CLEARWATER, Fla. (October 22, 2016) – Hundreds of box car racers returned to the streets October 22 for the seventh annual Achieva Box Car Rally, one of the biggest community events in downtown Clearwater, raising thousands of dollars for Pinellas County classrooms.
The event runs through late Saturday afternoon, and more than 67 teams joined this year’s rally — the most ever — racing homemade gravity-powered race cars through Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District. The racers represented schools, businesses and families, many of whom are returning competitors.
The event gathered more than 2,500 spectators for 280 box car races, in addition to live entertainment, food trucks and a kids’ carnival zone, among other family-friendly activities. All race results will be available online at: www.AchievaBoxCarRally.com.
“The Box Car Rally event is really an opportunity for the community to come together and have a great time for a great cause,” said Gary Regoli, CEO of Achieva Credit Union. “One of our core principles at Achieva is to do the right thing, so being able to give back to the community and help our local classrooms is a wonderful way to do that.”
The Achieva Credit Union has held the Box Car Rally every year since 2010. In total, the foundation has contributed more than $150,000 through the event to benefit Pinellas County schools. These direct grants are administered by the Achieva Foundation, a 501(c)3 Corporation. Overall, the foundation has raised over $255,000 for local school classrooms through their sponsorship of community events.
ABOUT ACHIEVA: Achieva Credit Union was founded in 1937 in Pinellas County. Today, it is rated a Superior 5-Star credit union by Bauer Financial and has more than $1.4 billion in assets and 24 branches serving more than 140,000 members. Anyone who lives or works in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties, or whose family member has an Achieva Credit Union account can bank with Achieva. For more information about Achieva, visit www.achievacu.com.