Safelite AutoGlass Foundation Raises $550,000 during Third Annual Charity Golf Classic
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oct. 7, 2014 - On October 1, 2013, the Safelite AutoGlass® Foundation hosted its third annual Charity Golf Classic, welcoming approximately 175 representatives from its suppliers and business partners from across the country, with fundraising efforts totaling more than $550,000. In just three years of holding the event, Safelite has raised more than $1.5 million. Money raised will be donated to the many charitable organizations the Foundation supports nationwide.
The private event included a gala on Monday evening, connecting representatives from 22 central Ohio nonprofits with guests of the event, including:
· A Kid Again
· American Red Cross of Greater Columbus
· Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
· Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus
· The Buckeye Ranch
· CASA of Franklin County
· Children’s Hunger Alliance
· City Year
· Columbus Speech and Hearing Center
· Community Shelter Board
· Creative Living
· Flying Horse Farms
· Furniture Bank of Central Ohio
· Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus
· LifeCare Alliance
· Lutheran Social Services
· Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
· See Kid’s Dream
· St. Stephen’s Community House
· United Way of Central Ohio
· Unverferth House
“As a result of this event, we can give back our local community on a grander scale in the form of the annual Safelite AutoGlass Foundation Impact Grant Program,” said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Safelite AutoGlass.
Last year’s Golf Classic funded six $25,000 Impact Grants and one $50,000 Impact Grant. The $50,000 Impact Grant went to Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio in support of the ‘Home of Hope’ Blitz Build in April, which built a home for a family in need in just five days. Other Impact Grant examples include the purchase of passenger vans for the Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brothers and Big Sisters to support their transportation needs as well as support for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and LifeCare Alliance in getting healthy meals to those in need.
“I sincerely thank everyone who has made this possible – from our Safelite family that worked so hard to plan the event to our suppliers and business partners who attended and contributed to our cause,” Feeney added.
The event concluded with a golf tournament on Tuesday, where the top-performing teams were:
1. First Place – Duncan Systems
2. Second Place – Glass Medic®
3. Third Place – Ron Foth Advertising
Presenting sponsors of the Safelite AutoGlass Charity Classic included Sika Corporation® and Pittsburgh Glass WorksTM. Founding partners were:
· Adrian Steel®
· Asahi Glass Company
· Auto Temp Inc.
· Embree Group
· Glass Medic
· Ron Foth Advertising
The Safelite AutoGlass Foundation would also like to thank contributors:
· Autover/St. Gobain
· Creative Extruded Products
· Desert Coastal Transport
· Dow Automotive
· Duncan Systems
· Gold Glass Group
· Partners Marketing Group
· Precision Replacement Parts
· Standard Register
· Sunroof Express
· Waste Management
About The Safelite AutoGlass® Foundation
Safelite AutoGlass® – the nation’s leading provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services – is committed to be a responsible member of the communities where we live and work. This includes those outside our doorstep and those across the world. As such the company supports employees’ charitable endeavors while also being a large fundraiser.
The Safelite AutoGlass Foundation was created in 2005 as the 501(c)(3) giving arm of the company aimed at supporting organizations that promote the health and well-being of families through monetary and in-kind contributions and volunteer hours. Since its inception, the Safelite AutoGlass Foundation has donated $5.5 million to non-profit organizations.
The Safelite AutoGlass Foundation is set up as a separate entity, governed by company employees. The Foundation administers giving on behalf of Safelite and its employees, disbursing aid to approved causes or charities, and organizing many giving initiatives in communities where our associates live and work.
For more information, visit www.safelite.com.