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Michelin raises $330,000 for charities

Staff Report
Published Nov. 16, 2012

Michelin North America announced Thursday that it raised a record $330,000 from its annual charity golf tournament in Greenville.

Michelin has hosted the tournament for 23 years, raising more than $2.3 million. Money raised from this year’s event will be distributed to eight charities located in the communities where the company has manufacturing operations.

“We are ecstatic that this year’s event established a new record amount that will be distributed to help aid even more outstanding organizations that have a positive impact in their communities,” said Herb Johnson, community relations director for Michelin North America, in a news release.

The Barbara Stone Foundation, Cornerstone and Helping Hands were added to the list of charities this year. The tournament is supported by Michelin’s suppliers and business partners.

The 2012 charities include:

-The Barbara Stone Foundation, a Greenville County-based group that aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

-Cornerstone, a program in Ardmore, Okla., that strives to raise the standards of education via a rigorous curriculum designed to provide students with the tools necessary to succeed both professionally and academically.

-Helping Hands of Clemson, an emergency shelter for abused and neglected children.

-East Wayne Street Center of Fort Wayne, Ind., a not-for-profit organization focused on strengthening families and individuals by empowering them to become self-sufficient. The center has assisted low-income families and children in Fort Wayne for the past 45 years.

-Generations Group Home, a boys’ group home based in Simpsonville. It has been operating since 1991 with the mission of stopping and preventing child sexual abuse.

-Special Olympics South Carolina’s vision is to be the leader in lifelong and unified sports programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, empowering athletes to be valued members of their communities and respected members of society.

-Tire Rack Street Survival provides teen drivers with a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations. Experts teach teens about handling limits and prepare them to be more observant and safe drivers.

-Wiregrass BEST Robotics of Dothan, Ala., a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization with a mission to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology through participation in sports-like, science and engineering-based robotics competitions.

Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases.

Headquartered in Greenville, Michelin North America employs more than 22,000 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.