Jim Ellis group raises $65K for Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Clubs


The Jim Ellis Automotive Group recently announced that it raised $65,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta for the between Nov. 25 and Jan. 2 by setting aside a portion of every new or pre-owned vehicle purchase that occurred at one of its 13 locations for the organization.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta consists of 25 clubs spread across 10 counties.

Jim Ellis Automotive Group president Jimmy Ellis presented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta with a check on Jan. 31 at the A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club in Norcross.

 “Through this giving campaign, it became clear very quickly the impact Boys & Girls Clubs have made on many of our customers, staff and community members,” said Ellis in a press release.

“We heard story after story about the personal impact various clubs had made on customers and staff alike during their own youth. Some felt so strongly about the mission and influence of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta that it became a deciding factor in the timeline of their vehicle purchase, wanting to make sure they purchased during the giving campaign period. We couldn’t be more thrilled about the outcome of the campaign and the organization that we will be donating these funds to. It truly was a great season of giving at Jim Ellis Automotive!”

Jim Ellis Automotive surpassed its original donation goal for the campaign by $15,000, according to the auto group.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s locations combined serve more than 3,500 youth daily. Programs are designed to help youth succeed in school, live healthier and become leaders.

“Many of the youth we serve face big challenges. They don’t have access to the resources and relationships they need to excel,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta president and chief executive officer Missy Dugan.

“We are so grateful to partners like Jim Ellis who believe in our kids and invest in their future potential. We know with the right resources and support, these kids and teens will become the next leaders in our community.”

ADESA raises $94K for Canine Companions at NADA


ADESA’s auction at the NADA Convention and Expo on Saturday raised $94,423 for the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund, which supports Canine Companions for Independence — a non-profit organization that provides people with disabilities highly trained service dogs.

“We asked dealers and attendees to bid high in honor of the 100th anniversary of NADA. They responded by generously opening their hearts and wallets to help support two amazing organizations,”  ADESA president and chief executive officer Stéphane St-Hilaire said in a news release. “The NADA Foundation and Canine Companions work to change the lives of veterans and children with disabilities every day. ADESA is very proud to once again play a leading role in supporting these great causes.”

Easterns Automotive Group in Sterling, Va. founder Robert Bassam, placed the first winning bid of $39,000 for a 2015 Polaris utility task vehicle. Joe Verde, president of Joe Verde Group in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., placed the second winning bid of $26,000.

Bassam and Verde donated their vehicles back to ADESA to be re-auctioned

Joel Bassam, Bassam’s son, director of marketing for Easterns Automotive Group, placed the final winning bid of $28,000.

Attendees’ $1,423 in cash donations to brought the final contribution to $94,423.

“I can go out and do things and leave the house because I have him. Canine Companions has made this possible for veterans and so many other people with disabilities,” said Retired Army Sgt. Steve Blackman.

Blackman who suffered a traumatic brain injury while in service represented Canine Companions at the auction with his service dog, Gottlieb.

“My life has completely changed. No longer do I wake every morning wondering what the day is going to bring and if I can make it through it because I have Gottlieb,” said Blackman.

At the past six NADA conventions, ADESA said it has raised more than $334,400 for the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund.

McCarthy was NADA chief executive from 1968 to 2001.

Sheehy Auto Stores gives over $160,000 to 23 charities


As part of its annual giving program, Sheehy Auto Stores announced on Wednesday that it donated $161,000 to 23 charities in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Richmond, Va.

Each of the company’s dealerships partnered with various non-profit organizations located in the communities they serve.

"Our employees and family of dealerships do much throughout the year in donating time and money for a variety of charities," said Sheehy Auto Stores president Vince Sheehy in a press release.  "We are grateful for our success and pleased to continue our annual end of the year giving campaign that supports a wide array of causes throughout the Maryland, DC and Virginia areas."

A total of $79,000 went to the Washington, D.C. area, $47,000 to Baltimore and $35,000 to Richmond.

