ASHLAND, Ky. — Automotive lubricants supplier Valvoline Inc. is pledging support for TBC Corp.'s "Aligned in Hope" philanthropic partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
Ashland-based Valvoline plans to make an undisclosed donation in October to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Ky., a non-profit that's part of a of a global network of over 377 affiliated programs in 45 countries and regions.
RMHC helps families stay close to a hospital where their ill or injured children are being treated.
RMHC of the Bluegrass has three core programs: a 21-room Ronald McDonald House in Lexington, a Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside Kentucky Children's Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile dental clinic centered in Hazard, Ky.
TBC announced its partnership with RHMC in March, pledging support through its Tire Kingdom and NTB Tire & Service Centers retail stores to families aided by the charity.
"At Valvoline, our 7,900 employees worldwide are committed to making our communities better places to live," Valvoline CEO Sam Mitechell said.
"Our charitable-giving program works to build communities that are healthier and have a more promising future worldwide. We are proud to support RMHC in their mission to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. This is something we strive to achieve at Valvoline every day."
"On behalf of the guest families we serve, RMHC of the Bluegrass is very grateful to NTB and Tire Kingdom for their continued support of the Aligned in Hope campaign and to Valvoline for their generosity," Nate Graham, executive director of RMHC of the Bluegrass, said.
"This support will allow us to focus on providing our families with a safe, comfortable stay while their children receive the medical care they need."
TBC President and CEO Erik Olsen said: "We're extremely fortunate to have corporate partners like Valvoline who, like all of us at TBC Corp., feel strongly about making the communities where we live, work and play stronger through philanthropic endeavors."
Valvoline is the second TBC Retail supplier to agree to support TBC's Aligned in Hope endeavor. In July Interstate Batteries Inc. agreed to make a donation to RHMC.
TBC Retail stores began offering the Valvoline Ultimate Oil Change at the firm's 600-plus NTB and Tire Kingdom stores this summer.