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American Tire Distributors gives away $70,000

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American Tire Distributors Inc.'s 16th annual Charity Golf Benefit raised $70,000 for two deserving grassroots, non-profit organizations.

Chairman and CEO Dick Johnson was teary-eyed when talking about the two charities: Dove House, a children's advocacy center caring for sexually abused children; and the North Carolina branch of the Special Olympics. Each received $35,000.

There were four levels of sponsors for the event.

Platinum sponsors: Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC, China Manufacturers Alliance LLC, Continental Tire North America Inc., Kumho Tire U.S.A. Inc., API Inc., Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co., Michelin North America Inc. and Hewlett Packard.

Gold sponsors: Bank of America Business Capital, Craford Benefit Consultants, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Hennessy Industries Inc. and Ryder Transportation Services.

Silver sponsors: Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Excalibur Wheel Accessories, Motivational Marketing Inc., Ingersoll-Rand, Wachovia Bank, Firestone Agricultural Tire, Alston & Bird LLP, Titan Tire Corp., Ultra Wheel Co., Wells Fargo Financial and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

Bronze sponsors: Hunter Engineering Co., Moore Wallace (an RR Donnelly Co.), Prestige Auto Tech Corp., R.L. Polk & Co., Custom Logistics Services Inc., Champion Air Compressor/Fulton Associates, Haltec Corp., Anode, Konig Wheels, A.M. Haire Truck Bodies Inc., J.A. Echols & Associates Co., OM Workspace, Staples Business Advantage, Carolina Panthers, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LGA and Katie Wood Inc.

American Tire Distributors, based in Huntersville, N.C., also held a silent auction and raffle.

For more information on Dove House, visit its Web site at www.dovehouse.us. For information on the Special Olympics of North Carolina, visit www.sonc.net.

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