Pets raise money for DRAW!

Now that you have read the title, I am sure you are wondering what new venture D.R.A.W. has embarked upon the raise money for injured racers and their families. The truth is, this contest is not a new venture.

The Drag Racing Association’s Division One representative, Pat Shaeffer, has been hosting this contest for several years. It is held in conjunction with the NHRA TOYO TIRE NATIONALS in Reading, Pennsylvania, October 7-10, 2010.

The organization has an unusual way of hosting the contest. Those who wish to enter the contest send a picture of their pet to Kelly Shaeffer by September 1. The contest allows entrants to send in a photo that may show the owner with the pet if so desired. The photos cannot be larger than 4” x 6”.

The winner is chosen by monetary donations at the NHRA TOYO TIRE NATIONALS. The votes are accepted as one penny per vote for each pet that is entered into the contest. When the voting is complete the winner receives a plaque with photo, the pet and owner’s name and the date of the award.

Some of the previous winners of the pet contests include: Brian, Byron and Tim Worner’s Irish Setter; Frank Manzo’s Yorkie dog and Jeff Leflurs dog Corona. The truth is that dogs are more than just a pet, they are more of a companion and part of the family. This is a means of showing of our pets and including them in our drag racing world.

Shaeffer also has a special connection with pets as she brings several of her animals to nursing homes to help lift the spirits of the nursing home residents. Her dedication to D.R.A.W. and in general to those in need has been well recognized by the organization and the NHRA Division One racers.

Look for details on other fundraising events and come celebrate 50 years with D.R.A.W. at the upcoming NHRA events. For details on the D.R.A.W. pet contest you can e-mail Pat Shaeffer at minitvw@yahoo.com or tracyw@racewithjw.com.

In closing I will leave you with this quote: “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.” - Gilda Radner