BIAI Benefit Adds Sponsors

ATA Aviation Training Academy Joins Conour-Doehrman and Nelson Residential Communities as Sponsors of Annual Brain Injury Benefit INDIANAPOLIS, March 22, 1999 – With the third annual benefit for the Brain Injury Association of Indiana...

ATA Aviation Training Academy Joins Conour-Doehrman and Nelson Residential Communities as Sponsors of Annual Brain Injury Benefit

INDIANAPOLIS, March 22, 1999 – With the third annual benefit for the Brain Injury Association of Indiana just two months away, corporate support for the cause is growing. The May 22 dinner and memorabilia auction hosted by three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford at Indianapolis Raceway Park now has support from three area sponsors in its bid to raise $50,000. Indianapolis based ATA Aviation Training Academy announced that they have reached an agreement to become a sponsor of the event. They join the Indianapolis law firm of Conour-Doehrman and Carmel, Ind. housing developer Nelson Residential Communities which both recently signed on for 1999 after participating last year. The BIAI event, which is now in its third year, features an auto racing theme and is built around the “Coca-Cola 100” USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series race at Indianapolis Raceway Park on the same evening. Guests will have the opportunity to eat a meal hosted by Rutherford, participate in a memorabilia auction and then join race fans to cheer on their favorite USAC drivers. The emcee for the evening will be television personality and sports marketing consultant Larry Nuber. The inaugural event in 1997 was hosted by Indy legend Parnelli Jones and his son Page, while last year’s dinner was hosted by Pep Boys Indy Racing League standout Roberto Guerrero. In its first two years the effort has already raised over $56,000. One new feature this year is that each sponsor of the BIAI effort will also become an honorary sponsor of a USAC team for the evening, giving the event supporters added interest in the race. Several USAC teams, including several race favorites, have already agreed to participate by placing decals on their car. ATA Aviation Training Academy is new to the BIAI fundraising effort this year. Founded in 1992 in Indianapolis, they are regarded as one of the most modern aviation training schools in the United States. Their status as an airframe and powerplant technology training facility owned by a major airline--American Trans Air--allows them to train their students in an active airline environment. The law firm of Conour-Doehrman has worked closely with brain injury survivors and their families for years. They not only participate as a sponsor of the event, but they are actively involved in planning the event through attorney Dan Chamberlain. Wayne Nelson of Nelson Residential Communities is himself a brain injury survivor. This particular BIAI fundraising effort was actually Nelson’s idea back in early 1997 when he approached USAC and the BIAI with the concept. Since that time he has not only been involved financially but has also helped with planning. The public is invited to purchase tickets to attend this event. Tickets are $125, a portion of which may be tax deductible, and are available by calling the BIAI office at (317) 356-7722. Groups may also inquire regarding rates for full tables. Space for this event is limited so interested parties are encouraged to inquire quickly. The Brain Injury Association of Indiana is a non-profit organization based in Indianapolis seeking to promote awareness, understanding and prevention of brain injury through education, advocacy and community support services throughout Indiana. The BIAI became the first chartered chapter of the Brain Injury Association (formerly National Head Injury Foundation) in 1981.

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Series USAC
Drivers Roberto Guerrero , Johnny Rutherford