Advance Auto Parts celebrated a milestone Thursday: its tenth anniversary as a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Advance Chief Executive Officer Darren Jackson rang the closing bell in New York, as employees watched the action on a big screen at the Roanoke Store Support Center.

Advance President Jim Wade recalled the day when Advance went public. "I remember very well ten years ago," Wade told News7 in an interview,  "when we had the chance to sell that first share of stock on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with Nick Taubman and Garnett Smith. And it's just ten years later, we're looking at all the success the company's had, and more importantly, the success we can have going forward."

Advance also kicked off its United Way campaign Thursday afternoon with the presentation of a check for 50- thousand dollars.  That's just a start. Last year Advance and its employees contributed more than 500- thousand dollars to the local campaign.