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The annual D.R.A.W. auction is held each year during the month of June in the windy city. The event is held in conjunction with the popular NHRA national event held in Joliet, Illinois. This year’s auction was held on Saturday evening with the silent auction starting at 3:00 p.m. and the live auction starting just after 7:00 p.m.. Bob Frey and Alan Reinhart graciously donated their time to the auction. No doubt the pair’s excellent announcing skills made the event a success. JEGS High Performance was kind enough to donate the tent for the event.
Fellow board member Karen Comstock from MTS and I performed our rendition of Vanna White, showing off the items to potential bidders. Some of the top earners and attention getters were: Two-time tickets from Jack Chrisman racing at Lyons Drag way in 1962. These tickets were purchased by John Force for $2,500; A Frey Head T-shirt sold for $950; Ron Capps autographed thermal underwear, gloves and boots provided a great deal of attention from Jack Beckman; a photo of Scott Kalitta whom the drag racing World lost last year, was a highly desirable item; a Darrell Gwynn collage photo was donated from the Gwynns’ personal collection and earned top billing; and finally the NHRA POWERade Championship quilt handmade by Louise McClelland was our highest earner. Jeg Coughlin Jr., the NHRA Pro Stock reigning champion purchased the quilt.
On a final note, one of our DRAW members, John Cole, crafted several lamps using automotive parts and small replica cars. These creative lamps provided almost $2,000 in revenue for the organization. John and his wife Diane hit the pits at this event to perform a 50/50 raffle, which was drawn at the auction.
Events like these are a success because of the generosity of the people like Bob Frey, Alan Reinhart, JEGS High Performance and our many supporters of D.R.A.W. The auction also requires hard work and dedication. The true dedication of the 30-plus volunteers ultimately made the event go off seamlessly and successfully. The many volunteers have made it possible for D.R.A.W. to fund raise and pay out the over THREE million in aide to the injured racers and their families.