posted January 29, 2001 02:07 AM
GEORGIE STEVENSON MEMORIAL AUCTION SET AT BIG DIAMOND CAR SHOW;
DONATIONS BEING SOUGHT FOR FEBRUARY 24 FUND RAISER
The annual Georgie Stevenson Memorial Auction will be held on Saturday
night, February 24 at 4 PM as part of the Big Diamond Raceway Car Show at the
Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville, PA. The auction supports the Georgie
Stevenson Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization that benefits
chronically and terminally ill children and their families in Schuylkill,
Berks, Lebanon, Dauphin and Luzerne Counties of Pennsylvania.
The memorial fund was started in memory of George Stevenson, Jr., who
passed away at the age of 12 after suffering from cancer. In his short life,
Georgie helped many people through his efforts to raise money for research
for cures for serious diseases. The goal of this fund, started and
administered for 27 years by the Stevenson Family, is to continue Georgie's
efforts to help as many children and families as possible.
The Stevenson Family is currently seeking donations for this year's
auction. Any donations are greatly appreciated. In past years items auctioned
included autographed racing apparel, sports collectibles, body panels from
race cars, photographs, newspaper and magazine subscriptions, organization
memberships, and other items, both race related and non-racing items.
In recent years, several racing teams and made special Pit Crew
Experience opportunities available to bidders. The successful bidder for each
of these awards becomes a pit crew member for one night of racing including
pit admission, photographs with the driver, pit privileges and participation
in the winner's circle celebration should their team win on that race night.
In the past drivers who have participated in this program at Big Diamond
Raceway are defending track champion Keith Hoffman, Craig Von Dohren, Jeff
Strunk, Shawn Fitzpatrick, John Deatrich, Jr. and others.
Also added to this year's auction, courtesy of Ken Rogers and Grandview
Speedway will be a ride in Grandview's two-seater modified prepared by Ray
Swinehart and J&L Speed Equipment of Bechtelsville, PA. One of the drivers at
Grandview will give the lucky bidder the ride of a lifetime as he or she
finds out what it is like to toss a dirt track modified into the corners at
the popular Bechtelsville oval.
For over 20 years, the annual Georgie Stevenson Memorial Twin-20's over
the Fourth of July holiday at Big Diamond was used to raise sponsorship money
for the memorial fund. Sponsors were given billing as sponsors of the Twin-20
race, while much of the money went directly into the Georgie Stevenson
Memorial Fund. With Mr. Stevenson's health preventing him from being as
active as necessary to continue to make this fund raiser so successful, the
memorial race now only collects funds at the track for the fund. Although the
funds collected are substantial, this auction has now become the chief fund
Donations for the auction can be sent to Georgie Stevenson Memorial, 101
East Savory Street, Pottsville, PA 17901. If the items are large and need to
be picked-up or for information, call George Stevenson at (570) 622-8768.
TEAMS REMINDED TO RESERVE SPACE IN MALL SHOW NOW
Big Diamond Raceway will hold their annual Fairlane Village Mall Car
Show one week earlier this year, February 18 through 24, in Pottsville, PA as
announced earlier. Race teams wishing to participate in the show are urged to
contact Joann Roehrig at the Big Diamond Raceway offices by phone at (570)
544-6434, by fax at (570) 544-6720 or by mail at P.O. Box 298, Minersville,
Already confirmed are the L70 of Scranton modified regular, Larry
Kelleher, as well as the Grandview Speedway's two-seater modified stock car
and many others. The mall has limited space but with the move or the date to
avoid a show conflict started last year should double the number of cars
participating in the show.
Teams are reminder that the cars will go into the mall between 5 and 6
PM on Sunday, February 18, well after the expected conclusion of the Daytona
500! Likewise the cars will leave the show after the mall closes on February
24, permitting teams also participating the Reading shows to do so.