The History Lesson
Deb Thompson, DRAW Historian
The DRAW Person of the Year for 2009 was Brian Bianco. He volunteered by walking the pits securing autographs on
memorabilia i tems and then donating these autographed items to DRAW for the live auctions then held in Joliet and
Dallas. DRAW Organization of the year went to Connie Kalitta, the Kalitta family and Kalitta Air for their support.
During the 24 years of DRAW, this family organization supported racers in need with their generous and continuous support
of DRAW. Volunteer of the Year was given to Chris and Karla Hardesty who in the previous 10 years had organized a
group of volunteers with their family and friends to work the auction in Joliet. They attended other races and helped with
the ladder sheet program. As we enter into the season of thankfulness, gratitude, love and giving, take a moment to
remember our fellow racers/families that have suffered a loss of some sort, however great or small, still a loss. Help make
DRAW something those injured racers are thankful for. By supporting DRAW, you are giving to those racers. So much can
be done just sitting watching TV…Christmas cards to injured racers, ordering something from DRAW’s merchandise for gift
giving, a char i table donat ion, a resolut ion to stop in the booth and help more next racing season. A little goes a long
way i f we each do just a l i t t le something. In 2009, Joan Gwynn “retired” from the position of DRAW’s treasurer, a position
she had held since 1986. In her announcement note in the Newsletter from February 2009, she added this little note that I ’d
like to repeat here: Always remember : Happiness keeps you sweet ; Trials keep you strong; Sorrows keep you human; Failures keep you humble; But success will always keep you glowing.
DRAW is a success that we al l can be thankful for. Let’s all give a little more of ourselves to keep that success and all of us glowing!