Heydenreich/Mansfield help MDA

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 10 -- USAC Silver Crown driver Johnny Heydenreich and Restart Communications' President Linda Mansfield were both released yesterday afternoon after they raised a combined total of $1,045 for the Muscular Dystrophy...

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 10 -- USAC Silver Crown driver Johnny Heydenreich and Restart Communications' President Linda Mansfield were both released yesterday afternoon after they raised a combined total of $1,045 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during the "MDA Lock-Up" fund-raiser at the Holiday Inn Select Airport here.

With a free DVD player for the person who raised the most funds that day as an incentive, the pair combined forces and also earned that distinction. MDA officials and Heydenreich agreed that Mansfield should keep the DVD player since she had almost half of the total funds raised as her "bail money" before the "lock-up" began; she spent four hours on the phones to Heydenreich's two; she handled the majority of the paperwork and she supplied the stamps and the thank-you notes.

"I got her into this, so it's the least I could do," Heydenreich said.

"We want to thank all the great people who sent donations or made pledges to do so, but I hope I never have to do that kind of a fund-raiser again," Mansfield said. "After a day at the CARA Charities booth at the PRI Show last week selling raffle tickets, Christmas ornaments and the like and a day this week for MDA, I'm starting to wear a little thin on my friends. Luckily they all do what they can to help good causes like this too."

Mansfield added that the most amusing comment from one of the people she solicited for a donation yesterday came from an American Le Mans Series driver who will remain unnamed who teasingly inquired about how much money the MDA would need to keep her "locked up" and out of trouble for a while.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the MDA on their own may do so by making out a check to "MDA" and mailing it to: Muscular Dystrophy Association, c/o First National Bank & Trust, 3901 W. 86th St., Suite 121, Indianapolis, Ind. 46268-1793.

"Again, we want to thank everyone who contributed very much," Mansfield and Heydenreich stressed.

Donations to CARA Charities may be mailed to 2915 N. High School Rd., Indianapolis, Ind. 46224.

Finally, donations to the not-for-profit group that Mansfield is closest to, the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation, may be mailed to 411 Dorman St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46202. She is the administrator of that organization.

For more information on Johnny Heydenreich, see www.johnnyheydenreich.com. For more information on Restart Communications, see www.restartcommunications.com.

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