Mike Nader's idea of getting away from a busy legal practice at Baker & Daniels LLP probably wasn't quite like what fellow lawyers had in mind for themselves one Saturday. After running in the Baker & Daniels-sponsored Fort-4-Fitness half marathon, Nader then drove a car in the Brooks Construction Company charity demolition derby at Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne on September 26.
Although his car was not the last one running after six heats by 58 drivers, Nader returned safely to work on Monday morning. "I would have thought learning to drive in the Detroit area would have better prepared me for this event," Nader said.
The real winners in the event were northeast Indiana charities, which received $50,000. Local companies sponsored, built, decorated and then destroyed demolition derby cars - all to raise money for the local charity of their choice.
Nader competed in the No. 127 Baker & Daniels car, aptly sporting a "Law and Disorder" decal on the side. His charity of choice was the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.
The event was a one-of-a-kind charity demolition derby to celebrate a "Century of Excellence" in business by Brooks Construction. Festivities included hayrides, bonfires, music by the bands John Kirkwood & Company and Actual Size, and a grand fireworks display. An estimated 5,000 people attended the all-day celebration, the Dupont Times of Fort Wayne reported.
"We are humbled and honored that so many companies would participate to raise money for local charities," Brooks Construction third-generation co-owner John Brooks said. "It has been a very satisfying way to give back to the community that has been so good to us over the years."