Drag Racing Association of Women

               "Fast Help for Fast Friends"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 




DRAW's motto is "Fast Help For Fast Friends" and our sole mission is providing financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in a drag racing accident at a track.

Financial assistance paid 1985-2016 - $4,649,692
Number of families assisted 1985-2016 -  880

Amount of aid paid out in 2016 - $169,750

Number of families assisted in 2016 - 25
During the month of June DRAW paid out $9,000 in aid to 8 families


Cards & Letters to Injured Racers is so Important
One of the great things about the Indy race is we generally get to see some injured racers from the past. It is always so heartwarming to get to visit with them and hear how they are doing. This year we had three racers stop by, Larry Sisk, Tom Brown and Ryan Gortney. When we work the booth or talked to the injured racers on the phone, we get to hear how important DRAW is important to their recovery. But only a few of us are fortunate enough to experience these "warm and fuzzies." Below is a letter from one of our current injured racers Andrew Blanton along with some pictures he sent with the letter. Please keep this letter in mind and when you get your DRAWing attention newsletter each month to send a few cards and/or letters out.

Dearest DRAW, 

Hi! I wanted to say hi and thank you to some of the friends that have kept in touch with me from DRAW. Constance Smith, Judy and Bill Leahey, Ray and Millie Martel have sent some very nice letters and they have made the most recent past a lot better. Please thank each of them for me and try to explain how much good happens from a single handwritten "hello". I have added some pictures of myself, Annika my daughter (sounds like Onikuh) and Kara my girlfriend. Thank you again from care and support.  The people at DRAW make my daily life a lot better!!!

Warm Regards
Andrew Blanton
DRAW at the 2017 Chevrolet Performance 
US Nationals 
William Frank McLemore
1945-2017
RIP Willie
NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet
Top Fuel Harley Helmet auction in memory of
Larry "Drums" Brancaccio

Top Fuel Harley rider Chris Smith donated his helmet, signed by all 16 Top Fuel Harley riders at the 2017 NHRA Bristol Thunder Valley Nationals, for auction in memory of Larry "Drums" Brancaccio. The auction was held on the Top Fuel Harley Associations Facebook page. The winning bidder was Colbert Seagraves from Langcourt Performance who was a good friend of Drums. DRAW sends out a HUGE thank you to Chris Smith, all the Top Fuel Harley Riders and Colbert for their generous donation to DRAW!

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway


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Drag Racing Association of Women Clarification

Due to a recent situation, the board members of the DRAW feel the need to clarify an 
item from the organizations Bylaws. 

Racers receiving aid from the Drag Racing Association of Women can not return to 
driving or riding a race vehicle and continue to receive aid from DRAW.

The thought being is that racer aid is there if you are not able to work or participate in normal life activities and have doctors orders that say so. If you are capable of 
operating any racing vehicle, then you should be capable of working or participating 
in normal life activities and will no longer receive aid from the Drag Racing 
Association of Women.

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Top End Club at Z Max Dragway

They out did themselves again this year at their BBQ in memeory of Mark Lyle and Ronnie Davis. They do not charge for the dinner, they ask for donations with it all going to DRAW. This Spring the event brought in over $2,000! 
2017 Tracy Winters Memorial Golf Tournament 
DRAW Ebay Sell Off!!
Here at DRAW we get a lot of really cool racing related stuff donated by our great
members, fans, race teams and drivers
We try and auction it off in Dallas but we always have excess so I am going to be
throwing stuff on Ebay under the used id drawfasthelp or you can try this link http://www.ebay.com/sch/drawfasthelp/m.html
We also have a lot of NHRA event pins from many, many years going back to mid
90's to current. Lots and lots and lots of pins! So if you are looking for a certain
year and event pin or even a complete set of a specific year (we have a few of those)
send me an email at harbone66@gmail.com and let me know what you need.
Remember all purchases are tax deductible!
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Take just a little time to be prepared
I recently was slightly involved in something that made me want to write a little story
about being prepared for the worst. In this day and age, anyone that is 18 years or 
older should at least have a Power of Attorney in place and if you have a spouse, dependents or loved ones that depend on you make a Will. If you were to pass away tomorrow is everything in place to take care of the people you want to get taken care 
of? If you do not at least have a POA then you risk having everything tied up in court, sometimes for years, while the State tries to determine who should get your assets. 
Sit down with a lawyer and get a POA made up and put on file so if something does 
happen, your family and loved ones are not stuck trying to obtain what is supposed 
to be rightfully theirs.

Chris Hardesty
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The History Lesson

