During the recent holiday season, Atlanta-based Jim Ellis Automotive distributed funds raised by its 23rd annual charity golf tournament over the summer.

The tournament, which began as a company picnic and golf outing, is a cooperative effort of the Ellis family, Jim Ellis team member volunteers, business partners and vendors. The 2023 event, held in August at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga., raised a record $146,000, boosting the total since the tournament’s inception to more than $1.5 million.

After the tournament each year, Jim Ellis team members nominate local charities they would like to see supported with the funds raised. The missional focus for the money is to support organizations that help women and children in need in the Atlanta area, but all team member nominations are considered to receive some level of funding.

This year, 30 charities were selected by the tournament committee.


  • Angel Flight


  • Babies Can’t Wait


  • Calvary Children’s Home


  • Camp Horizon


  • Camp Kudzu


  • Camp Sunshine


  • Canine Companions


  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation


  • Cobb Moms Helping Cobb


  • Corner’s Outreach


  • Cross-Cultural Ministries


  • Focus


  • Frontline Response




  • Home of Hope


  • Hope Thru Soap


  • Jesse’s House


  • Kate’s Club


  • Lydia’s Place


  • Mother’s Advocacy Project


  • Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries


  • Nicholas House


  • Our House


  • P4 Foundation


  • Peace Place


  • The Extension


  • Tyson’s Storehouse


  • Uniting Hope for Children


  • Yaarab Shriners


  • Youth Outreach United


“Without the magnanimous support of our team members, vendors and business partners, this event would not be possible,” Jim Ellis Automotive Group vice president Stacey Ellis Hodges said. “I am so grateful that their generosity allows the Jim Ellis Team Member Charity to support so many in various states of need over the holiday season.”

Krause Auto Group acquires Florida dealership

Atlanta-based Krause Auto Group has acquired Greenway Nissan Venice in Venice, Fla., from Greenway Auto Group, according to Performance Brokerage Services, which represented the buyer.

The dealership will be renamed Nissan of Venice.

Krause Auto operates 20 dealerships in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. The company was founded in 1991 by Vernon Krause, who remains owner and CEO.

Greenway Auto Group, based in Florida, is a family-owned and operated business with 43 locations Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas.