SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 3, January 19, 2012

Teen Safe-Driving Organization to Hold Inaugural Benefit Dinner at NHRA Museum

Put on the B.R.A.K.E.S., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teen safe-driver training, will host its Inaugural Southern California Benefit Dinner February 24, at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California. The night will include a special program, dinner, cocktails, silent and live auctions and celebrity guests. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit Doug Herbert's Put on the B.R.A.K.E.S.—Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe—which provides free hands-on driver training to teens.

"The dinner will be our largest fundraiser on the West Coast, and we look forward to hosting our NHRA friends and fans as well as all our B.R.A.K.E.S. supporters. This will be a great night where attendees can mingle with NHRA celebrities and raise money for a great cause. With the support of Tom Compton and the NHRA, B.R.A.K.E.S. has trained nearly 1,000 teens in the Southern California area. This is a great way to promote the NHRA message that racing is for the track and safe defensive driving is what needs to be done on the street," said Doug Herbert NHRA driver and founder of B.R.A.K.E.S.

"We applaud the efforts of Doug Herbert and the B.R.A.K.E.S. program to educate teenage drivers on safe and responsible driving," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "The success of this inaugural benefit dinner will be important to ensure the program’s viability in Southern California for years to come."

Since 2008, B.R.A.K.E.S. has trained more than 3,000 students from 19 states and two countries. The program currently has a waiting list of several hundred students. "Our goals are to double the number of teens we train in 2012, alleviate the waiting list, expand into other states, and be nationwide within the next three to five years." said Hebert.

Those interested in sponsoring or attending the inaugural Southern California Benefit Dinner at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California, are encouraged to visit www.putonthebrakes.org or contact the B.R.A.K.E.S. office at 704-720-3806.

Interested in attending the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active School Driving School at the Pomona Fairplex on February 25 or 26? Register at the B.R.A.K.E.S. website, www.putonthebrakes.org.

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