Racing to End Child Abuse

Richmond Tire & Automotive celebrates its 10-year Anniversary with Child Advocates of Fort Bend and Mario Andretti

Thanks to Firestone and Richmond Tire & Automotive, the Richmond community had a rare treat in mid-June. On Thursday, June 19th over 300 adults and children were able to meet race legend Mario Andretti, take photographs and have him autograph their personal items. Local resident Helena Russell was ecstatic, “I’m his biggest fan and this photo of us is going to travel to my family all the way in South America!”

Racing to End Child Abuse

Shown L to R with Mario Andretti (center) are Mildred, Pat, Chris and Callie Shields

On Friday, June 20th anyone over 16 years of age could ride in an Indy 2-seater, street legal race car in exchange for a $20 donation to Child Advocates of Fort Bend. “Where else can you ride in a real Indy race car and drive right past your home?” asked Rivers Edge resident Paul Thomasec. Donation proceeds from this exciting 2-day event raised $4,100 for Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB).

“We are so honored that Richmond Tire & Automotive elected to make us the beneficiary of their 10th anniversary celebration,” commented Child Advocates of Fort Bend Events Specialist Lisa Moore. “Not only was it a lot of fun but it was truly a pleasure to work with Callie, Chris and the entire Richmond Tire & Automotive team. The first step to creating a lasting change in our community is continuously educating the public, adults and children alike, about child abuse so Child Advocates of Fort Bend can reach every child in need. Richmond Tire & Automotive reached out to us and gave us an opportunity to do that with this event.”

About Richmond Tire & Automotive:

Richmond Tire & Automotive is a full-service, family owned and operated, automotive repair facility conveniently located on FM 359 in Richmond, Texas. The Shields family supports their community and local businesses. “We pride ourselves in building relationships with our customers. We have been in the tire and automotive business since 1975. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to answer all your automotive
questions and take care of your needs,” says Chris Shields.

About Child Advocates of Fort Bend:

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to ending child abuse by providing a voice, healing the hurt, and breaking the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend County. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASATM), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, Child Advocates improves the lives of more than 400 children each month and has served more than 10,600 children since opening its doors in 1991. For more information on how you can become a voice for children and get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, contact Casey Davis at 281-344-5172 or or log onto


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