Outreach/Philanthropy

Subaru launches annual fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish, local charities

PHOENIX - 

Subaru of America recently launched its 10th annual Share the Love event, which will benefit Make-A-Wish America for the seventh year.

This month, through Jan. 2, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to Make-A-Wish or one of three other participating national charities of the purchaser's or lessee's choice, the company said in a news release.

Additionally, as a part of the Share the Love event, participating Subaru retailers can also select a fifth hometown charity from their local community where customers can direct their gift.

Several retailers have selected a local Make-A-Wish chapter as their hometown charity, according to Subaru.

Funds from the Share the Love event will help grant wishes for children like Sage, a young girl that Subaru featured in a television commercial about the annual fundraiser last year.

In the news release, Sage said her wish meant that “nobody's telling me to go get blood work, or go get a scan right now. Having a wish helps kids like me know there's something that's going to be better than what we've been going through this whole time.”

Sage wished to visit Jackson, Wyo., because she knew it to have some of the best snowboarding in the U.S.

“Together with Make-A-Wish, the Subaru Share the Love event has granted the wishes of more than 1,500 kids with critical illnesses like Sage,” Subaru of America president and chief operating officer Tom Doll said in a news release. “It has been an incredibly rewarding experience for Subaru owners, employees and retailers to bring joy to so many brave children in their communities and around the country. We are proud to work together with Make-A-Wish for a seventh year and continue making children's wishes come true.”

In its nine years, the Share the Love event has raised more than $94 million for local and national charities, including $23.4 million raised just last year, according to Subaru.

Over the past six years, Subaru and its retailers have donated more than $12.5 million to Make-A-Wish.

Last year, Make-A-Wish received $3.5 million from Subaru.

“Children facing critical illness need our help. Subaru's support, through their annual Share the Love event, has helped make life-changing wishes come true for wish children across the U.S.” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish America president and chief executive officer.

“Research shows that having a wish come true can be transformational for a child battling a critical illness. We are beyond grateful to Subaru and its loyal customers for giving hope to wish children in a time of uncertainty, joy when they could be sad, and for continuing to Share the Love,” Williams continued.

Hyundai launches 2,000 frozen turkey giveaway, food drive for for Thanksgiving

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., - 

Hyundai Motor America announced it will host a giveaway of 2,000 frozen turkeys to families where the company is headquartered in Orange County, Calif., for Thanksgiving.

In addition to the giveaway, Hyundai has also launched its annual food drive for can-goods. Its offices and Hyundai headquarters’ employees are participating in a CANstruction project to benefit Orange County-based non-profit Share Our Selves.

“Hyundai Motor America is committed to giving back to the community and helping its neighbors during times of need,” company director of corporate social responsibility Zafar Brooks said in a news release.

“This recent donation of 2,000 fresh frozen turkeys is a practical way to assist families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. We are honored to partner with over 20 community-based organizations in distributing the turkeys and other items to ensure they get to those who are in need," Brooks continued. 

Up to Nov.18, can-good and non-perishable food item donations can be dropped off at Hyundai offices or any one of the following five locations in Fountain Valley, Calif.:

  • The Fountain Valley Senior Center, 17967 Bushard Street, Fountain Valley
  • Fountain Valley Recreation Center, 16500 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley
  • Fountain Valley City Hall Building, 10200 Slater Ave, Fountain Valley
  • The Fountain Valley Bowl, 17110 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley
  • Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, 10055 Slater Avenue #250, Fountain Valley

Hyundai headquarters employees’ CANstruction project aims to raise additional food donations, the company said.

The employees will team up to build CANstruction structures using approximately 2,000 can-good and non-perishable food items.

The can-goods will be added to Hyundai’s overall food drive donation for Share Our Selves, which provides over 60,000 meals a year to Orange County residents, according to Hyundai.

TrueCar announces veteran winner of DrivenToDrive giveaway

SANTA MONICA, Calif.  - 

TrueCar announced Tuesday the winner of its DrivenToDrive veterans program van giveaway.

Augusta, Ga., resident U.S. Army Veteran Major Peter Way will soon be receiving a retrofitted van that accommodates his physical needs, the company shared in a release.

TrueCar presented the veteran with keys to the brand new cargo van on Veterans day this past weekend. Way was chosen as the winner through TrueCar’s DrivenToDrive program after submitting an essay answering the questions "What Drives You?" and "How Would You Use a New Van?".

TrueCar recognized Way for his service on stage Saturday during the closing ceremony of Team Red White & Blue's 2017 Old Glory Relay at the Westfield Brandon Mall in Tampa, Fla. TrueCar chief executive officer Chip Perry presented Way with the keys to his new ride.

The DrivenToDrive program is dedicated to helping veterans regain personal freedom through driving, TrueCar explained.

