The tire dealer got an early start on its fundraising for 2016. Days after the 2015 golf tournament Black’s Tire owner and president Ricky Benton was named Modern Tire Dealer’s 2015 Tire Dealer of the Year. MTD and Benton’s suppliers donated $10,500 to a charity of his choice.
Benton’s son, Rick Benton, says, “I don’t know how we’re going to do it, but our goal is still to surpass what we did last year.”
One new thing this year is a lineup of silent auction items. The proceeds from tickets for the silent auction will build a scholarship fund for selected children from the Boys and Girls Homes to help them advance their education after high school.
“It’s going to help the kids that are working hard. We’re trying to find unique ways to help them even when they get out of school,” says Rick Benton.
Since 2014 Black’s Tire has combined its golf tournament with a family day. Every Black’s Tire employee is invited, along with his or her family. The company also invites many of its business partners to the event as well. “They feel like part of the family,” Rick Benton says.
Noble’s been known to bring in a dunking booth and tell Ricky Benton and his sons to take turns. “I was one of the lucky ones for the dunking booth last year,” Rick Benton says.