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I'm participating again in a charity race in a few days, an event called the Race Against Leukemia (RAL). Sponsored by the New England Region (NER) of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), the RAL weekend seeks to generate funds for the UMass Medical Center Hospital Leukemia Foundation. This is an event with a more than 20-year history, illustrating how dedicated NER is to giving something back to the community.

So how does it work, and what can you do? Drivers (that's me) collect donations or pledges, and for every $10 of donations I gather, I get one free lap of the course we set up to run on (One "Run"). I can also spend my "Runs" on giving free rides to other drivers.

There are no prizes for winning. This is just a fun event solely for generating donations for the UMass Medical Center. We're racing for fun, and for the RAL itself!

Here's the webpage of what the weekend is about. http://www.ner.org/region/racing-against-leukemia

As this is a charity, this is a tax deductible donation, and I can send you a receipt (via signed PDF)

While $10 buys me a run at the course, feel free to donate less than that. I can add up donations as necessary.

This year, we are utilizing "firstgiving.com" charity donation system. I encourage you to donate through my website there for this event, "http://www.firstgiving.com/wileycoxNER". However, you may also reply here if you wish, or at VolkScirocco@gmail.com if you prefer more anonymous donations. All donations must be pledged at 8/20. Checks are OK, paypal is OK, and if you live local, cash, coins, doubloons and gold bars are acceptable currency. If you make a check out to me, I will make out one single check to RAL for the weekend to cover all the differing ways of payment. :)


Thanks for reading this!
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Hoping to raise some more money for the charity this weekend. My daughter Hannah will also be driving in this event, so if you'd like to sponsor a cute 8-yr old girl for this event, feel free to make a note in your donation to that effect. Thanks!
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I'm participating again in a charity race in a few weeks, an event called the Race Against Leukemia (RAL). Sponsored by the New England Region (NER) of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), the RAL weekend seeks to generate funds for the UMass Medical Center Hospital Leukemia Foundation. This is an event with a more than 20-year history, illustrating how dedicated NER is to giving something back to the community.

So how does it work, and what can you do? Drivers (that's me) collect donations or pledges, and for every $10 of donations I gather, I get one free lap of the course we set up to run on (One "Run"). I can also spend my "Runs" on giving free rides to other drivers.

There are no prizes for winning. This is just a fun event solely for generating donations for the UMass Medical Center. We're racing for fun, and for the RAL itself!

Here's the webpage of what the weekend is about. http://www.ner.org/region/racing-against-leukemia

As this is a charity, this is a tax deductible donation, and I can send you a receipt (via signed PDF)

While $10 buys me a run at the course, feel free to donate less than that. I can add up donations as necessary.

This year, we are utilizing "firstgiving.com" charity donation system. I encourage you to donate through my website there for this event, "http://www.firstgiving.com/wileycoxNER". However, you may also reply here if you wish, or at VolkScirocco@gmail.com if you prefer more anonymous donations. All donations must be pledged at 8/24. Checks are OK, paypal is OK, and if you live local, cash, coins, doubloons and gold bars are acceptable currency. If you make a check out to me, I will make out one single check to RAL for the weekend to cover all the differing ways of payment. :)

Thanks in advance, friends!
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I'm participating in a Charity Volleyball Tournament this weekend, to benefit the William Ellery Channing School in Hyde Park, sponsored by the "Promise the Children" foundation. We are trying to raise money to benefit these two organizations.

If anyone would like to sponsor me, please respond here, or email to volkscirocco AT gmail DOT com. I'll take donations of any amount, and thanks in advance to those of you that can help!
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Thanks to some friends, I have my first donations, however, I am looking to raise more this year than I did last year, and I raised $300 last year.

What is Race Against Leukemia?

RAL is a charity event the New England Region (NER) of the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) holds every year on the third weekend in August. The events held include primarily a Road Rally, a Rally-cross, and (the portion I participate in) an Autocross event. The UMASS Medical Memorial Hospital Leukemia research program is the target of our charity, and we have in past years raised over $20,000 that goes directly to Leukemia research and gets us closer to a cure for the disease.

What am I donating for?

For the portion of the event I do, the autocross, you are donating money for me to make runs on the autocross course trying to set the best time for the event. The event has an elimination format, and there's a "top-8" shootout to decide who the best driver for the event is. Because we partially award scores based on how much money you raise, and since this is a charity event, the person who raises the most money will have an advantage to winning the entire event. Our runs on the course "cost" $10 worth of donation for each run. Last year I raised $300, and made over 20 runs on the course. The top folks collecting donations were bringing in over $800, and our goal for this year is to have multiple $1000 donation sheets from our members! For that, we need your help!

