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Time running short for Larry Morgan Roast tickets!

  Parma Heights, Ohio (June 3 2016) – The time is quickly growing short to reserve a seat for the Larry Morgan “Cavalcade of Laughter” Roast to benefit the Quarter Mile Foundation!  The deadline for the $80 Advance Sale tickets is midnight, Friday, June 10.  After that, the walk-up seats are $90, and with no guarantee of food service. 

Here’s how to reserve your seat:  Order through Event Brite at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-larry-morgan-roast-a-cavalcade-of-laughter-tickets-3660358230 or by visiting the Quarter Mile Foundation’s website, http://quartermilefoundation.org/.  Payment may also be made by check/money order payable to Quarter Mile Foundation at 6210 Beverly Dr. Cleveland, OH 44130. Please mark for “Larry Morgan Roast.”

DETAILS

Where – The Colonnade banquet facility; 11001 US 250 (Milan Ave.), Milan, OH at Ohio Turnpike (I-80/90) Exit 118 (U.S. 250 — Norwalk/Sandusky exit), approx. 6 miles (10 minutes) North of Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park

Date/Time – Thursday, June 23, 2016 — Cocktail Hour at 6:00 PM; Roast begins at 8:00 PM

Added attraction – AUCTION live from the stage, plus silent auction

All proceeds will benefit the Quarter Mile Foundation, and a portion of the ticket price will be tax deductible for US citizens.

Quarter Mile Foundation to roast Pro Stock star Larry Morgan

Quarter Mile Foundation to roast
Pro Stock star Larry Morgan

For Immediate Release

  Parma Heights, Ohio (March 22 2016) – The Quarter Mile Foundation announces it will host a fund-raiser roast on Thursday, June 23, 2016 during the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals event week at Norwalk, Ohio’s Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.  The star of the roast will be Ohio Pro Stock star, Larry Morgan of Newark.  Titled “The Larry Morgan Roast – A Cavalcade of Laughter,” which plays on Morgan’s well-known sense of humor and mischief.  The “toast and roast affair” will have a variety of carnival-themed entertainment during the cocktail hour and the roast activities. 

The event will be held at The Colonnade, a large banquet facility just north of Milan, Oh. at 11001 US 250 (Milan Ave.) at Ohio Turnpike (I-80/90) Exit 118 (Norwalk/Sandusky exit), approximately 10 minutes north of the racetrack, and not far from Sandusky, Oh.

Activities will commence at 6:00 PM, with a cocktail reception hour, followed by a buffet dinner featuring Pork Au Champagne with shallots, mushrooms and wine sauce or Chicken Tetrazzini, accompanied with Oven Roasted Red Skin Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, whole green beans with slivered almonds, Colonnade Signature salad, yeast rolls with honey butter, plus a Popcorn Station for dessert (various flavors).  A cash bar will be open throughout the evening. 

For the roast festivities, Larry Morgan will be joined on stage by the six roasters, chosen by Larry.  The cast of roasters and the Master of Ceremonies will be announced in the near future. 

Individual seat tickets are available at $80.00 per seat, sponsored, V.I.P. tables (8 seats) are available at $1500.00 per table.  Each V.I.P.-sponsored table will receive complementary bottles of red and white wine, company logo rights on the stage back drop, table signage plus recognition on event marketing materials.

Tickets may be ordered through Event Brite at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-larry-morgan-roast-a-cavalcade-of-laughter-tickets-3660358230 or by visiting the Quarter Mile Foundation’s website, http://quartermilefoundation.org/.  Payment may also be made by check/money order payable to Quarter Mile Foundation at 6210 Beverly Dr. Cleveland, OH 44130. Please mark for Larry Morgan Roast.

As in previous roast events, there will be both a live auction from the stage, and a silent auction which will be active during the cocktail hour and dinner.  Payment for auction items will be cash or check only — no credit cards.

The proceeds will benefit the Quarter Mile Foundation and a portion of the ticket price will be tax deductible for US citizens.

