LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2003) — S&S Tire and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. donated $100,000 for renovations to the University of Kentucky's Pediatric Oncology Clinic.
The donation brings the university within $50,000 of the project's cost of $650,000, a university spokeswoman said. The project includes building a new pediatric oncology clinic in the same general area as the existing pediatric clinic, which opened in 1992. At that time, 40,000 children visited the clinic per year, but those numbers have now grown to more than 60,000 patients annually, the university said.
Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper has worked with Children's Miracle Network for several years and decided to join the tire maker's customer, S&S Tire, in making the donation to the pediatric clinic, said Tom Dattilo, Cooper's chairman, president and CEO. The university's hospital is part of the Miracle Network.
In a statement, Paul Swentzel, president of Lexington-based S&S Tire, said the dealership has been involved in community efforts since 1974. The dealership, which has 14 retail outlets and commercial and wholesale operations, sells Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton, Goodyear, General, Michelin, Falken, Yokohama, Kumho, Mastercraft, Continental and Pirelli brands.
“We have been strong supporters of many charities in central Kentucky, but our partnership with Mastercraft enables S&S Tire to take our community involvement to another level,” Mr. Swentzel said.
S&S Tire raised $50,000—including $3,000 from the general public—that was matched by Cooper, an S&S Tire spokesman said.
He said the company also is involved with other fund-raising efforts with the university. The dealership is sponsoring a children's charity classic golf outing in June to raise money for the university's Lucille P. Markey Cancer Center, which treats adults. The dealership also has a continuing program that raises money with children's games, such as a basketball toss, at various functions, including school or community outings. For $1, children playing the games get a university T-shirt. The dealership then donates 25 percent of the proceeds to the group sponsoring the outing, such as a local parent-teacher organization.
“It's a way for us to be more one-on-one with the community,” the spokesman said.