WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The two-week sprint that culminated in another successful community event had just ended. Ron Katz was exhausted, yet still riding a philanthropic high from his continuing quest to make a difference in his little slice of Florida.
Two of his three Midas-affiliated shops — his flagship location in West Palm Beach and the other in Cocoa Beach, a little more than a rocket's length from the Kennedy Space Center — had just hosted a vaccine clinic. Floridians could stop by the shop, receive a COVID-19 vaccination along with a coupon for a free or reduced-cost oil change.
The event was both skin-breaking and ground-breaking: Florida health officials told Mr. Katz that no other business in the third most populated state in the U.S. had hosted such an event.
As he was packing up a tent, his cellphone rang.
Mr. Katz received more good news: He was the 2021 recipient of the Tire Business Tire Dealer Humanitarian Award.