Outreach/Philanthropy

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 .

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.”



KAR's contribution to City Life Wheels of Central Indiana reaches $250K

CARMEL, Ind. - 

KAR Auction Services announced Thursday that in addition to its initial $225,000 contribution to City Life Wheels of Central Indiana to fund the new KAR Auction Services City Life Wheels Training Center, it will commit another $25,000 grant for the program next year.

An Indianapolis-based non-profit, City Life Wheels teaches youth in its community basic auto maintenance and repair skills, using donated used-vehicles.

The new grant is to be used to help expand the City Life Wheels program, according to KAR.

KAR’s initial $225,000 grant helped fund the purchase and renovation of the City Life Wheels facility located at 2409 East Washington Street.

“As one of the state’s largest employers, KAR Auction Services is committed to supporting our community and the development of Indiana’s workforce,” KAR Auction Services chairman and chief executive officer Jim Hallett said in a news release announcing the new funding.

“The new KAR Auction Services City Life Wheels Training Center helps teens learn technical and personal skills that will help them succeed as adults in the automotive industry and beyond. I look forward to seeing program graduates as potential KAR employees,” Hallett continued.

The facility includes six automotive repair bays and lifts, diagnostic and repair equipment, a kitchen and classroom space where City Life also holds programs that provide support and assistance.

“As a non-profit organization, City Life Wheels depends on the generosity of others – donated cars, equipment and time – to advance our mission,” said Ali King, executive director at Central Indiana Youth for Christ and City Life Wheels.

“KAR’s support allowed us to complete this state-of-the-art center and will help us reach and train even more young adults. This partnership will not only improve the lives our graduates, but will positively impact the future of our entire community,” she said.



Jim Ellis Automotive employees take pledge against distracted driving

ATLANTA - 

In an effort to eliminate distracted driving during the holidays, Jim Ellis Automotive Group recently announced that employees at each of its 15 dealerships are taking a pledge to be more attentive.

For every person who takes the pledge before January, the group said it will make a donation to the National Safety Council.

“All too often we hear of vehicle accidents and lives lost as the result of distracted driving,” Jim Ellis Automotive Group president and chief executive officer Jimmy Ellis said in a news release.

“As an organization that helps meet the mobility needs of our local communities, we also want to be a voice in those same communities challenging drivers to operate their vehicles responsibly. I invite you to join with my family and the Jim Ellis Automotive staff in a pledge to be a more attentive driver. Put away distractions that take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off the drive ahead. We each have the capability to make the roads we drive on at least one driver safer,” Ellis continued.

Anyone interested in joining the campaign can take the pledge at jimellis.com.

The pledge reads “I pledge to keep my EYES on the road, my HANDS on the wheel and my MIND on the drive ahead.”

“We are honored to partner with the Jim Ellis Automotive Group and its initiative to end distracted driving,” added National Safety Council chief development officer Jennifer Steffus.

“Preventable deaths are at an all-time high and we are losing tens of thousands of people on U.S. roads every year. We commend the Jim Ellis Automotive Group for taking action and helping to save lives by asking others to drive attentively,” he concluded.



Ally nominates 47 for TIME Dealer of Year

DETROIT - 

Ally Financial announced Monday that it has chosen 47 U.S. dealers as nominees for the 2018 TIME Dealer of the Year award.

Each year, the award recognizes several successful dealers who show a strong commitment to community service.

In addition to a $1,000 contribution from Ally for each dealer's charity of choice,  will be formally honored during a ceremony at the National Automobile Dealers Association's 2018 NADA Show on March 23 in Las Vegas where Meredith Long, TIME news, luxury and style senior vice president and general manager, will introduce this year's nominees.

“Only a small fraction of the roughly 16,500 franchise dealers across the country are nominated for this award each year, putting the nominees into an elite group of automotive leaders,” Ally auto finance president Tim Russi said in a news release.

“This year's nominees have proven they understand, care and 'do it right' for their communities by giving in ways that make a difference to those in need. We are honored to celebrate their incredible stories and hope their examples motivate others to give,” Russi continued.

As the exclusive sponsor of the award program for the past seven years, Ally has contributed nearly $600,000 to the TIME Dealer of the Year program, according to the company.

Additionally, this year’s nominees will also be featured on AllyDealerHeroes.com, which promotes the philanthropic contributions and achievements of the award honorees.

Past award winners include Swope Toyota, Van Bortel Motorcars, AutoFair Honda, Teague Auto Group, Michael Alford and Mike Shaw Automotive Group.



Subaru launches annual fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish, local charities

PHOENIX - 

Subaru of America recently launched its 10th annual Share the Love event, which will benefit Make-A-Wish America for the seventh year.

This month, through Jan. 2, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to Make-A-Wish or one of three other participating national charities of the purchaser's or lessee's choice, the company said in a news release.

Additionally, as a part of the Share the Love event, participating Subaru retailers can also select a fifth hometown charity from their local community where customers can direct their gift.

Several retailers have selected a local Make-A-Wish chapter as their hometown charity, according to Subaru.

Funds from the Share the Love event will help grant wishes for children like Sage, a young girl that Subaru featured in a television commercial about the annual fundraiser last year.

