A Part of the Family

Chili Cook-Off Raises $20,395 for Adults with Disabilities

St. Cloud, Minn. — April 18, 2013 — Prior to the kickoff of a recent Auto Value parts stores product expo, Automotive Parts Headquarters Inc. (APH), in partnership with more than 40 manufacturers’ representatives, hosted its third annual chili cook-off. Nine chili dishes were entered and $20,395 was raised, including APH’s dollar for dollar match contribution, for WACOSA, a nonprofit day program for adults with disabilities in central Minnesota.

“APH, Auto Value, and the Bartlett family are strong believers and supporters of WACOSA,” commented Clint Gordon, area sales manager for Dorman Products and chili cook-off champion. “Adults with disabilities are often the hardest hit when county, state and federal funding cuts need to be made. For that reason, we are extremely proud to help the APH team, in any way we can, raise money and awareness for this important program.”

WACOSA connects local businesses with a workforce of more than 500 adults with mental or physical disabilities. Through training and coaching, WACOSA workers provide reliable and affordable business solutions through in-center work opportunities or community employment.

(From left: Mark Hoffman, East Penn Mfg.; Corey Bartlett, APH; Joe Champion, Tenneco; Bill Herman, WIX Filters; Jim Kruger, Siskel Sales, Clint Gordon, Dorman Products; and Steven Howard, WACOSA)