Goodyear to Support WWIF with Blimp Ride to be Auctioned at the Lighthouse Point Chili Cook OffDeerfield Beach, FL. March 15, 2013. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (Goodyear) endorsed the efforts of the Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF) by donating a blimp ride for two people, which will be auctioned off at the upcoming Lighthouse Point Chili Cook Off and Tennis Round Robin on April 27. The certificate issued by Goodyear will be good for a year and the winner of the ride will schedule the one-hour flight directly with the company. The blimp is housed at the Pompano Beach, FL hangar where the flight will start.

Goodyear was founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling in Akron, OH; it manufactures tires for automobiles, commercial trucks, light trucks, SUVs, race cars, airplanes, farm equipment and heavy earth-mover machinery. Even though he had no connection with the company, it was named after Charles Goodyear, who invented vulcanized rubber in 1839. The first Goodyear tires became popular because they were easily detachable and required little maintenance. Goodyear is known throughout the world for the Goodyear Blimp, the first of which flew in 1925. Today it is one of the most recognizable advertising icons in America.

Goodyear to Support WWIF with Blimp Ride to be Auctioned at the Lighthouse Point Chili Cook OffThe Foundation is also hosting its 2nd Annual Golf Tournament in Indianapolis, IN, where the Water Quality Association is hosting the WQA-Aquatech Convention and Exhibition. The Foundation is still looking for Tournament sponsors and players. The fee to play is $250 (USD). To see your sponsorship options, please visit the Registration page. If you are not able to join us during the golf tournament, please consider a sponsorship or a donation to the foundation. One hundred percent of the money raised will be dedicated to projects with the Safe Water Team, a Wishing Well International Foundation partner, with distribution centers in Kenya, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Honduras.


“Receiving support from Goodyear is a major breakthrough, and we urge members of the industry and other corporations to reconsider the efforts and mission of the Foundation and support us,” said Guillermo Guzman, WWIF’s Founder and CEO. “We are here to stay and will continue improving people’s quality of life by providing them with clean, safe drinking water; the more corporations exercise corporate social responsibility, the more impact we will have,” added Guzman

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