Sheehy Dealers to Hold Benefit for American Heart Association


Sheehy Auto Stores is getting even more involved in its community, as it announced a 50-day charity initiative to benefit the American Heart Association as well as a new partnership with WLZL-FM (107.9) El Zol — CBS Radio-owned Latin Urban and Pop music station reaching the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.

Sheehy Auto Stores is gearing up for its 17th annual "Sheehy 5000" fundraising campaign, which takes the form of a 50-day community-wide effort to raise awareness and funds to benefit the American Heart Association. 

"The issue of heart disease is important to us because it affects so many of our employees, customers and their families," said Vince Sheehy, president and chief executive officer of Sheehy Auto Stores.  "In addition to our dealership-wide goal of selling 5,000 cars in 50 days with a portion of proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association, we are planning regional community outreach and events in each area to help educate our communities about how they can prevent and minimize their risks of heart disease."

The event has historically raised more than $100,000 each year for a designated charity, the dealer group shared.

Each of the 18 Sheehy dealerships throughout Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va.; and Baltimore will lead various initiatives in support of the Sheehy 5000.

These include "Love Your Heart" stations that will feature information about heart disease and stroke, in addition to giveaways (mints, heart-shaped stress balls, pedometers, coloring books and crayons); and events such as car shows, car safety and buying tip seminars, blood pressure screenings and CPR training.

"We appreciate the Sheehy Auto Group leadership, employees, partners and customers for their support of the American Heart Association's mission," said Michelle Nostheide, vice president of marketing at the American Heart Association. "The awareness and the funds raised will make a direct impact on the heart health of the people in our communities and will save lives."

In other news from the company announced this week, the dealer group shared more about its partnership with WLZL-FM (107.9) El Zol. 

"We look forward to a long-term partnership with El Zol that will include advertising buys, radio remotes, social media and other promotions," said Allison Centore, director of marketing, Sheehy Auto Stores.  "This is part of our 'bigger picture' initiative to target a very important sector of our community."

El Zol will also be helping to promote Sheehy Auto Stores' upcoming Sheehy 5000.  

NC Dealers Generate Funds for Military Charities


Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, franchised dealers in North Carolina will donate a portion of their sales from new cars or service to Drive For Troops, a program sponsored by the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.

Officials said all proceeds from the program will be donated to charities that support North Carolina’s military, veterans and their families. Beneficiaries include Hiring Our Heroes, The Fisher House, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Operation Homefront and The Patriot Foundation.

“North Carolina has one of the largest military populations in the United States,” said NCADA Charitable Foundation chair Cyndie Mynatt. “From hardships on families of active duty military to veterans suffering from PTSD and physical disabilities, or those requiring assistance to transition into civilian life, these folks need our help.”

In 2010 and 2011, the association flew more than 800 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials. In 2004, more than $250,000 was raised for Support our Troops.

“We are excited that our dealership will participate in the Drive For Troops program this summer,” said Don Price of Lafayette Ford in Fayetteville, N.C. “The military is a very big part of the Fayetteville area and other communities throughout the state. We understand the importance of giving back to the heroes who fought for the freedoms that we enjoy today.”

For more information, call (800) 264-6223.

ADESA Auction Raises $60K for Tornado Relief

CARMEL, Ind.  - 

Following loss and severe damages from recent tornadoes, the employees of one ADESA auction took it upon themselves to help their neighbors.

Raising nearly $60,000 with an auction to benefit area tornado relief efforts was ADESA Little Rock. Sale proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas.

“Almost everyone knows someone who has been directly impacted by these recent storms,” said ADESA Little Rock general manager Angela Sims. “We wanted to do whatever we could to help those devastated by this tragedy.”

Auctioneer Steve Sims came up with the idea for the sale, as an opportunity for ADESA employees and dealers to support the local community.

“The entire team is thankful that our dealers share our philosophy of giving back,” Sims said. “We are truly overjoyed for this outpouring of support.”

Items up for auction were sponsored by ADESA and its sister company, Automotive Finance Corporation. ADESA also contributed $5,000 cash.

