For the fifth consecutive year, B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) will be inviting many of the brightest stars from the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, the fans who follow them, and supporters of this lifesaving 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to gather for the B.R.A.K.E.S. Benefit Dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord, North Carolina, on Thursday, September 13.
This year's dinner, which follows the organization’s annual golf tournament earlier that day, will feature an added touch of Hollywood: The special guest speaker will be Rudy Ruettiger, whose life story inspired the motion picture Rudy starring Sean Astin. Now an inspirational speaker, Ruettiger is a natural choice to address those attending the B.R.A.K.E.S. affair.
A silent and live auction including sports and entertainment memorabilia, several special travel getaways, and a host of unique items to benefit B.R.A.K.E.S. will also be part of the evening’s program.
A cocktail hour is scheduled for 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person.
Earlier that day, NHRA stars will be going rounds of a different kind as they join their fans at beautiful Rocky River Golf Club adjacent to zMAX Dragway for the B.R.A.K.E.S. Benefit Golf Tournament.
All NHRA fans and those looking to help support B.R.A.K.E.S. are invited to take part in this upbeat fundraising event, in which they can play side by side with their favorite NHRA drivers.
Many of the NHRA’s brightest stars are expected to participate. Awards are planned for the first-, second-, and third-place finishers, and contests for Closest to the Pin, Hole in One, and Longest Drive will be held. Lunch will be provided, and shuttle buses will be in service from the Embassy Suites Hotel and zMAX Dragway to Rocky River Golf Club.
The event will conclude with the 5th annual B.R.A.K.E.S. Benefit Dinner at the Embassy Suites Hotel.
The golf-tournament entry fee is $100 for a single player or $400 per team, with foursomes available. Professional drivers will enjoy complimentary registration.
For more information on B.R.A.K.E.S. or to make a tax-deductible donation, log on to www.putonthebrakes.com.