Here’s a bit on Way’s story. In 2003, he was stationed in Afghanistan with Army Special Operations where he worked as a Special Forces Medic, when he was injured twice. Way served until 2013 when he was medically retired because of his injuries and has since endured more than 30 surgeries, including the amputation of his right leg in 2015, TrueCar shared in a press release.

The veteran has found adaptive sports to play a key role in his recovery, including adaptive mountain biking, hand cycling, kayaking, cross-country sit skiing and wheelchair basketball.

In fact, in addition to participating in previous Old Glory Relays, Way has been active with the US Paralympic Nordic Program, Team Semper Fi, Team Red White and Blue, Wounded Warrior Project, Wear Blue Run to Remember, Warfighter Sports and the Challenged Athletes Fund.

"I strive to be an example of strength and perseverance for veterans and non-veterans alike to show that if you want to do something, you can no matter what adversity you may encounter," said Major Way. "When I lost my ability to drive because of my injury, I really lost a huge chunk of my personal freedom and identity. This van is really a way for me to take care of myself and my family without needing anyone's help. I'm so thankful to TrueCar for this van and giving me back my freedom."

Once delivered, the van will be retrofitted to accommodate Way's physical needs and will provide a space for all of his adaptive athletic equipment, his family and support dog, Rory.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation gifts Nature Conservancy $30M for water project

ST. LOUIS - 

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation announced a $30 million project donation to The Nature Conservancy on Monday.

The company’s donation will be spread across five-years and be used for a project designed to help protect and preserve four major rivers and watersheds throughout North America and Europe, including the Mississippi River and Colorado River.

“My family and our company have deep roots in St. Louis, and one of the world's greatest rivers runs right through our hometown,” granddaughter of Enterprise founder Jack Taylor and foundation senior vice president and executive director Kindle Betz said in a news release. “But in light of Enterprise's international expansion, it was important that this gift benefit communities and their surrounding environment worldwide. We hope it will help more and more people understand and support the critical role rivers play in our lives.”

The project is called the "Routes & Roots: Enterprise Healthy Rivers Project," and it will support The Nature Conservancy's long-term water resource management initiatives, which benefit 150 million people, according to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation.

“This contribution is one of the biggest gifts we have received in many years,” Mark Tercek, president and chief executive officer of The Nature Conservancy, said. 

“It will benefit both people and wildlife across two continents, while facilitating the sharing of best practices to drive global progress in conservation. This effort to preserve great rivers is about more than just protecting fresh water today – it also demonstrates Enterprise's leadership, vision and commitment to making a difference for the long term,” he continued. 

The $30 million project highlights the strategic importance of rivers and regional watersheds, the company said.

In addition to supplying drainage and outflow for rainfall and streams, they strengthen habitats, generate renewable energy and provide cost-efficient transportation options.

“Our philanthropic focus is not always directly related to our business, but instead reaches beyond to make a difference and improve the quality of life wherever our employees and customers live and work,” added Betz. “We're thrilled to support and partner with a world-class organization like The Nature Conservancy in this effort to help ensure that healthy rivers continue to enrich our lives for generations to come.”

The Enterprise Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand and Enterprise Holdings.

Roundup: Auction charity sale, expansion & more

CARY, N.C. - 

During the President’s Gala held during next week’s NAAA Annual Convention festivities in the second block of Used Car Week, there will be a new fundraiser (Chapter Charity Auction) to benefit five charities.

The Gala itself is on Nov. 16 from 7 p.m. (PT)  to 9 p.m.

In addition to identifying the four charities to support, each NAAA chapter selected four exclusive items to go on the block for the charity new sale.

The auction items include a two-day high performance driving course package, a men’s Rolex watch with a gold NAAA logo, a 2018 Masters Golf Tournament package, along with a his and her Rolex and Louis Vuitton package featuring a two watches paired with a wallet and mini purse.

Proceeds from the sale will go to House in the Woods, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Lynnway Accident Fund, Victory Junction and the American Cancer Society.

Calif. auction gears up for new expansion

AVDA Auction recently announced plans to add a fourth lane to its newly expanded location in North Hollywood, Calif. in January.

The company said its upcoming expansion is in response to high weekly inventory at the auction.

The location runs approximately 900 cars weekly, with highline vehicles making up about 20 percent of the inventory, according to AVDA.

“AVDA Auction the simple choice in auto auctions and has become a must-attend auction for dealers who are looking to buy or sell highline units,” AVDA Auction vice president Justin Soghomonian said in a news release. 

KIA joins CFAA

On Oct. 25 Kia Motors America began selling its vehicles through Columbus Fair Auto Auction.

“We are pleased to welcome Kia Motors America to Columbus Fair Auto Auction,” CFAA chief executive officer Alexis Jacobs said in a news release.

