Baltimore Dealer Helps in Fight Against Muscular Dystrophy


Jerry’s Auto Group in Maryland is joining forces with the local Muscular Dystrophy Association Chapter next week for an inaugural golf classic to help those living with the condition.

Scheduled for Monday at Hayfields Country Club in the Hunt Valley area of Baltimore County, Md., the golf event will include the dealership group along with its vendors, clients and business contacts. It has a 9 a.m. (EST) tee time.

“The two entities decided to partner in a common cause for the welfare of those who have been affected by this disease. With 43 types of muscle disease known as muscular dystrophy, awareness of these diseases rose sharply in the late '60s thanks in part to the efforts of the MDA,” a statement from the associated indicated.

“Jerry’s Auto Group feels strongly to help area families that are living with a muscle wasting disease and has engaged in a relationship with the MDA in order to bring more awareness and aid to area children and adults," it continued.

More information about MDA's efforts in the Baltimore area can be found here.

Auctions Give Back: Part II

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - 

Philanthropic activities continued by ServNet auctions recently with a pair of inaugural events orchestrated by two member facilities — KCI Kansas City and Dealers Auto Auction of the Rockies.

Back on May 8, KCI Kansas City held the first KCI Cares charity auction of the year with the proceeds benefiting Sheffield Place. Since Sheffield Place empowers homeless mothers and their children, KCI scheduled the charity auction the week before Mother’s Day and encouraged customers, staff and business partners to get involved.

“The support we received this year was absolutely amazing,” KCI Kansas City co-owner Doug Doll said. “With the overwhelming generosity and support, we were able to raise $16,209 for Sheffield Place which is the most money we have ever raised during a charity auction.”

Customers, staff and business partners participated in a silent auction with items ranging from Coach purses, Tiffany & Co., jewelry, body lotions, candles, meals at local restaurants and more.

Auction staff indicated the most sought-after silent auction item was lunch provided by “3 Girls and A Grill,” which included lunch for 15 people cooked and served by auction managers Kay Nordhausen, Morgan Mackey and Melissa Miller. After a bidding war between two customers, the item eventually sold for $1,300.

Other fundraising efforts included a bake sale and donations from dealerships including Miller Investment Group, Zeck Ford, McCarthy Auto Group, Landers McLarty Group, Randy Reed Automotive Group, Anderson Ford, Fenton Auto Group, DM Northwest, Tyson Auto Source, Excel Motors, SS Auto, and Wholesale One.

KCI Kansas City also donated a portion of the sale’s proceeds to Sheffield Place.

In addition, KCI set up bins for staff and customers to donate much needed supplies for Sheffield Place. Twin sheet sets, non-perishable food items, diapers, and personal hygiene supplies were among the items donated.

More than 300 pounds of supplies were donated and hand delivered to Sheffield Place, according to auction management.

“I want to thank everyone for their overwhelming generosity and participation,” Doll said. “We’re on track to surpass our fundraising goal this year, and I know it wouldn’t be possible without the support from our staff and customers.”

DAA of the Rockies Holds Charity Golf Tournament

Dealers Auto Auction of the Rockies held its inaugural charity golf tournament at the Inverness Hotel & Conference Golf Course in Englewood, Colo., on May 19. A portion of the proceeds were donated to SafeHouse Denver.

Management highlighted that among the sponsors for the event were Best Car Buys LTD, Groove Automotive, Larry H. Miller Automotive, AutoNation, and The Auto Connection.

At the awards luncheon following the tournament, prizes were awarded to the top three teams as well as to the team with the highest score. The Inverness Golf Club created a special prize for the foursome that arrived with only one ball for the whole day.

The DAA Rockies inaugural golf tournament had 130 attendees which included customers, vendors, and employees.

“We lucked out with perfect weather on the day of the tournament, a miracle when you consider that it had snowed the week before,” said Alex Zyla, marketing manager at DAA Rockies. “Our sponsors and participants really enjoyed themselves, and we were able to support a great Denver charity.”

Zylva also pointed out that DAA Rockies is gearing up for its upcoming fourth annual live charity auction, which will benefit The Family Tree.

For more than three decades, Family Tree has provided innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and homelessness. As the only organization in the Denver metro area working to address the interconnectedness among these issues, Family Tree is changing how individuals, families and communities see, respond to and overcome them.

This year’s charity auction will take place on Thursday after DAA Rockies’ regular sale.

“Each year it is difficult to choose one charity out of the hundreds of local charities for our event,” Zyla said. “This year we chose an organization that focuses on helping families within our community.”

