The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is warning that the fastest show on earth might not resume in 2021 unless it can raise $500,000 in charitable donations by the end of the year. Races were canceled this year due to Covid-19.
“We’re asking our fans and supporters to help show 2020 that it won’t get the best of us,” said Fred Telling, CEO of RARA. The organization noted that it lost money on the 2019 races due in part to a $160,000 increase in insurance premiums. RARA said its past pleas for individual donations, the call to either roll-over or donate 2020 tickets, and the receipt of emergency federal pandemic aid has not been enough to fund overhead and planning costs for 2021 races.
RARA has already reduced its full-time staff by 75 percent, down to just two employees, and its new “Save The Races” campaign appears to be its last chance to save next year’s races. RARA is a charitable 501(c)3 organization.