photo (1)

Kentucky-based Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM, the nation’s second largest quick-lube chain, celebrated the grand opening of five new Louisville area service centers by raising money for Opening Gates, a local non-profit horse therapy group.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change service centers launched the ”Donation Derby” in honor of a local third grader, Ethan Vaughn, who is working to overcome behavior issues associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and excel in school. Ethan has the help of his friend, Bear – an Irish Draught elite show jumper who was imported from Ireland, abandoned by his owners, and rescued and trained by Opening Gates.

On Wednesday, April 9, all five new Louisville area Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations offerred $24.99 conventional oil changes (usually $39.99) and donated $10 per oil change to Opening Gates.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change’s goal is to raise $3,000 for Opening Gates so they can contribute money needed to buy a shed to provide shelter for the horses and additional space for kids and horses for therapy tasks. So far they’ve raised over $1,750! Valvoline Instant Oil Change service centers will also treat Ethan, his parents and twin sister to a day at the Kentucky Derby to watch the “most exciting two minutes in sports!”