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      link hidden, please login to view, a 501c3 supporting people in the automotive aftermarket industry and their families during the hardest moments of their lives, announced the first-ever AACF Humanitarian Award, generously sponsored by  link hidden, please login to view. This prestigious award aims to “recognize and honor outstanding individuals, companies, associations or groups within the automotive aftermarket industry who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to improving the lives of others through humanitarian efforts,” according to AACF. The AACF Humanitarian Award seeks to highlight those who embody compassion, selflessness and a profound sense of social responsibility. Nominees should have significantly contributed to positive change within their communities, whether locally, nationally, or globally.
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      RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, will report its first quarter results before the market opens on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Interested parties can listen to the event via a webcast scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. The webcast will be accessible via the company’s Investor Relations website (
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      link hidden, please login to view and Worldpac, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advance, concluded its 2024 Supplier & Training Expo (STX) with record-breaking participation from repair shop owners, auto technicians, supplier partners and other attendees. link hidden, please login to view Nearly 3,400 registrants attended STX, which was hosted in Nashville, April 24-28, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Attendees participated in three days of automotive training totaling 24 hours of class time, a supplier expo, keynote speakers and networking, before a celebratory event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville, featuring a concert by multiple-time award-winning country music group, Little Big Town. 
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