2009 ABRA Banquet will be held in Madison, IndianaPosted: Updated:
The 2009 American Boat Racing Association annual meeting and Awards Banquet will be held February 13 and 14 in Madison, Ind. home of the 2008 national champion team, Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison.
In a joint announcement, Madison Mayor Tim Armstrong and ABRA Chairman Sam Cole were in agreement that Madison is the perfect place to honor its hometown team along with the 2008 ABRA series awards recipients.
"We are excited to be able to host this annual event," said Mayor Armstrong. "We will do everything possible to roll out the red carpet and show the Hydroplane aficionados and racing fans that Madison is the best place in America to celebrate our first national championship."
Cole agreed, stating, "We have been looking for the right place to hold this year's dinner and this will give our fans in Madison and the Midwest an opportunity to attend a celebration they've waited more than forty years to have. We plan on this being one of the most memorable evenings in the sport's history."
The dinner will be held at Madison's Livery Stable on Broadway, the evening of the 14th. A crowd of 250 is expected. The ABRA meetings will be held the evening of the 13th and during the day on the 14th in the City of Madison office building.
"I really want to acknowledge the efforts of Tim (Mayor Armstrong) for really getting behind this idea and making it work. He has personally called hotel and motel owners to help arrange accommodations, he's opened up City Hall and who knows what else," Cole added.
This is the first time that the powerboat association's annual gathering has been held in Madison, site of the annual Indiana Governor's Cup Regatta. Previous ABRA meetings have been held in Seattle, Indianapolis and Las Vegas.
Both Armstrong and Cole have pledged to try and do more for this event, including possible live streaming of the dinner and annual meeting on the ABRA web site, broadcasting the awards celebration on the internet via WORX and WIKI radio web sites.
"We want to showcase Madison as the destination that it is and embrace our tradition around hydroplane racing," Mayor Armstrong continued. "What our racing team accomplished last year ranks right up there with our High School sports championships and the 1971 Gold Cup victory by the Miss Madison. It is a tradition we want to preserve."
Details about tickets for the Awards Banquet, lodging information and specifics on the Annual Meeting will be forthcoming. Interested fans may contact the ABRA office at 877-783-RACE or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are names and contacts for hotels in the City of Madison courtesy of Mayor Tim Armstrong's office:
Clifty Inn 812-265-4135-Talk to Janet
Riverboat Inn 812-265-2361-Talk to Kathy
Holiday Inn 812-265-1111
Hillside Inn 812-265-3221
Country Hearth Inn 812-273-0757
Best Western 812-273-5151
Bed & Breakfasts:
Windy Hill Bed & Breakfast 888-687-5863
Madison Fudge Factory & Guest Suites 812-273-5378
Hendricks-Beall Bed & Breakfast 812-273-8430
Lanham House Bed & Breakfast 812-273-3198
Schussler House Bed & Breakfast 812-273-2068
Vintage View Bed & Breakfast 812-265-6856