Racing to end child abuse with Richmond Tire & Automotive

Shown L to R with Mario Andretti (center) are Mildred, Pat, Chris and Callie Shields.

Shown L to R with Mario Andretti (center) are Mildred, Pat, Chris and Callie Shields.

Thanks to Firestone and Richmond Tire & Automotive, the Richmond community had a rare treat last week. On Thursday, June 19, over 300 adults and children were able to meet race legend Mario Andretti, take photographs and have him autograph their personal items. Local resident Helena Russell was ecstatic, “I’m his biggest fan and this photo of us is going to travel to my family all the way in South America!”

On Friday, June 20, anyone over 16 years of age could ride in an Indy 2-seater, street legal race car in exchange for a $20 donation to Child Advocates of Fort Bend. “Where else can you ride in a real Indy race car and drive right past your home,” asked resident Paul Thomasec. Donation proceeds from this exciting 2-day event raised $4,100 for Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB).

“We are so honored that Richmond Tire & Automotive elected to make us the beneficiary of their 10th anniversary celebration,” commented Child Advocates of Fort Bend Events Specialist Lisa Moore. “Not only was it a lot of fun but it was truly a pleasure to work with Callie, Chris and the entire Richmond Tire & Automotive team.

“The first step to creating a lasting change in our community is continuously educating the public, adults and children alike, about child abuse so Child Advocates of Fort Bend can reach every child in need. Richmond Tire & Automotive reached out to us and gave us an opportunity to do that with this event,” Moore said.

For more information on how you can become a voice for children and get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, contact Casey Davis at 281-344-5172 or cdavis@cafb.org or log onto www.cafb.org.

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