June 10, 2011
Well, we've closed the final chapter of Camp and Brew. The weekend was filled
with much fun, catching up with dear friends, meeting new friends, and of course
drinking some beer. Oh yeah, and how about that race? The 95th running of the
Indy 500 on the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 will go down as one of the
more memorable ones in our minds!
In addition to the fun and frivolity of being in the Coke Lot, the Brian's Wish fundraising
aspect is very important to us. Since the first year, when an impromptu donation
jar started after the death of Brian Hall on Carburetion day, we have
incorporated that as a major reason to be here.
Our 2011 event has raised $4,700 in memory
and support of a dying young man, that none of us met, and allows us to carry
his “wish” forward! Our 10 year total donation to Brian's Wish/ALS/Lou Gehrig's
disease awareness and research now tops $36,505. While this wasn't a
record breaking year, we are still very pleased with the generosity of our many
friends and can only say a humble "thank-you" to you all! We
appreciate the support of our event by in-person donations, donations at our website,
and from participating in our online 50-50 race pools.
Another reason that we are passionate about this event each May is the
friendships that have been forged. The common link of racing has truly crossed
over many lines and brought to us people that we would have never otherwise met.
Each year, some of them are unable to visit C&B and we miss them and hope to see
them the following year.
By now all the
2011 race pool winners have been notified and paid out. We
appreciate the extra generosity of some of the folks who donated their winnings
back to Brian's Wish!
Here's some fun facts to complete this update.
|Running total of
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Brian's Wish donations
Thanks for all your support of the 10 years of Camp and Brew and although this
is the final Camp and Brew, I'm sure we'll see many of you during the 2012 Indy
500 race weekend!
Thank you all very much!
--TommyD, GlennH, JimmyD, Sue, Andy, Mike, Roach and Scott