Each year around the holidays, John Force Racing employees come together to make the Christmas season special for others in their community. This year, employees raised money to buy Christmas gifts for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in coordination with the Hospital’s “Giving Tree,” a program put together to ensure that each child in the hospital receives a gift on Christmas Day.
“We are so blessed to have the support of John Force Racing for the children served by Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent. When companies step forward with such generosity, it says a lot about the commitment and dedication of the owners as well as the employees. We are so grateful and appreciative for your support, and want to relay how much these gifts mean to our patients,” said Nancy Frick, Director of Foundation Advancement.
“You have brought many smiles to our smallest and most vulnerable kids, and they will be thrilled. What a wonderful way John Force Racing has chosen to express their concern and passion for kids who are sick and struggling with serious illnesses. Gifts are collected at the hospital during the holidays, but are handed out to children throughout the year. The Giving Tree gifts are also used for birthdays, end-of-treatment parties and as rewards or recognition for how well a child has handled a medical procedure.”
If you would like to participate in the Giving Tree program, drop off an unwrapped toy to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, 2001 W 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN.
“This is the fourth year that we have done something like this for our community,” said Alicia Fabrisi of John Force Racing, who coordinated with the hospital this year. “In the past, John Force Racing has selected and sponsored a local, less fortunate family with children in the Brownsburg area for Christmas. We’ve had such a huge response in donations from our employees over the last couple of years that we wanted to make sure to help as many people as possible and working with the ‘Giving Tree’ program at Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital was just the perfect fit for what we wanted to accomplish.”
In addition to the gifts, contributions of blizzard (i.e. heavy) fleece in one yard increments are also welcome. Each yard donated is made into two capes for pediatric patients at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.
For more information or to make a donation, call Eva Keller in the St. Vincent Foundation at 317-338-7142 or visit their website at www.peytonmanning.stvincent.org
Stu Hilborn, who invented the constant flow mechanical fuel injector that revolutionized the sport of auto racing, died Dec. 16. He was 96.
Hilborn became interested in amateur racing on dry lake beds before World War II. After the war, he began experimenting with ideas for mechanical fuel injection, and tested them on his own race cars. Only a few years later, his injectors were adopted by professional racers with notable success, including the first to break the 150-mph mark. Beginning in 1949, Hilborn-equipped cars claimed dozens of victories at the Indy 500.
Hilborn eventually launched a company to sell his injection systems to the public, which became popular with the hot rodders of the 1950s and 1960s. A classic mechanical Hilborn injection system is recognizable by its distinctive flared velocity stack intake pipes, rising straight up from each cylinder, flared at the open top, and usually polished or plated for a bright, shiny finish. Today, that company continues to provide performance products including mechanical and electronic fuel injection systems.
Hilborn is a member of the SEMA Hall of Fame as well as the Hot Rod Magazine Speed Parts Hall of Fame.
Hilborn is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ginny; daughter Edris; son Duane; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Steve Kalb, left, and Gary Burgin, right.
Steve Kalb, who with his brother Pete became surprise charter members of the Cragar 5-Second Club for Top Fuelers in 1974, died recently. He was 72.
The brothers began racing together – Pete driving and Steve tuning -- in the late 1960s with a Jr gas dragster. The stepped up to Top Fuel in the early 1970s, and at Arizona’s Beeline Dragway on jan. 26, 1974 they became 10th member of the prestigious Cragar club. At the time, Kalb also was working at the shop of fuel-engine maestro Keith Black, which led in 1975 to a five-year stint as crew chief for the famed Orange Baron Funny Car of Gary Burgin and handed Don Prudhomme his only loss of the 1976 season in the final round of the U.S. Nationals. After his drag racing career ended, he also crewed on an Indycar for couple of years.
He is survived by his wife, Penny ; son Jim Kalb; stepchildren Roger Stewart and Stacie Buss; and grandchildren Nicole, Samantha, Tyler, and Destiny.
The Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation "A Spark of Hope" (APCF) wrapped up a year of fundraising efforts with the presentation of a $50,000 donation to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
APCF has worked throughout 2013 to increase awareness for colon and prostate cancer and raise funds to support IU Simon Cancer Center's research efforts in those areas. Founder Andrea Pedregon made the check presentation today to Patrick Loehrer, M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center. Cancer center physician scientists Bert O'Neil, M.D. and Noah Hahn, M.D. - who are experts in clinical trials and colon and prostate cancers - were on hand for the ceremony.
With today's check presentation, APCF has raised a total of $140,000 to benefit melanoma, children's cancer, and colon and prostate cancer research at IU Simon Cancer Center over the past three years.
Pedregon said, "We are so fortunate to have such generous supporters who helped our fundraising efforts reach this milestone. It means so much to be able to make an impact on the exciting research initiatives at the IU Simon Cancer Center right here in Indianapolis."
Pedregon, wife of two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon, designed and produced a collectible 2012 NHRA Yearbook that raised more than $20,000 for the effort. Among other fundraisers this year was a live auction for fans and supporters at the US Nationals drag race at Lucas Oil Raceway over Labor Day weekend that netted $26,000.