Outreach/Philanthropy

ServNet awards 8 scholarships to children of employees

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - 

ServNet has named eight winners of its 3-year-old scholarship program created for children of employees who study at two- and four-year colleges.

In January, ServNet announced that it expanded its scholarship program to hand out up to 10 awards this year.

"We were pleased to expand the scholarship program this year, adding an additional award for $2,500 for a student attending a four-year college," ServNet president Kevin Brown said in a news release. "We awarded a total of $19,000 this year and are very happy to announce the names of eight ServNet scholarship recipients."

Seven $2,500 awards went to students attending a four-year college or university, and one award of $1,500 went to an applicant who will enroll in a two-year college or vocational-technical school, according to ServNet.

The ServNet scholarship program was established in 2016 for the purpose of supporting company employees and their families pursue higher education.

The scholarship program can assist full-time ServNet auction employees, their children, stepchildren and grandchildren.

Connecticut Subaru store continues to support camp for children with cancer

BRANFORD, Conn. - 

A Connecticut Subaru dealership continued to enhance a charitable program orchestrated by the OEM, resulting in a donation of more than $50,000 to an organization near the store.

Premier Subaru has built off of the automaker’s Share the Love event, and this week the dealership presented a check for $53,552 to Camp Rising Sun. Having raised funds for the organization for four years in a row, total contributions from Premier Subaru to Camp Rising Sun now have exceeded $200,000.

Camp Rising Sun was designed to provide a safe nurturing environment to children ages 5 through 17 who have been diagnosed with cancer. Camp week takes place at Camp Jewell YMCA in Colebrook, Conn. A number of “Senior Campers” have become “Leaders in Training” to help with the younger campers and plan activities.

Camp Rising Sun has been around since 1983 and has grown to more than 100 campers. The funds provided by Premier Subaru, during the most recent Share the Love program, will support more than 40 campers this year.

“Thanks to Bob Alvine and the entire Premier Subaru Team, we will be able to provide an awesome summer camp experience to even more kids with cancer,” Camp Rising Sun director Shaun Heffernan said.

“Being a small volunteer organization without a national sponsor, fundraising is always a challenge. Bob and his team’s hard work will help put smiles on the faces of our campers this summer,” Heffernan continued.

In 2013, Subaru of America gave dealerships the option to add a local charity, and Premier Subaru took the opportunity to align with Camp Rising Sun.

“I am honored to participate with such an organization. An organization that brings smiles to brave children and their families,” Premier Subaru president Bob Alvine said. “We are duly proud to have raised this money and deeply thank our customers and employees.”

Along with Camp Rising Sun, Premier Subaru has also been involved in a number of other philanthropic endeavors, including The Branford Jazz on the Green series, Toys for Tots, Jane Doe No More, and the American Cancer Society.

KBB adds car donate feature to website

IRVINE, Calif. - 

Car owners now have a new way to donate unwanted vehicles to deserving drivers and causes when researching on Kelley Blue Book’s website.

KBB announced Thursday that in addition to making it easier to donate a vehicle, it has also redesigned the owners pages on its website to help consumers more confidently decide to sell or trade-in their current cars, as well.

KBB has partnered with Charitable Adult Rides & Services (CARS) to add a new donate feature to its website that allows car owners and dealers to give away unwanted vehicles to organizations online.

KBB said more than 100,000 vehicles were donated through the CARS organization last year.

The donations helped more than 3,500 nonprofits and charities across the country, according to KBB. Some of the benefiting organizations included St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Special Olympics and The Salvation Army.

“Depending on the value of your vehicle, the amount of time you have before it must be sold, and your preferences around disposing of that car, Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com offers car owners a variety of options on how to move on from their current vehicle,” KBB general manager Michael Sadowski said in a news release. “This enhanced section of KBB.com puts these options into perspective and gives consumers all the information they need to make a confident decision.”

Meanwhile, in addition to KBB editorial content and estimated monthly payment information for trading-in vehicles, the redesigned owners pages also include KBB Trade-In Range and Private Party Value reports.

KBB's Private Party Value report information is based on sales transaction and auction price data that is analyzed and adjusted to factor in both seasonality trends and market trends, according to KBB.