Washington, D.C. area

  • Bethany House ($6,000)
  • Center for Children ($5,000)
  • Covenant House Washington ($6,000)
  • Ecumenical Community Helping Others ($5,000)
  • Fauquier F.I.S.H. ($6,000)
  • The First Tree of Howard County ($8,000)
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Church ($5,000)
  • The Good Shepherd Housing ($8,000)
  • Hospice of Charles County ($5,000)
  • The Lamb Center ($5,000)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities ($5,000)
  • SERVE ($10,000)
  • Smashing Walnuts Foundation ($5,000)


  • Anne Arundel Medical Center ($30,000)
  • Anne Arundel County CASA ($7,000)
  • Arundel House of Hope ($5,000)
  • Mosaic Community Services ($5,000)

Richmond, Va.

  • Comfort Zone Camp ($2,500)
  • Mercy Mall of Virginia ($19,000)
  • Patrick Henry YMCA ($3,000)
  • ACES ($2500)
  • Young Life Hanover ($3,000 )
  • Habitat for Humanity ($5,000)

CarMax opens 2 Calf. stores in Bay Area


CarMax announced the opening of two new San Francisco Bay Area stores on Monday.

A store in Santa Rosa and one in Fremont now join CarMax’s Pleasanton store, the company’s first store in the region that opened in May.

The three stores have brought more than 200 jobs to the area this year.

Both the Santa Rosa and Fremont locations have the capacity to stock an estimated 300 used vehicles.

In celebration of the new stores, the CarMax Foundation donated a total $30,000 to local organizations, two in Santa Rosa and two in Fremont.

CarMax donated $5,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, where associates from the store also volunteered.

Additionally, the company’s foundation is giving a $10,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, which will help fund an expanded an intramural sports program that will provide 3,000 more youth the opportunity to participate in the free program.

“At CarMax, our associates care deeply about the community and it shows through their commitment to organizations like these,” said Brandon Mullins, location general manager at CarMax Santa Rosa. “We are excited to announce the opening of our newest store here in Santa Rosa and look forward to serving customers with the easy, no-haggle CarMax experience.”

Fremont CarMax associates provided a $5,000 grant and volunteered with Abode Services, an organization that provides permanent housing and supportive services programs for homeless adults and children.

They also selected the YMCA of the East Bay to receive a $10,000 grant.

“CarMax associates love to volunteer and build strong relationships with community partners where they live and work,” said Christina Kahn, location general manager of the Fremont CarMax. “With the opening of our second and third locations in the Bay Area, we look forward to providing more customers with the easy, no-haggle experience they’ve come to expect from CarMax.”

AutoNation calls Eli Young Band for benefit concert


On Tuesday, AutoNation announced that the country music group Eli Young Band is scheduled to perform at its AutoNation Cure Bowl Tailgate Party and Concert, a benefit for breast cancer research.

"We are pleased to join AutoNation in the fight against cancer,” said the Eli Young Band in a statement. “This disease hits close to home for many people, so being a part of raising awareness is very important to us."

AutoNation is donating to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and has committed a total of $2,000,000 to the organization, the largest private funder of breast cancer research.

The second annual event is on Dec. 17 at Tinker Field in Orlando, Fla. 

Tickets can be purchased at CureBowl.com.

Eli Young Band has gone double platinum and holds a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Manheim’s holiday campaign aims to help dealers & children


Dashing Through the Lanes, Manheim’s holiday campaign designed to increase dealer clients’ sales at the end of the year returned on Monday.

Through Dec. 23, dealers nationwide who attend Manheim’s sales in-lane or on Simulcast are registered to win daily prize package giveaways.

“As this campaign has attracted strong in-lane attendance and positive back in previous years, we wanted to again show our support while helping our dealer clients get a great start to the new year,” said Manheim senior director of customer marketing Lisa Farrar. “The campaign is a fun way to let them know that despite the hectic holiday season, we are here to ensure they get the inventory they need.”

According to Manheim, during previous years of Dashing Through the Lanes, dealer clients increased their year-over-year purchase volume and on average saw lane attendance grow 12 percent.

This year, the auction company partnered with Toy for Tots to incorporate a new charitable component to the campaign. Throughout the month-long event, all Manheim locations across the country will serve as a Toys for Tots drop-off location.

“The best part about Dashing Through the Lanes is the opportunity to spread goodwill and holiday cheer in the communities in which we serve,” said Farrar.

DAA Northwest anniversary benefit raises $123,400

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Earlier this month, DAA Northwest celebrated 24 years and hosted its annual Anniversary Sale Fundraiser to help support four local Spokane charities.

