For Racing to End Alzheimer’s, the 2020 racing season started off with the most successful fundraising to date; 75 names on their car for the first race. Then covid-19 hit and the season ground to halt. While waiting for the season to restart, they wondered: what could be done to continue to draw attention to this cause?
They had an idea.
On the Road Again: The Ultimate Tour for the Cure is a 3,800-mile cross-country drive from Daytona International Raceway in Florida to WeatherTech Raceway in Laguna Seca. R2ENDALZ founder Phil Frengs is driving a street-legal BMW M4 with racing livery across America.
Along the way he will hand-deliver checks to beneficiaries such as the Nantz National Alzheimer Center and UCLA’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program. Like the No. 80 race car, this M4 is covered with the names and hometowns those being honoured by their friends and family.
In 2019 Demaras Racing teamed up with R2ENDALZ to help raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. In 2020 the IMSA series that R2ENDALZ competes in will not be coming to Mosport, and the “Tour for the Cure” will miss Toronto by a thousand miles, but the Demaras family will follow Phil Frengs’ journey on FB and IG. social media.:
Last week I was honored to have an article published by the Baycrest Foundation about my fundraising effort, my toughest challenge of 2019.
It was a busy racing season. I raced in multiple series; from club races in TRAK and MIKA, to bigger events like the Inter Club Challenge and Motomaster Ron Fellows Karting Championship all the way to the K1 Speed e-World Championships in California. But my greatest challenge was partnering with Racing to End Alzheimer’s to help raise awareness and funds for the Baycrest Foundation. My goal was to show that one person could make a difference.
It started at the IMSA race when I met up with my old karting coach James Vance, who co-pilots the No. 23 R2ENDALZ Audi. I joined the team, with a goal of raising $1,500 for Alzheimer’s research. A few weeks later, I held a fundraiser at Nostalgia Coffee Company in Toronto.
With the support of my personal sponsor, Nostalgia, I was halfway to my fundraising goal. But the second fundraiser would be a team effort. With prizes donated by Goodwood Kartways and Scarboro Subaru, the fundraiser at K1 Speed Toronto put us over the top.
My karting team, Professional Racing Ontario, helped support my endeavor by running special R2ENDALZ livery on all the karts in the final race of the season. Having my teammates behind me meant so much.
When the racing season ended, I visited the Baycrest Hospital to present them with a cheque for over $4,000; the total of all the donations I’d collected, plus the matching funds from R2ENDALZ’s corporate benefactors. Michelle, the Communications Advisor at Baycrest, showed me around the facility, and I was overwhelmed by the size and scope of the work they do. I never felt to small in my life.
Baycrest has a 100 year history in Toronto, and is a global leader in Alzheimer’s and brain research. Seeing the sheer size of the campus made my donation seem like a drop in the bucket. But it’s not just about money. My fundraiser helped get the message out to many in Toronto about the need to fund research.
I got to smile for the camera and get my picture taken with Craig Sharma, a Director at Baycrest and part of their Leadership Team, but the real credit goes to the individuals who donated to the fundraiser, and the businesses who supported the idea including R2ENDALZ, Nostalgia Coffee Company, K1 Speed, Scarboro Subaru, High Definition Installations and In Home Service.
I wanted to take the time to say thank you to everyone in the karting who helped and donated to the fundraisers this year. My goal was to show that one person could make a difference…but the lesson I learned is that by working together as a team, we can all achieve great things together.
Daniel Demaras was mentioned in The Baycrest Foundation’s promotional campaign about Racing to End Alzheimer’s. Daniel’s name being mentioned right before the picture of the No.23 Audi RS3 almost makes it look like he’s a driver! Daniel will certainly let his friends know he isn’t behind the wheel of the race car…yet.
On October 11, the #23 Audi RS3 car will race in the 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge, the 20th season of the IMSA SportsCar Challenge. Through a donation of $250, you can add the name of your loved one and their hometown to the car. Plus! Your donation will be doubled by Racing to End Alzheimer’s’ corporate partner, Legistics.
Racing to End Alzheimer’s is an international movement that has selected Baycrest as its Canadian beneficiary and 100% of the proceeds from this email will directly support Baycrest.
Please consider adding a name to this car, and join the race to end Alzheimer’s! Click the button below to support this initiative.
Daniel Demaras’ successful fundraising efforts for the Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation has earned him a spot in their promotional campaign, right next to the No.23 Audi winning at VIR. It’s just a different kind of finish line.
We’re down to the final few laps, and we’ve got momentum! Including support from 14 other racing teams, a few of which you can see above.
As of right now… 111 names of dementia sufferers are aboard on our Audi RS3. 111 generous donors have honored their loved ones and helped to Fund the Care & Fund the Cure
The last race of the season is at Road Atlanta on October 11, and we’ve got just 2 weeks to add our final honorees. That means we need you to step up now if you haven’t done it.
Let’s keep this going! Every contribution makes a real difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Every dollar works twice as hard, since it’s matched by our corporate sponsors. And 100% of it goes to our charity partners.
Please forward this to your friends and family right now. Let them know this is the last opportunity to add their loved one’s name. The deadline is midnight, Sunday, October 6.
And thank you again for taking the opportunity to honor someone you love, and to help defeat the disease that has so painfully affected families just like yours.
Phil Frengs Founder
(Thanks so much for donating. Please share this with a friend. This is a race we can win.)
After a month of planning, the “Racing to End Alzheimer’s” charity go-kart race took place on Saturday, September 14th at K1 Speed Toronto. It was a great day of racing and fun activities, jam packed with competitors from all over Ontario.
