Brakes Plus Founder Larry Pisciotta and Retired General Gene Renuart JR Help Raise Funds at TAPS Auction

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Brakes Plus is a family owned business committed to providing customers with excellent service and quality products. Founded in 1990 by Chairman Larry Pisciotta, Brakes Plus is dedicated to building lasting relationships with customers and being a positive presence in the community. Brakes Plus operates 61 stores throughout several states.

Chairman Larry Pisciotta of Brakes Plus at is excited to be part of helping TAPS double the funds raised on a donated guitar at their recent auction in Denver , Colorado. The guitar, covered with the signatures of various performing artists, was initially awarded to decorated US Air Force Retired General, Gene Renuart Jr., who decided to further support the TAPS cause by re-donating the guitar.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) helps the families and loved ones of fallen military men and women work through their issues of grief, loss, and trauma. Since 1994 TAPS has assisted more than 35,000 people struggling with these issues.

This non-profit organization receives no government funding. Instead, it holds fundraisers throughout the year so that they can continue to provide their services free of charge.

On June 15, 2012, the 7th Annual Colorado Celebrity Classic held a silent auction as part of the fundraising efforts for TAPS. One of the donated items was a one-of-a-kind guitar signed by a number of local and national performing artists, including the Gatlin Brothers and Michael Martin Murphey.

Decorated US Air Force General Gene Renuart Jr. held the winning bid for the unique guitar. However instead of keeping the item, the retired general decided to re-donate the prized guitar as a way of further supporting TAPS and the families and loved ones the organization helps.

Brakes Plus ( Chairman, Larry Pisciotta bid on the re-donated guitar and was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the General in supporting TAPS and its programs. Together General Renuart and Mr. Pisciotta were able to help TAPS double the funds raised on the unique guitar.

TAPS dedicates the majority of the funds raised to support children between the ages of 6 and 11 who are dealing with grief over the loss of a significant adult in their lives. Camp Good Grief is one of the many TAPS programs dedicated specifically to helping these children.

Brakes Plus ( was founded in 1990. Their expertise extends beyond brakes to complete automotive service and maintenance. Certified technicians and top of the line equipment are found at each of their 61 stores nationwide.

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