NASHVILLE — Bridgestone Americas Inc., its employees and its vendors generated more than $2 million for the Nashville United Way campaign this year.
This sets a record for Bridgestone in its 27-year involvement in the Nashville United Way campaign, the tire maker said. Significant employee involvement and the success of the third annual Bridgestone Charitable Golf Tournament deserve credit for the record support, it said.
Approximately half of the donations came from more than 1,600 employee pledges, with the golf tournament and company matches contributing the rest, Bridgestone said.
Bridgestone employees also offered their time and effort to volunteer activities during the campaign, the company said.
More than 200 Bridgestone employees attended United Way's Stuff the Bus event, filling backpacks with donated school supplies for elementary school children, the company said. Others participated in the organization's First Day of School, Second Harvest and YMCA Day Events, it said.
"These incredible efforts will help to strengthen the financial stability, personal health and education of thousands of families in need throughout our home town of Nashville," Gordon Knapp, Bridgestone Americas CEO and president, said.