Pomona II: Don Schmacher Racing fund raiser

MAIL TERMINAL SERVICES, U.S. ARMY AND RACERS FOR CHRIST TO HONOR MTS EMPLOYEES IN POMONA POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2007) - Mail Terminal Services, sponsor of the Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driven by Jack Beckman in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing...

MAIL TERMINAL SERVICES, U.S. ARMY AND RACERS FOR CHRIST TO HONOR MTS EMPLOYEES IN POMONA

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2007) - Mail Terminal Services, sponsor of the Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car driven by Jack Beckman in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing series, this weekend will recognize two of its employees from the Newark, N.J., Military Mail Terminal (MMT), a division of Mail Terminal Services which sorts and distributes up to 500,000 pounds of mail to war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Monique Walters and Jorge Santos will enjoy a unique U.S. Army team experience this weekend at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., and Racers for Christ will receive nearly $9000 from a charity auction held on ebay.

Ms. Walters and Mr. Santos will be flown out to Pomona and treated to Don Schumacher Racing VIP hospitality tickets, full event passes for the weekend, and in one qualifying session four-time Top Fuel champion Schumacher will wear a specially-designed helmet which he will sign at the end of the run and present to them.

For the purpose of recognizing two of the top performing MMT employees and to support Tony Schumacher, the U.S. Army team and Racers for Christ, MTS, through President and CEO Rodger Comstock, last August purchased the helmet at an ebay.com auction to benefit Racers for Christ.

"It's important to recognize that Ms. Walters and Mr. Santos are just two of the top performing employees in the Military Mail Terminal," said Comstock. "There's another 130 who are out there putting out 500,000 pounds of mail a day into the war zones. These two people were selected by their supervisors and their peers as the two top performers and they represent the outstanding attitude and the focus that these people have. So, it's important for me and all of us at MTS to recognize their efforts as we continue to work towards the successful distribution of all the mail that goes into the war zones."

Said Larry Smiley who, along with wife Linda are chaplains for the NHRA through Racers for Christ: "Tony Schumacher has always supported Linda and me. We do a bible study every Saturday with Tony and he's donated money along the way and it's been very appreciated.

"A year ago at this race Tony gave me a helmet and he said, 'I think if you will auction this helmet on ebay.com you will get more money for it. We held on to it all through the year and I finally decided I'd better go ahead and get it on ebay.

"We did not know whether it would bring $500 or $5000, or whatever. And we were very pleasantly surprised with the activity that it showed and most of the activity was in the last few minutes. And I was surprised because we had it on for 10 days.

"We are very thankful to Rodger and Karen Comstocks for winning this on ebay and giving it to their employees. It will help further the ministry of Racers for Christ and allow Linda and me to continue to minister out here, as we have for years.

"It sold for $8988. It was at $3550 and in the last four minutes it went from $3550 to $8988. I was really surprised when I found out that it was Rodger who got it. The gentleman who was in second place who really bid it up, called Roger the next day and he said, 'I've got to know, it's eating at me. Did I miss this helmet by $50?' 'Oh no,' Rodger told him, 'I would have gone to as much as it would take to get it.' So the guy's really thankful that he didn't bid it short.

"We're going to do this again," added Smiley, "and I'm sure this guy is going to play very close attention and hopefully he'll be able to win it next time."

-credit: dsr

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Series Charity , NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Jack Beckman