Advance Auto Parts, Inc., (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, batteries, accessories, and maintenance items, is proud to announce the launch of its 2012 sneaker sales campaign. This year marks Advance’s 19 th consecutive year of support for JDRF in their efforts toward curing, treating, and preventing type 1 diabetes. In the past 18 years, Advance has raised more than $31 million for JDRF, including a record-breaking campaign that raised $5 million for diabetes research in 2011 making Advance JDRF’s number one corporate partner in 2011. Advance and its Team Members are tireless in their efforts to give back to the communities in which they live and work. “Our annual JDRF Sneaker Campaign is an inspiring time of year for our Company because it clearly shows our Team’s commitment to serving our community. The $31 million-plus that we have raised over the years is proof that Service is our best part - not only for our Commercial and DIY customers, but for our communities as well,” said Darren Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This year, our team is asking every customer to buy a pair of sneakers to double their support for curing juvenile diabetes and be a superhero's hero. Our team is striving to save the day for people suffering from type 1 diabetes.” The Company’s sneaker sales program, which will be held at more than 3,600 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, begins tomorrow, August 23 and runs through October 6. Customers can save the day and purchase paper sneakers that benefit the charity including $1, $5, $25 or $50 sneakers. The Advance team then displays the customer purchased paper sneakers in the store windows to show support for this worthwhile cause. Proceeds from every sneaker sold go directly to JDRF and help bring the organization one step closer to finding a cure.
In addition to the retail store Sneaker Campaign, Advance is raising additional donations from fundraising events at the Company’s distribution centers and Store Support Center. Planned events include silent auctions, golf tournaments and participation in multiple local JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes events.ABOUT ADVANCE AUTO PARTS, INC. Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. As of July 14, 2012, the Company operated 3,692 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Advance Auto Parts supports a variety of non-profit organizations at the corporate and local levels and encourages its Team Members to become actively involved in various community-based charitable organizations. Nationally, Advance Auto Parts is a strong supporter of United Way and JDRF. Since 1994, Advance Auto Parts has raised more than $31 million for JDRF, including a record-breaking campaign in 2011 which raised $5 million for diabetes research, making Advance Auto Parts JDRF’s number one corporate partner for 2011. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Company’s web site at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.