Between the front counter and the track entrance, in the heart of the facility, the R2ENDALZ display was set up. Everyone entering K1 Speed could see something special was happening. The No. 12 PRO / Intrepid / Briggs & Stratton kart raced by Daniel Demaras was on display next to a huge banner of ‘Violet’ the No.23 R2ENDALZ Audi RS3 LMS driven by Vance and Galante in the IMSA series.
Visitors to the kart track stopped by to make their donations to the event, and proudly wore their purple R2ENDALZ wristband, hats and buttons, to show their support. There were even delicious purple frosted cupcakes, courtesy of Nostalgia Coffee Company, which the junior racers ate up in a hurry, while playing a virtual karting game on the big screen TV. While waiting for their turn on track, visitors took part in the fun off-track activities, including a Pit Stop Challenge. Amateur mechanics put their wrenching skills on display at they tried to change two tires on the No. 12 kart quicker than anyone else, with the winner taking home a Google Home Mini courtesy of High Definition Installations.
The main event was the Race to End Alzheimer’s. Divers arrived early and raced hard all day to qualify, by setting one of the the day’s quickest times. At 5:00 pm, qualifying was done and the top drivers were announced; Daniel Chu, Jason Wong, Sebastian Leung, Paulo Fonseca, Logan Goz, Alexander Chong, Dale Goz, Asif Sattaur, Kasper Titus, Junhao Lu and Ryan Dupont. The racers were briefed before their race, and lined up in order of fastest qualifying time.
When the green flag dropped it was a 12 lap dash for glory. Regardless of whether they’re competing for charity or just bragging rights, racers at K1 Speed go all out! Jason took the lead on the first lap from polesitter Daniel, then found himself then locked in a battle with Paolo. Dale and Ryan made contact early on, as Paolo got past Wong with a late braking maneuver into Turn 8. Paulo began to extend his lead as Alexander got past both Jason and Kasper. Paolo Fonseca took the win, with Alexander Chong in second and Jason Wong rounding out the podium. Dale fought hard to finish fourth, Kasper recovered to fifth after a collision. Ryan finished in sixth, while Asif put on a show moving up from last to finish seventh, followed by Daniel, Junhao, Logan and Sebastian.
At the awards presentation, all drivers received a Swag Pack with prizes from Goodwood Kartways, Scarboro Subaru and Carts & Coffee. The Top 3 podium finishers were joined by all the competitors who raced hard to make the R2ENDALZ fundraiser so spectacular. Event organizer Daniel Demaras stood on the top step of the podium, and announced to all gathered that the event had raised $1036.55, far surpassing the day’s fundraising target (and that’s before the online donations had been counted). All racers went home happy, knowing they had raced their hardest, all while helping do something good for charity.
All proceeds from the Racing To End Alzheimer’s event were donated to the Baycrest Foundation in Toronto.
A teen from East York is using his passion for go-karting to drive support for the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
This summer, 15-year-old Daniel Demaras, a competitor with the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, started collecting funds for the Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation. The non-profit organization works to fund the care and find a cure for the chronic neurodegenerative disease. In its first year, Racing to End Alzheimer’s raised $43,500. In year two, more than $100,000 was collected. This year’s fundraising goal is $150,000.
Daniel, who lives with his family near Victoria Park and St. Clair avenues, is aiming to raise $1,500 — or one per cent of that target — by Friday, Sept. 13 when the karting season ends. All of the money he raises will be donated to Toronto’s Baycrest Foundation.
A Grade 11 student at East York Collegiate, Daniel first heard about the cause about a year ago when he spotted a Racing to End Alzheimer’s logo on the side of professional race car driver James Vance’s Audi RS3 LMS. Daniel read up on the charity — which was founded in 2017 by Phil Frengs after his wife, Mimi, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s — and decided to get involved.
In early August, Daniel organized his first go-kart themed fundraiser at East York’s Nostalgia Coffee Co. That event, which included a racing simulator, some giveaways, and photos with Daniel’s go-kart, raised $645.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, Daniel, who had a great-uncle in Greece with Alzheimer’s, is hosting a second fundraiser for Racing to End Alzheimer’s at North York’s K1 Speed Toronto, an indoor go-karting facility at 75 Carl Hall Rd., Unit 9. During the fundraiser, which starts at noon, anyone four-foot-10 or taller can come out and try to qualify for a 12-lap charity race.
Thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes are available to be won during the fundraiser, which will also include games, contests, and activities for junior racers, as well as a raffle and a bake sale. The cost to participate in the main event is $30. Visit www.demaras.com for more details or to make a donation.
When I first came up with the idea to remove the corporate logos from our car’s livery and replace them with the names of people who have been afflicted with Alzheimer’s, it certainly wasn’t in the hopes of starting a movement. Back then, it was just a way to wrest a little control over a disease that had personally left my family reeling.
But now, with 3 racing teams actively fundraising along with another half-dozen competitor vehicles supporting our cause by racing with the Racing to End Alzheimer’s branding on their liveries, it is starting to feel very much like a movement.
Our cars have been seen by more than 1 million live spectators and a broadcast and social audience of over 8 million unique viewers. We’ve partnered with a Film Premiere, been written about in national magazines and interviewed on podcasts and radio shows. Most importantly, though, we’ve collectively raised over $200,000 to date, and that is just the beginning.
But with only two races remaining in the 2019 racing season; this Saturday’s race at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California and the final race of the season on October 11th at the Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway in Atlanta, Georgia, time is running out on your opportunity to place the name of your loved one on our championship race car this year.
Do you want to join our team and become a part of the Racing to End Alzheimer’s movement? If so, I ask that you donate right now at www.r2endalz.org