become involved with the DRAW’s Tracy Winters Memorial Golf Tournament. After a hectic two months to start the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season with testing in Florida followed by races at Pomona and Phoenix, the vastly popular golf tournament is a great time for all members of the NHRA community to start their golf season with a relaxing day that benefits DRAW’s commitment to assisting drag racers in need of help.
The cost of entry fees and sponsorship will remain as they were last year.
Individual entry is $80, and three Mulligans can be purchased for an additional $10. The attached entry form and entry fee must be received by March 4, however, late entries would be accepted at the course including the day of the event until the field is full.
Attached are forms for sponsorship opportunities and golfer registration.
DRAW'S TRACY WINTERS MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
DATE : Wednesday, March 12, 2014
TEE TIME: (To better accommodate the golfers, we have moved start time
and will provide food during the awards presentations)
COURSE LOCATION: Ironwood Golf Course, 2100 NE 39th Ave, GainesvilleFL
COURSE PHONE: 352 334-3120
GOLFER FEE: $80 per golfer - three Mulligans may be purchased for an addition $10
Make sure to visit the DRAW Booth at every NHRA National Event this 2014 season!
2014 marks the 28th.year that DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women) Booth has been a part of NHRA National Events, in its quest to raise money to provide financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in drag racing accidents at a track. In 1986 it started out as a Snow Cone Booth. It was a very small booth that was put together with PVC Pipes. It was only opened when someone was available to operate it. T-Shirts with the DRAW Logo on it and raffle tickets for a trip to Hawaii (donated by Hawaiian Punch) were the only things sold out of the booth. In the late 80’s we moved to a pop-up tent and added other things to our merchandise. We would try to open the booth late Friday and then have it open on Saturday and Sunday. We tried to have it open every race, but if members were not available to work...
In the 90’s additional items were introduced for sale and the booth was moved from a pop up tent, to operate from a trailer on manufacturers midway. In 1992, John Raffa approached us about sell sterling silver automotive jewelry. This has turned out to be very popular item. In the early 90’s NHRA approached DRAW to sell qualifying and ladder sheets to the sportsmen racers and fans. In order to do that, we had to commit to having the booth open the day the sportsmen racers ran their qualifying rounds meaning the booth was open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For a few years, different people would keep the booth open at different events, but it started to become harder and harder to find someone available every day, all day, every event. In 1998 Terry & Rosalee Noble had both retired and volunteered to become the permanent workers at the DRAW Booth for all of the NHRA National Events. At the couple North East, Pat Shaeffer volunteered to run the National Booth.
As the 2014 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Season begins, the DRAW Booth will can once again be found amongst the many contingency and marketing sponsors located on the midway in the pits. The DRAW Booth will once again be sharing space on Kip Rhoton’s (KJR Motorsports) rig with companies such as K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric and several other contingency sponsors.
So if you are at one the 24 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing National Events please stop by the DRAW Booth. See what it has to offer. DRAW always enjoys visiting with-well just about everyone. See you at the track….
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The History Lesson by Deb Thompson
Here we are starting a new season of racing for 2014. As I’m writing this, the WinterNationals will begin in just days. DRAW was organized at this event with only 10 members back in 1985 – 29 years ago. We truly have come so far. As most have heard or read, Pat Garlits, wife of Don Garlits, passed away this week on February 2, 2014. She was a blessing to so many in the racing community. She was one of the founding members of DRAW back in 1985. She served on the Board for 10 years from 1985 until 1995. In 1995 she resigned from the Board and began a network called Prayer Partners to support the special needs of the injured racers and families. She continued being the contact for Prayer Partners until December 1998 when BonnieLou Cole took over the responsibilities. In announcing the change, Bonnie Lou’s words in the December 1998 newsletter says it all. “DRAW would like to thank Pat Garlits for her wonderful work with this outreach ministry …a debt of gratitude for being…just a beautiful human being.” We all have stories to share and we should continue to share them. I was just coming on to the Board in 1995 during Pat’s last year on the Board. I went to Gainesville, FL for my first Board meeting and to work in the booth. I was asked to hang signs or do something (can’t remember) in the pits one day. I was excited and nervous and very unsure of what I was doing. Pat took one look at me and I believe she sensed I wasn’t very confident about performing my task. She simply said to come on, she would help me, and off we went walking through the pits. Not only was I relieved to have her help but was so honored that it was none other than Pat Garlits helping me. Some years later, I was putting up a display for DRAW at the Don Garlits Museum and she was so gracious and kind. Sharing stories and memories gives us a sense of comfort and “belonging” to something bigger than just our personal worlds. Help keep DRAW strong and vital this year and in the years to come, remembering and honoring the hopes and dreams the beginning Board members shared some 29 years ago.
This will be the last Newsletter that will be delivered by mail to those of you that want it delivered by e-mail. It is imperative that we have your correct E-Mail address to insure that you continue getting this publication.
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In 2013, DRAW will mark its 28th year of providing "Fast Help for Fast Friends." It takes the time and talent of many people to make our mission a reality. There are many ways you can help make 2013 DRAW's best year ever.
DRAW's lifeblood is dedicated volunteers. You can make a valuable contribution to DRAW by joining one of our committees: Website, Newsletter, Membership, Fundraising, Injured Racer Calling, and others that might arise during the year. If you are interested in volunteering or joining one of DRAW's committees, please submit an application to Rosalee Noble, 4 Hance Dr., Charleston Ill. 61920 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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DRAW Celebrating 29 Years of Service to the Drag Racing Community!