Fifth Annual B.R.A.K.E.S. Dinner Will Feature A Touch Of Hollywood

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Fifth Annual B.R.A.K.E.S. Dinner Will Feature A Touch Of Hollywood

(CONCORD, NC – June 7, 2012) 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 life-saving 501c3 non-profit organization to gather together for the B.R.A.K.E.S. Benefit Dinner to be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord, NC on Thursday evening, September 13th. (

This year, there will be an added touch of Hollywood at the B.R.A.K.E.S. Benefit Dinner as the Special Guest Speaker will be Rudy Ruettiger, whose inspiring life story was the inspiration for the motion picture, “Rudy”, starring Sean Astin.  The movie depicts Ruettiger’s repeated attempts to fulfill his dream of playing for the University of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish football team, despite his small size and lack of athletic skills. Eventually, he wins the admiration and respect of the team for his hard work and dedication and gets the opportunity to play in the final game of his senior year, much to the delight of his teammates and Notre Dame fans alike. Now an inspirational speaker, Rudy Ruettiger is a natural choice to address those attending the B.R.A.K.E.S. affair.

“We think it’s going to be a sensational evening,” says Doug Herbert, the founder of B.R.A.K.E.S. and popular star of both NHRA and IHRA Top Fuel racing. “Everyone will enjoy hearing what Rudy will be sharing with us, and at the same time, drag racing fans will be able to socialize and sit next to some of the NHRA’s best-known drivers, legends, and team owners. We are really looking forward to what we think will be the best Benefit Dinner we’ve had to date.”

A Silent and Live Auction including sports and entertainment memorabilia, several special travel getaways, and a host of unique items with proceeds going to B.R.A.K.E.S. will also be part of the evening’s program.

A cocktail hour is scheduled for 6pm with dinner served at 7pm. Tickets are $150 per person.

For Title, Beverage, Auction, or Table sponsorships, please contact Cascie Kirk via email or phone at or 704-720-3806. Special sponsorship rates are available for those interested in supporting both the Benefit Dinner and B.R.A.K.E.S. Golf Tournament.

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(RIS photos by John Davison)

John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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Volume 2012, Issue 5, Posted 1:23 PM, 06.07.2012