As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, our mission is to raise public awareness and provide tools to help adults protect children —in their family, in their community, and all over the World!
Founded in 2004, RAACE is the brainchild of Baltimore businessman, Kenneth Smith. Through his involvement with several Baltimore area child abuse charities, he saw firsthand that child sexual abuse happens in every part of society regardless of geography, race, or economic status. He witnessed the lingering mental and emotional damage cause by abuse and felt compelled to act. He shuddered to imagine his or any child suffering sexual abuse. It was this notion that inspired Ken to find a way to drive child sexual abuse out of the shadows and help countless families. Thus was born RAACE — Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating child sexual abuse before it happens.
"My fight to end child sexual abuse began over 10 years ago after visiting "Illuminations" at St. Vincent's Center. It was this program and the disturbing statistics that would bring me to my knees. Although I began RAACE on my own, our mission to prevent child sexual abuse requires a team effort. Please join our RAACE today."
Thanks to our early supporters, without whom RAACE wouldn't be where it is today:
When the Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere was created, President and Founder Ken Smith decided the perfect way to educate the public about child sexual abuse was through motorsports. With that in mind, Kenneth approached his nephew Stevie with his vision, and out of retirement came World of Outlaws legend, #19, Stevie “The Bandit” Smith. A 20 year veteran, Stevie has amassed over 200 wins with 68 coming in the World of Outlaws, giving him the 9th highest win record of all time. Such a long history and great record give Stevie a huge crowd to share RAACE’s message. And in the father/son tradition of racing, Stevie’s father, crew chief and sprint car Hall of Famer, Steve Smith – the original Bandit -- added his support and dedication to the cause. That first year with Stevie Smith travelling the country in his RAACE #19 sprinter with the World of Outlaws, the RAACE website received over 98,000 hits.
Motorsports Show 2009
What started with Stevie Smith had grown to over 40+ race teams from all over the country. Here Pennsylvania Modified driver Kyle Weiss with Ashley and Brian Therien display their race cars at Motorsports 2009 – the last year the event would be held in Atlantic City, NJ. In the background are auction Items from the annual Checkered Flag Auction that benefits RAACE.
Danny Creeden is a family oriented, weekend warrior from Wurtsboro, NY who competes in dirt modified competition, has a huge smile and an even bigger heart for The Race Against Abuse of Children everywhere. In 2007, Danny dedicated his team to the Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere putting Kyle Weiss in his Sportsman Modified so RAACE could be represented at Super Dirt Week, the biggest dirt track modified event of the year. Well over 10,000 fans and hundreds of race teams saw Kyle earn himself Rookie of the race honors, addressing the huge crowd about bringing awareness to the fight against Child Sexual Abuse. Here Danny (Far right) joins Kyle Weiss and Sprint Car racer Joey Biasi for a Team RAACE autograph session.
At the time in 2008, Lebarron Motorsports was one of the most formidable Dirt Late Model teams in the country. The team comprised of Alan Sagi and Scott Lebarron as an owner/driver put together some of the most impeccably prepared race cars out there. He couldn’t put cars together fast enough as he would get regular offers to buy them directly off the hauler, as they sit! Scott and his family knew that they had the power to prevent child sexual abuse within the dirt late model community and beyond as both drivers and Scott’s business: LeBarron’s Auto Salvage are still active with the RAACE program.
Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary Bike Build
On Friday, August 29, 2008 it took only 8 hours and 45 minutes for the nationally renowned Chopper Chick Crew to transform a Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 into a one of a kind drag bike. Accomplished at Harley-Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as part of the famed Women’s Day at The House of Harley’s Reunion Bash, the finished motorcycle was donated to The Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere as the official charity of the event. The total estimated value of the two-tone Harley-Davidson Sportster with custom accessories, modifications and paint is estimated at well over $35,000. But, in the end, the worth of such a generous donation of time and materials for the prevention and healing of child sexual abuse was priceless. Without the further support of people like Karyn Leonardi-Cattolica and the whole V-Power Team from Shell Oil Products; Brooke Pape and the entire staff of The House of Harley; Athena Ransom, Jayme Gray, Vivian ’Gypsy’ Charros, JoAnn Bortels, Kate O‘Shea, Jena Lewis, the official ‘Tool Boy’, Donnie Ransom (Athena’s husband) and Phillip Petress (Athena’s Father)of the Chopper Chick Crew; Doug, Steve, Vickie, Jessica and the rest of Team Horne, and RAACE volunteers Dawn Bentz, John Bentz , and JB Bratcher the elimination of child sexual abuse could never be achieved. RAACE also received over $2500 in direct donations that weekend and according to Lindsey Early from Shell V-Power’s PR Firm, Edelman – RAACE received well over 2 billion media hits from the event via local, national and international television, radio, print and internet outlets. That is creating awareness!
