by: Willie Whitewall


On Friday, June 20th, Black’s Tire & Auto Service hosted its seventh annual Boys and Girls Homes Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the children of Boys and Girls Homes at Myrtle Beach National Golf Course.  Assisting Black’s Tire and Auto in hosting the tournament were Cooper Tires, 94.9 The Surf, Hog Slat, Cox Furniture Warehouse, BB&T, BF Goodrich Tire, J.H. Honeycutt Produce, U 1st, Titan Tire, Heintz Performance, Falken Tire, Harold W. Wells & Son, Inc. Insurance, Goodyear Tire, Hankook Tire, Ultimate Graphics, Dilmar Oil, East Coast Race Tire, and CARQUEST Auto Parts.

One hundred five players participated in the 2008 event to raise funds to support the children living at Boys and Girls Homes.  In addition to the tournament’s major sponsors, the more than seventy four hole-sponsors, donors, and players raised $50,200 for the Homes.  The golf tournament was held prior to the United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters Pro Cup Greased Lightning 250 auto race on June 21 at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Black’s Tire & Auto Service is a regular participant in the race series and placed two cars in this year’s event, one of them winning the coveted pole starting position.  Since the first event in 2002, more than $227,000 has been raised through the golf tournaments. Black’s Tire and Auto Service owner Ricky Benton, Dianne Benton, Ryan Benton, Rick Benton, Jr., Daniel Outlaw,  Dee Dee Green and other members of the Benton family and Black’s Tire & Auto Service staff coordinated the golf event.

BTS Charity Golf Tournament

BTS Charity Golf Tournament

In ceremonies held prior to the Greased Lightning 250 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, the proceeds from the 2008 golf event were presented.  Pictured above are Ricky Benton, Jr. (2nd left) of Black’s Tire, BB&T Vice President Evan Gore (4th  left), Boys and Girls Homes Executive Vice President Larry Hewett, (6th from left), Ryan Benton (1st from right) of Black’s Tire, the Black’s tire children, and others who were on hand for the presentation of the golf proceeds.

In addition to the funds raised by the event, the children of Boys and Girls Homes were admitted to the Greased Lightning 200 compliments of Black’s Tire Service, the Myrtle Beach Speedway, and USAR, and treated to the Black’s Tire Service hospitality tent prior to the race.  Larry Hewett of Boys and Girls Homes noted that “Black’s Tire Service has a legacy in serving the children of Boys and Girls Homes and the children are very fortunate to have the support of that organization.

The golf and race weekend continues to be the largest single corporate event of its kind for the Homes and the efforts of Ricky and Dianne, their family, and the staff at Black’s Tire for the children is tremendous.  Not only do the children benefit from the dollars that are contributed to the Homes as a result of the golf event, they also get to attend the race and all its festivities.  And very importantly the mission of the Homes and its work for children is highlighted for the numerous businesses and race teams that support the event and to the thousands of fans that attend the race and watch on television.

One can clearly see that children and family are important to Ricky, his family, and all the staff of Black’s Tire.”  Speaking on behalf of Black’s Tire, Ricky Benton stated that “We are proud to give our support to an organization whose mission is to help children who need someone to be involved in their lives.  If we can help even one child overcome their hurts and have opportunities to be productive, then we are all better off for it.”