EVENTS

Demo derby and car show headline benefit effort

GATEHOUSE NEWS SERVICE

The 2013 Jackie (Carey) English Alpha 1 Awareness Demolition Derby and Car Show will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Cambridge.

The car show will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the grandstand and the demolition derby starts at 2 p.m.

"Last year's event was so popular and everyone felt such an overwhelming sense of selflessness in bringing awareness to Alpha 1, and supporting Jackie and her family, that coordinators of the event decided do it again this year" noted Misty Wilson, organizer for the event. "I'm proud to announce that Viola Boyz Demolition will be donating their services again to run the event, and we are hoping for another great day that will help raise awareness for Alpha 1 and also continue to help Jackie".

Proceeds from the 2012 benefit fundraiser helped English - who is known in the AlWood area partially through her family's participation in Ridgewood co-op sports - pay down on medical bills that were mounting with no way for her to pay since she didn't qualify for health insurance due to her condition and she is currently unable to work. English is still dealing with her illness on a daily basis and is continually acquiring more mounting medical bills.

Information about the event, rules and payouts can be viewed at www.facebook.com/JackieCareyEnglishDemolitionDerbyFundraiser. For information about the Demolition Derby contact Rick Dobbels at (309) 507-1974 or Chad Kinzie at(309) 373-3921. A minimal donation for grandstand entrance to watch the demo and a 50/50 drawing will be held.

A "People's Choice Award" will be awarded for the public's favorite car displayed during the "Alpha 1 awareness car show," and the winner will be announced at the end of the Demolition Derby. To enter a car in the car show a minimal donation will be collected. In lieu of door prizes for the car show, each entry in the car show will receive free admission to the demo.

For information about the Car Show contact Tonya Henry at (309) 781-0314.

Food vendors and "DJ Dave" (Dave Beck) will be on site, and additional special presentations will be made during the Demolition Derby. "Alpha 1" information will be on hand during the event and t-shirts will also be available.

Individual or business sponsorships are currently being sought to help sponsor the event, if interested in sponsoring the demo or car show with donations towards purse or trophies contact Wilson at (309) 525-3796 or e-mail tomistywilson171@hotmail.com. Sponsors will be recognized for their donation.

English, 43, lives in Cambridge and is the wife to David. They have three children Michael, Danyelle and Tyler English, and one granddaughter, Skyler. English is an advocate for "Alpha 1" and works tirelessly to help others who have been diagnosed with the often misdiagnosed disease. Information about Alpha 1 can be viewed at www.alph1.org, or information can be obtained directly from English by E-mailing her at jackieenglish@live.com. A support group has been established for those diagnosed with the disease, or for those that want to help with supporting those affected by Alpha 1. Information can be viewed at www.openarmsforalpha1@gmail.com.