DAA Rockies charity auction will include special appearances from Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot, two Denver Broncos’ cheerleaders, and Miss Colorado. Roses Creamery will also be supplying ice cream cups for everyone at the event.

For more information about this event and other upcoming promotions at DAA Rockies, visit the auction’s website at www.daarockies.com.

Auctions Give Back: Part I

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - 

Auctions in the business of selling proved they can also give back, with several auction events raising thousands for community causes.

First up, Brasher’s Northwest Auto Auction, in what has become an eight-year tradition, hosted the Brasher’s Golf Challenge to benefit the Natasha Melton Medical Fund.  

Fourteen-year-old Natasha, the daughter of Brasher’s Northwest general manager Mark Melton, works to overcome the effects of spina bifida. This year's tournament and raffle raised $30,500 to help defray Natasha's medical expenses. 

Held at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore., the day also sported several winners on the greens, including Bruce Klouda, who shot a hole-in-one on No. 13; Mike Noreen of Wells Fargo Dealer Services, winner of the putting contest; Alex Perkins of Enterprise, winner of the chipping contest; and Marcus Olmstead of Auto Network, with the longest drive of 326 yards.

Turning in the lowest score for the tournament were Dave Cooley, Keith Strange, Pat Wilcox and Jared McDonald. 

Dealers Raise $5K


Meanwhile, Carolina Auto Auction and its dealers raised $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project throughout the month of May, as part of the annual Support the Troops campaign.

The funds benefit injured soldiers from the U.S. Armed Forces who have suffered wounds during combat efforts. 

All eight lanes at the independent auto auction were silent in honor of the many soldiers who fought for our freedom, and auction general manager Tommy Rogers spoke in honor of them.

As part of the ceremony, 35-year Air Force veteran Ray Daniel, owner of Ray Daniel Auto Sales, was named Dealer of the Week.

Stay tuned for more auctions giving back to the community in an upcoming edtiion of Auto Remarketing.

Manheim Riverside Noted for Philanthropy

RIVERSIDE, Calif.  - 

Manheim Riverside has received recognition from the City of Riverside, Calif., for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of community nonprofits, including teen crisis center Operation Safehouse.

Also among its recent community efforts was participating in a fundraiser with Make-A-Wish, joining two other Manheim locations in California.

More than 80 employees from three Manheim operating locations in California and their family members took part in the Make-A-Wish “Walk for Wishes” fundraising event at Castle Park in Riverside, Calif., on April 12.

 The groups from Manheim California (Anaheim), Manheim Riverside and Manheim Southern California (Fontana) participated in the walk and raised $8,520, the second-highest amount raised among sponsors of the Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire event, the company shared.

All three auctions also held bake sales and raffles.

Funds from ADESA Boston Charity Event Near $40K

CARMEL, Ind. - 

Nearly 150 motorcycles and 40 vintage vehicles took to the road on June 1 for ADESA Boston’s 14th annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Run.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The run included a 30-mile, police-escorted ride through several Massachusetts towns.

So far, the auction has collected $39,790 from this year’s event; final totals will be available on June 30.

In the past 13 years, ADESA Boston has donated more than $400,000 to local children’s charities.

“The continued support of our employees, our customers, our local law enforcement agencies and the business community as a whole is greatly appreciated,” said ADESA Boston General Manager Jack Neshe. “Without them, our success wouldn’t be possible.”

KCI Auction Honored as Top Donor for Outreach Program

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - 

A joint effort of dealerships and employees has led to a big honor for one Midwest auction.

Honored as the largest corporate donor ever to a program aimed at helping abused children is independent auto auction KCI Kansas City.

The auction was honored at the Jackson County CASA Light of Hope breakfast on April 9 for its more than $51,000 in donations via KCI Cares, a community outreach program. 

"Two years ago we created our KCI Cares program, joining our employees and dealers to support community programs that are making a positive impact in the lives of those less fortunate," said Doug Doll, KCI Kansas City co-owner and general manager.

"We are making an impact in our community and we are honored to be part of it."

Fundraising efforts for the CASA program included employee payroll deductions and donations from dealerships — including Lee's Summit Dodge, Olathe Dodge, Zeck Ford DM Northwest — Miller Investment Group and more.

KCI Kansas City also donated proceeds from special auction events, and a portion of its profits. 

"It is deeply gratifying to have so many wonderful people coming together to support our work," said Martha Gershun, Jackson County CASA executive director. "We are truly blessed." 

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.