Led by Pitt Hyde's dedication and commitment to philanthropy, AutoZone was built on a solid foundation of giving back to communities. Pitt and his wife, Barbara, continue to be visionaries and standard-bearers of philanthropy, community involvement and high-impact initiatives. At AutoZone, each and every day, we exhibit our Values inside and outside the walls of our stores, Distribution Centers and Store Support Centers.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and 70 countries. Families at St. Jude don't pay for medical treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.
In 2006, AutoZone began its partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In that year, we collaborated to create an innovative, in-store, point-of-sale campaign, now recognized across many companies as the Thanks and Giving Campaign.
Through the Thanks and Giving Campaign, we have raised over $34MM due to the generosity and help of our loyal customers. In this year alone, we hit a personal record of $4.4MM in donations for the hospital, earning us the title of the 2019 St. Jude Corporate Partner of the Year Award.
AutoZone's support does not stop there. AutoZone also supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through grants, volunteerism, employee giving campaigns, in-kind donations, and sponsorships in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, and the FedEx St. Jude Invitational World Golf Championship.
If you are interested in learning more about St. Jude, or to make a donation, visit StJude.org.
ArtsMemphis is an arts fundraising organization whose mission is raising funds to ensure excellence in the arts and build a vibrant cultural community for everyone and is one of the largest United Arts Funds in the entire country.
Since 2012, AutoZone has supported the Arts community with over $3.5MM in donations.
At AutoZone, we view a thriving arts community as a key component to creating and sustaining an economically strong, authentic, and dynamic community. We support arts and cultural initiatives through funding programs, civic leadership and employee engagement.
Operating with a grants program called ArtsZone, this support provides funding for dozens of emerging and established arts initiatives and events like outreach and mentoring programs for underserved youth, accessible art displays and community endeavors, and growth for minority arts groups. In recognition of our substantial support, Americans for the Arts named AutoZone as one of the Top 10 Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America.
If you are interested in learning more about ArtsMemphis, or making a donation, visit ArtsMemphis.org.
Mid-South Food Bank
With thousands of Mid-Southerners depending on the Food Bank for their meals each year, AutoZone has made raising food, money and awareness for the Mid-South Food Bank one of its top community priorities.
The Mid-South Food Bank has been a Community Partner with AutoZone since our former parent company Malone & Hyde's inception in 1927. Throughout the years, AutoZone has provided yearly grants, Capital Campaign Support, employee matching funds, board leadership, usage of tractor trailers and equipment and endless volunteers.
The Mid-South Food Bank serves a 31-county region across Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, which includes more than 230 agencies, including food pantries, schools and nonprofit organizations.
With AutoZone's support, the Mid-South Food Bank relocated to a larger building in 2019, significantly expanding support to over 400,000 Mid-Southerners who experience food insecurities. AutoZone has been able to provide over 16.75MM meals to the community through their support. In recognition of AutoZone's support, the Mid-South Food Bank named their public food space the AutoZone Agency Mart and replicated the look and feel of an AutoZone store.
If you are interested in learning more about the Mid-South Food Bank, or wish to make a donation, visit Mid-SouthFoodBank.org.
As the need for blood increases in the Mid-South, so does AutoZone's commitment to help Vitalant, formerly known as Lifeblood. For years now, AutoZoners have remained Active blood donors - they never hesitate to roll up their sleeves for patients in need.
Vitalant hosts four to five blood drives per year at the AutoZone Store Support Center, and hundreds of AutoZoners donate blood each year.
In 2019, AutoZone won the Corporate Partner of the Year Award for most lives served in the Mid-South by a corporation.
If you are interested in learning more about Vitalant, or wish to make a donation, visit Vitalant.org.
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum, housed in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis and the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is the first of its kind in the country. With a commitment to those who fought for freedom, it houses the country's most comprehensive collection of historic archives and information on the American Civil Rights Movement.
Since the museum opened in 1991 and underwent major renovations in 2014, AutoZone has provided various forms of support: AutoZoners have volunteered to provide technical assistance, IT support and retail guidance in the gift shop, and AutoZone has served as a major sponsor of the Museum's Annual Freedom Awards Dinner.
If you are interested in learning more about the National Civil Rights Museum, or to make a donation, visit CivilRightsMuseum.org.
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