Dealers Auto Auction Group highlights efforts to send more than $122K to charities

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - 

Dealers Auto Auction Group has a long history of giving back to the community as DAAG supports many local charities throughout the course of the year.

Collectively, the group’s recent efforts have led to more than $122,000 being awarded to a wide array of organizations.

DAA of Huntsville just celebrated its 14th anniversary sale with more than 1,000 units consigned and more than 60 percent sold, raising more than $15,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation. 

DAA of Huntsville equally has raised more than $55,000 for the local YMCA and American Cancer Society in 2018.

Giving back is something that is very important to chief executive David Andrews, who said, “We are so blessed with being able to be a part of so many amazing organizations. We really believe that supporting these local groups is the right thing to do.”

Roger Fields, general manager of DAA of Huntsville added, “It has amazed me what a group of dealers will do on a Tuesday morning at 10 am. In addition to opening their wallets with money contributions, these men and women have donated automobiles and numerous other items for our charity auctions.”

Dealers Auto Auction Group, which has seven locations in the Southeast, holds special events at each of their locations, including:

— DAA of Memphis has raised over $8,700 for organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, St Jude, American Cancer Society and a local food bank.

— DAA of Murfreesboro supports Mission Forces and has raised more than $33,000 in the past year.

— DAA of Chattanooga has raised over $10,000 for Toys for Tots, Forgotten Child and the American Red Cross.

— DAA of Mobile has raised $600 for Team Focus, a local youth organization.

“Dealers want to help support these local organizations” said Scott Keener, director of operation for DAAG.  “They really believe in giving back.”

Dealers Auto Auction Group was started back in 2001 with its first auction in Horn Lake Miss. For more information, visit www.dealersauto.com.

Manheim, Remarketing by Element fundraiser provides Red Cross 2 disaster relief vehicles


As part of Manheim’s “Race to Give” program, Remarketing by Element is donating two emergency response vehicles to the American Red Cross.

Manheim locations across the country recently competed to win the companywide “Race to Give” fundraising initiative for a chance to win a vehicle donation provided by Remarketing by Element for their local Red Cross location's disaster relief fleet.

Manheim announced Tuesday that both its Manheim Statesville and Manheim Seattle locations dominated its nationwide fundraiser.

Along with donating a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu to Red Cross’ Greater Carolinas region location for Manheim Statesville, Remarketing by Element has also provided a  2015 Ford Escape for Manheim Seattle that will go to the humanitarian organization's Northwest region location.

“We often think of the Red Cross on a national scale, but their hyperlocal response helps individuals and families in our local communities every day,” Element Fleet Management vice president of asset remarketing Paul Seger said in a news release. “The Red Cross often does what no other organization can—and we’re honored to team up with Manheim to support this amazing organization.”

The two vehicle donations will enhance the Red Cross’ emergency response fleet that is used to deliver supplies and services to those impacted by disasters, according to Manheim.

“Emergency response vehicles are essential to Red Cross disaster relief operations,” American Red Cross regional chief executive officer Angela Broome Powley said. “They enable volunteers to travel to affected areas, deliver much-needed supplies and offer comfort to our neighbors.”

Manheim said that it teamed up with Remarketing by Element last year for its nationwide promotion where auction locations held several fundraising activities to win a chance to donate a vehicle to their local Red Cross location.

In addition to supporting the Red Cross with a blood drive and providing school supplies to 40 schools, Manheim Statesville also held a hurricane relief fundraiser and gave donations of winter survival kits, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

“Our team has a history of rallying around causes that can help improve the lives of those in our community, and it was heartening to see how they pulled out all the stops to support this important effort,” said Ellie Johnson, Manheim Statesville's general manager. “Knowing that we have a hand in helping the Red Cross get supplies and assistance to people in need is something we will cherish.”

Meanwhile, with donated items from employees, vendors and clients, Manheim Seattle held its 6th annual volunteer-driven charity auction that raised more than $32,000 for the Northwest regional headquarters of the American Red Cross.

“Going beyond Manheim’s corporate partnership with the American Red Cross, our more than 200 team members know it’s important to support individuals and families in our own backyard,” Manheim Seattle GM Greg Milam said. “This vehicle donation demonstrates our commitment to the community where we work and live.”