Ashley Therien & Brian Therien
When the Therien family goes racing they do it together: Mom, Dad, Ashley, Brian, and their two NHRA Jr. Dragsters. Ashley ran the white and purple colors of RAACE while Brian age 15 runs the black and purple. At a top speed of over 85 miles an hour in the quarter mile these kids are fast. When not on the track they do whatever they can to assist RAACE in raising awareness at other tracks, events, and schools throughout the Northeast. Since joining the program, they have come to love all forms of motorsports becoming huge fans of the rest of their teammates… but as Ashley puts it – “Where still Drag Racers”! Here they display their vehicles as part of award winning RAACE display at the 2009 Reading Fairgrounds Racing Reunion show held every February at the Fairgrounds Square Mall on the former grounds of “The Home of Champions”.
Timonium Motorcycle Show
The Mid-Atlantics premiere indoor motorcycle show is held annually at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in early February. Bikers from all over the area enjoy the custom bike show, celebrity builder displays and many of the region’s best vendors. As part of the show RAACE has had a huge presence. Shown here in the RAACE display at the 2009 version is rapper, actor and reality TV star Ice T imagining he was going 221+ MPH on Doug Horne’s Nitro Harley-Davidson!
Stevie Smith 2005 Knoxville Nationals
With his new Purple and Yellow “Easter Egg” designed sprint car, Stevie was one of the elite 26 teams who made the A main event. He started 16th and finished 23rd in the first year flying the RAACE Foundation colors at sprint car racing’s version of the “Super Bowl”. The Nationals put RAACE in front of 50,000 fans at the track and over 2 million on national television!
Stevie Smith 2006 Knoxville Nationals
Known for his smooth driving style and likeability with the sports fans, Stevie’s 2nd year with RAACE saw a continuation of his World of Outlaws popularity. This was evidenced by the huge autograph session and RAACE pocket bike giveaway during the 2006 Knoxville Nationals!
Atlantic City Motorsports Show 2007 with Ron Capps
In conjunction with Brickel’s Racing Collectibles of Leesport, PA, RAACE hosted a huge autograph signing with NHRA Superstar Ron Capps at Motorsports 2007, the first year for the show in Atlantic City, NJ. Also making appearances that year in the RAACE booth was NASCAR Truck Series star “The Onion” Todd Bodine along with TeamRAACE drivers Stevie Smith and Kyle Weiss.
Doug has made quite a showing everywhere he has raced. From the All Harley Drag Racing Association to the nation’s top circuit of the NHRA, Doug has put RAACE on TV, in victory lane and in the press by winning several national championships in numerous divisions. He is a fan favorite wherever he goes as his form of racing is not for the meek – Doug has topped 230 MPH more than a few times! In 2008 he and his Nitro Pro-Fuel AHDRA team joined the Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere. Simply put wherever and whatever they race, they are the class of the field as shown by Douglas’ impressive double Championship in this June 2008 AHDRA National Event at Cecil County Dragway, where Doug takes off to a first round win. Douglas feels getting involved with RAACE is the continuation of why he got into racing in the first place; it is an activity for the whole family to participate in.
Keystone State Quarter Midget Racing Club
Over the weekend of May 15th - 17th, 2009 the Keystone State Quarter Midget Racing Club held a prestigious States Race, where RAACE was named the official charity of the event. Over the weekend 500+ race teams, parents and fans visited the RAACE Awareness Station. Activities included a fundraising raffle, a donation by KSQMC sponsors, PA Announcements, autograph sessions and of course the racing. Here Lauren Seigfried roars down the backstretch in her TeamRAACE Quarter Midget towards a class win.