“As we continue to differentiate ourselves in the auction community, Kia will be the beneficiary of our targeted marketing approach and our willingness to experiment with technology to nurture our buyer base.”

This sale, along with all sales at CFAA, can be accessed via simulcast and on IAS Marketplace and CFAA.com.

“CFAA has a unique strategy that addresses the roles and responsibilities of each department as well as specific buyer needs through social media and client management,” added David Crockett of Kia Motors America. “CFAA’s approach to client engagement bodes well with Kia’s strategy to reach and assist Kia dealers.”

Spokane LHM dealerships to fund Thanksgiving dinner for less fortunate

SPOKANE, Wash. - 

Larry H. Miller Dealerships announced Monday that, for the fourth consecutive year, its Larry H. Miller Lexus, Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota, Larry H. Miller Honda and Larry H. Miller Hyundai dealerships will fund the Union Gospel Mission’s annual City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner for more than 1,000 homeless and low-income individuals and families.

In addition to a $5,000 donation, LHM said it will donate turkeys for every car sold or leased at the participating dealerships from this coming Thursday to Nov. 22.

Last year, LHM gave more than 150 turkeys to the Union Gospel Mission, according to the group.

This year’s dinner will be held at the Spokane Convention Center on Nov. 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“Our employees really look forward to supporting the City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner each year,” Larry H. Miller Lexus Spokane general manager Bob McLean said in a news release.

“When they’re out shopping for their own Thanksgiving gathering, many of them will purchase an extra turkey to donate to the UGM dinner. In addition, we all enjoy volunteering together as a group to serve the dinner to our neighbors. It’s quite meaningful to see exactly how our donations help and who they help,” he continued.

“On a holiday that’s all about gratitude, we’re very thankful to Larry H. Miller Dealerships for underwriting the City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner for the fourth year in a row,” Union Gospel Mission executive director Phil Altmeyer said. “They share our heart for this event, which is about showing people who feel down-and-out that they are valuable. Serving a special meal tells people that in a way words can’t express.”

The Union Gospel Mission has worked with underprivileged residents of Spokane since 1951.

In its more than 65 years, the organization has grown from a soup kitchen into a ministry made up of four shelters, two thrift stores, an automotive business and a summer camp for youth.

“It’s important to us to give back and support those who are less fortunate in our downtown neighborhood. We hope that partnering with the Union Gospel Mission in providing a warm meal and a special place to gather brings joy during the holiday season,” added Scott Brewer, general manager at Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota Spokane.

Members of the public who would like to contribute to the dinner can donate online at uniongospelmission.org/give or at any of the four participating dealerships.

GM Financial to donate car to Boston Ronald McDonald House

FORT WORTH, Texas - 

GM Financial announced Monday that it has chosen the Ronald McDonald House at Boston to receive a vehicle as apart of its Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids program.

The Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor is the 18th Ronald McDonald House to receive a vehicle since the program launched earlier this year.

This month, GM Financial also presented Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio with two vehicles.

“Among the myriad of challenges confronting Ronald McDonald House visitors is access to reliable and cost-effective transport to and from hospitals and treatment centers,” GM Financial president and chief executive officer Dan Berce said in a news release.

“Our Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids program seeks to meet this need by offering a mobility solution for Ronald McDonald House families. We are pleased to extend the program in Boston and contribute to the critically important work this organization is doing for the children and families it serves.”

The Boston Harbor house joins other participating locations in Texas, North Carolina, Arizona and Michigan. These are regions where GM Financial maintains a significant commercial or employment presence, according to the company.

“The housing need for families visiting Boston for its world-class hospitals is critical,” said Karen McEachern, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England. “The Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids program provides families seamless transportation between their apartment here at the Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor to their treatment hospitals — another way we can now deliver on our mission to keep families close.”

This year, GM Financial said it plans to gift a total of 30 vehicles nationwide.

Barrett-Jackson charity sale raises $1 million for Las Vegas first responders

LAS VEGAS - 

Barrett-Jackson recently raised $1 million for Las Vegas first responders during its 10th annual Las Vegas Auction at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

The five charity vehicles featured in the sale included a rare 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake owned by Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis, which sold for $1 million, according to Barrett-Jackson.

“As a former police officer, I understand the incredible heroism that was shown by Las Vegas’ first responders during the recent tragedy,” Davis said in a news release. “This Shelby is an incredibly special car to me, and I’m grateful to be part of the Barrett-Jackson family and show that we are all Vegas Strong. We are all America Strong.”

The 1 million will benefit Las Vegas first responders through the Injured Police Officers Fund.

The organization’s mission is to help lessen the financial burden suffered by first responders, trauma personnel, nurses, police officers and their families in the event of a line of duty injury or death.

