Tenn. charity is Bridgestone 'Fuel the Cause' winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 22, 2015) — Bridgestone Americas has selected Abigail's Plan, a baseball league for people with disabilities, as the winner of its second annual “Fuel the Cause” neighborhood transformation contest.
Abigail's Plan will receive a $25,000 gift from the Nashville-based tire maker to help its fundraising goal of constructing a rubberized field in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
“This year's Fuel the Cause program was another great success with 12 noteworthy groups making it to the final round,” said Erik Seidel, vice president of brand marketing for Bridgestone.
“We are excited to see Abigail's Plan bring a rubberized field to Tennessee to help bring its team members a far better experience during game play.”
The prize win will help Abigail's Plan build Tennessee's first Miracle League rubberized field, Bridgestone said. Playing on a regular field with a grass and dirt surface is often difficult for disabled players with walking issues, in part because the dirt and debris from the field surface gets into the brake systems of the wheelchairs and walkers.
Abigail's Plan has raised $300,500 toward the cost of building the field, which it puts at $350,000, according to its website.
Fuel the Cause is designed to foster game-changing innovation in local communities and identify educational, environmental, safety and other community-based initiatives that would benefit from a transformation funded by Bridgestone. The tire manufacturer said the 2015 contest brought in more than 182,000 public votes in the Bridgestone Fuel the Cause online portal.
To enter the contest, consumers submitted photos and a 500-word essay describing their project and explaining how contest prize money would be used to transform their initiative. The entry with the highest number of online consumer votes was selected as the grand-prize winner.
The following organizations also received prize money from the program:
- First Place: Rescue Team Needs Building, Escanaba, Mich.
- Second Place: Thayer Acres Agriculture Center, Thayer, Kan.
- First Runner Up: The Gift Of Music: Shared for a Lifetime, Garrets, S.D.
- First Runner Up: Olympia Pacesetters 4-h Club's Helping Hands Community Center and Stanford Sprouts Community Garden, Stanford, Ill.
- First Runner Up: Pantry to Empower, Lyman, S.C.
- Second Runner Up: Schuyler County Council on Aging, Lancaster, Mo.
- Second Runner Up: Cub Manufacturing, Madison, Ind.
- Second Runner Up: Livingston Outdoor Adventures Inc., Moncton, New Brunswick
- Third Runner Up: Eastland Backpack Program, Eastland, Texas
- Third Runner Up: Custom Canine Service Dog Academy, Madison, Wis.
- Third Runner Up: Casa Boricua Program Space Revitalization Project, Meriden, Conn.
For additional information about ongoing sustainability efforts and programs throughout Bridgestone Americas, visit the company's website.
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