Manheim Detroit Cleans Up

CARLETON, Mich.  - 

More than 100 employees of Manheim Detroit took up their bags to make a difference in their community.

In an effort to clean up and preserve the environment, the group spent more than three hours on May 2 collecting 130 bags of trash from the grounds and areas around the Carleton, Mich., location and the facility’s separate Flat Rock marshaling yard.

“I was very impressed with our team and the dedication our Manheim Detroit volunteers showed,” said JD Daniels, general manager at Manheim Detroit. “They worked very hard to preserve the environment, give back to the community and go that extra mile. Our crew went above and beyond to volunteer their time after work to make a difference in the community.”

The volunteers collected trash and debris on the grounds of the 200-acre Manheim Detroit property, along fence lines and in adjacent wetland and farm field areas near the auction. The winning squad collected 18 bags of trash.

Leaders at Manheim Detroit added the second volunteer location at the marshaling yard due to employee interest.

“When our Flat Rock employees heard about our Spring Clean event, they wanted to participate too,” Daniels said. “So we wound up with two spring clean-ups going on simultaneously. Our employees’ efforts made us proud.” 

“We were all blown away by the participation,” added Diana Ohanesian, Manheim Detroit controller and event organizer. “Detroit truly takes pride in having a clean environment and had a great time making it happen. Our volunteers are already asking when the next event will be.” 

An eight-member conservation committee, which includes members from several auction departments, is planning additional events for 2014 at Manheim Detroit’s 600 Will Carlton Road facility.

Other projects this year include an upcoming second cleanup of the Civil War cemetery on the grounds of Manheim Detroit and a flower-planting event.

NJ Dealers Near $250K to Aid Children’s Cancer Treatment


The New Jersey Auto Retailers Unite campaign is a one-of-a-kind partnership between The Valerie Fund and franchised dealerships in the Garden State to raise money and awareness of The Valerie Fund and highlight the charity work these stores do in communities throughout New Jersey.

To date, 129 dealerships have raised nearly $250,000 as part of the New Jersey Auto Retailers Unite campaign and more are signing up nearly every day.  The campaign officially begins on June 1 and will run through Sept. 30.

“We knew when we partnered with the dealerships throughout New Jersey, that this campaign would be like none other,” said Ed Goldstein, co-founder of The Valerie Fund. 

“The individuals who run these businesses are among the most committed and generous business owners in the country. I can’t thank those who have signed up to participate enough and hope to see many more sign up in the weeks and months ahead.”

Established in 1976 in memory of Valerie Goldstein, The Valerie Fund’s mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. Families turn to The Valerie Fund because of the combination of medical care, counseling, and other services it provides. 

The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers comprise the largest network of healthcare facilities for children with cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey, and one of the largest in the nation.

Beginning June 1, consumers who test drive a vehicle at any of the participating dealerships will receive a sweepstakes card — which they will need to register on the campaign’s website — for a chance to win one of two new vehicles that will be given away at a gala celebration to be held Sept. 14 at the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison. 

Anyone who purchases a vehicle at a participating dealership will receive three chances.

Website visitors also have the opportunity to offer their own support by purchasing chances in the sweepstakes or making a donation directly to The Valerie Fund.

At the celebration event on Sept. 14, the campaign will also unveil the My First Car coffee table book, featuring New Jersey celebrities, athletes and other public figures reminiscing about their first cars.

A portion of every book sale will also be donated to the New Jersey Auto Retailers Unite campaign on behalf of The Valerie Fund.

For the most updated list of participating dealerships, please visit the New Jersey Auto Retailers Unite campaign website at www.njautoretailersunite.org/dealers

NADA to Offer Assistance with Storm Recovery

McLEAN, Va. - 

It’s been a rough week for certain areas in the Midwest and Southeast because of horrific weather, but the National Automotive Dealers Association is pledging to help.

Dealership employees in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee who have been affected by the recent tornados are eligible to receive financial assistance from the Emergency Relief Fund of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.

Click here for the application for Emergency Relief Fund Assistance.

For questions or assistance with the application process, dealer employees can call (703) 821-7233 or send an email to foundation@nada.org.

