FORCE HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO 'CHIPS 4 KIDS' DRIVE 13-Time Champ Only Civilian Honoree at 'CHP Day' Function MONTEBELLO, Calif. -- John Force, the 13-time NHRA POWERade Champion, was among more than 30 individuals honored at...
FORCE HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO 'CHIPS 4 KIDS' DRIVE
13-Time Champ Only Civilian Honoree at 'CHP Day' Function
MONTEBELLO, Calif. -- John Force, the 13-time NHRA POWERade Champion, was among more than 30 individuals honored at the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County's "CHP Day" at the Quiet Cannon Country Club.
Chief Gary Dominguez hosted the event which acknowledged members of the California Highway Patrol who made significant sacrifices or contributions during the previous year. Included was a moment of silence for the six CHP officers who lost their lives the past year in the line of duty.
Force, who attended with members of the John Force Racing, Inc., staff, was the only honoree not directly involved with the CHP. He was awarded "Lifetime Member" status for his continued support of the "CHiPs 4 Kids" toy drive.
John Schrader and Edward Trickey of the CHP's 11-99 Foundation introduced the 119-time NHRA tour winner and detailed his long term support of the CHP.
Force's annual Holiday Car Show, held each December at team headquarters in Yorba Linda, is a major contributor to the "CHiPs 4 Kids" toy drive which provides Christmas presents for underprivileged children. Admission to the show is one unwrapped toy per person, each of which is donated to the CHP.
Among the other guests in a crowd of more than 200 were Erik Estrada, star of the bygone "CHIPS" television series, and Rudy Moreno, the Latino Comedian of the Year.
"I am proud to have received the 11-99 Award and the recognition of the CHP," Force said. "I am most proud of the fact that I was in the same room as individuals who, much like our military, dedicate their lives and sometimes, unfortunately, give up their lives for us."