50th Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona
The 24 Hours of Daytona, currently known as the Rolex 24 is a 24-hour sports car endurance race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida as part of Daytona Speedweeks. It is run on a 3.56-mile combined road course, utilizing portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course. It is the first major automobile race of the year in the United States and in 2012 it included RAACE! Thanks to Alliance Autosport for making awareness happen on National TV. Their 2012 Rolex Daytona 24 Hour driver lineup included Scott Rettich, of Camden Ohio, Matt Schneider, of Lexington Kentucky, TeamRAACE driver Darryl Shoff, of Reading Pennsylvania, Hal Prewitt, of Miami Florida and Jon Miller, of Orlando Florida. The team started from 30th position in the highly competitive field of 45 GT cars. Unfortunately during the second hour of the race, the Alliance Autosport Porsche developed a clutch issue. After making repairs, the team was nearly in last place, but the car was running some very competitive laps. Regrettably, a few hours later another GT car blew a tire exiting NASCAR Turn 2 and pushed the Alliance Autosport Porsche hard into the wall at 160 mph. The team did not give up though and quickly had the car back on track. Luckily, the team’s run of bad luck was over and all the hard work paid off as the #12 Porsche ran the next 15 hours flawlessly and moved up from nearly last place to finish 28th.
Doug Napier a micro sprint racer from Grand Rapids, South Dakota found RAACE online in the fall of 2008. He promptly joined the TeamRAACE Membership program and began working towards changing his racing program. Doug said: “My paint scheme never really meant that much to me except taking care of my sponsors. When I saw what RAACE was doing I knew that I had to do my part to help raise awareness. I was motivated to do it for the kids.” Doug and his Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere #3D continue to take the awareness message on tour by competing weekly in the Black Hills Mini Sprint Tour.
When Dave Shirk decided to change his G.A.S.S. Motorsports team colors to the Purple and Yellow of RAACE for the 2009 season, he did so with a desire to help the foundation fulfill its mission of child sexual abuse awareness and hopefully create some good karma, which in turn would change his racing luck. They weren’t looking for anything more than that. “Shirkey” has been very competitive in the North Easts’ top class of dirt midget racing over the years. Among his honors are Knoxville Midget Nationals Rookie of the race and 2004 ARDC Rookie of the Year. Here Dave throws his #16 dirt midget around Susquehanna Speedway as part of the 2010 Candy Bowl.
Maryland Tribe Lacrosse
Founded in the year 2000 by Scoop Kelly, the Maryland Tribe Lacrosse program became affiliated with The Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere in 2011. In an effort to not only raise awareness about child sexual abuse but also to teach young men about becoming a complete athlete, Scoop knew that being good at Lacrosse and having good grades went hand in hand with giving back to society at all times. He truly wanted to provide the best opportunity for his lacrosse players to participate and excel in top level tournaments and at the same time learn that giving back is not an option in life. Scoop was the 2009 US Lacrosse Man of the Year and back in May of 2011, he earned his 100th win as a coach as part of RAACE LAX. Through his involvement with RAACE, Scoop had a positive impact on many families and he worked hard to put RAACE in the forefront of the Lacrosse community. Unfortunately, days before his 41st birthday, coach "Scoop" John Kelly passed away on February 15, 2014, may God Bless his family, friends and players.
Alan Sagi is one of the legends of Hagerstown Speedway winning most everything one can win there. He is beloved by fans and drivers alike and makes a great representative for The Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere. Alan Sagi has won some big races in his career, with style and anyone who witnessed his last turn pass for the win on Hagerstown Speedway’s RAACE Night in the Late Model Feature sporting the RAACE colors with the famous USAC Sprints and NASCAR star Kasey Kahne watching back in 2008, knows that! Here Alan warms up the #8A Lebarron Motorsports World of Outlaws Dirt Late Model during the tours stop at Lincoln Speedway in 2009.
Joey Biasi of Tower City, PA is the epitome of a family racer! With a low budget, the ability to wrench and build the cars and a “Wild Child” style of driving, Joey has built a reputation as one of the top go to guys for building and maintaining a dirt sprint car race team among his peers as well as a fan favorite. He has raced all kinds of cars from DIRT modifieds to wingless USAC sprint cars. He regularly competes with the URC Winged Sprint Tour, the ASCS and the Winged Super Sportsman Tour. Here he races wingless with the USAC National Sprint Tour at Grandview Speedway as part of Thunder on the Hill USAC Eastern Storm event in 2011.