“Our hearts go out to the hundreds of families and friends who were victims in October 1st Las Vegas mass shooting,” said Minddie Lloyd, executive director of the Injured Police Officers Fund. “These were our fellow Nevadans, our friends. Like the rest of the world, we mourn with you. In the face of this tragedy, there was so much courage: From first responders charging into the middle of the chaos to everyday citizens who helped remove and get the wounded to emergency care.

“We may never fully understand in this life why we face tragedies of sorrow, pain and suffering; at least over 500 people injured, and 58 innocent lives lost. But it is important to know that we trust in our community and Steve Davis and Barrett-Jackson. From The Injured Police Officers Fund please know we will be by your side. Nevada will not fail you,” she went on to say.

The winning bidder of the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake is Paulette Carpoff, chief operating officer of DC Solar.

“DC Solar is proud to be a part of the Las Vegas community. We want the first responders to know, especially in the wake of the recent tragedy, that we stand with you and we are proud to help however we can,” Carpoff said.

Manheim to host charity auction for NIADA Foundation at NABD event

ORLANDO, Fla. - 

The National Alliance of Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealers, Manheim and the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association are all rallying during the East Coast BHPH Conference that begins on Monday to help operators still impacted by hurricane damage.

Officials from NABD and Manheim confirmed with Auto Remarketing on Friday that a golf cart will be auctioned off by the staff from Manheim Orlando during the conference with the proceeds benefitting NIADA Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey relief campaign.

Officials said the item will be at Manheim’s conference booth, and the sale will take place during Tuesday evening’s networking session.

NABD also highlighted that operators who can’t get away from their stores for all three days of the conference can attend for at least a day. Dealers can gain important training, industry updates and networking opportunities for just $150 on Monday, $250 on Tuesday or $100 on Wednesday. To learn more, call (832) 767-4759.

And in the process, attendees can help NIADA’s philanthropic efforts.

The Disaster Relief Fund was established by the NIADA Foundation to provide a venue for members of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association and its industry partners to assist fellow dealers and others in the automotive community affected by the recent storms.

The NIADA Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as the focal point of NIADA’s charitable efforts and coordinates the association’s charitable giving.

Perhaps the bidding for this golf cart will generate at least a portion what conference exhibitor gave recently as Spireon contributed $100,000 to NIADA’s charity arm.

The NIADA Foundation will continue to fund hurricane relief efforts in the coming months.

It is not too late to donate. For more information or to contribute, visit www.niadafoundation.org.

Barrett-Jackson, The NASCAR Foundation to auction Jeep for Las Vegas ER personnel

LAS VEGAS - 

The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company and the NASCAR Foundation will host the charity sale of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Edition on Thursday to raise funds for the UNLV School of Medicine Dept. of Emergency Medicine Residency Program Fund.

The fund helps provide physicians training as emergency medicine specialists at UMC, Nevada’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, where victims of the recent Las Vegas shooting continue to be treated.

“Like Barrett-Jackson, our friends at NASCAR have strong ties to Las Vegas and were deeply saddened by the recent tragic event,” Barrett-Jackson chairman and chief executive officer Craig Jackson said in a news release. “We’re so proud this longtime partner of ours is stepping up to help the medical personnel who are fighting daily to save the lives of those injured. It is just one of many initiatives to help to show our support for Las Vegas at this difficult time.”

The rare Jeep hails from the personal collection of NASCAR vice chairman and chairman of The NASCAR Foundation Mike Helton. It is one of less than 50 production vehicles built by Jeep and inspired by the celebration of the 50th Annual Easter Safari in Moab, Utah.

“It’s an honor to donate this vehicle to benefit the UNLV School of Medicine Dept. of Emergency Medicine Residency Program Fund,” Helton said. “We were reminded of the importance of emergency room personnel two weeks ago in Las Vegas. The work that was done under the most trying of circumstances was admirable – and invaluable. This is a cause the Foundation is proud to support, and we urge others to do so.”

The charity sale will take place during Barrett-Jackson’s 10th annual three-day Las Vegas Auction at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where Helton and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace will be present as the rare Jeep crosses the block at approximately 3:30 p.m.

“We are proud to be a part of an incredible culture where many of our partners have stepped up over the years to donate spectacular charity vehicles, and this Jeep is another great example,” added Steve Davis, Barrett-Jackson president. “We are honored to provide the platform for moments such as this, which are all about us joining together as a community to support Las Vegas and the many families that need our help after such a tragic event.”

The three-day auction will be broadcast on Discovery and Velocity, and internationally on Velocity Canada, Discovery UK and Discovery Turbo UK.

For information about becoming a bidder, visit Barrett-Jackson.com/Bid. Both advance tickets and three-day ticket packages are available.