Alliance Auto Auctions launches campaign to aid victims of human trafficking


Alliance Auto Auction Group believes in giving back and selects a charity to support every year. 

Chief operating officer Christopher Dean and chief executive officer Tim Adams set out to find a local charity, one that had an impact on abused and exploited children. After attending a benefit dinner, and hearing about the Poiema Foundation, they knew they had found the charity to support.

Alliance Auto Auctions has partnered with the Poiema Foundation to help raise money for victims of human trafficking.  The Poiema Foundation is a local nonprofit that rescues sex trafficking victims, helps them with their healing and restoration journey and educates the public to raise awareness to help prevent sexual abuse, sex trafficking and other methods of sexual exploitation.

For every vehicle the auction group sells in 2018, it will donate a portion of the proceeds to the foundation.

“The goal is to raise $50,000 this year,” Adams said.  “In the first quarter, we were able to donate $15,000.

“On June 20th, we held a charity auction at our Dallas location and raised over $11,000, bringing the total to $26,000. We are very excited to see what our second quarter donations come in at,” Adams continued.

Dean added, “I am inspired by the generosity of our dealer partners who want to help and support this local organization. 

“This is an epidemic that is very real right here in Texas, and the support that we have received from our dealers including donated items for our charity auction, has been incredible,” Dean went on to say.

Founded in Texas in 2011, the Alliance mission was to establish personal and trusted relationships with all customers. Alliance is a rapidly growing family of auctions providing vehicle remarketing services to wholesale dealers and for commercial consignors.

A mantra of “Customer Service to the Extreme” is igniting the company’s expansion into new markets, including Abilene, Dallas, Longview and Waco. 

For more information, visit www.allianceautoauction.com.

One of Hyundai’s top CPO dealers also busy with OEM’s charitable endeavors


June was a busy month for Scott Fink, the president and chief executive officer of Hyundai of New Port Richey — one of Hyundai’s top-selling certified pre-owned dealers and Auto Remarketing’s 2014 CPO Dealer of the Year.

Not only is Fink ensuring that certified metal continues to roll over the curb, but he is also chairman of the board of directors for Hyundai Hope On Wheels, the automaker’s philanthropic arm that gave out seven of its 21 planned $100,000 Hyundai Impact Awards. The honors and funds are given to pediatric oncology departments at select children’s hospitals nationwide.

“For 20 years, Hyundai and its dealers have dedicated their mission to saving lives and creating hope through Hyundai Hope On Wheels. We are proud of the research work that has been done and the lives that have been saved by the dedicated research community,” said Fink, whose store turned 1,072 certified Hyundai vehicles last year to rank second nationally, according to sales data shared by the automaker.

“We know that for too many pediatric cancers there remain little progress and few good treatment options for children. That’s why we provided these large awards to some of the finest research-scientists, who are finding new treatment approaches and better ideas to finding more cures for the disease,” Fink continued.

“We believe this is a fight we can win, and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to achieve that goal,” he went on to say.

In June alone, $100,000 Hyundai Impact Awards were distributed to:

— UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles

— Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic in McAllen, Texas

— Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center in Tacoma, Wash.

— University of Wisconsin - American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisc.

— Phoenix Children’s Hospital

— Children’s of Alabama and UAB in Birmingham, Ala.

— Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.

And the pace didn’t slow to start July, as this week another $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award went to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.

“Throughout the country, talented doctors are working tirelessly to help kids fight cancer by conducting research or providing bedside care,” Fink said. “Our goal at Hope On Wheels is to provide these doctors with the grant funds they need to perform their lifesaving work.”

Begun in 1998 by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers, Hyundai Hope On Wheels is one of the longest continuously running initiatives in the auto industry and is dedicated to helping kids fight cancer. The program was started in the Boston area and quickly traveled to support children’s hospitals throughout the U.S. with research grants to help find cures and to improve care for children fighting cancer.

“A key priority for Hyundai dealers is to give back to society and to make sure children have the best possible future for success. We believe that future should be in a world that is free from pediatric cancer,” Fink said.

“We know that progress has been made in finding cures for pediatric cancer. With HHOW grants over the past 20 years, innovative therapies and new treatments have been developed,” he continued.

“The Hyundai dealers' across the nation are proud to support this important cause. But our work is not over, and you can count on the Hyundai dealers to remain committed to this fight for as long as it takes,” Fink went on to say.

