American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) is giving $170,000 to three charities with proceeds from its 27th annual ATD Charity Classic golf tournament.
Thompson House, Friendship Trays and The Independence Fund will share the $170,000, which is a combination of money raised with contributions from ATD's vendor partners participating in the golf tournament, as well as a contribution from the tire wholesaler. The tournament has contributed more than $1.5 million to local and national non-profit organizations.
“ATD is made up of people and partners who not only want to be the best in the business, but also want to support the communities in which we live and work,” says Stuart Schuette, CEO of ATD. “For nearly three decades, we provide an opportunity to give back through our charity tournament, and we want to thank all our partners whose generous contributions, along with ATD’s direct gift, have made it possible to support this year’s worthy recipients.”
ATD donated $100,000 to The Independence Fund at the ATD Charity Golf Tournament awards dinner. The Independence Fund's mission is to move our nation’s severely injured veterans toward greater independence. The charity distributes TrackChairs, which are customized wheelchairs, to qualifying veterans to provide them with improved mobility.
In addition to The Independence Fund, this year’s event also supported two Charlotte-area nonprofits: Friendship Trays and Thompson House each received a $35,000 contribution.
“We are fortunate to have ATD in our own backyard,” says Alex Reardon, chief development officer at Thompson House. “The generosity of their vendors and employees will enable Thompson to continue to work to strengthen children, families and the community.”
Thompson provides clinical and prevention services for children and families in need across Mecklenburg County.
Friendship Trays’ “Meals on Wheels” program aims to deliver nutritious, diet specific meals to individuals throughout the community who are unable to prepare meals for themselves and have no one to do it for them, regardless of age or ability to pay. “ATD’s donation will allow us to provide 4,600 meals to those in need in and around the Charlotte area,” says Lani Lawrence, director of friendship with Friendship Trays. "We were thrilled to be part of a great event with a long history of supporting the local community.”