The Encarta English Dictionary defines the word “Champion” as: Supreme victor in contest; somebody who competes in and wins a contest, competition, or tournament, either alone or as a member of a team. It also continues to define the word as: Defender – a defender, supporter, or promoter of somebody or something… a champion of human rights. When Todd Baer and his HB Motorsports team decided to dedicate their racing efforts to win The Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere back in 2009, Todd became the ultimate champion as he joined an elite group of men and women racers called TeamRAACE. The mission was simple: Educate adults so no child has to suffer the same silent fate of over 39 million Americans – the crime of child sexual abuse. Here Todd displays his race car as part of the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix RAACE Dayz car show.
With two second place finishes at the Schnecksville, PA Speedway home of the Keystone State Quarter Midget Race Club 2nd generation race car driver Nick Baer, son of TeamRAACE driver Todd Baer was very impressive in early 2010 racing action. Here Nick paces the field in qualifying action.
From the flat 1/3-mile asphalt oval at Sundance Vacations Speedway to the ¼-mile circle at Mahoning Valley Speedway and the 5/8-mile track in Oswego, NY, Mike Sweeney of Nesquehoning does battle in his asphalt late model stock car. Although “Crazy Train’s” primary goal is to win on the track, which he has done winning back to back championships at Sundance Vacations Speedway in 2008 and 2009, his ultimate accomplishment proved to be his ability to help prevent child sexual abuse. According to Mike: “I am just happy to be out here racing for such a good cause, it makes me and everyone involved with my race team proud to come out here in support of protecting the kids. The children of this world are every ones responsibility. Here, Mike shows off his go-karting ability at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix’s RAACE Dayz benefit race in 2009.
At the time, Tru Atkins, a young and talented Outlaw Sprint Kart driver seemed to be on his way to the winner’s circle every time he competed before he retired from racing in 2010. A native of Nixa, Missouri, Tru helped RAACE educate the fans of open wheel racing. Despite his young age, he understood what displaying the RAACE purple and gold was all about. When asked recently about why he felt he should be helping, Tru simply replied, “Why not? Everyone should be involved with helping to win The Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere. And he’s got a point. In Tru’s eyes RAACE is about helping kids and who wouldn’t want to do that. Here Tru with his dad Frank and representatives from RAACE including Founder Kenneth Smith pose with the Outlaw Sprint Kart he races, an exact replica paint scheme matching Stevie Smiths full size 410 sprint car. At Motorsports 2008, RAACE won best Race Car Display.
RAACE Dayz at the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix
Back in 2008, The Lehigh Valley Grand Prix was considered part of our “TeamRAACE”. Today they would be called a RAACE Superhero! Allentown/Bethlehem’s amazing indoor karting facility provided a great venue for our TeamRAACE challenge night where 22 celebrity race drivers from all over the area came out to support the cause including NASCAR Modified Champions Matt and Tony Hirschman as well as many of the areas TeamRAACE drivers: Ryan Grim, Kevin Hoffman, Dave, Brian, and Ashley Therien, Tyler Bartik, Ryan Suchon, Mike Sweeney, Todd Baer, Joey Biasi, Tyler Fisher, Kyle Weiss, Kody Sites, Jared Dawson, Greg Hoffmaster, Mike Stinger, Earl Paules, Eric Beers, JR Schott, Doug Manmiller and Barry Cavellini all competed through time trials for the evenings feature race with the top ten in times getting to the final event. 1st place went to Ryan Suchon, 2nd – Matt Hirschman, and 3rd – Tyler Bartik. Greeting our winners was 2009 Ms. Motorsports Alyssa Sharman.
Gettysburg Bike Week
“When the Wheel Spins Everyone Wins” was first coined at Gettysburg Bike Week, the Mid-Atlantic's premiere motorcycling event is the place to meet with Custom Motorcycle Builders and vendors representing anything and everything in motorcycling from National manufacturers and companies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Gettysburg Bike Week regular draws tens of thousands of motorcycling enthusiasts from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Ohio, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. The show is also well known for its concerts, charity rides and community participation. Over the years RAACE has been involved in many different ways including the debut of “The Big Wheel” in 2010.