The CarMax Foundation, KaBOOM! team up to bring new playsets to military kids nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 

In recognition of the Month of the Military Child, longtime partners KaBOOM! and The CarMax Foundation have come together to build a community playground, as well as provide organizations that serve military families 10 grants for outdoor playsets.

The partners are set to host 11 community events for the children of veterans and active duty service members during what is called the "Week of Play."

With the help of a few hundred volunteers, the partners will present a new playset at Chloe Clark Elementary School on Wednesday. Located in DuPont, Wash., the school serves a community with a large military family population.

Experts designed the layout of the school’s new playset based on local childrens' drawings of their dream playgrounds at a special event held last month.

This week, KaBOOM! and The CarMax Foundation will also provide 10 child-serving non-profits nationwide grants for creative play sets from Imagination Playground and Rigamajig.

"We are proud to be the first corporate partner with KaBOOM! to make a significant commitment to bringing playspaces to military communities across the country," The CarMax Foundation president Matt Aman said in a news release. "Our associates are excited about seeing the impact these new spaces will have on the communities in which we live and work, and they understand the importance of promoting and protecting opportunities for kids to play.

"We have a deeply rooted commitment to supporting our military community, so this effort aligns perfectly with our goals," Aman continued.

Additionally, through a multiyear national partnership with KaBOOM!, the companies said, The CarMax Foundation will provide a $5 million investment to help build 33 playgrounds and provide 32 creative play grants nationwide this year.

"Opportunities to play are an essential part of childhood and help kids develop resiliency and grit, as they fall and pick themselves up," said James Siegal, chief executive officer of KaBOOM!. "When kids experience stress or transition in their lives, play also provides a creative outlet to help them cope, and can restore normalcy and stability. We know this is particularly true for kids who move often or have deployed parents. Thanks to The CarMax Foundation's continued leadership and commitment to supporting our military community, we're able to create more opportunities for kids to experience the healing power of play."

The Month of the Military Child was established by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger as a U.S. Defense Department commemoration in 1986.

Southeastern AA of Savannah culminates 10-week campaign with gift to Shriners Hospital for Children

SAVANNAH, Ga. - 

Dealers and consignors made plenty of transactions, but the organization that really cashed in recently at Southeastern Auto Auction of Savannah was Shriners Hospital for Children.

Southeastern Auto Auction of Savannah raised more than $10,000 for Shriners Hospital for Children and gave away more than $25,000 in cash and prizes to its dealer clients who participated in the auction’s fourth annual “Cars, Cash & Caring” celebration, a 10-week long event.

Auction management highlighted the Cars, Cash & Caring events were held during the auction’s weekly wholesale sales on Wednesdays and public sales held on Thursdays with the conclusion occurring on March 21 with more than 1,000 units offered. 

“The ‘Cars’ portion of the event features 10 weeks of auction sales featuring thousands of units run through our lanes,” said Bill McCready, vice president of operations.

“The ‘Cash’ refers to the cash and prizes totaling more than $25,000 as a way to thank our loyal customer base,” McCready continued. “The ‘Caring’ is the money we’ve raised from donations and 50/50 drawings throughout the year for Shriners Hospital.”

McCready said the auction was able to raise funds through the generosity of its dealers and vendors, as well as the hard work of the Southeastern team.

“We have made it our goal to blow past $10,000 and raise even more for the hospital in 2018,” he added.

Shriners Hospital for Children is committed to providing the best care for children in the specialty areas of orthopedics, burn care, spinal cord injury and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

Back in 1987, Wayne DeLoach, Tommy Childs, and Danny Williams purchased what was then a public auction. Today, the four-lane, wholesale auction typically runs 700 units per week with more than 350 dealer attendees. More dealers attend online using Simulcast and Edge Pipeline.

Southeastern also hosts a public sale each Thursday when about 200 units are run.

For more information, visit www.southeasternaa.com.

2 XLerate auctions raise funds for local outreach programs

CHARLESTON, S.C. and EL PASO, Texas - 

XLerate Group Auctions announced Monday that its Charleston Auto Auction and El Paso Independent Auto Auction are currently raising funds to help two local community outreach programs.

