Earnhart’s H.E.A.R.T. Gives to Childhelp and Let There Be Sight

It is important to give to those in need; and in tougher economic times, it’s even more so. Through the Earnhardt H.E.A.R.T. program, participating employees elect to have a certain dollar amount deducted from their paychecks which then gets donated to a different organization each month.

Childhelp is our October H.E.A.R.T. recipient and will receive a check for $2,259 from Earnhardt Auto Centers. Childhelp is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.

September’s recipient was Let There Be Sight, in conjunction with Donor Network of Arizona, provides corneal transplants to the underprivileged, worldwide, in order to cure blindness and a myriad of other eye diseases. They received a gift of $2,245.50 from Earnhardt Auto Centers.

$1,949 was given to the Arizona Animal Welfare League for the month of August. The Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA is Arizona’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. AAWL provides a temporary home for nearly 3000 dogs and cats every year.

Make a Wish Foundation of Arizona Receives H.E.A.R.T Donation

Helping Everyone Achieve Rewards TogetherThe Earnhardt Family has always believed in giving back to the community through charitable donations and sponsoring charity events. The Earnhardt employees carry on that same spirit of giving through Earnhardt’s H.E.A.R.T. program. Participating employees elect to have a certain amount deducted from their paychecks, which then gets donated to a different organization each month. Earnhardt employees contribute over $20,000 each year through the H.E.A.R.T program.

In June, we donated $1,950 to the Make a Wish Foundation of Arizona. The American Cancer Society, our July Charity, will be receiving $1,961.

Earnhardt Employee’s Son Provides Sight to the Poor

Kevin Murphy Jr. receives the "Gift of Sight" Award

Kevin Murphy Jr. receives the "Gift of Sight" Award

Kevin Murphy, Jr., the son of our CJD store’s General Manager, has been working hard to provide free cornea transplants to the poor and underprivileged. Kevin formed a non-profit organization called “Let There Be Sight” with a mission to help those in need restore their sight.

After conceiving the idea for the organization, Kevin met with the Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) to propose a mutually beneficial and charitable partnership. They agreed that if Kevin’s organization would focus their resources on fund raising for the cornea transplants, DNA would provide the corneas at no charge. Since then, Kevin has been building relationships with doctors in third world countries resulting in an outpouring of donated doctors’ surgical skills and services.

Through this generous cooperative effort, Let There Be Sight can now cure blindness for someone in desperate need for only $550! It’s hard to believe, with the price of medical care today, that the cost of this life-changing surgery can be covered for so little. Kevin has created a website – lettherebesight.org – where people can learn more and donate if they would like to help. 100% of all donations go to restoring a blind person’s sight and covers the cost of shipping the corneas, surgical supplies, anesthesia and operating room costs.

The Eye Bank Association of America recently honored Kevin Jr. by bestowing their annual “Gift of Sight” Award for his current work providing free cornea transplants to the poor. As of June 2011, Kevin Jr. has raised enough money to pay for 12 cornea transplants this year. The Eye Bank Association of America also recognized Kevin’s parents for their work almost a decade earlier providing cornea transplants for the poor. In 2000 Kevin Sr. and his wife Susan helped arrange 2 cornea transplants for a poor young university student in Morocco and went on to fund and organize countless more cornea transplants over the span of 3 years.

Kevin Murphy Jr. recently graduated from Arizona State University and hopes to attend medical school next year. His ultimate goal is to be selected to the University of Arizona Ophthalmology Residency Program and someday perform these sight giving surgeries himself.

Helping others is an Earnhardt Family tradition and it looks like that tradition is alive and well with the Kevin Murphy family. Keep up the great work!

Walk For Rockin’ Ryken

Mike McTighe is the Body Shop Manager for Earnhardt Dodge. He and his wife Sarah, a former Earnhardt employee, have a son with Down Syndrome. They would like to personally invite you all to participate in an organized walk event to raise awareness and funds for Down’s Syndrome research. Check out all the details below to find out how to help support their event:

Rockin Ryken

Rockin Ryken

For: Rockin Ryken

What: 12th Annual Walk for Down Syndrome (formerly the Buddy Walk)

When: Saturday, Sept.10, 2011

Where: Tempe Diablo Stadium
2200 West Alameda Drive
Tempe, Az. 85282

Time: 7:30am to 11:30am
9:30 walk begins
more information on www.sharingds.org

It’s that time of year again to join Rockin Ryken at this years 12th Annual Walk for Down Syndrome. We are currently putting together our team on behalf of Ryken called Rockin Ryken. We would love for you to walk our mile as a proud team supporting Ryken and Down Syndrome. So if you are Down with xtra chromosomes come out and be a part of our team. We would love to share this experience with all of you. Respond and let me know if you are willing to be a part of our team.

We are working hard to help reach a team donation goal and hope to pass this goal of $1000. Would you care to be the first donation? A donation of any size is greatly appreciated. Even if our goal is reached it is ok to to raise more money for this great cause. Thank you for your support.

To donate money please go to www.sharingds.org you might need to register first (for security purposes) it only takes a few minutes, then you can give your desired amount you would like to donate. Make sure thou, when making a donation that you donate to team Rockin Ryken. You can also send payment to Mike or Sarah at 1912 East Shannon Street, Gilbert, Az. 85295. Please make sure not to make it out to Ryken or team Rockin Ryken but to Sharing Down Syndrome in the memo you can put team Rockin Ryken. (there website has changed and is to be easier than last year so if you need help just ask and I can try or I can get the help we need)

To view the team profile of Rockin Ryken or to make a donation visit the following link: www.sharingds.org

Click on Sharing Walk (upper right hand corner) view team, click on Rockin Ryken.

Also, this year so we go in looking like a team we will be having t-shirts made with our team logo. (NOT thru Sharing Down Syndrome) Cost of shirts will be $10.00. Please send me (Sarah) money, sizes, and how many you would like by August 10, 2011 so I can get the order in. Even if you are not able to attend and would like one I can get you a shirt and mail them to you. If you are wanting to send me money for a donation and a t-shirt and pay with a check please enclose 2 separate checks.

Please spread the word to everyone thru voice, e-mail, Facebook, ect. the more the merrier!!!

Hope you can join us Sept 10th and support our favorite little guy Rockin Ryken!!!!!

Thank you!

Mike and Sarah McTighe

P.S. I just registered and if it says you need to pick another e-mail address go to the front page and at the very bottom click on log in and use your password you used last year. (it was much, much easier than last year)

American Diabetes Association: Earnhardt Employees Give

Helping Everyone Achieve Rewards TogetherThe Earnhardt Family has always believed in giving back to the community through charitable donations and sponsoring charity events. The Earnhardt employees carry on that same spirit of giving through Earnhardt’s H.E.A.R.T. program. Participating employees elect to have a certain amount deducted from their paychecks, which then gets donated to a different organization each month. Earnhardt employees contribute over $20,000 each year through the H.E.A.R.T program.

This month, we will be donating $1,953 to the American Diabetes Association which will be matched by HearPO. Thanks to everyone who participates in this fantastic program.