Company Celebrates 17th Consecutive Year of
Support for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
ROANOKE, Va., Jan 07, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket
retailer of parts, batteries, accessories, and maintenance items, is
proud to announce that it has raised over $4.8 million for the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in support of diabetes research in
2010.This year marks Advance's 17th
consecutive year of support for JDRF in the search to find a cure for
type 1 diabetes. As a national JDRF corporate partner, Advance has
raised over $25 million to date for JDRF over the 17 year partnership.
"The Advance Auto Parts Team is proud to be a national partner of
JDRF, and we are thrilled to have been able to donate over $25 million
since 1994 to its race to cure diabetes," said Darren Jackson, CEO of
Advance Auto Parts. "Supporting JDRF is an important part of our company
culture and the national campaign is an opportunity for our Team Members
to give back to the communities in which they live and work.We
appreciate the tremendous participation from both our do-it-yourself and
commercial customers, as well as our vendor partners."
Throughout the year, Advance Team Members and customers are tireless
in their efforts in support of diabetes research. Every September, the
Company holds an annual JDRF "sneaker" sales program in more than 3,500
stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.Customers
purchase paper "sneakers" for $1, $5, $25 and $50, which are then
displayed in the store windows to show support for this worthwhile
cause. Proceeds from every sneaker sold go directly to JDRF and help
bring that organization one step closer to finding a cure. Through the
generosity of Advance Auto Parts customers through the sneaker campaign,
Team Members at its Store Support Center in Roanoke, Virginia, regional
offices and in distribution centers across the country participating in
local Walk to Cure Diabetes events, hosting golf tournaments, silent
auctions, and other fundraisers, Advance was able to set a new annual
record of $4.8 million for JDRF.
"JDRF is grateful to Advance Auto Parts, its customers and Team
members for 17 years of dedicated support to improving the lives of
people with type 1 diabetes today and in the future," said Jeffrey
Brewer, President and CEO of JDRF. "Through their support, research
funded by JDRF continues to lead toward better treatments, and
eventually a cure for type 1 diabetes."
JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes.It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest
charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.
The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its
complications through the support of research.Type 1 diabetes is
an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can
be fatal.Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have
to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections
multiple times or use a pump - each day, every day of their lives.And
even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor
does it prevent its potential complications, which may include kidney
failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1
diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research,
including $107 million last year.More than 80 percent of JDRF's
expenditures directly support research and research-related education.
For more information, please visit www.jdrf.org.
ABOUT ADVANCE AUTO PARTS, INC.
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading
automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and
maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself
and professional installer markets. As of October 9, 2010 the Company
operated 3,540 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Advance Auto Parts supports a variety of nonprofit organizations at
the corporate and local levels and encourages its Team Members to become
actively involved in various community-based charitable organizations.
Nationally, Advance Auto Parts is a strong supporter of United Way and
the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Since 1994, Advance
Auto Parts has raised more than $25 million for JDRF and is one of that
organization's largest corporate supporters.
Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities,
customer services, and online shopping for parts and accessories can be
found on the Company's web site at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.
SOURCE: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Shelly Whitaker, APR
Joana Casas, JDRF