In Charleston, S.C., Charleston AA is raising money for East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO), and El Paso Independent AA is raising funds for non-profit corporation Compadres Therapy in El Paso, Texas.

ECCO was founded as an emergency relief effort after the devastation from Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The program grew into a permanent resource for the community after it was founded in 1989 as an emergency relief effort to help people recovering from Hurricane Hugo.

Funds from Charleston AA will support comprehensive oral exams and screenings, x-rays, extractions, cleanings, fillings and emergency extractions, XLerate Group said.

“’Create smiles in the low country’ is our rallying call,” Charleston AA general manager Laura Taylor said in a news release. “Helping families to maintain good dental health in an area where that service is not within their budget gives us a chance to impact the needs of our community.”

Meanwhile, Compadres Therapy works with health and educational professionals to promote the power of human-animal bond among economically disadvantaged people in El Paso with special needs in regards to physical, intellectual and emotional challenges.

“We’ve asked our dealers and staff to join in EPI’s efforts to bring healing through our natural bond with animals,” auction general manager Luke Pidgeon said. “Compadres’ licensed therapists and certified instructors use various therapeutic methods, like the physical movements of horses or the interactions between horse and human, to overcome physical and mental health impediments,” he explained.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car hunger relief initiative donates $20 million

ST. LOUIS - 

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation announced Monday that it has donated a total of $20 million to food banks over two years as part of its Fill Your Tank initiative, which aims to provide $60 million to address food insecurity in communities served.

The companywide initiative was launched in 2016 to celebrate Enterprise's 60th anniversary over a six-year period.

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation will be distributing $10 million per year and will partner with hunger relief organizations Feeding America, Food Banks Canada and the Global FoodBanking Network, according to the company.

“We launched the Fill Your Tank initiative at the end of 2016 to shed light on an important issue and strengthen the communities where our employees live and work,” Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation senior vice president and executive director Carolyn Kindle Betz said in a news release. “Food insecurity is a critical issue in thousands of towns and neighborhoods around the world, and often, it's an issue that doesn't get the attention it deserves.”

In the program's first two years, in addition to gifting $10 million to local food banks and pantries in communities served by Enterprise, the company said it donated $5 million to Feeding America, $3 million to Food Banks Canada to support food banks across Canada, followed by $2 million to The Global FoodBanking Network to expand the operations of food banks in the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany and Spain.

Funds have been used to develop a six-year implementation plan to support Feeding America's senior hunger strategy, increase food acquisition and sharing for ten provincial associations in Canada and open a new logistics center in Germany, serving 180,000 people, according to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation.

“The Fill Your Tank initiative has made an impact on community food banks and pantries around the world, and we are thrilled to continue to work with our hunger relief partners in 2018,” added Betz. “Our employees have long supported food banks and pantries in the cities and neighborhoods we serve. We're continuously inspired by their good work.”

Penske raises over $1 million for Paralyzed Veterans of America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 

Penske Automotive Group announced Thursday that it has raised over $1 million through its "Service Matters" campaign for the  Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The annual campaign has now raised more than $3 million for the veterans service organization since 2015, the company said.

This year, Penske has matched each donation — up to a total contribution of $500,000 — that was made by customers who were invited to donate toward the "Service Matters" campaign throughout 2017, according to the company.

"It was an honor for Penske Automotive Group to be part of this fundraising effort in 2017, and we are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Paralyzed Veterans through 2018," Penske president Robert Kurnick Jr. said in a news release Tuesday. "We thank our associates and our customers for their continued support of our mission to serve those who have served and for embracing the important work performed by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. We are committed to continuing to change the lives of our veterans and ensuring they receive the opportunity, care and support they earned by serving our country."

In addition to research and education and adaptive sports programs, Paralyzed Veterans provides veterans and their families with benefits assistance and employment counseling free of charge.

"We are beyond grateful for this partnership with Penske Automotive Group. Their long-term commitment to veterans with disabilities has allowed us to continue to serve our nation's veterans, and to ensure those veterans have access to programs and services to help them recover and rebuild their lives after serious injuries," said David Zurfluh, Paralyzed Veterans national president. "Thank you to Penske Automotive Group, their employees and customers for their hard work and efforts to continuing to help severely injured veterans receive what they've earned and deserve: Care, Jobs and Benefits."

