WESTLAKE, Ohio — TravelCenters of America Inc. is donating a total of $50,000 to charities selected by TA employees, in celebration of the company's 50th anniversary.
TA said employees across the country submitted charitable organizations for consideration. A committee made up of 15 of TA's longest serving employees — each with more than 42 years with the company — picked the organizations, which will receive $5,000 each.
The charities chosen are:
- America's VetDogs
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
- National Veterans Memorial and Museum
- Save the Children
- Shriners Hospitals for Children
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- The City Mission (Cleveland)
- U.S.VETS (United States Veterans Initiative)
- Wounded Warrior Project; and
- Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation
Colonel William Butler, U.S. Army (retired), chief of staff at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM), said the donation will support its resilience, "which studies have shown can reduce Veterans' PTSD symptoms."
In addition to donating $50,000, TA said it is fostering a culture of giving back during its anniversary, encouraging employees to complete 50 hours of community service throughout the year.
"Our 50th anniversary is an incredible milestone and I can think of no better way to celebrate than by continuing TA's rich history of giving back," TA CEO Jon Pertchik said. "For 50 years, we have built our loyal customer base because of the dedication of our passionate team members, and we are excited that dozens of them who have worked at the company from the beginning led us on this initiative."