Deb Thompson, DRAW Historian

Since I last sat down to write this column, I have been to
the Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA. Together with fellow
Board member, Steve LeSueur, my friend, Connie, and a
friend of DRAW’s, Frank, we took over Rosalee’s and Terry’s
job of running the DRAW booth.In trying to tie that experience 
at the Southern Nationals with a “history lesson,” I felt 
like I made some personal history! Everything we do for 
DRAW is “history in the making.” But taking care of the 
DRAW booth felt like a milestone for myself. I certainly 
never could have done it without Steve and our friends, 
nor would I have attempted it, so lots of credit goes to 
those other folks working the booth with me. I was apprehensive 
to say the least. Trying to “fill in” for Rosalee and Terry 
is a huge undertaking as they have taken care of the booth 
for many years, have made so many friends, and “running the 
show” is second nature to them. I have done my share of 
50/50 raffles, auctions, and some time working in the booth. 
But this was a little more responsibility representing DRAW,
and certainly a “reputation to live up to.” But my apprehension 
was all for nothing. It was a great adventure. I met lots of 
people familiar with DRAW, taught people about DRAW, talked 
to someone who knew firsthand how DRAW helps families in need and sold
our merchandise. I felt good about my personal accomplishment
and giving my time to help DRAW for the weekend.The point I
 would like to make is that we are all volunteers. Some people 
are born to sell merchandise, some are good talking with people, 
some would rather work behind the scene and just like to help 
here and there, and others like to take control and be in charge. 
And sometimes, as I found out, we are more capable of doing 
things than we realize. Whatever your strengths are, share them, 
use them, maybe put some of those skills to work by volunteering 
with DRAW. New ideas, fresh faces, enthusiastic help…they all make
DRAW the successful volunteer organization it is and we will continue
to make history together giving Fast Help to Fast Friends!
Since I last sat down to write this column, I have been to the Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA. Together with fellow Board member, Steve LeSueur, my friend, Connie, and a friend of DRAW’s, Frank, we took over Rosalee’s and Terry’s job of running the DRAW booth.In trying to tie that experience at the Southern
Nationals with a “history lesson,” I felt like I made some personal history! Everything we do for DRAW is “history in the making.” But taking care of the
DRAW booth felt like a milestone for myself. I certainly never could have done it without Steve and our friends, nor would I have attempted it, so lots of
credit goes to those other folks working the booth with me. I was apprehensive to say the least. Trying to “fill in” for Rosalee and Terry is a huge undertaking
as they have taken care of the booth for many years, have made so many friends, and “running the show” is second nature to them. I have done my share of
50/50 raffles, auctions, and some time working in the booth. But this was a little more responsibility representing DRAW, and certainly a “reputation to live
up to.” But my apprehension was all for nothing. It was a great adventure. I met lots of people familiar with DRAW, taught people about DRAW, talked to 
someone who knew firsthand how DRAW helps families in need and sold our merchandise. I felt good about my personal accomplishment and giving my
time to help DRAW for the weekend.The point I  would like to make is that we are all volunteers. Some people are born to sell merchandise, some are good
talking with people, some would rather work behind the scene and just like to help here and there, and others like to take control and be in charge. And
sometimes, as I found out, we are more capable of doing things than we realize. Whatever your strengths are, share them, use them, maybe put some of
those skills to work by volunteering with DRAW. New ideas, fresh faces, enthusiastic help…they all make DRAW the successful volunteer organization it is
and we will continue to make history together giving Fast Help to Fast Friends!
Meet a DRAW Rockstar!
 Story by Chris Hardesty

I was fortunate enough to meet Kelley (Ike) Isenhower at the Raceview Family Campground during this years U.S. Nationals. He was playing on a stage in the campground surrounded by a crowd of screaming fans. I heard him say something about "all proceeds go to DRAW" well needless to say that caught my attention so I talked to him after the show. Here is a guy that you dont hear about, playing his heart out on stage and giving the proceeds to the Drag Racing Association of Women. I asked him to tell me his story and how he started getting involved with DRAW.
He started attending the U.S. Nationals in 1991 with his brother and father. He was hooked after he saw
the first Top Fuel Dragster run down the track. This event quickly became a tradition every Labor Day for him and his family. He remembers that his mom and dad would get to every final race early and stop by
the DRAW booth to donate a little cash and pick up a ladder sheet so they could keep track of their favorite drivers throughout the day. Some 25 years later they still do the same thing.
Ike started donating small amounts to DRAW every year and decided in 2013 to try something different.
He has been a touring musician for over 20 years, playing in excess of 240 shows per year. He has been putting on a concert at the Raceview Family Campgrounds every year starting in 1996. The concerts
started small, sitting around campfires with close friends. Over the years, more people would show up to listen and eventually he started using a stage and a large PA system. He brought a couple of bands out to play and the crowds just kept getting bigger.
In 2013 at the 59th US Nationals he decided to try and raise some money and his father mentioned that
they should do something for DRAW. He was able to get an acoustic guitar donated by IRC Music in Indianapolis and with the help from some great friends was able to get the guitar autographed by about 20 professional drag racers. That evening he played his show to a crowd of about 400+ people and started selling raffle tickets for the guitar. Towards the end of the night they drew the winning number and gave it away but only after raising about $1200 from the raffle. A few other donations took the total to almost
$1400! Ike and his father delivered the money to the DRAW booth Monday morning before the finals. The look on the eyes of the ladies at the booth was very heartwarming, they were very thankful and so was he.
Ike played this past Labor Day weekend at the 61st US Nationals and it was his 20th year at the campground. He purchased an event flag, got about 13 driver autographs raffled it off that night at the
show. The flag raised $250 and with the help of some friends from Fort Wayne (Team Social) they were a
ble to sell some T-shirts they had made. Between the shirts and the flag Ike was able to present the ladies
at the DRAW booth $500 on Monday morning.
Ike has done a lot of gigs in his career for many different charities including the American Cancer Society, Loop for Life, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Wounded Warriors, Craven for the Cure, Red Mask Foundation, Alzheimers Research, SIDS, College Mentors for Kids and Care-N-Share to name a few. Its always been
a joy for him to provide music for these charitable events. Ike plays music because he loves it, if there are those whos day can be brightened by what he does, then he is going to continue doing it. Ike is going to continue supporting DRAW every year, as he truly loves the sport of drag racing and the mission that the great people at DRAW follow, "Fast Help for Fast Friends".  Its his pleasure to be associated with such a grear organization as DRAW and he looks forward to raising more money in the future. Come check out
his website at www.reverbnation.com/ikeguitar for future events.
Ike is a solid example of the people we do not hear about that are regular donors to DRAW and have
been for years. If you know of anybody like him, tell me about it. Send the details to me via email at harbone66@gmail.com and I will post up the story right here in the website.
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Committee and Volunteer Opportunities for 2017
In 2017, DRAW will mark its 32nd 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 2017 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: rnoble@consolidated.com