Baltimore Grand Prix
When The RAACE Foundation first heard the announcement that a major motorsports event would be coming to its own back yard - Baltimore, MD, everyone knew this was a must attend event for the organization. Not because of the rich history RAACE has in motorsports, but for the need to be at large events to truly make a difference in the Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere. In spring 2011, when Jay Davidson President of The Baltimore Grand prix said to RAACE Founder Kenneth Smith: “Don’t worry about the details, The Grand Prix needs to educate its fans about your program – plan on being here”, did plans start in earnest to bring The Foundation’s giant “Time to Talk” Awareness Station to downtown Baltimore. If you asked most parents throughout the weekend, the highlight for the youngest generation of racing enthusiasts was the RAACE Big Wheel racing track where kids ages 3 – 9 raced for big trophies and prizes each day! This also gave RAACE the opportunity to educate families by distributing education materials to the parents of all the kids who signed up.
After meeting JR’s mom – Tracey and his family at a motorsports event in Lebanon, PA, back in March of 2009, it was obvious that this was a racing family that would not stand by and watch RAACE fight the war on child sexual abuse without them. Everything about JR is racing, having grown up around the garage and going to his dad’s races JR got behind the wheel at age 16. As the first team member for RAACE at Linda’s Speedway in Jonestown, PA - first and foremost, JR and his team want to spread awareness about RAACE’s mission and about the real facts surrounding child sexual abuse in our country. The 4 cylinder mini stock Champion in 2004 at Port Royal Speedway is shown here winning the opening race of his Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere just weeks after getting involved with the program.
A long time club racer with the SCCA, Darryl won the 2007 SCCA Northeast Division Championship in Sports 2000. The car was an open cockpit racer powered by a Ford engine. Depending on the track and gear sets, top speed in that racer was about 150 MPH. It was at the end of the 2007 season that Darryl decided to join The Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere as he took a huge leap forward in his driving career, joining The IMSA-Lites division of The American LeMans Series. He felt that series would be a great place to raise awareness about the horrible epidemic of Child Sexual Abuse… and go really fast! The car is an Elan DP_02, powered with a Mazda engine. Top speed depending on gear selection and track configuration is about 160 MPH. His first two events sporting the RAACE colors were at Sebring FL and Salt Lake City UT. Darryl then won the SCCA National race at Beaver Run, PA and finished 3rd in the June Sprints at Elkhart Lake WI. Getting closer with the set-up and a better feel for the car Darryl had a strong showing pictured here at Lime Rock, Conn. Racing with The ALMS.
Atlantic City Indoor Races
The indoor races at the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall started in 1929. On the 12th and 13th of January, 2007 TeamRAACE driver Stevie Smith drove the #1K WeeBee Audio Video / RAACE rocket ship of a ¾ midget race car owned and prepared by Kerry Schantz of Lancaster, PA. Thanks to the generosity of Kerry Schantz and his business WeeBee Audio Video, the car sported custom WeeBee / RAACE graphics and competed against over 70 other competing midgets and 600 Micro Sprints. Stevie finished ninth in the “Gambler’s Classic 40 Lap feature event, his first ever indoor race. With over 10,000 fans in attendance that weekend RAACE had a fast message for Atlantic City thanks to Kerry and his Wee Bee racing team.
Dakota Kohler has had a long history of success at Shellhammer’s Speedway in Ontelaunee Township, PA. He has won championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. What Dakota likes most about his time at the track is the family atmosphere and the drive to win in the air, but what makes it special is the ability to educate fans, family and friends about RAACE. Dakota is a regular participant and volunteer with The Checkered Flag Fan Club and is learning the value of giving back at an early age. His impeccably prepared go-kart has also won many awards at car shows all over the area including the annual Reading Racing Reunion at Fairgrounds Square Mall in Reading, as pictured here.
Take a ride with DJ Cox… Imagine yourself on a 90 degree summer day putting on a twenty layer fire suit, boots, gloves, Hans Device and a helmet so airtight it has its own oxygen breathing system. You are strapped into a full containment seat surrounded by thick chromoly tubing in a tub of Kevlar with a Seven-way safety harness so tight you have to strain to breath. As your body temperature soars higher, your crew brings to life a 3,000 horsepower methanol burning power plant within three feet of your nose. At this point a formed hull of aerodynamic carbon fiber surrounds you, giving the feeling of being locked in a fighter jet. By this time the temperature inside your driver suit is well over 100 degrees. As you light up the tires with your customary burnout the cockpit fills with a blinding cloud of tire smoke. Once the smoke clears, the methanol fumes are intoxicating! As you clear your head, the tree blinks yellow, take one last deep breath and green - hit the go peddle. From a dead stop to 250 miles an hour over a quarter mile in five seconds in front of over fifty thousand screaming fans and ESPN TV cameras, now imagine a world where your most intimate space is being violated. It’s disturbing to imagine, but for many children it is a reality they face every day. By joining hands with RAACE, Cox Racing can help win the race to protect our children from sexual abuse.
