COMPANY- SPONSORED GIVING Throughout the year, Advance contributed to a range of industry-related organizations, including the TechForce Foundation, which supports educational opportunities for aspiring automotive technicians; and the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation, which supports the needs of members who have experienced catastrophic illnesses or accidents. In addition, we provided gifts to deserving nonprofits in the communities where we live and work, sometimes in response to unexpected events. For example, this year we gifted $50,000 to the United Way of Kentucky, which set up a fund to support those impacted by last fall’s devastating tornadoes. We also continued our support of key partners, including the American Heart Association, Building Homes for Heroes and Brakes for Breasts. AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION – JOINING THE FIGHT AGAINST HEART DISEASE AND STROKE In 2021, our American Heart Association campaign raised a record-setting $1.7 million, a 21 percent increase over 2020. This included fundraising at more than 5,700 Advance and independently owned Carquest stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico through the Life is Why™ campaign, as well as team member participation in the 2021 Triangle (NC) Heart Walk and individual donations. In addition, several Advance executives joined the Triangle’s American Heart Association Executives with Heart program, which asks participants to fundraise or donate a minimum of $5,000 each.
DISTRIBUTION CENTERS RAISE THE BAR IN AMERICAN HEART
For the second year in a row, our Advance DCs joined our fundraising effort for the American Heart Association, contributing tens of thousands of dollars to this worthy cause. Team members came together in novel ways by hosting sports tournaments, creating special lunches and even inviting leaders to participate in a dunk tank to raise money. Among the top DC fundraisers were Thomson, GA, Houston, TX, Delaware, OH, and Buffalo, NY.
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