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Alumnus is ‘Winged Warrior’ for hospitalized children

A child from the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis signs a racecar used at this year’s Winged Warrior Performance Challenge & Car Show. The event raises money for the children’s hospital.
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Kevin Butterfield, D.C., Davenport ’91, and his wife, Greta, started a charity tradition years ago with a toy drive in their Connersville, Ind., office for children hospitalized at Riley Hospital for Children, in Indianapolis. That initial effort has grown into a full-blown annual charity event, the Winged Warrior Performance Challenge & Car Show, an automotive performance shootout, car show and spectator event. Winged Warrior III took place May 12, 2007, at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis and raised $15,288 for Riley Hospital for Children.

Competitors for the Winged Warrior performance challenge are organized into two teams—Team Import and Team USA—and come from varied backgrounds with many different types of cars, from race prepped to stock. There were more than 450 entrants for the 120 spots available to race at this year’s event, Dr. Butterfield said, and participants included many D.C.s as well as M.D.s, “so it’s a true M.D./D.C. battle for a great cause.”

Dr. Butterfield adds, “I put on my car’s bumper ‘Dr. Butterfield’s Honorary Co- Pilots’ and the kids sign the car and wish us luck. The event is for those kids, and if they are too sick to come and watch, they can be part of the event by signing and ‘blessing’ the car. Parents, siblings and grandparents also sign the car in memory of a child who has passed away, which is very humbling.”

Each year, Winged Warrior draws an average of 5,000 spectators. For more information on the event, go to www.wingedwarrior.net.

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