Ryan is one of those guys who lust loves racing, can’t get enough of it! He grew up at the dirt tracks around central PA with his dad – a mechanic for Ray Swinehart where Ryan always worked on the cars with him. Joining TeamRAACE was a family decision as his dad Kirk and mom Barbara, who have supported him his entire life for anything he wanted to do, knew that through their sons 600 Modified program, Ryan could be a great ambassador for the Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere. Most of his accomplishments have come from go-kart racing, where his biggest win was a team effort in a 12 hour long endurance race. It was a national event so it was a pretty big victory for Ryan over some of the best nationally known kart racers. Here Ryan powers his 600 Modified back in 2011.
Mike Baker began his racing career like many others… growing up around the sport with his friends on a BMX bike while becoming an ABA Gold Cup Champion. From peddle power Mike moved up into the very competitive world of Motocross racing. Mike won multiple pro championships, ending his two wheel career in 2004. 2009 saw the first year of Baker Built Motorsports entering the Off-Road truck division. Racing with the TRAXXAS-TORC Off-Road Series Mike finished in the top five in three of his four races, earning a 3rd place finish in the season long points battle for the Limited-2 World Championships. It was at the last race of the season in the NORRS Off-Road Series at Weyauwega, WI where Mike started racing for a cause. On his first outing as part of RAACE Mike earned his first victory in Off-Road trucks in just his first season of racing in the Limited- 2 class. Experts agree that awareness is the first step to prevention. RAACE and Baker Built Motorsports continue to inform everyone in the racing community about the existence and prevalence of these crimes while promoting prevention through education.
Back in 2009 Kelby Taylor from Springfield, Missouri moved up from the Outlaw Sprint Kart division to race with the mighty dirt modifieds of the USRA where Kelby still competes today. Here Kelby powers around Lucas Oil Speedway sporting the Purple and Yellow of RAACE.
A driver of exceptional talent, Kyle has recorded over 32 wins across all types of racing. After a championship in the Thunder Car/Road Runner series, Kyle moved to the Street Stocks only to take another title. He then moved on to the NASCAR Sportsman Modified Division where he’s captured 6 wins and still competes today. “Weiss is also the only driver to win a race and be rookie of the year in all 4 divisions at Big Diamond Raceway. And like so many other drivers, for Kyle racing is the family sport. His father is a former late model champion and 2006 NASCAR Mechanic of the year Wilmer Weiss. According to Kyle: “I grew up with racing with my dad and was fortunate enough to have the support of a great family, but seeing my sister’s work with foster children and getting to know what these children have had to endure, it motivated me to want to help. When I learned about The RAACE Foundation I knew I’d found a way that I could make a difference.”
In 2011, CJ Rachuba of Eldersburg, Maryland won The Formula Race Car Club of America Formula Tyro RAACE Championship. CJ used solid finishes at the final two-race FRCCA weekend at Shenandoah Raceway - Saturday & Sunday, October 15th & 16th. CJ and his Formula Banshee #7 were very fast all season, as shown here speeding to his championship. A special occasion for the team which donated its paint scheme to fulfill the mission and vison of RAACE, as his championship was named after the charity by the FRCCA at the beginning of the season!
American Racing Mower Association (ARMA)
Established in 2006 by a group of racers, the American Racing Mower Association hosted 26 East-Coast based events in its first year. Since joining TeamRAACE in 2008 the organization has grown significantly and now includes over 40 chapters throughout the United States and Canada that collectively host more than 350 events each year with RAACE as their national charity. It is also a family affair for Aaron Crowl, president of the American Racing Mower Association: “For me, without my family I would have nothing. I saw an opportunity for our organization to join The Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere and through TeamRAACE create the awareness that child abuse needs in hopes of spreading the word to fans, families and fellow racers around the country.” His wife and daughters Ashley and Alicia all run the purple and yellow of RAACE. But it was Saturday, September 9th, 2012 at the National Championship Race event held at Wiconisco Speedway in Wiconisco, PA where Deeter Mowersports and ARMA held a raffle of a custom built Super Modified Racing Tractor to benefit RAACE – pictured here.
