AIM helps raise funds for Camp Boggy Creek

AIM & Boggy Creek David Donohue celebrated Independence Day by winning the Frisselle Brothers Invitational Mini-Golf Tournament at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla., but the big winner was the camp, as Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series drivers...

AIM & Boggy Creek

David Donohue celebrated Independence Day by winning the Frisselle Brothers Invitational Mini-Golf Tournament at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla., but the big winner was the camp, as Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series drivers and teams contributed approximately $30,000 during the annual fundraising event. To date, the series and its participants have donated more than $500,000 to Boggy Creek, one of the Hole in The Wall Camps founded by actor Paul Newman for children who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Donohue, who drives for Brumos Racing, won by one stroke over AIM Autosport fabricator Jason Willis after seven holes of a lightning tie-breaking round. Brad Frisselle was third, beating his sons Brian and Burt, who organized the tournament.

"That was a pressure-cooker! Holding off Scott [Pruett] and Colin [Braun] and Max [Angelelli] at Mid-Ohio was a snap compared to this mini-round. I was as nervous as you could possibly imagine," Donohue said, comparing golf to racing. "I've been here before. What they do here is really touching and I encourage anybody to come out and learn about the camp. Hopefully, I'll come back again -- and defend my championship."

Defending tournament champion Burt Frisselle pledged a $50 donation for every golfer who finished ahead of him, double if SunTrust executive David Pijot beat him. Frisselle's 11th-place finish behind Pijot drew a cheque for $1000.

"I was shooting for the top spot, but I'm actually glad I was 11th because it gives me a chance to help the camp even more and that's what today's all about," Frisselle said. "It's a special place; I'm proud to be a part of it and proud to be able to help. What they're doing here is so special and great that I just want to raise the awareness of it. The Grand-Am community is full of very generous people with a lot of resources and I think that showed today."

It was a less-expensive but equally meaningful day for Brian Frisselle.

"I have to thank [Boggy Creek vice-president] Sarah Gurtis, who makes this possible, and all the amazing employees and volunteers at Camp Boggy Creek," he said. "Every time we come here, it's special and this was extra-special because there are more people involved. I can't say enough great things about this camp."

The kids enjoyed it, too, especially the campers who were selected to play golf with the Grand-Am guests. Their leader, camp director Dorcas Tomasek, was elated with the day.

"It's really important for anybody who's unaware of Camp Boggy Creek to come out and see camp when it's alive, when kids are present," she said. "For someone to take time out of their week when they're up against a big race and to come here and just play with our kids is so meaningful. I am always honoured to share this place with anyone who's willing to listen."

The lone Canadian series entrant, AIM Autosport, showed up in force at Boggy Creek, with the entire crew participating. Team co-owner Ian Willis said they gained as much as they gave -- and he issued a challenge to the competition.

"With Burt and Brian being so active in Camp Boggy Creek, we thought it would be a good idea to bring everybody out," he explained. "In racing, we're always so busy, we don't get a chance to see what's behind a name. Camp Boggy Creek is on our car, but now everybody within the team knows what it means. That will get the word out, and that's worth everything. We challenge the other teams to have all their crew members show up at next year's event, so the Frisselle golf classic will continue to grow."

Crew chief Kevin O'Reilly plans to add an extra Boggy Creek tribute to AIM's No. 61 Daytona Prototype this week -- a pair of "googly eyes" affixed to the car's camp decals. The eyes are used on most miniature race cars built at camp to add downforce and mega-speed.

-credit: -- aimautosport.com --

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Series Charity , Grand-Am
Drivers David Donohue , Paul Newman , Burt Frisselle , Brian Frisselle