AutoZone and ppc Racing Saying Thanks and Giving
Back to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Date: 11-10-06 at 11:44 AM
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 8, 2006) GPg
PR - A unique national program will make its presence known at the
season-ending NASCAR Busch series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week.
AutoZone and ppc Racing have partnered up in an effort to bring awareness to
St. Jude Children’s
AutoZone is one of 12 new retailers this year, bringing the total to 46 retailers across the country, to participate in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, an innovative cause-marketing effort now in its third year. The program asks consumers to “give thanks for the healthy kids in their lives and give to those who are not.” Customers nationwide are asked to help raise funds by shopping at participating retailers, such as AutoZone, by adding a donation at check out or by purchasing specialty items to benefit St. Jude.
“Partnering with St. Jude is one of the easiest business decisions AutoZone has ever made,” said Bill Rhodes, AutoZone’s President and CEO. “Their work brings hope to thousands of children and their families around the world. And, we share with ppc Racing the commitment to help St. Jude continue its life-saving research.
“This holiday season, more than 50,000 AutoZoners across the country will encourage our customers to give to St. Jude. It is our way of saying ‘Thanks’ to the researchers, doctors, staff and volunteers at St. Jude for making children their number one priority.”
This cause also has a significant meaning to the ppc Racing family, “About fifteen months ago I visited
The Thanks and Giving campaign became a reality in 2004 when National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony Thomas (children of hospital founder Danny Thomas) made the initiative to support the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children’s
“Everyone at St. Jude is so excited to have AutoZone join the Thanks and Giving campaign this year, and we’re thrilled to be a part of ppc Racing,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s
In addition to the on-track presence and commemorative paint scheme, many of the cars participating in the Ford 300 will display a special green St. Jude Thanks and Giving decal and drivers taking part in Saturday’s NASCAR Busch series event will be asked to autograph the Thanks and Giving hood of the No. 22 car. The hood will be auctioned off at a later time with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude. For more information or to make a donation online, please visit www.tg.stjude.org.