It’s an opportunity to show your car some tender loving care, while helping local children through the upcoming Scott’s Ride for Miracles.
Epperly Tire and Auto centers in Columbus, with it’s ongoing “Changing Oil Changing Lives” initiative, will donate 100 percent of all proceeds from oil changes performed Wednesday to the cause.
The philanthropic ride is named for Scott Ressmeyer, co-owner of Country’s Barbecue in Columbus, who first hopped on his motorcycle in 2009 for a solo ride across America. It was to mark his 50th birthday and raise a little money for Children’s Miracle Network and its local affiliate, Midtown Medical Center.
More than $650,000 later, Scott’s Ride for Miracles is cruising into the home stretch of Ressmeyer’s goal to raise $1 million for the network. Locally, money has been spent on equipment for the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units at Midtown Medical Center.
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Ressmeyer and 15 other local riders, from both sides of the Chattahoochee River, will embark on the roughly 9,000-mile adventure May 2, returning three weeks later on May 23. Their journey will include a fast-paced view of America’s landscape, amid a variety of weather conditions, and stops at several Children’s Miracle Network hospitals to witness the good that they do each day in their communities.
“Scott’s Ride for Miracles has such a great heart behind it,” said Epperly Tire and Auto owner David Epperly. “We know Scott personally and his dedication to Children’s Miracle Network is evident.”
The oil change benefit takes place 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Epperly centers on Auburn Avenue, Whittlesey Road and Schomburg Road.
Salt Lake City-based Children Miracle Network Hospitals recently said it has topped $5 billion in money raised for its 170 member hospitals since the charity was started in 1983. That included a record $320.9 million last year. Midtown Medical Center has been part of the network since 1995.
Funds raised through the nonprofit help more than 10 million children each year, with member hospitals seeing a combined 32 million patient visits annually. Aside from medical care, research and education are part of the effort.