LOocal racers, artists raise funds for charity

CAMPBELL, Calif - Los Gatos native Jennifer Tumminelli, only the second woman to ever compete in an American Le Mans Series sports car race, will be a featured guest on Friday, Aug. 18, during a charitable function to raise money for the Greater...

CAMPBELL, Calif - Los Gatos native Jennifer Tumminelli, only the second woman to ever compete in an American Le Mans Series sports car race, will be a featured guest on Friday, Aug. 18, during a charitable function to raise money for the Greater Bay Area ÒMake-A-Wish Foundation in historic downtown Campbell.

Tumminelli will be joined by San Jose's James Randolph, a star rider in the American Motorcyclist Association, the top motorcycle road-racing circuit in the country. Tumminelli pilots the high-flying #67 Scient sponsored Porsche 996 GT3R in the American Le Mans Series.

Tumminelli and Randolph will be at the event in support of local artist Chucke Walkden, who has captured some of the most telling moments from Bay Area motorsports events. Walkden, a San Jose resident, has been shooting motorsports for 10 years and is the official photographer for Sears Point Raceway, which hosts the annual NASCAR Winston Cup Race, the largest single-day sporting event in all of Northern California. He is also the primary photographer for the Pacific Offshore Powerboard Racing Association and a staff shooter for Laguna Seca Raceway.

The event will be held on Aug. 18 from 5-8 p.m. at the Kensington Art Center in Campbell (408-376-0231).

Some of Walkden's art includes: Jeff Gordon (NASCAR), Dale Earnhardt (NASCAR), John Force (NHRA), Gary Scelzi (NHRA), Nicky Hayden (Superbikes) and Miguel Duhamel (Superbikes).

" I'm really excited about having this opportunity to share my passion and experiences with both fans of art and motorsports," Walkden said. "But even more importantly, it's an opportunity to help children that are battling a life-threatening illness."

Walkden's collection will includes photographs from NASCAR, CART, NHRA Drag Racing, American Le Mans Series Sports Cars, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and World Superbike. Walkden will also feature a section on Power Boats and Unlimited Hydros. It will be a collection unparalleled in the Bay Area.

The entire collection will be on display from Aug. 12 - Sept. 2. The Kensington Art Center is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday -Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The Greater Bay Area ÒMake-A-Wish Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization whose purpose is to fulfill magical wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. <pre> FACTS

WHERE: Kensington Art Center in Historic Downtown Campbell, which is located at 347 E. Campbell Avenue next to the Orchard Valley Coffee Shop. Phone 408-376-0231

WHEN:  The reception featuring Chucke and the racers will be held Friday,
August 18, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  The collection will be on display from August 12
- September 2.  The Art Center is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday -Friday
and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday.  The Art Center is closed on Race Day.
COST:  Admission to view the collection during normal business hours is
free.  An RSVP for the reception is requested for preparation purposes.

WHAT TO EXPECT: 1. The largest collection of Motorsports photography in the Bay Area;

2. Those attending the reception will mingle with the drivers and share experiences with Walkden;

3. Drivers will autograph original shots of themselves taken by Walkden;

4. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided for those attending the reception;

5. A raffle will be held at 7 p.m. for various racing related prizes;

6. The grand prize winner will chose a 20X30 framed piece from the displayed collection (The grand prize excludes items from Walkden's personal collection.)

NOTE:

100% of the proceeds from the raffle will go to The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation along with donations from local businesses and a percentage of sales from the showing.

FOR MORE INFO:

For more info or to RSVP for the reception, please call Tomas O. Garley at 408-733-5251 or e-mail ogarley@aol.com.

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