TBC Retail Group Creates Memories Donates $181,129 to Pediatric Cancer Research

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100 pediatric cancer patients and their families joined the Service Central race team at 27th Annual Uni-Select Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at the Maple Grove Raceway to honor Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

NHRA check presentation

Photo: (L to R) Liz Scott and members of the hero families, Emma Force, Haley Force, Amy Force, Patrick Nagrant, and Jonathan Nagrant, accept $181,000 check from Bob Crostarosa and Johnny Gray

“I am honored to spend time with these amazing children and their families,” said Gray. “They are true heroes. Their zest for life and fiery spirits are inspiring."

“Thanks for the memories” was the phrase of the weekend from pediatric cancer patients and their families as they celebrated the 27th Annual Uni-Select Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at the Maple Grove raceway, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. TBC Retail Group dedicated their Service Central racing efforts to Alex Scott, founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). In addition to bringing over 100 children and families to the race, TBC Retail donated $181,129 to ALSF.

For the second and final time of the season, the Lemonator Nitro Funny Car, driven by Service Central driver Johnny Gray blazed down the track in honor of Alex Scott and her namesake, ALSF. Gray took the Lemonator to the final round against Robert Hight. Sadly, he smoked the tires and lost the round. In spite of losing the final round, Gray won the hearts of his newest race fans.

“I am honored to spend time with these amazing children and their families,” said Gray. “They are true heroes. Their zest for life and fiery spirits are inspiring. I am proud to have Service Central as my sponsor. Their support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a great gift.”

In addition to the spectacular racing weekend, Service Central presented ALSF with a check for $181,129.

“On behalf of Service Central Racing and our retail brands; Tire Kingdom, NTB-National Tire and Battery, Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers, and Big O Tires, we are honored to present Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation with a check for $181,129 in support of its quest to find a cure for cancer,” said Bob Crostarosa, SVP Marketing for TBC Retail Group. To date, TBC Retail and its family of automotive service centers have helped raise over $700,000 for ALSF.

“Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has been thrilled to have the continued support of TBC Retail Group in the battle against childhood cancer,” said Liz Scott, mother of foundation creator Alexandra “Alex” Scott. “This year has been especially significant as TBC has further helped us race toward those better treatments and cures by introducing the foundation to the NHRA community. Service Central driver Johnny Gray and the entire team have truly embraced the cause.”

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $45 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 200 research projects nationally.

ABOUT TBC RETAIL GROUP
Headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida, TBC Retail Group, Inc., a subsidiary of TBC Corporation, operates more than 800 tire and automotive service centers under the brands: Tire Kingdom®, NTB - National Tire and Battery®, and Merchant’s Tire and Auto Centers®, along with nearly 500 franchised Big O Tires® locations. The contingent of over 1200 stores has trained and certified ASE technicians who use state-of-the-art equipment to provide quality service on cars and trucks. The nationwide warranty provides peace of mind while it protects consumers and their investment in over 40 states. TBC Retail Group employs more than 300 associates at its Juno Beach, Fla. headquarters and approximately 10,000 associates nationally. To locate a store near you, call 800-NEW-TIRE. TBC Corporation, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is one of the nation's largest marketers of automotive replacement tires through a multi-channel retail and wholesale strategy. (http://www.servicecentralauto.com)

Photo: (L to R) Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Liz Scott and members of the hero families, Emma Force, Haley Force, Amy Force, Patrick Nagrant, and Jonathan Nagrant, accept $181,000 check from Bob Crostarosa, TBC Retail Group; and Funny Car driver Johnny Gray. Photo credit autoimagery.com

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