At the suggestion of TeamRAACE driver D.J. Quint, then a junior at The University of Missouri S&T as well as the groups driver, the team knew that their Formula SAE® program could also be a vehicle for change. RAACE does not sponsor race cars. In an effort to help raise awareness, teams like Missouri S&T donate some of their race car graphics to The Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere – because it is the right thing to do. The Formula SAE® competition is for SAE student members to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racing cars. Formula SAE takes students out of the classroom and allows them to apply textbook theories to real work experiences. Building on their success from 2008, the Missouri University of Science & Technology Formula SAE took 1st Place Overall at the Formula SAE event organized at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in 2009.
Anthony Schlosser White
Shown here winning his first race at Borgers Speedway, racing for the cause is very important to Anthony and his family. A family team means that all of the financing, maintenance, etc… are done by them. Winning for a family team is exciting – especially when they can help bring awareness and education to the epidemic of child sexual abuse.
Events in the Early Years (Inception through 2011)
REV-Up for RAACE
Auto enthusiasts are some of the most passionate supporters of community around. The REV-Up for RAACE was established as a way for owners and fans of all types of cars and trucks to come together to support charity. Over the years REV-Up for RAACE car shoes have been held from as far away as Allentown, PA to right here in Harford County, MD with support from numerous car clubs and owners groups. Everything from Fire trucks to classic muscle to treasured antiques have been displayed. If you would like to have a REV-Up for RAACE car show in your area to support The Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere please contact us at email@example.com
Set The Pace With RAACE
Set The Pace With RAACE – The title given to our running fundraising activities. The first "Set the Pace with RAACE" was a 5k, 1-Mile Kids Run and Stroller Stride/Walk held Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Cedar Lane Regional Park in Bel Air, MD by Elite Race Management. Prizes awarded to: Top 3 – Overall – Male & Female, Top 3/Age Group – Male & Female: 19 & Under, 20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, and 60+. If you would like to set up a running event/fundraiser for RAACE in your area contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roast for RAACE
One of the most popular ways to raise funds and awareness for charity in the Maryland/Chesapeake Bay region are events called Bull and Oyster Roasts. Usually they feature Raw and/or fried oysters and Maryland style pit beef, pit ham and pit turkey. In different areas of the country these types of events vary. They can be Pig Roasts, Shrimp and Oyster Roasts, Crab Feasts, Chicken BBQ, etc… but they all have one thing in common and that is they are always community based. RAACE has held two of these events to date, with the last one being held November 2, 2008 at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, MD . If you would like to hold a Roast for RAACE in your area, please contact us at email@example.com
RALLY for RAACE Motorcycle Ride and Family Fun Day
The RALLY for RAACE charity motorcycle ride and family fun day has raised well over $150,000 for the education, prevention, awareness and healing of Child Sexual Abuse. Held Annually until 2012, The RALLY for RAACE Motorcycle Ride was a police escorted 56-mile tour for riders of all types of two and three wheel motorcycles through the picturesque landscapes, sprawling horse farms, rambling hills, and expansive woodscapes of beautiful Harford County, Maryland. The Family Fun Day was a town fair kind of celebration which featured family friendly activities for young and old with music, food, drinks and more awaiting the 600+ riders. If you would like to hold a RALLY for RAACE Charity Motorcycle Ride in your area, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAACE has been involved with several charity golf tournaments including those put on by Baltimore Ravens superstars Ed Reed and Justin Tucker plus corporate events by CRU Construction and Korey Homes. If you would like to host a charity golf outing to benefit RAACE, please contact us at email@example.com.
Child Abuse Awareness Month Chili Cook Off
Sometimes a little creativity can go a long way in raising funds and awareness to prevent child sexual abuse with RAACE. Back in 2009 the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix and several chefs and restaurants held a Chili cook-off to raise awareness about April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month as well as funds to support RAACE. The Winner was chosen by total sales with Allentown’s TGI Fridays taking third place, Texas Roadhouse taking second, and Chef Nate Hivner from The Yellow House Hotel in Douglasville the Chili Cook-Off Winner. If you would like to host a charity Chili Cook-Off or other type of benefit event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.