Mike Bagley Returning For Race Fever
Mike “The Bagman” Bagley is returning this year to co-host the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s (AIDB) annual fundraising event, Race Fever, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., October 30, at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Speed Channel Dome at the Talladega Superspeedway. Bagley will join legendary basketball coach Sonny Smith to conduct live, on-stage interviews with some of today’s hottest drivers.
Bagley is the host of Sirius-XM Radio’s The Morning Drive and The Post Race Show. In addition to duties at Sirius, he works the booth for the majority of MRN Radio’s coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and in the turns for MRN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series as a turn announcer.
Started in 1985 by former NASCAR Chairman, the late Bill France Jr., Race Fever is a fast-paced event combining live on-stage driver interviews, an over 200 item silent auction filled with incredible racing memorabilia, live auction containing once-in-a-lifetime race experiences and the opportunity to see and meet your favorite drivers. And, how can we forget the all-you-can-eat BBQ feast, great Southern hospitality and the Speed Channel Dome filled with 1500 of the greatest race fans this side of the Mississippi?
Tickets are only $50 per person or $375 for a table of 8 and are available online at www.racefever.org or by calling (256) 761-3317. Sponsorships are also available!
Race Fever is the only special event fundraiser held each year by the AIDB Foundation, the private fundraising arm of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. Through five campuses in Talladega and eight regional centers throughout Alabama, AIDB serves thousands of children and adults who are deaf, blind and multidisabled each year.
By law, AIDB receives no revenue from tuition or local tax. State and federal law guarantees children and adults with disabilities the right to free and appropriate public education therefore AIDB can not charge tuition as colleges and universities do. And as a state entity, AIDB does not receive revenue from local taxes as virtually all city and county public schools do each year.
Approximately ninety percent (90%) of funding for AIDB’s schools and services budget is provided through an appropriation from the Alabama Legislature. When our governor declared proration of the Special Education Trust Fund in mid-December of 2008, we were forced to cut over $4.6 million immediately from our budget. The cuts impacted many areas including program support, equipment purchases, building and dormitory maintenance. It also resulted in 55 staff members losing their jobs and another 44 positions frozen.
Race Fever proceeds are always important by helping provide for many classroom and dormitory needs of AIDB’s students and clients – but never so important as in this time of budget cuts.
About Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
Since 1858, AIDB has been a leader in education and rehabilitation services for Alabama’s sensory impaired children and adults. AIDB has five campuses in Talladega and a network of Regional Centers across the state with location in; Auburn, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.
In 2009, Talladega Superspeedway proudly celebrates forty years of the most competitive racing in NASCAR. While the track has seen changes made to the cars that circle its high-banks, the surface that they race on and the grandstands that thousands of fans fill twice a year, one constant remains; Talladega Superspeedway is authentic NASCAR racing at its finest.
Race fans should make plans now to experience HALLOW-DEGA during the AMP Energy 500 weekend, Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. This weekend features the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mountain Dew 250 fueled by Fred’s and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AMP Energy 500. For information on tickets, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CDT, Monday- Friday.