IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Bridgestone 'Buckle up baby' program

Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund Provides Major Funding For CARA Charities' Buckle Up Baby Program HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2002) - Since 1998, the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund has made annual contributions totaling $194,500 to support ...

Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund Provides Major Funding For CARA Charities' Buckle Up Baby Program

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2002) - Since 1998, the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund has made annual contributions totaling $194,500 to support the CARA Charities' "Buckle Up Baby" child car seat program. This year's Trust Fund contribution of $50,000 will allow CARA to continue its mission of providing free child car safety seats to low-income families across the United States.

"Today there are hundreds of families protecting their children while traveling, thanks to the generous contributions from the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund," said Mary Lou Bogner, National Director of CARA Charities. "The lifesaving seats are well known for their ability to safeguard infants and small children, but many low-income families simply cannot afford them. Because the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund and others have recognized this fact, we've been able to use their contributions to aid hospitals, medical facilities and social agencies in purchasing seats for families in their communities."

CARA Charities will make its first Buckle Up Baby contribution of 2002 when it presents a check for $2,500 to Homestead Hospital near Miami. Al Speyer, Executive Director of Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports, will join Bogner in making the check presentation Saturday in pre-race activities for the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"The Trust Fund is proud to support CARA Charities and the Buckle Up Baby project," Speyer said. "In addition to providing financial support, we'll be working with CARA Charities to increase public awareness about the importance of having and properly using child safety seats. It's rewarding to know the efforts spearheaded today by CARA Charities and the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund might prevent a serious injury or save a life somewhere down the road."

Nashville-based Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC is a subsidiary of Bridgestone/Firestone Americas Holding, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. BFNT develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton and associate and private brand tires. The company is focused on wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off-road, agriculture and other tires to its customers in North America.

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