For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels and to view a complete list of grant winners, visit HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org/research.

LHM 2-day golf tourney raises $400K for women, kids charities

SANDY, Utah - 

Once again, Larry H. Miller Dealerships hosted group employees, vendors and business partners on the golf course to support its charitable arm Larry H. Miller Charities on Tuesday.

Not only did 54 foursomes come out to compete, this year’s 2-day LHM Golf Classic tournament raised $400,000 for the dealership group’s charity program.

Following an opening dinner and silent auction held at Salt Lake City’s Tuscany restaurant on Monday evening, LHM invited tournament participants to go head to head at the Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy, Utah.

“The proceeds from the Larry H. Miller Golf Classic make a monumental difference in allowing us to give back in the communities where we do business,” group executive vice president of corporate affairs and Miller family philanthropy Jay Francis said in a news release. “This fundraiser is about one-third of the giving we will do this year and will allow us to make a real difference in our communities.”

The LHM Charities organization particularly aims to gift funds to groups and programs that support health and education initiatives for women and children in need, LHM explained.

Last year, 90-plus nonprofit organizations located across seven different western states were able to benefit from the $350,000 raised during the 2017 tournament.

Over $1.5 million in funds have been raised since LHM held its inaugural golf tournament for charity in 2012, and LHM Charities has given more than $8 million in support of several nonprofit organizations, according to the dealership group.

ADESA to auction off 2018 Honda Accord to benefit NIADA Foundation


Operators feeling charitable can help the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association next week.

For the sixth consecutive year, ADESA, a business unit of KAR Auction Services, will auction off a premier vehicle during the NIADA Convention and Expo to benefit the NIADA Foundation.

This year's vehicle is a silver 2018 Honda Accord sedan with a mere 1,188 miles on the odometer. The vehicle will be on display in the Expo Hall during the Convention, which begins Monday at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Expo opens the next evening.

The auction will be held at 1:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at the NIADA Dealer Lounge in the center of the Expo Hall.

ADESA will transport the vehicle free for the winning bidder to any location in the continental U.S.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the NIADA Foundation, which coordinates the association's commitment to charitable giving as well as awarding scholarships to deserving college-bound students across the nation and providing training and educational opportunities to automobile dealers and the general public.

Past foundation activities include raising more than $180,000 to assist members of the automotive community affected by last year's hurricanes, as well as additional disaster relief efforts, making significant donations to charities nationwide, providing matching funds for local charitable projects and funding endowments for university scholarships.

During the past five years, officials tabulated that ADESA-sponsored auctions at the NIADA Convention have raised a total of $125,200 for the NIADA Foundation. During last year's event, a 2016 Nissan Frontier SV pickup sold for $28,000.

More details about this year's NIADA events can be found here.

Hertz Asia launches free rental initiative for Make-A-Wish families in 6 countries

MELBOURNE, Victoria - 

Hertz Asia Pacific has partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation to provide complimentary rental vehicles to families who travel in six Asia Pacific countries as part of their wish experience

The car rental company announced Tuesday that in addition to providing free rental vehicles to Make-A-Wish families commuting in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and China, it will also support the foundation with a series of fundraising initiatives set to be launched throughout the year.

“Hertz is honored to partner with Make-A-Wish. We hope that with our support, Make-A-Wish can continue making progress to achieve their vision to grant life-changing wishes for every eligible child and teenager.” Hertz Asia Pacific vice president Eoin MacNeill said in a news release. “The Hertz team is looking forward to making this partnership an integral part of our business operation, to not only give something back to the community, but also raise vital funds for the charity.”

According to MacNeill, Hertz Asia Pacific is currently looking into ways that can allow Hertz customers to donate to Make-A-Wish when they pay for their vehicle rental fee.

“We are thrilled that Hertz's support will help provide life-altering wish experiences for children across Asia Pacific,” said Jon Stettner, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish International. “We know these wishes forever change the lives of the wish children and families involved, and they would not be possible without the generosity of donors and supporters like Hertz.”

Established in 1980, Make-A-Wish now operates in more 50 different countries.

Bernie Moreno launches fundraiser to benefit children at 3 Ohio hospitals


Bernie Moreno Companies has launched a new fundraising campaign named “Keys for Kids”, that’s aimed at supporting children’s initiatives at three large hospital systems inside Northeast Ohio.

