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Ask Patty Supports United Spinal Association With Online Fundraiser

Published Dec 24th 2006, 5:15pm by Patty Streeter in Pressroom Press Releases
Pressroom New York, NY (PRWeb) December 14, 2006 - AskPatty.com, Inc. announced today they will be supporting United Spinal Association in an online-based holiday fundraising effort during the month of December. The mission of United Spinal is to provide expertise, create access to resources and strengthen hope, thereby enabling people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) to fulfill their potential as active members of their communities.

Ask Patty has made a yearlong commitment to support United Spinal Association through donations, publicity, and partnerships. United Spinal not only supports people with spinal cord injuries and disorders in their everyday lives, but also created a Motorsports program: Living Life in Motion.

The mission of United Spinal Association's Motorsports program is to encourage people with disabilities, including individuals who use adaptive automotive equipment, to participate in competitive motorsports. It is also to cultivate partnerships within the motorsports industry in support of the program, thus raising awareness about spinal cord injuries and disorders.

Aside from the Motorsports: Living Life in Motion, United Spinal Association offers a Motorsafe program. United Spinal Association's Motorsafe program is a nationwide public awareness campaign promoting safe motoring and spinal cord injury prevention. United Spinal also provides consultation to businesses, which covers accessibility and disability etiquette. Download the United Spinal Disability Etiquette brochure at http://www.unitedspinal.org/pdf/DisabilityEtiquette.pdf.

Jody DeVere, President of Ask Patty, has a personal stake in the support of United Spinal Association. Her son, Joseph, is a paraplegic and suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. DeVere is a devoted supporter of United Spinal and sits on the United Spinal Motorsports committee.

"We are so grateful to Ask Patty for spearheading this online fundraiser for United Spinal Association," stated Devera Lynn, Director of Marketing and Communications with United Spinal. "The support from Ask Patty and Jody DeVere means a lot to our organization and its members."

Donations will be accepted through the Ask Patty website (http://www.askpatty.com) and blog (http://askpatty.typepad.com). Look for the "Ask Patty supports United Spinal Association" button and click to learn more about the organization and to contribute.

About United Spinal Association:
United Spinal Association was founded in 1946 by veterans with spinal cord injuries to help enable members, as well as others with disabilities, to lead full and productive lives. Approximately 700,000 Americans have disabilities related to the spinal cord including spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, polio, spina bifida, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). United Spinal is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.

The road back to a full and productive life has been charted and paved by United Spinal Association. We have been committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord disabilities through our various outreach activities, services and programs. United Spinal Association's membership is free and open to all these individuals, regardless of their ages.

The core belief of the membership and the staff of United Spinal have remained unchanged for over 60 years--that, despite SCI/D, a full, pro-active, and rewarding life is not only possible, it is within the reach of anyone with the strength to believe it and the courage to make it happen.

About AskPatty.com, Inc.:
Ask Patty provides women consumers an opportunity to send questions about car buying, selling, repair and maintenance to a panel of expert automotive women and is a safe online place to share and discuss their car buying experiences. Women can submit posts directly to the Ask Patty website by going to http://www.askpatty.com. Women can ask questions through the Ask Patty site or blog (http://askpatty.typepad.com). All questions are answered by the Ask Patty advisory panel of automotive expert women, which is headed up by Deborah Renshaw -- professional NASCAR driver, and is comprised of women who hold various leadership positions in the automotive industry.

Women purchase over 50 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States each year and influence 85 percent of the buying decisions, spending over $80 billion. Yet, shopping for and buying a car can be a challenge for women who are first time car buyers or for women who had a bad experience in the past with a car salesman or dealership.

AskPatty.com is a member and 2006 corporate sponsor of the Women's Automotive Association International based in Detroit, MI, (http://www.waai.com), on the Women's Board of the Car Care Council, (http://carcare.org), a SEMA member (http://www.SEMA.org) and a member of the SEMA Business Women's Networking Group.



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