DRAW making history!

The Drag Racing Association of Women celebrates their 25th anniversary in 2010. The organization is truly a part of drag racing history. The organization began the challenge of raising funds for injured racers in 1985 when Shirley Muldowney was injured in a drag racing accident. Muldowney paved the way for women in the sport of drag racing and fund raising for injured racers. The original Board of Trustees included: Gere Amato, Holly Beadle, Penny Beck, Laura Earwood, Etta Glidden, Diane Hendrich, Pat Gartlits, Linda McCulloch, Lynn Prudhomme and Janie Oswald. Since, the inception of DRAW over 3 million dollars in aid has been provided to injured racers and their families.

The DRAW Board is in the front row in this photo of a meeting held in 1985.

Today, the organization is represented in every NHRA Division and at all NHRA National events. The DRAW booth is present at all NHRA events on the manufacturer’s midway. Constant figures at the booth are Rosalee and Terry Noble whom help sell merchandise the racing fans and ladder sheets to sportsman racers and fans. This year you can purchase 25-year anniversary hats and t-shirts at the DRAW booth to help celebrate this milestone in drag racing history. The organization is also a recognized charity for the NHRA Community. No doubt the organization is highly recognized and respected in the drag racing community. The current members of the DRAW Board of Trustees include drag racers and members of the business community who all share a passion for the organization and the cause of helping drag racers when they need it the most.

The month of May also marks the celebration of Mothers Day. Mothers Day is celebrated to honor all mothers and express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up a child. Mothers Day came into being due to the efforts made by Ms Julia Ward Howe and Ms Anna Jarvis. The resolution for having a dedicated Mother’s Day was signed by US President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. Since, then people across the world have been celebrating Mothers Day with joy and devotion. As a mother myself, I realize the joy and the sacrifices of motherhood. It becomes very apparent the impact we have on our children and the person they will become in the future. The older I become the more I realize the impact our mother has on the person we become as an adult. The year 2010 my daughter embarked on her teenage years. These are joyous years to watch your children develop into a young adult, but also many years of crossing your fingers and hoping they make the right decision when you are not with them. I now truly understand my mother’s worries during my high school and college years. This Mother’s Day remember to celebrate this holiday with those you love.

We look forward to seeing you at the races as we celebrate the historic 25th anniversary of the Drag Racing Association of Women.