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For Immediate Release: Contacts:
March 24, 2009 Kristin Milam
Johanna Royo
Empire Chevrolet Dealership wins State-wide Award
RALEIGH -- Empire Chevrolet of Wilkesboro has been named Safe Kids North Carolina Outstanding Partner of the Year. This award is given each year to an agency or business that goes beyond their area of expertise to help the community. The people of Empire Chevrolet help make Wilkes County and North Carolina a better place. According to members of the Safe Kids Wilkes County coalition, this dealership is always eager to help or host an injury prevention event. They supply snacks, lunches and even volunteers from their own staff.
"I am so proud to recognize Empire Chevrolet for their commitment to prevent injury to North Carolina children," said Wayne Goodwin, who serves as Safe Kids North Carolina State Chair and N.C. Insurance Commissioner.
In addition to supplying cars and staff for off-site events, this business has offered its services to Safe Kids coalitions in neighboring counties. At their annual meeting, Safe Kids North Carolina presented Safe Kids Wilkes County with the award.
Injury is the leading cause of death for children in North Carolina. Each year more than 200 children under the age of 15 die, about 3,000 are admitted to hospitals, and more than 45,000 receive other medical care as a result of injuries. In a typical year one out of every 34 children in North Carolina experiences an injury that results in death or medical care.
For more information about Safe Kids North Carolina, please visit out Web site.
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