For further information contact the Quarter Mile Foundation, Traci Hrudka, chairman at hrudka@sbcglobal.com.

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Quarter Mile Foundation collects 25 interviews of drag racing/performance industry figures at PRI Show, Detroit

Contact: Traci Hrudka
Quarter Mile Foundation
Phone: 440.888.0088

hrudka@sbcglobal.net (or)

Steve Cole, WRITEWords

Phone: 330.725.5462

scole@4writewords.com

Parma Heights, Ohio (January 25, 2015) – The Quarter Mile Foundation, in conjunction with the management of the Performance Racing Industry Show (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Ken Lingenfelter (The Lingenfelter Collection, Brighton, Mich.), were able to record the recollections of 25 drag racing and performance aftermarket industry people.

The Indiana Convention Center was the site for 20 interviews done between December 10 and 12, and five Detroit-area interviews were done at The Lingenfelter Collection in Brighton, which houses over 150 iconic vehicles.

Interviewed at the Performance Racing Industry Show (PRI Show) were: Ronnie Ball (Contingency Connection, former IHRA employee), Marvin Benoit (Quick Fuel Technologies), Preston Davis (“Tennessee Bo-Weevil” Top Fuel/Funny Car and nostalgia dragster driver), Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Motorcycle rider), Bob Glidden (10-time Pro Stock NHRA World Champion), Charlie Henry (retired Marketing Manager, Chrysler Corporation MOPAR Performance/Direct Connection), Ron Hope (“Rat Trap” Fuel Altered racer), Dave Hough (“Nanook” Fuel Altered racer), Dave Kirkland/Scott Lumbert (“Spirit of Texas” Top Fuel Hydro drag boat), Paul Lee (McLeod Clutches), Steve Lewis (PRI magazine/show founder), Jim Luikens (sportsman racer, performance automotive marketing specialist), Bill Martens (General Motors Performance Parts), Louise (“Land Speed Louise”) Noeth (automotive historian/journalist), Dave Sebring (former Top Alcohol Funny Car racer, manufacturer), Larry Shepard (retired Technical Manager, Chrysler Corporation MOPAR Performance/Direct Connection), Chris Thomson (K&N Filters/Airaid, former SEMA Board Member), Vic Wood (Aeromotive, SEMA Board Member), Jeep Worthan (Autometer – retired, former SEMA Board Member).

And for two days in the Detroit area (December 14, 15), the Foundation interviewed five additional people at the highly acclaimed Lingenfelter Collection facility. The interviews were done against the backdrop of some of the automotive industry’s most interesting and desirable cars.

The interviewees were: Joe Hilger (retired Vice President for DaimlerChrysler Global Service/MOPAR and “Father of the modern Hemi”), Fritz Kayl (Automotive engineer/founder Katech Inc.), Ken Lingenfelter (co-founder of Lingenfelter Performance), Jim Oberhofer (Vice President – Operations, Kalitta Motorsports, crew chief – Doug Kalitta MAC Tools Top Fuel team), and Jon Oberhofer (Kalitta Motorsports crew chief – Del Worsham 2015 NHRA World Champion DHL Funny Car team).

Additionally, Linda Vaughn contributed more depth to her previous interview’s insights at the PRI Show.

Quarter Mile Foundation Chairman, Traci Hrudka, commented: “The generosity of the Performance Racing Industry Show management, and at of Ken Lingenfelter, gave us platforms to expand the Foundation’s inventory of interviews, and gaining some important new perspectives regarding the growth of the sport and the performance aftermarket.

“We were particularly pleased to gain some insight into how the automakers have utilized drag racing and their participation within the performance aftermarket structure to extend their engineering and marketing reaches.”

With the addition of these 25 new interviewees, plus the seven interviews done in Great Britain in November, the Foundation now has 265 interviews of different individuals from the sport and the performance aftermarket.

 

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The Quarter Mile Foundation is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit foundation, which is producing PROJECT 1320, a for-television documentary film series about the history of drag racing and the parallel growth of the performance automotive aftermarket.