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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 17:40

Autobody Advantage Breast Cancer Fundraiser, ‘Boo for Boobs’ Event Returns

Written by Quint Qualls, The Spring Hill Home Page

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Autobody Advantage plans to once again spend the entire month of October dedicating profits to the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition, a nonprofit that assists patients with everything from electric bills, prescriptions and insurance co-pays to rent and mortgage payments.

Jim and Dawn Grimes, Autobody Advantage’s owners, will donate 10 percent of profits from all mechanical services at the Thompson’s Station store and all self-pay collision repair at both the Thompson’s Station and Spring Hill stores Oct. 1-31.


Held in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the fundraiser benefits the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition’s emergency access fund, which provides financial assistance to men and women undergoing breast cancer treatments.


As a part of the fundraiser, anyone who makes a donation at either of the store locations or via will receive a key to a combination lock that may unlock a brand new DPMS Panther Arms 5.56 Caliber AR-15 from Northside Gunshop or $500 cash.


Fundraising effort leads up to ‘Boo for Boobs’ event


The month-long fundraiser for breast cancer patients will culminate with the company’s ‘Boo for Boobs’ event on Oct. 28, which will feature free hamburgers and hotdogs courtesy of O’Reilly Auto Parts in Spring Hill and fresh-squeezed lemonade courtesy of the Fairview Fried food truck operated by Autobody Advantage employees Jamie and Catherine Metts.


The locked boxes containing the AR-15 and $500 cash will be available at the Boo for Boobs event, and donors will have the opportunity to try their combination lock keys to see if they’ve won.


Representatives of the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition will also be on hand for anyone who would like more information regarding the nonprofit’s mission, or for anyone currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer that may need assistance.


The Boo for Boobs event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Autobody Advantage’s Thompson’s Station store, located at 1500 Thompson’s Station Road West.


Autobody Advantage hopes to improve on 2015 fundraising effort


Last year, Autobody Advantage donated $5,000 to the Breast Cancer Coalition as a result of its October fundraiser and Boo for Boobs event. According to Jami Eller, executive director of the coalition, that $5,000 meant at least five families were assisted financially while a family member underwent active breast cancer treatment.


By keeping a patient’s lights on, hot water running or preventing eviction, the coalition is able to give people the chance to relax and heal, according to Nancy Allen, coalition president for 2015.


Dawn Grimes said breast cancer awareness and treatment is especially important to her because of how it has affected her family. Her mother died of breast cancer just three years ago this Oct. 20, and her aunt died of it 10 years before that, she said.


This year, Autobody Advantage hopes to raise even more to aid the coalition’s work.


In addition to raising a substantial sum in donations for the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition, the Grimeses hope to also raise awareness about the work the coalition does to assist patients, as many women often don’t know about the kind of assistance the nonprofit offers.


Information will be available and donations accepted at the Spring Hill Women’s Shop and Small Business Expo on Oct. 15. Autobody Advantage will once again be set up at the event.

We would like to thank The Spring Hill Home Page for reprint permission.

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