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RNR Tire Express’ Annual Mother’s Day Car Giveaway Honors Three ‘Super Moms’

The moms were presented with a Ford Fusion and two Buick Encores. In addition to the national car giveaway, RNR franchisees across the nation teamed up to collectively give away 25 sets of tires to mothers recognized as runners-up in the nationwide contest.

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AMN Editor Amy Antenora has been reporting daily on the automotive aftermarket since 2002. She also is editor of AMN Global and serves as managing editor of Counterman magazine, AMN’s sister publication for the parts distribution segment. Prior to joining Babcox Media, Amy began her career as a newspaper reporter and went on to work in public relations for two state universities. She is a graduate of Kent State University and in 2009 earned the Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designation from Northwood University’s University of the Aftermarket.


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RNR Tire Express (RNR), a tire and custom wheel franchise, continued the tradition of its annual Mother’s Day car and tire giveaway. Communities across the nation had the opportunity to nominate their own “superhero moms,” who have given all they have to motherhood, to be surprised with the ultimate gift – a free car, as part of the brand’s annual initiative. Selected from thousands of entries, RNR Tire Express honored superhero moms, Jennifer Wheeler in Tampa, Florida; Tammy Niederhelman in Joplin, Missouri; and Carol Vangilder in Little Rock, Arkansas, for their incredible sacrifices and kind hearts. 

RNR recognized each mother at surprise reveal events at their local stores where nominating families presented their moms with the ultimate gifts – a free vehicle. The moms were presented with a Ford Fusion and two Buick Encores. In addition to the national car giveaway, RNR franchisees across the nation teamed up to collectively give away 25 sets of tires to mothers recognized as runners-up in the nationwide contest.

“I am so thankful for this honor,” said Wheeler. “This Ford Fusion will help tremendously, with myself and my family and what I do to help others in the community. There are so many opportunities to help people and this is definitely going to help me do it!”

The Mother’s Day car giveaway initiative was started by David Harrison, a partner in Rental Concepts, an RNR Franchise Group with stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, in honor of his own mother. Harrison saw her struggle as she raised four children on her own, working endlessly to provide for her family. Harrison reached a point in his life where he could repay his mother by gifting her a new car. The magnitude of her gratitude and happiness lit a flame in Harrison’s heart, which has inspired the national annual giveaway – one that will continue to help deserving moms around the nation for years to come.

“At RNR, we value philanthropy and giving back. As David, I too was raised by a hardworking, single mom who gave all she had to provide a good life for her and her children. It’s an honor to positively impact the lives of the hardworking moms across the nation,” said Larry Sutton, founder and president of RNR Tire Express. “Mothers give everything they have to support their children and unfortunately, the world sometimes repays them with harsh life challenges and roadblocks. We are happy to play a role in making a difference in Jennifer’s life to alleviate stresses in a small, but impactful way – with a safe form of transportation and a sign of hope.”

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For more information about RNR Tire Express, visit www.RNRtires.com.

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