Crown Automotive Group Joins Chris Archer's Pledge to K Teen Homelessness

Crown Automotive Group is now supporting the Rays Baseball Foundation and Chris Archer's efforts to help end teen homelessness by matching the $25 donation to the local nonprofit organization Starting Right, Now for every strikeout Archer records. Entering tonight, Archer has logged 177 strikeouts this season, third most in the majors, and will make his 23rd start tonight against the Houston Astros.

"Crown Automotive Group is honored to join Chris Archer in supporting Starting Right, Now," said President of Crown Automotive Group Jim Myers. "Homeless teens in our community need a safe place to live, and the care, guidance and resources to give them hope for a bright future. Starting Right, Now gives them the ability to accomplish what was once only their dream."

Other local businesses and Rays fans can join the strikeout challenge in benefit of Starting Right, Now by making their own pledge online at raysbaseball.com/archer. Over the last two seasons, Archer's 485 strikeouts raised more than $35,000 to be split between Burg Baseball Inc. and Tampa RBI.

"Starting Right, Now is so grateful to Chris Archer, the Tampa Bay Rays and Crown Automotive Group for all their support," said Starting Right, Now Founder and Executive Director Vicki Sokolik. "We feel so fortunate Starting Right, Now was chosen for the Archer Strikeout Campaign. This funding helps SRN save homeless youth by providing them with stability and allowing them to reach their full educational potential. Chris has become a major supporter for our organization with his time and money. He has truly embraced our mission and we are so grateful."

Archer is currently working in conjunction with Starting Right, Now to open the program in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C.

About Starting Right, Now

Starting Right, Now is a nonprofit organization that combats homelessness for youth through one-on-one mentoring, providing a stable home, obtaining employment, teaching financial literacy, life skills and promoting educational achievement. The organization, which was founded in Hillsborough County, opened its second transitional house in February in South St. Petersburg.

About Crown Automotive Group

Over the last 40 years, Crown Automotive Group has grown into one of the largest privately owned dealership groups in the nation with operations in Florida, Ohio and Tennessee. Every Crown Automotive dealership features an extensive selection of new, certified and meticulously inspected pre-owned vehicles with financing options for every budget. Customers can also expect superior service from a team of highly trained technicians at Crown's signature award-winning service facilities. Driven by four core values: Customer Focus, Teamwork, Integrity and Growth, the group is committed to providing each customer with "The Better Way To Buy." Visit crowncars.com for more information on Crown Automotive Group or contact Amy Spiegel of Crown Automotive Group at aspiegel@crowncars.com or (727) 527-5731 ext. 1039.