Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 13
ABA | ON THE MOVE
Heroes of the Industry
Members give back to communities in need
Bristol Motor Speedway is making a
difference in the lives of children in its
CHARITY: WATER (ARROW STAGE LINES); NKP (BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY).
BA members care about the
communities in which they
live and work. Whether they
are providing free transportation, delivering supplies, or supporting
fundraising events, ABA members are
continually helping their fellow citizens
Are you a hero in the industry? Send
your story and photos to Melanie Hinton,
ABA's director of Communications &
Media Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short but Mighty Speedway
Makes Big Impact
NASCAR fans around the nation are aware
of and active with Speedway Children's
Charities (SCC). All eight Speedway
Motorsports Inc. facilities are considered
"chapters" of the national program. Bristol
Motor Speedway is one of the industry's
smallest markets, but that hasn't stopped
this ABA member from raising funds to
help the Tri-Cities region it calls home.
Through hard work and fundraising
events held throughout the year, the SCC
Bristol team raised more than $800,000,
which was distributed to 93 rural,
Arrow Stage Lines donates funds from
every bus rental to help fight the world
child-focused agencies throughout northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.
Throughout its history, SCC Bristol has
raised more than $13 million for area
children in need as the charity branch of
Bristol Motor Speedway.
To learn more about Speedway
Children's Charities, visit www.speedway
Each Charter Helps Saves Lives
Arrow Stage Lines has a strong belief in
giving back. The Hero Project is this ABA
member's way of ensuring that the impact it
makes is felt worldwide. Since 2015, Arrow
Stage Lines has partnered with Charity:
Water, a global charity that supplies water
and wells to small villages in Uganda. It has
given more than $50,000 to the project by
donating a portion of the money from every
charter Arrow Stage Lines runs.
In 2018, the Hero Project will take on a
similar mission in Burkina Faso. The company is hoping to raise more than $10,000
before the end of 2018 to help Charity:
Water build a clean water well. To learn
more about Charity: Water, visit www.
Are We There Yet? owner Dea Hoover
and Declan Rutan started collecting
bags for foster children after learning of
the huge need through Family Forward.
Customers Come Together to
Help Missouri Foster Children
Dea Hoover and Declan Rutan from Are
We There Yet? LLC have a "very deep
space" in their hearts for foster children
in St. Louis, and continually seek ways to
help them. One way the team has made an
impact is through collecting new and gently
used luggage, duffle bags, carry-ons, and
backpacks for the foster children of Family
Forward, a nonprofit organization focused
on building safe and healthy relationships
for children and families.
The project began when Hoover heard
about Family Forward's need for bags
for children to pack their belongings in
when they go to a foster home. Too often,
children show up at Family Forward with
their few belongings in garbage bags.
Hoover told one of her tour groups about
Family Forward, and soon, customers
were showing up with bags to donate.
The first drive was such a success
that this ABA member company now
regularly talks to its customers about
the mission of Family Forward. To learn
more about Family Forward, visit www.
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