Penske Automotive Group said that it will extend its Paralyzed Veterans partnership for the fourth year.

Ally teams with History Channel star to push financial education

DETROIT - 

Ally Financial is hoping a TV show personality helps the company’s education endeavors.

This week, Ally Financial announced that it will team up with Danny Koker, star of the History Channel show “Counting Cars,” to launch a new trivia game aimed at promoting financial awareness during this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Koker will host “Counting Cash,” an auto finance trivia game that will be taped at the auto show and played on Ally's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Each of the questions posed in the videos will offer participants a chance to win a $500 gift card.

In addition to Counting Cash, Ally will create video tours featuring Koker discussing some of the most exciting cars at the auto show, as well as sponsoring the NAIAS Education Day and Photo Contest.

“We see the trivia game and our other activities as fun and educational ways to engage car enthusiasts during the nation's largest car show and promote a better understanding of auto financing," said Andrea (Riley) Brimmer, chief marketing and public relations officer at Ally Financial.

“Our mission as a company is to 'Do It Right' for consumers, and that means providing industry-leading financial products and services, along with tips, tools and insights to help them achieve their financial goals,” she continued.

The first trivia question will be live on Wednesday. The other questions will be posted on Jan. 21, 22, 24, 26 and 28. Once a question is posted to Ally’s social media pages, participants will have 48 hours to submit their answer in the comments section under the video.

A winner for each question will be randomly selected from the commenters who answer correctly and will receive a $500 gift card. More information about the trivia game will be available on Ally's social media accounts during the Auto Show. Those who would like to brush up on their auto finance knowledge can check out Ally's financial education site, Ally Wallet Wise, at www.allywalletwise.com.

New videos of Koker touring vehicles

Ally and Koker will post several 360-degree video tours of the coolest cars at NAIAS. In the videos, Koker will highlight interesting features that he thinks make each vehicle special. The first two videos will be livestreamed on Ally's Twitter page on Wednesday. All of the videos will be available on Ally’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

Photo contest

As part of its auto show activities, Ally will again sponsor the NAIAS 2018 Photo Contest.

Photographs can be submitted in one of three categories: Best Production Car, Best Concept Car and Most Creative. One winner will be chosen for each category based on online voting.

The winners will receive a pair of Bose SoundSport headphones.

To be eligible, photos must be taken during public show days at NAIAS and submitted through the NAIAS website before 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 28.

For more information, including full terms and conditions, visit https://naias.com/about/public-show/contests/photo-contest/rules/.

Education day

Ally is also a sponsor of the 14th annual Education Day at NAIAS on Jan. 24.

During Education Day, students throughout Michigan come to the show to learn about the automotive industry, vehicle technology and career opportunities. Ally will be hosting a session on financial education to help the participating students create a balanced budget and learn the importance of maintaining a personal budget.

ADESA celebrates $1 million raised for JDRF

CARMEL, Ind. - 

ADESA recently announced that it has raised more than $1 million for JDRF in partnership with the Ford Global Action Team.

ADESA auctions have partnered with the Ford Global Action Team to raise money for JDRF since 2012 and has collected a total of $1,030,505 for the global organization dedicated to funding research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Six auctions raised a combined $251,657 last year, according to ADESA.

“Thanks to the incredible generosity of our dealers and our employees, we passed the million-dollar mark during this year’s campaign,” KAR executive vice president and chief client officer Tom Caruso said in a news release. “We would not have been able to make such a significant contribution to the important cause of T1D research without the support of our customers and the dedication of our auction teams.”

Each year, a group of ADESA auction locations competes to raise the most money for JDRF. Last year, ADESA Indianapolis led the campaign with a total donation of $65,176.

First-time participating auctions, ADESA Brasher’s in Sacramento, Calif., and ADESA Salt Lake raised more than $70,000 combined.

Meanwhile, annual campaign participants ADESA Buffalo, ADESA Phoenix and ADESA Boston collected more than $116,000 last year.

“ADESA’s commitment to this effort is evident in these remarkable results,” said Ford Motor Co. board director Edsel Ford II. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with ADESA in support of JDRF.”

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