If you’re going to go to a dance, you need a little time to plan – correct?
So today’s entry will be a reminder that there’s a shindig planned in St. Catharines on Saturday night in support of Alex Ellis, a teenage auto racing sensation who’s in the hunt for moolah to continue his racing career.
Ellis recently won the Jim Russell Future Driver Search competition, the prize of which is a partially funded ride in the 2010 Jim Russell Championship Series plus some coaching and testing opportunities.
Ex-F1 pilot Allan McNish, who’s also a two-time Le Mans 24 Hour race winner, chaired the panel that chose the 18-year-old Ellis from among 40 others at a special tryout in California. According to McNish, Ellis was selected because he was the best “all-rounder” so far as speed, pace, media awareness, racecraft and fitness were concerned.
But only $130,000 of the $230,000 cost to do the Russell championship has been covered, which leaves Ellis about $100,000 short. To raise some of the money, he’s planning a dinner-dance in St. Catharines on Saturday (March 6). Tickets are $100, with $20 from every ticket going to Community Care.
In explaining the charitable donation, Ellis said this: “If I need the support of the community, it is only right to support the community as much as I can in return.”
For details of the fundraiser, go to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 905-646-1533.
If you don’t dance, you could consider sending the kid a cheque. Every little bit helps. I’ve seen him in action (like every other young driver out there he has F1 aspirations) and he’s got the goods. Now he just needs the dough.