The auction matched all funds, bringing the two-day event’s total to $123,000.

“Our thanks go out to all of our customers who contributed to the evening,” said auction president Bob McConkey. “These organizations depend on the support of this event. They are absolutely filled with gratitude and are in awe of the generosity of the dealer community.”

The annual anniversary dinner and auction event has raised more than $1.2 million for its local non-profit partners, according to DAA.

The celebration began with an 860-unit afternoon sale featuring consignment from Hyundai Finance, Kia Finance, Ford Motor Company, Ford Credit, Toyota Financial Services, Avis Budget Group, and Ally AuSM.

MetroGistics' Monster Mash bash scares up $19K for charity


Here’s some scary good news:

MetroGistics’ fifth annual Monster Mash Halloween Party raised nearly $19,000 for the Humane Society of Monroe County, Ill., and the Humane Society of St. Clair County, Mich.

In addition to food, drinks and prizes, the Oct. 15 event at the Living World Building at the Saint Louis Zoo included a stilt walker, magician, tarot card reader and a palm reader. Attendees were encouraged to wear a costume.

Sponsorships from Crowe Howarth, McCarthy Leonard & Klaemerer, Finny's and Office Essentials allowed for 100 percent of ticket sales to go to charity.

“We’ve been supporting animal welfare charities since we started MetroGistics in 2010,” said managing partner William Billiter. “The Monster Mash party has become an annual tradition and we hope to keep growing it every year.”

The Humane Society of Monroe County and The Humane Society of St. Clair County are nonprofit organizations that take in rescues and owner surrenders. The animals are updated on all vaccinations, tested for heartworms, and spayed/neutered, making them available and ready for their forever homes.

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Copart announces post-Matthew land expansions


In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Copart has activated reserve land in Georgia and Virginia in addition to expanding existing locations in North Carolina and Florida.

The land expansions and activations will allow Copart’s Catastrophe Response Team (CAT Team) to provide even greater service in response to weather-related damage.

“We have a long history of preparing for and responding to catastrophes. This year, our reinvestment strategy has led us to expand in areas that frequently incur damage from natural disasters. That focus allowed us to immediately activate locations in Georgia and Virginia when Matthew hit the East Coast,” said Will Franklin, executive vice president of Copart.

“We are also fortunate to have been able to add land in the Carolinas and Florida as an immediate response to Matthew.”

In addition to new land added in response to Hurricane Matthew, Copart had already announced expansions of its locations in  and , along with a new location in  this year. The land has provided Copart the capacity needed to meet immediate demand brought on by extreme weather.

Copart’s CAT Team is a group of elite employees who are ready and willing to quickly respond in the face of weather-related catastrophes.

The CAT Team includes mobile command centers equipped with generators and satellite technology as well as the Copart Catastrophe Response Fleet made up of haulers that each carry four cars. These resources allow Copart to quickly mobilize and overcome challenges presented by catastrophes in order to help communities recover.

“Not only do we strive to provide an unmatched experience, but we are always looking to contribute to the safety and quality of life of our local communities,” said Sean Eldridge, Copart’s chief operating officer. “In preparation for Hurricane Matthew, our team was put on alert, and our dedicated CAT Team did what they do best — responded and assisted while operating at the highest level.”

Last year, the CAT Team responded to flooding in Columbia, S.C., and more recently, to record-breaking flooding in the Baton Rouge area.

Southeastern Auto Auction raises money for hurricane victims


Southeastern Auto Auction and its dealer customers made donations and participated in a 50/50 drawing to benefit those affected by Hurricane Matthew. 

The amount raised was matched by the auction and given to the American Red Cross.

Some victims of the hurricane in Haiti will also benefit from this fundraising effort. The winner of the 50/50 drawing, Les Brooks of Coastal Auto, used his winnings to purchase baby formula that will be personally delivered to Haiti by Terri DeLoach — wife of Wayne DeLoach, president of Southeastern Auto Auction — when she travels there with her church this month.   

“We ended up being able to offer some support to those affected in the U.S. and abroad,” said Bill McCready, vice president of operations for the auction. “While many of our dealers and employees were affected by the hurricane, most are grateful knowing that it could have been much worse.  Our prayers go out to all who have suffered from this event.”

Southeastern Auto Auction holds a dealer-only sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and a public sale at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.