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Baca's '06 tribute to 9/11 victims will conclude in Reading
Both helmets, a genuine New York City firefighter's helmet and a special 9/11 tribute racing helmet, were used as the centerpieces of a massive auction to raise money for the Mark Hindy Charitable Foundation, a 501c3 organization that distributes money to children touched by the 9/11 tragedies. Hindy worked on the 104th floor of the
Baca helped New Jersey-based sportsman racer Frankie Cicerale kick off this year's second annual auction on June 15 at the K&N Filters Supernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in New Jersey. The increased awareness Baca generated on ESPN2 and among the professional teams and sponsors in the drag racing community helped Cicerale more than double the amount his raffle raised in it's inaugural year.
"David Baca is a hero to me," Cicerale said. "When he found out what I was doing he jumped in 100 percent. Not only did he take money out of his own pocket, but he got a lot of the pros involved and the
Baca plans to help Cicerale again in 2007 with an even bigger presence on his racecar and a larger area in his hospitality area for fans to see the items that will be raffled off. Baca also will wear next year's helmet in competition to increase its' uniqueness.
But before he looks to next season, Baca will award this year's grand prizes to Ed Alessi Sr. and Sara Winzer. Alessi, a Super Gas racer from Howard Beach, N.Y., who is racing in
"I couldn't be prouder of my role in Frankie's raffle," Baca said. "I got involved in this deal after an unscheduled trip to Ground Zero with my family. The 9/11 attacks really hit home with me that day and I realized how lucky I am to live in this country.
"I have two kids and the Mark Hindy Charitable Foundation gives 100-percent of its proceeds to help children, specifically those touched by the loss we all felt on 9/11 five years ago. I couldn't think of a better cause.
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