Zack Stoycoff Staff Writer
CLAREMORE — Debra Wright remembers watching her kids’ classmates walk to class in shoes that barely beat scraps of fabric, coats barely better than t-shirts.
Her kids have long since grown — but apparently so has the problem, she says.
Wright began meeting with teachers of eight local schools this year to start a clothing donation drive for needy kids — the Our Kids Program, as she has come to call it. And the problem is worse than she thought.
“I have heard of one teacher who bought 17 pairs of shoes out of her own money for kids that had none or almost none,” she said. “The thought of these kids breaks my heart.”
Wright and her employers at Suburban Chevrolet in Claremore have started a donation drive at the dealership and are asking locals to donate nice pairs of shoes, coats, stocking caps and gloves.
Wright said she has met with faculty at Catoosa, Chelsea, Claremore, Foyil, Inola, Justus-Tiawah, Oologah and Sequoyah to collect lists of needs for students at each school — right down to shoe sizes, in some cases. Donations will go to students of those schools.
“I have heard of teachers buying coats and stocking caps for kids that are coming to school in temperatures below freezing with no coat,” she said. “As we are all aware, teachers’ pay is not that great. They need our help to help the kids.
“I know the people of Rogers County just have some of the biggest hearts around.”
Donors can call Wright at Suburban Chevrolet at (918) 343-3636 during business hours or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what shoe and coat sizes are still needed. In the meantime, she has found a local sign company to donate fliers to give to businesses.
“I would like to be able to start giving the purchased items to the schools by around the first of August so that they can get them to the kids before school starts so they can start school with a brand new pair of shoes,” she said, although she added the program would likely run through the middle of August.
“Any and all donations will be appreciated and each donation will bring a smile to the face of a child in Rogers County.”
Oklahoma Motorsports Magazine's Feature Article on Keith Haney Racing Article by Brad Heath for Oklahoma Motorsports Magazine If I asked you to name a race team in Oklahoma that runs national events in the NHRA, runs a 6-second car and has a pit crew that features a former top fuel and funny car driver, you might say Mike Edwards. And with the exception of the crew chief you might be right. However, Keith Haney and the Keith Haney Racing Team burst on the scene a few years ago and have never looked back. A force in the Top Sportsman class they have made a name for themselves by being one of the top racing teams in the nation.
Keith Haney's racing career started out like most drag racers, just trying to get to the track on the weekends to bracket race. Hard work in his personal life has allowed Haney to grow his racing career from the modest bracket car to a million dollar operation, a sponsorship of the Top Sportsman class in the NHRA South Central Division and a sponsorship of Clay Millican's Parts Plus/Suburban Chevrolet Top Fuel Dragster.
After a couple of successful seasons, Haney is focused and determined to make 2011 his best yet. An aggressive racing schedule has the Keith Haney racing team traveling to Houston, Dallas, Sonoma CA, Las Vegas, Topeka KS, Belle Rose LA and of course Tulsa. "Everything is new this year. I mean everything with the car is an all new setup, but the crew is still the same," said Haney. And with drag racing legend John Collins twisting on the engine and giving Haney some pointers behind the wheel, this could very well turn into their best season on record.
With all the pieces in place the Keith Haney Racing Team is ready to debut the new car and hit the ground running. As the team grows and continues down the path of success, Haney said he felt they would consider doing more national events. "I do see us doing more national events. We're as big of a team as what you see on T.V. and we're local. We base our operation right here in Oklahoma and we support local racers by sponsoring the Suburban Chevrolet Bracket Series at Tulsa Raceway Park."
Considering where Keith Haney got his start and what he's done to get to this point in his career, this is truly a success story. But people close to Haney will tell you everyone on the team works tirelessly to maintain a level of professionalism that's obvious when you spend time around this team. As for the driver...Keith Haney...well you can bet he's probably up right now studying numbers from last weekend's race, cutting lights on the practice tree or trying to figure out new ways to promote Keith Haney Racing, Stroupe Race Cars and Suburban Chevrolet.
For more information on Keith Haney Racing, visit their website at www.keithhaneyracing.com.To find out more about Haney's car builder visit Stroupe Race Cars at www.strouperacecars.com. Also visit Suburban Chevrolet and support the dealer that supports local racers, www.claremorechevy.com.