Manheim Riverside Hosts Congressman


Demonstrating the value of the remarketing industry to not only the auto sector, but also the local economy, one Manheim auction in California played host to a congressman looking to learn.

Manheim Riverside hosted U.S. Rep. Mark Takano of California on Tuesday for a tour of a fast-paced sale, highlighting the work done to maximize vehicle values, and the employees who bring it all together.

During the tour, Takano visited with Manheim Riverside general manager Christopher Brown, Southern California market vice president Scott Hurst and senior director of government affairs Karyn Wrye.

He also toured the auction’s reconditioning center, body shop, detail area and VCI/Audi Tech Ops Center. The visit marked Takano’s final stop on his “100 Businesses” tour, which began last year. 

“Manheim Riverside was honored to host Congressman Takano,” said Christopher Brown, general manager at Manheim Riverside. “We are excited that the congressman selected Manheim Riverside as the final stop of his ‘100 business’ tour.”

Takano, via a press release, noted that the tour “allowed me to talk directly with the business owners and their employees and learn what Congress can do to accelerate the area’s economic recovery.”

Ride Across America

In upcoming events for Manheim, the company has announced its role as presenting sponsor of the 20th anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.

The coast-to-coast motorcycle tour is set for May 3-10, and serves as a fundraiser for Victory Junction, a camp created to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

“Manheim is a proud sponsor of The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America,” said Janet Barnard, Manheim executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Our company takes pride in sponsoring this event that allows us to help children who are dealing with serious illnesses and medical conditions. 

“I was fortunate enough to be able to ride last year, and it was amazing to see all of the children and families who came to support the ride,” Barnard said. “It's truly meaningful to sponsor such a worthwhile cause that is making differences in the lives of children and their families."

Among the more than 175 riders expected to participate in the event are four from Manheim: Barnard; Nick Peluso, president of Global RMS; William Weston, senior director of customer management and shared services; and Butch Herdegen, general manager of Manheim Orlando and Manheim Central Florida.

The riders will travel more than 2,800 miles during the week-long ride, which Manheim sponsored last year as well.

“What began as just a few friends having a good time riding track to track has turned into what we have today, which is an incredible event that provides thousands of life-changing experiences for children,” said Petty, a former NASCAR driver and racing analyst.

“This is the first year we’ve traveled straight from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and I’m looking forward to experiencing it with friends, while meeting our fans and generous supporters along the way,” he said.   

The ride begins on May 3 in Carlsbad, Calif., and ends May 10 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

This year, the Manheim group will be joined by NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion Richard Petty, who is Kyle Petty’s father; NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth; former NASCAR driver and Bo-Dyn Olympic bobsled founder Geoff Bodine; NASCAR legends Harry Gant and Donnie Allison; former NFL great Herschel Walker; Fox News contributor and former U.S. Rep. Col. Allen West; and co-host of History Channel’s “Top Gear America” and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood.

To follow the riders live, visit www.facebook.com/KPCharityRide.

Manheim Honors

Finally in Manheim news, the company announced that Manheim Pennsylvania has been honored for its energy-efficient parking facility.

As part of the U.S. Energy Department’s commitment to helping businesses save money by saving energy, the department’s Better Buildings Alliance is supporting the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking campaign. More than 100 U.S. businesses and organizations have participated by planning or installing energy-efficient lighting in their parking lots and garages.

On April 15, Manheim Pennsylvania vice president and general manager Julie Picard accepted the Highest Absolute Annual Energy Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Area award given to Cox Enterprises for the Manheim Pennsylvania project. As a Cox Enterprises subsidiary, Manheim participates in the company’s national sustainability program.

Manheim Pennsylvania has decreased energy use in its 13.5 million-square-foot parking lot by switching to reduced wattage lamps and a wireless control system. This new project cut the auction's energy use by 50 percent.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels Awards $2M for Pediatric Cancer Research


Hyundai Hope on Wheels — Hyundai Motor America’s pediatric cancer nonprofit organization — announced this week a $2 million research grant award to fund the Children's Oncology Group's  Project:EveryChild.

As a part of Project:EveryChild, Hyundai's funds will help in the collection of biospecimens from children with cancer at COG institutions around the country, the company shared.