In the news release, Sage said her wish meant that “nobody's telling me to go get blood work, or go get a scan right now. Having a wish helps kids like me know there's something that's going to be better than what we've been going through this whole time.”

Sage wished to visit Jackson, Wyo., because she knew it to have some of the best snowboarding in the U.S.

“Together with Make-A-Wish, the Subaru Share the Love event has granted the wishes of more than 1,500 kids with critical illnesses like Sage,” Subaru of America president and chief operating officer Tom Doll said in a news release. “It has been an incredibly rewarding experience for Subaru owners, employees and retailers to bring joy to so many brave children in their communities and around the country. We are proud to work together with Make-A-Wish for a seventh year and continue making children's wishes come true.”

In its nine years, the Share the Love event has raised more than $94 million for local and national charities, including $23.4 million raised just last year, according to Subaru.

Over the past six years, Subaru and its retailers have donated more than $12.5 million to Make-A-Wish.

Last year, Make-A-Wish received $3.5 million from Subaru.

“Children facing critical illness need our help. Subaru's support, through their annual Share the Love event, has helped make life-changing wishes come true for wish children across the U.S.” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish America president and chief executive officer.

“Research shows that having a wish come true can be transformational for a child battling a critical illness. We are beyond grateful to Subaru and its loyal customers for giving hope to wish children in a time of uncertainty, joy when they could be sad, and for continuing to Share the Love,” Williams continued.



Hyundai launches 2,000 frozen turkey giveaway, food drive for for Thanksgiving

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., - 

Hyundai Motor America announced it will host a giveaway of 2,000 frozen turkeys to families where the company is headquartered in Orange County, Calif., for Thanksgiving.

In addition to the giveaway, Hyundai has also launched its annual food drive for can-goods. Its offices and Hyundai headquarters’ employees are participating in a CANstruction project to benefit Orange County-based non-profit Share Our Selves.

“Hyundai Motor America is committed to giving back to the community and helping its neighbors during times of need,” company director of corporate social responsibility Zafar Brooks said in a news release.

“This recent donation of 2,000 fresh frozen turkeys is a practical way to assist families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. We are honored to partner with over 20 community-based organizations in distributing the turkeys and other items to ensure they get to those who are in need," Brooks continued. 

Up to Nov.18, can-good and non-perishable food item donations can be dropped off at Hyundai offices or any one of the following five locations in Fountain Valley, Calif.:

  • The Fountain Valley Senior Center, 17967 Bushard Street, Fountain Valley
  • Fountain Valley Recreation Center, 16500 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley
  • Fountain Valley City Hall Building, 10200 Slater Ave, Fountain Valley
  • The Fountain Valley Bowl, 17110 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley
  • Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce, 10055 Slater Avenue #250, Fountain Valley

Hyundai headquarters employees’ CANstruction project aims to raise additional food donations, the company said.

The employees will team up to build CANstruction structures using approximately 2,000 can-good and non-perishable food items.

The can-goods will be added to Hyundai’s overall food drive donation for Share Our Selves, which provides over 60,000 meals a year to Orange County residents, according to Hyundai.



TrueCar announces veteran winner of DrivenToDrive giveaway

SANTA MONICA, Calif.  - 

TrueCar announced Tuesday the winner of its DrivenToDrive veterans program van giveaway.

Augusta, Ga., resident U.S. Army Veteran Major Peter Way will soon be receiving a retrofitted van that accommodates his physical needs, the company shared in a release.

TrueCar presented the veteran with keys to the brand new cargo van on Veterans day this past weekend. Way was chosen as the winner through TrueCar’s DrivenToDrive program after submitting an essay answering the questions "What Drives You?" and "How Would You Use a New Van?".

TrueCar recognized Way for his service on stage Saturday during the closing ceremony of  2017  at the Westfield Brandon Mall in Tampa, Fla. TrueCar chief executive officer Chip Perry presented Way with the keys to his new ride.

The DrivenToDrive program is dedicated to helping veterans regain personal freedom through driving, TrueCar explained.

Here’s a bit on Way’s story. In 2003, he was stationed in Afghanistan with Army Special Operations where he worked as a Special Forces Medic, when he was injured twice. Way served until 2013 when he was medically retired because of his injuries and has since endured more than 30 surgeries, including the amputation of his right leg in 2015, TrueCar shared in a press release.

The veteran has found adaptive sports to play a key role in his recovery, including adaptive mountain biking, hand cycling, kayaking, cross-country sit skiing and wheelchair basketball.

In fact, in addition to participating in previous Old Glory Relays, Way has been active with the US Paralympic Nordic Program, Team Semper Fi, Team Red White and Blue, Wounded Warrior Project, Wear Blue Run to Remember, Warfighter Sports and the Challenged Athletes Fund.

"I strive to be an example of strength and perseverance for veterans and non-veterans alike to show that if you want to do something, you can no matter what adversity you may encounter," said Major Way. "When I lost my ability to drive because of my injury, I really lost a huge chunk of my personal freedom and identity. This van is really a way for me to take care of myself and my family without needing anyone's help. I'm so thankful to TrueCar for this van and giving me back my freedom."

Once delivered, the van will be retrofitted to accommodate Way's physical needs and will provide a space for all of his adaptive athletic equipment, his family and support dog, Rory.



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