Suburban Chevrolet Loves Claremore and Oklahoma we support our community with volunteers, cash money and many other support venues and we engourage you to support your local events also. Below you will find a few events that we sponsor and or take part in.
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SUBURBAN CHEVROLET TO SPONSOR NHRA SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION TOP SPORTSMAN CLASS
GLENDORA, Calif. -- (Nov. 19, 2010) – NHRA announced today that Suburban Chevrolet will sponsor the Top Sportsman class in 2011 for the NHRA South Central Division. The Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman class will run in conjunction with the division’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and make stops in Bell Rose, La., Houston (two stops), Ennis, Texas, Tulsa, Okla., and finish out the season in Noble, Okla. Racers will earn points toward the South Central division Championship with the top three finishers receiving a share of the $3000 purse. The Champion will also be awarded the Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman champion’s jacket and a coveted NHRA Wally trophy. “NHRA Drag Racing is our market,” said Keith Haney, co-owner of Suburban Chevrolet and three other dealerships throughout Oklahoma. “We sell cars to a lot of racers including new and used race cars. We’ve used the partnership as an opportunity to include some of our other companies as well.” Suburban Chevrolet has also had a big presence at Tulsa Raceway Park for more than five years, with involvement in several of the track’s racing programs. Haney also competes in the Top Sportsman class where he finished No. 2 in the NHRA South Central division in 2009. Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks worldwide. As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Two NHRA-sanctioned bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels: the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook , YouTube and Twitter.
|American Cancer Society||Rogers County, OK||Relay for Life Sponsorship|
|American Heart Association||Tulsa, OK||American Heart Association Donation|
|American Red Cross||Claremore, OK||Contribution|
|Black Gold Association||Claremore, OK|
|Boots and BBQ||Claremore, OK||Donation|
|Catoosa Chamber of Commerce||Catoosa, OK||CCofC Golf Tournament Sponsor|
|Chomiski Performance||Amarillo, TX||Tulsa NHRA Evenet|
|City of Claremone||Claremore, OK||Kids Fishing Derby 4th of July|
|City of Claremore Animal Control||Claremore, OK||Dog Expo Sponsorship|
|Claremore Kennel Club||Claremore, OK||Dog Show/Catalogue Ad|
|Claremore Quarterbackk Club||Claremore, OK||Football/Banner|
|Claremore Red Sox||Claremore, OK||Baseball Team Sponsorship|
|Friends Legends Jr. Bull Riding||Donation|
|JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum||Claremore, OK||Contribution|
|Lions Club||Claremore, OK||Green Country All Star Weeken Ad|
|Rogers County Premium Auction||Claremore, OK||FFA/misc Premium Auctions|
|Roger County Youth Explosion||Claremore, OK||Power Up Youth Program|
|Roger County Youth Services||Claremore, OK||Steaks & Sticks Gold Tourn Sponsor|
|Sequoyag Eagles Quarterback Club||Sequoyah, OK||Football Golf Tournament Sponsor|
|Tulsa Raceway Park||Tulsa, OK||Annual & Spring Nationals Sponsor|
|Verdigris Quarterback Club||Verdigris, OK||Verd Football Golf Tourn Sponsor|
|Will Rogers Stampede||Claremore, OK||Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo|
Staff Reports Claremore Progress
CLAREMORE — Rogers County United Way will kick off its annual fundraising effort a new way this year. Campaign chair Ryan Neely and his committee are planning a family outdoor event Thursday, Sept. 16, from 7:30-9 p.m., at the NeMar Center parking lot. Local band “The Vikings” will perform and there will be face painting, clowns, magicians and more. In addition to the carnival atmosphere and entertainment, RCUW agency directors will be on hand to distribute literature on the services they provide to area residents. They will also be giving testimonials throughout the evening.
Sponsors for the kick off include 1st Bank Oklahoma, Melton Sales, RCB Bank and Neely-Barstow.
Several fundraising events already have been slated, including the Chocolate Affair on Oct. 7; Golf Tournament on Sept. 17; and the Holiday Boutique, Nov. 12-13.
RCUW benefits 27 agencies throughout the county that depend on funding received from the annual campaign.
“If it were not for the efforts of volunteers who work tirelessly on the campaign many of these agencies would not be available to our neighbors who need assistance,” said Donna Ross, executive director. “This year’s campaign theme says it best, ‘Live United — Need Never Sleeps.’”