PPG Becomes Sponsor of Speedway Children's Charities
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - September 22, 2009 - PPG Industries' Automotive Refinish business announced today its support of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC). The charity, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations across the United States that address the direct educational, medical, social and financial needs of children.
"All of us at SCC are excited to have PPG as a sponsor," said Saundy Hutto, national director of new business development and marketing for SCC. "They've been very enthusiastic about becoming involved with us, and it's genuinely inspiring to have a company as caring as PPG on board. With their support, we'll be able to do even more to help children in need."
SCC was founded in 1982 by Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) and Sonic Automotive, as a tribute to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who died at a young age. Bruton was passionate about wanting to help children and established SCC to support local charities in communities around his SMI race tracks. Since its founding, SCC has funded thousands of organizations to ensure every child in need be given the tools to build a better, brighter and healthy future.
PPG will lend its support and resources to SCC, helping it to organize and sponsor fundraising events through the charity's chapters.
"We are very happy to have the opportunity to work with this tremendous organization," said Bryan Robinson, manager of business development for PPG. "The people of Speedway Children's Charities do an incredible job. They are highly motivated and their hearts are in the right place. PPG looks forward to a long and rewarding relationship and helping SCC with their mission of helping children nationwide."
Working through its seven chapters, SCC annually supports more than 400 local non-profit organizations through generous grants. Each chapter determines the needs of its surrounding communities and helps fund organizations that directly address the challenges children face as a result of broken homes, learning disabilities and illness.
For more information about PPG call 800/647-6050 or visit the PPG Automotive Refinish website at www.ppgrefinish.com. For more information about Speedway Children's Charities, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.
For further information please contact:
PPG Automotive Refinish, 19699 Progress Drive, Strongsville, Ohio 44149
Speedway Children's Charities, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord, North Carolina 28027
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, chemicals, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.
About Speedway Children's Charities
Speedway Children's Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing. For more information, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.