The dealership group recently announced that its newly launched campaign will run into next year and benefit Cleveland Clinic, as well as MetroHealth and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Throughout the year, the Keys for Kids program will receive a portion of proceeds from each vehicle purchased at Bernie Moreno Companies’ Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted, Porsche of North Olmsted and Cleveland Motorsports locations.

While donations made in June, July and August will go to help fund MetroHealth’s School Health Program, this September into 2019, Bernie Moreno Companies explained that second and third rounds of donations will benefit Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland.

“Whether it’s a second-grader getting an annual check-up during her school day because of Metro, a 5-year-old boy getting groundbreaking cancer care at the clinic or a preemie thriving at Rainbow, our community’s children deserve the gift of the best healthcare possible,” Bernie Moreno Companies president Bernie Moreno explained in a news release.

MetroHealth’s School Health Program provides health care to students who attend 13 Cleveland public schools, according to the company.

“‘Keys for Kids’ is a way for us and our clients to help provide that gift,” added  Moreno. “The clients of Bernie Moreno Companies love luxury, style and our award-winning customer service, but they also love helping our community. We are proud to give them the chance with ‘Keys for Kids.’”

AutoNation makes $250K donation to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund


One of the largest public dealer groups is trying to help Floridians heal after a tragic school shooting back in February

On Monday, AutoNation announced that the company is making a $250,000 donation, through the Broward Education Foundation, to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund.

AutoNation associates across the country responded to a request from Mike Jackson, the company's chairman, chief executive officer and president, to support the South Florida high school.  Jackson also serves on the steering committee overseeing the allocation of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund.

Contributions by associates were matched by the company.

 “I was deeply touched by the response of our associates from coast to coast to the horrific events of February 14.  Thirteen AutoNation locations, including our headquarters are in Broward County,” Jackson said.

“Parkland is home to many of our associates and their children, who attend MSD.  The outpouring of support from our associates from all over the country, shows this tragedy has hit home for all of us,” he continued.

In solidarity with the victims and their families, AutoNation has partnered with Rick Case Automotive Group, to garner additional support for the MSD Victim’s fund from fellow members of the Florida Automotive Dealers Association.

Rita Case, Rick Case Automotive Group’s chief operating officer said, “Mike Jackson and I may be competitors in business, but right now we've put our business concerns aside and have united to help our devastated community heal from this tragedy.”

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund has collected more than $8 million and will continue to receive donations through June 30.

NAAA announces 12 scholarship recipients


The National Auto Auction’s The Warren Young Sr., Scholastic Foundation recently announced its 12 scholarship recipients for the year.

In its 14th year, the program now offers eight $5,000 scholarships for attending a four-year institution and four $3,000 scholarships for a two-year college or vocational-technical school.

That’s a total of $52,000 annually in 12 merit scholarships, according to NAAA.

"Over the years our Scholastic Foundation has helped 168 deserving students from the NAAA family pursue their dreams of a higher education, thanks to the generous support of our members," NAAA President Warren Clauss said in a news release. "Today I'm proud to say the fund has grown to become a self-sustaining resource that ensures a legacy of learning and enhanced access to higher education for future generations. It's a prime example of NAAA's commitment to education and training opportunities."

With guidelines and recommendations developed by Scholarship America, an independent organization that reviews the applications, NAAA honors applicants for their academic record, in addition to leadership skills, honors, goals, work experience and public service experience.

Each year, all scholarship applicants must be either full-time employees of NAAA member auctions or corporate offices, their children or grandchildren.

The annual scholarship program has raised over $2.3 million since its inception, according to NAA.

This year’s 12 scholarship award recipients include: Alec Anderson of KAR Auction Services; Anne Dabroski of State Line Auto Auction; Keith Dabroski of State Line Auto Auction; Jacob Huffaker of Salina Auto Auction; Jacob Moyer of Manheim Philadelphia; Kimberley Paquette of ADESA Flint; Mazarine Penzin of Auctions in Motion—Thousand Oaks; Maria Rico of Orlando Longwood Auto Auction; Dane Rogers of DAA Northwest; Audrey Wood Manheim Louisville; Megan Wright of Airport Auto Auction as well as Manheim Scholarship recipient Matthew Wozniak.