Tires and Tiaras: Speedco Helps to Grant Child’s Wish
Emmalynn receives a makeover, transforming her into a princess.
Emmalynn and sister with Speedco 304 teammates and Mark Clark (center) during Emmalynn’s wish party.
Emmalynn received this new pink and purple playhouse courtesy of Make-A-Wish and Speedco through contributions nationwide.
Emmalynn walks the red carpet before entering her princess party, a gift from Speedco.
CAYUGA, IN… Speedco helped to granted five-year-old Emmalynn’s wish to have a pink and purple playhouse on October 23, 2012 at Speedco 304 in Kingman, Ariz. through their corporate alliance with Make-A-Wish® America.
All 51 Speedco locations competed to raise the most donations for Make-A-Wish during the “Share a Dream” promotion that took place throughout 2011. Speedco 304 in Kingman, Ariz. won the competition by collecting more than $3,000, and earned the privilege of hosting a wish party for a local child. In total, Speedco raised $25,000 during the promotion.
Speedco teammates helped Make-A-Wish surprise Emmalynn with a pink and purple playhouse that included her own mailbox and play car. A few days later, Emmalynn and her three-year-old sister celebrated at the Speedco store. The Speedco service bays were changed into a beauty salon as the girls received makeovers and were transformed into princesses. After the makeovers, the little beauties walked down the red carpet to their princess party.
“It’s a pleasure to meet someone as special as Emmalynn and her family,” Mark Clark, President & CEO of Speedco, said during the party. “We’re so lucky to share this experience with them. It melts your heart to see the smiles on these little girls’ faces today.”
Speedco has donated more than $400,000 since naming Make-A-Wish® their corporate charity in 2006. Donations are collected daily at all 51 Speedco locations and through a bi-yearly golf tournament (Speedco Fore Wishes) held with Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Speedco Truck Lube and Tire is a provider of on-highway truck lubrication and routine tire services to commercial truck owner-operators and fleets. Speedco has 51 on-highways locations across the nation. Speedco is owned by Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, which has a majority interest in Speedco, Inc. Bridgestone Commercial Solutions is part of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.
Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, a business of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, provides tires and services for trucking, construction, mining, aggregates and industrial operations across the Americas. The division manufactures, markets and sells medium and heavy duty truck tires and off the road tires for the original equipment and replacement markets in the United States and in Canada through Bridgestone Canada Inc. Bridgestone and Firestone brand truck tires are available through more than 2,500 dealers and truck stops across the U.S. and Canada. Bridgestone and Firestone Off Road tires and Continuum OTR retreads are available through a network of more than 800 dealers in North America. In addition, through its Bandag brand, Bandag retreading dealers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise through approximately 1,600 point of sale locations in North America. This combination of new and retread product offering provides customers with total tire solutions.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted over 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.