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Pictured at the 2014 presentation of McKay NAPA Auto Parts’ donation of $40,000 to Make-A-Wish on Thursday, Oct. 9, were, front row, from left, McKay Promotions Coordinator Sue Miller, McKay President Earl Flack and McKay ‘Wish’ recipient Zoe Kienstra of Edwardsville; middle row, Kathy Neville, Norma Glazebrook and Kathy Eames of the Regional Council of Make-A-Wish Illinois; back row, McKay Vice President Ed Hammann, McKay CEO Jim McKay, McKay Regional Manager Ryan Ocepek and McKay Outside Sales Manager Norman May.
LITCHFIELD — McKay NAPA Auto Parts once again provided a huge boost to Make-A-Wish Illinois funds with their continued efforts to fulfill “Wishes” for local children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
Culminating at McKay’s ninth annual Tool & Equipment Show in Staunton on Oct. 9, the company raised $40,000 this year for Make-A-Wish. The funds stay in the areas of McKay NAPA Auto Parts 18 mid and southwest Illinois stores.
“They are the biggest backers in Southern Illinois for us, from Springfield south to Cairo, and all the way to the border with Indiana,” said Norma Glazebrook of Make-A-Wish Illinois.
The corporation raised the funds through $10 raffle ticket sales, a golf benefit and employees, customers, friends and donor support. They have strived to generate monetary donations annually as the “Wishes” cost at least $6,000 per child. Zoe Kienstra of Edwardsville, a wish recipient who benefited from earlier money McKay NAPA donated, spoke about her adventure of a trip to Bora Bora to swim with the sharks. Kienstra had suffered from liver cancer, and received a transplant.
This year’s raffle ticket winner, Pat Norris of Jerseyville, was drawn at the event. For her $10 donation, she received a trio of prizes including a Honda Youth Off Road Motorcycle, Honda TRX90X Youth Sport ATV and a 5- by 10-foot Big Tex Transport Trailer. Norris has six grandchildren, some who can’t wait to try out her lucky winnings.
Proudly in business for 77 years, family-owned and operated McKay NAPA Auto Parts stores are located in Bethalto, Carlinville, Carlyle, Centralia, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Gillespie, Godfrey, Granite City, Greenville, Highland, Hillsboro, Jerseyville, Litchfield, Nokomis, Staunton, Virden and Wood River. McKay Auto Parts employs about 155 individuals, with many there for decades.