December 14, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Laura Beth Blevins, (765) 649-4902
LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS FOR THE 5TH YEAR KEEPS WITH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRADITION AND HELPS PROVIDE FAMILY INDEPENDENCE
ANDERSON, IN. – Riley & Sons, Inc. for the 5th year in a row has worked together with local businesses to provide a pre-titled and licensed automobile through the Acoat Selected National Benevolence Program. The annual program provides safe-reliable transportation to families in circumstances where they must rely on family and friends to meet their transportation needs. This year’s automobile will be going to the Lisa Pettigrew Family.
Each year several local agencies are asked to submit applications for a Benevolence Program recipient. Ms. Pettigrew, of Anderson, was chosen to receive this year’s four door Saturn SL1. In addition to the automobile, the program has provided Ms. Pettigrew with a year’s worth of auto insurance, oil changes, grocery certificates, & one hundred dollars worth of fuel.
The Christian Center Rescue Ministries in Anderson submitted Ms. Pettigrew’s application. Ms. Pettigrew is a single mother of a three-year-old son, Nicholas. She is currently employed full-time at the Hopewell Center in the workshop as a training assistant and is without a vehicle. “Lisa’s motivation to succeed is obvious to all who know her. When she began employment at Hopewell, she was getting up at 4:30 a.m. to be sure she and Nicholas could catch the bus to day-care, after which she would catch another bus to get to the worksite where she waited 30 minutes until the doors opened at 8:00 a.m. At the present time she’s relying on volunteers and the city bus to get to day-care and work and back,” say’s Cynthia Hall, Case Manager.
“Every year in the collision industry we see many vehicles in which due to the cost of parts and labor, insurance companies or individual owners choose not to repair, repairable vehicles. In many of these situations, with moderate mechanical and or body repairs these vehicles can be made safe and ready to drive again. The Acoat National Benevolence Program, along with some very generous sponsors make it possible for Riley and Sons to utilize these vehicles and assist a family in bettering their daily lives,” says Dave Driggers, Co-Owner of Riley & Sons.
Every year, for the past five years, the employees of Riley & Sons join together to refurbish a vehicle for the Benevolence Program. Donors and sponsors of the 2005 Benevolence Program are: Anderson Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, Applewood Payless, Auto Glass of Indiana, Carquest of Anderson, Dent Magic Plus, Enterprise Rent A Car, Meijer’s, and The Roger Roudebush, and Wendy Gooding State Farm Insurance Agency.
Akzo Nobel, maker of top-line automobile finishes and coatings, sponsors the National Benevolence Program. Riley & Sons uses Akzo Nobels’ Lesonal-brand paint finishes in its collision repair process.
“Without a doubt over the last 48 years we have been in business this community has been very good to us. We feel that the Benevolence Program is just one way we are able to give something back. I personally want to extend my thanks to all of my employees, along with a very special thank you to all of the other area businesses in our community that have pulled together to make this years Benevolence Program a success. On behalf of all of this year’s sponsors we would like to wish The Lisa Pettigrew Family a Very Merry Christmas,” says Dave Driggers.