Why does your group do this event?

An autocross event is not just a group of people who come in and take over a parking lot, make a bunch of noise and smoke, and leave. We like to interact with the community, shop at the stores and restaurants, and support the community whenever possible. When we can make a big change for a local institution like UMass Medical Center, we want to make that change! We have participated in this event for a number of years now, and are always looking to generate more money and publicity for the fight against this disease!


We need you to donate money! We ask for a minimum $10 donation, and we put no limit on how much you can donate. We do provide tax-receipts for charity donations if desired. We will not broadcast how much you have donated (unless you want me to), so feel free to donate any amount you wish.

Want to paypal me? Use the button below! You can also reply to this message (comments screened) and we can figure out a way for you to donate to me and this cause.

Donations need to be collected no later than the morning of August 23rd. Thanks in advance for your help!





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Yesterday was the Buda Good Cause Hat Tournament, benefitting the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina effort. I was up bright and early at 7am to get some food in me, and head up to Brookline to pick up Cris, the guy that posted the initial LJ post I saw about the event. I picked him up, coincidentally two houses down from where I used to live in Brookline, and then we headed up to Mitre fields in Burlington. We were pretty early, we got there at 8:30am, so we both pitched in volunteering, helping register and sign people up for teams.

There ended up being just about 120 people in total playing, which was awesome to see. There were people of all skill levels, from people who had NEVER played Ultimate before, to some pretty hot-shot BUDA players. I'm pretty decent at pickup Ultimate, but they guys make me look plain BAD. :) I wasn't really planning on winning or doing anything spectacular, and as I told people, I was willing to get my ass beat for Charity. :)

They made teams up with the aim of mixing up skill levels, and they did a DAMN good job. None of the teams were completely stacked with experts, and no team was all complete newbies either. I was definitely in the bottom 50% of players. My team had three or four 16 and 17-year-olds from Newton and another private school, and totally randomly, the brother of a good friend of mine from HS, Andy. I was totally floored to see him, as I hadn't seen him in probably six or seven years, so that was a great re-connect there!

Anyway, we had a great team spirit in our group, everyone out there to have fun. We had some pretty decent players (including Andy, who was probably the best out of all of our group of players that came out of our High School) and one of the kids from Newton HS is going to be EXCELLENT if he keeps playing. He was already DAMN good, enough so that Andy and I BOTH commented on it. However, even with our limited amounts of talent and incredible team spirit, we managed to lose all our games. *LOL* The level of play there was definitely one notch above what I'm used to, and as I've been low on exercise this year, I definitely just got tired out too much to make some plays I should have had. I made a few points, and was still pretty OK on defense as always, but the running around just wore me out. Luckily, we had 15 people on our team, so subbing out every couple of points helped. I *could* play at this level if I did it on a regular basis, and watching some of the regular BUDA players was really inspiring. I did feel the need to lay out a lot more for the disc, which was pretty cool, since I like doing it. :)

We broke at half-time for lunch, which was nicely provided by the guy I brought, Cris, in return for driving him up and back. I shared my lunch with one of the kids who didn't really have any lunch, and later on, his MOM showed up with PIZZA for our team, which was pretty nice of her. We were the best-fed team out there. :)

We ended up losing most of our games by 2 or 3 points, and our last game was the best. We ended up trading points back and forth all the way down to the very last minute of the game, when we ran out of time. We lost by one, but everyone had a great time, and we all proclaimed it a success.

So, of course, this was a charity event. The numbers! How much did we raise? For the entire event, the total $$$ figure raised was $11,880. That was a very good figure for 120 people, especially cheap-ass ultimate frisbee players! Also very cool was the fact that I ended up tied as the #4 fundraiser! One guy had $750 in donations, one had $530, someone had $380, and I and one other guy tied for $240. Not only did I get TWO cool BUDA frisbees, but I also got a "Yankee Haters" baseball cap as a fundraising winner. I'll get a picture of that later on.


I'd like to give a BIG THANK YOU to all my friends who sponsored me for this event. I do have some pictures of the team in action, and I'll post a link to them here in LJ when I get them online in the next day or two! Again, THANKS for the support. I think these good cause tournaments may become a regular event for me. :)

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