"Hyundai's generous support to Project:EveryChild will make a significant difference in our ongoing battle against childhood cancer," said Dr. Peter Adamson, chairman of the Children's Oncology Group. "This crucial funding will ensure that every child diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. will be eligible to participate in and benefit from the advances in research from Project:EveryChild, regardless of the rarity of the type of cancer."

These specimens will then be stored at the Hyundai COG Biorepository.

 “The biorepository functions as a massive database of pediatric cancer specimens that provide doctors the ability to request and access thousands of cancer specimens and previous research like never before,” Hyundai officials explained.

After being stored at the Hyundai Hope On Wheels COG Biorepository, the specimens will then be able to be studied by leading laboratories worldwide.

 Project:EveryChild is designed to provide doctors and researchers with access to thousands of samples and laboratory findings.  

"Over the last 16 years we have been committed to reaching a day when no child will have to face cancer, and supporting COG's Project:EveryChild is another big step in that direction," said Dave Zuchowski, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America and board member of Hyundai Hope On Wheels.

 "With the ability to study every child's type of cancer, researchers will be able to more effectively collaborate and develop new and better treatments. And that's something that all of us at Hyundai are extremely excited and passionate about,” he continued.

Honda Launches Video Series to Recognize Employee Community Service


In what began earlier this month, Honda has found another way to honor its associates that not only excel within the company, but also take time to play active roles in their communities, as well.

Through the company’s new video series titled, “What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda,” Honda will introduce 12 associated who “believe that building quality communities is just as important as building quality products,” officials said.

Honda explained these employees come from diverse backgrounds, including small towns and big cities, but they all have one thing in common — they are all “volunteering and working hands-on to improve their neighborhoods,” Honda officials said.

The company released its first video on April 3, which featured Eddie Caldwell, a production associate from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) in Lincoln, Ala.

Caldwell has spent 12 years with the company, specializing in rear suspension assembly for the Ridgeline, Odyssey and Pilot.

He also serves as acting captain for Hollins, Ala., Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

“His dedicated community service qualifies him for HMA's unique HondaStar program, which not only encourages associates to volunteer, but also provides a donation to the non-profit in his or her honor once the associate reaches 40 hours of volunteer service each year,” the company shared.

See above to view the first video in the “What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda” series.

Manheim PA Donates $70K to Keystone Wounded Warriors


To support the Keystone Wounded Warriors organization, Manheim Pennsylvania recently raised $70,000 as a donation to Keystone Wounded Warriors, which is a portion of proceeds from the third-annual Xtreme Spring Event.

Auction officials highlighted a spring charity gala to benefit veterans also was held as part of two-day event.

Manheim Pennsylvania hosted what it called the world’s largest highline vehicle auction — a “100 Grander”  sale — featuring a 2008 Bugatti Veyron,  many Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini models and other high-dollar vehicles on March 20.

Additionally, Ultra Highline, Corvette, Motorcycle and Classic Car auctions were held on March 21.

A portion of the proceeds from the Xtreme Spring Event benefitted the Pennsylvania-based Keystone Wounded Warriors. This year’s donation marks a $20,000 increase over the donation made to the Wounded Warrior Project in 2013.

During the past two years, Manheim Pennsylvania raised $110,000 for Wounded Warrior Project.

“Our organization greatly appreciates the efforts of Manheim Pennsylvania, its staff and customers,” said Paul Spurgin, director and co-founder of Keystone Wounded Warriors.

“We depend on the generosity of companies like Manheim to be able to provide the support and services our veterans need,” Spurgin continued. “We are very grateful for this donation, and look forward to a continued partnership with Manheim.”  

Julie Picard, vice president and general manager of Manheim Pennsylvania, shared her thoughts on the philanthropic event.

“We are so proud to support the Keystone Wounded Warriors and the Pennsylvania veterans it impacts,” Picard said.

“Our third-annual Xtreme Spring Sale was extra special for Manheim Pennsylvania because we were able to support such a deserving organization,” she continued. “Giving back to the community is an important value of Manheim and its operating locations.”