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AL COPELAND FOUNDATION
BRINGS POWERBOAT RACES BACK TO NEW ORLEANS AREA

Kenner, La., July 3, 2008 - Al Copeland passed away this past Easter Sunday but his family it not going to let Big Al's passion for Offshore Racing die with him. The Copeland family and race producer, Lou Anne Campbell have invited The Offshore Super Series Powerboat Racing Association to make Kenner, LA the fourth stop on the OSS 2008 National Tour. The Al Copeland Memorial Powerboat Race will be held on August 1-3 at Laketown Park . The memorial race weekend is made possible through a donation to the Al Copeland Foundation by AFC Enterprises Inc., parent company of Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken.

Al Copeland loved offshore racing and excelled in the sport during the 1980s and early 1990s. A six-time National Champion, he popularized the sport by partnering with actor Chuck Norris in their Popeye's/Diet Coke race boat. The Copeland family started the foundation after Copeland's death from merkel cell carcinoma. The organization's mission is to fund research for this aggressive and deadly skin cancer. The foundation will benefit from a portion of the proceeds generated from the races.

The foundation is also hosting The Al Copeland Memorial Boat Race Party the evening of Friday, August 1. With several bands, food from the various Copeland restaurants, and incredible live and silent auction items; the party promises to rival the legendary Copeland parties from "back in the day."

Thanks to the Louisiana Air National Guard and all the people that have helped the Copeland family make this race a reality. Please visit www.offshoresuperseries.com to see the current team standings and who will be vying for the points lead and the cash purse in Kenner.

For details about the race and a course map visit www.alcopelandrace.com.
 

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