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Abilene Dragstrip Raises Funds for Alliance for Women and Children
By Toni Brown
ABILENE- Want to know what it feels like to speed down the Abilene Dragstrip? Sharra Sampson, Eligibility Specialist for the Women’s Health Awareness program at the Alliance for Women and Children found out at the 14th Annual Abilene Shootout at the Abilene Dragstrip. “It was so much fun! It was better than Six Flags,” says Sharra after riding in racer Roy Blackstock’s camaro. The Abilene Dragstrip held its Annual Abilene Shootout Drag Race October 30-November 1 and donated half the weekend’s winnings to the Alliance for Women and Children Women’s Health Awareness program to support breast cancer awareness. Abilene Dragstrip owners Dean and Alva Kennedy have personal connections to breast cancer. Dean lost his mother to breast cancer and he decided they would help raise awareness in the community. “We came across the Alliance for Women and Children and saw that they provide free mammograms to uninsured women in the surrounding 19 counties and educate women about breast cancer. It is a good program and we wanted to support it.” Not only did the Dragstrip donate half the weekend’s winnings, but they sold pink ribbon stickers and placed them on the racers cars and bikes. The racers made donations to the Alliance for Women and Children and received a pink ribbon to show their support of breast cancer awareness. Levret’s Ink also made T-Shirts for the event and donated $2 from the sale of each shirt to the Alliance. According to Levret’s Ink owner Randy Levret, approximately 150 shirts were sold. In all, the Abilene Dragstrip raised over $2,500. Proceeds from the Abilene Dragstrip benefit the Women’s Health Awareness program at the Alliance for Women and Children. The mission of the Women’s Health program is to educate women in Taylor and the surrounding 19 counties regarding the importance of regular breast screening practices and to provide mammograms to uninsured women in the area.“The Alliance for Women and Children was proud to partner with the Abilene Dragstrip. There is such a sense of community out there on the weekends they race and we were honored to be a part. We were able to raise awareness with a group of people who want to help ensure that all women have access to life saving breast cancer screening,” said Toni Brown, Program Manager of the Women’s Health Awareness program at the Alliance for Women & Children.Women may qualify for a free mammogram through the Women’s Health Awareness program if they are uninsured. Please call 325-677-5321 and ask for the Women’s Health Awareness program to see if you qualify.The Alliance for Women and Children empowers women and families and embraces ethnic diversity through programs designed to promote well being, self-sufficiency and future success. Located at 1350 N. 10th in Abilene, the Alliance has been serving the Abilene-area community since 1920.
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