Drag racing to raise money for SABRA

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 9, 2004

On July 24, visitors to the Dallas County Drag Strip will be saving lives.

For that day of racing, proceeds from ticket sales will go to the SABRA Sanctuary women’s domestic violence and sexual assault shelter.

“We’re just delighted,” Nancy Travis, head of SABRA, said.

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SABRA serves domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Dallas, Perry and Wilcox Counties.

This year, the state legislature didn’t cut the organization’s funding, but unfortunately, they’re still operating at about a third of their original budget.

In the last few years, the state, the primary source of income for SABRA has consistently cut their budget to help meet financial concerns in Alabama’s General Fund budget.

To Travis, that makes this month’s fundraiser even more important.

“We’ve been cut so much in the last few years,” Travis said. “I love somebody doing something to (give) us some money.”

The Dallas County Drag Strip is joining with several other local companies to put the event together. Sponsors include Bama Budweiser, Moore-Stewart Honda, Victor Nissan and Pepsi.

The show will include drag races throughout the day, an imported car show, live music, barbecue and door prizes every hour.

“We will be there and have information on our services,” Travis said.

Tickets will cost $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Gates open at 8 a.m. on July 24. The races are expected to last most of the day.

For more information, or to buy tickets, contact Victor Nissan, Moore-Stewart Honda or SABRA. Travis can be reached at 877-4645. To enter a car in the races or the car show, contact Vincent Grizanti at 872-1955.

For information on domestic violence or sexual assault, call the SABRA hotline at 1-800-650-6522, or 874-8711. The lines are open 24 hours.