December 17, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Laura Beth Blevins, (765) 649-4902
ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRADITION PROVIDES FAMILY INDEPENDENCE
ANDERSON, IN. – Riley & Sons, Inc. has worked together with local businesses to provide the Charles Kurtz Family a pre-titled and licensed automobile through the Acoat Selected National Benevolence Program. The annual program provides safe-reliable transportation to young families in circumstances where they must rely on family and friends to meet their transportation needs.
Several local agencies are asked to submit applications for a Benevolence Program recipient each year. Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kurtz, of Elwood, were chosen to receive this years Honda Civic. In addition to the automobile, the program has provided Mr. & Mrs. Kurtz with a year’s worth of auto insurance, oil changes, grocery certificates, one hundred dollars worth of fuel, and several Christmas gifts for their daughter Alexis. The Elwood K-Mart also donated a car/booster seat.
The Hopewell Center in Anderson submitted Mr.& Mrs. Kurtz’s application for the program. Their daughter, Alexis, has been receiving home-based therapy services since she was 10 months old, and this program will end on her third birthday, January 3, 2004. Her physician has recommended speech, occupational and physical therapy services at Ball Hospital, Muncie, IN., several times per week, along with visits to Riley Children’s Hospital. This would have been nearly impossible without a vehicle.
“As collision specialists and participants in the Benevolence Program, Riley and Sons sees cars that are “written off” by owners or insurance companies each year. These vehicles are often in need of moderate mechanical repairs or bodywork to become road ready and safe. With the generous assistance from local businesses, these cars can become the means by which a family can better themselves. It is extremely important that anyone with small children have reliable transportation”, says Tim Riley, owner of Riley & Sons.
Employees of Riley & Sons joined together to refurbish the Honda Civic and arrange for Christmas gift donations for Mr. & Mrs. Kurtz’s daughter. Donors and sponsors of the 2003 Benevolence Program are: Anderson Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, Auto Glass of Indiana, Dan Carroll @ Today’s Bedroom One, Carquest of Anderson, Elwood K-Mart, Enterprise Rent A Car, Meijer’s, Payless, The Stan Petty Agency, Dale Pickett, and The Roger Roudebush Agency.
Akzo Nobel, maker of top-line automobile finishes and coatings, sponsors the National Benevolence Program. Riley & Sons uses Akzo Nobels’ Sikkens-brand paint finishes in its collision repair process.
“We are a local company that has been in this community for over the last 46 years. This program allows us an opportunity to give something back and to help make a family’s life a little bit easier. Like all of the program sponsors, we take pride in helping the people of our community through this worthwhile program. I personally would like to thank all my employees, and all of the other area businesses in this community that helped make this years Benevolence Program a success. On behalf of all of this year’s sponsors we would like to wish The Kurtz Family a Very Merry Christmas,” says Tim Riley.