Outreach/Philanthropy

Enterprise extends commitment to disaster relief

ST. LOUIS and TORONTO - 

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation has renewed its $1 million pledge to the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program. Additionally, the philanthropic arm of Enterprise has pledged $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with relief efforts in the wake of the Fort McMurray, Alberta, wildfires.

This second annual $1 million contribution to the ADGP is in addition to $125,000 already donated by the foundation during the past year to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts for flood victims in Houston, Missouri and North Carolina.

 “As a global organization, we understand how important the Red Cross is to people and organizations across the world,” said Carolyn Kindle, vice president and executive director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation. “We continue to support its efforts to provide comfort and care to communities during their times of need.”

“Ongoing financial support from ADGP members helps create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance,” said David Staszak, Red Cross chief development officer. “Money donated by the public and ADGP is essential to our ability to assist disaster survivors and support the first responders and volunteers who work tirelessly at the scene of a disaster.”

Enterprise's support of ADGP complements the company's ongoing work to provide critical transportation alternatives in the face of natural disasters.

With more than 5,600 neighborhood and airport branch offices throughout the United States and 600 in Canada, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is able to quickly and easily move vehicles around the country and into affected areas. The extensive Enterprise network also facilitates strategic support for insurance companies, utility companies and government agencies so they can get the recovery and restoration process underway as quickly as possible.

In addition, each Enterprise regional operation has an Emergency Action Plan that focuses on how Enterprise's branch offices communicate with each other to ensure that the right number and types of vehicles are available when and where they are most needed.

Tens of thousands have been temporarily displaced by this month’s Fort McMurray wildfires, and many have lost their homes.

“We are thankful that our employees and their families have been accounted for and are safe, but we know the job is far from done," said Jim Thompson, vice president and general manager for Enteprise in Alberta.

"On behalf of everyone at Enterprise, we want to commend the brave firefighters, emergency services personnel and aid workers whose efforts have saved lives and are protecting the community from further devastation," he continued.

 

 

 

 

 



Social good campaigns attract car shoppers — if they know about them

IRVINE, Calif.  - 

A majority of respondents to a recent Kelley Blue Book survey said they would be more likely to purchase a particular vehicle brand from a company involved in a social awareness campaign — but a similar majority said they are unaware of any such campaigns.

Many automotive companies have campaigns that seek to inspire social good, and that commitment to charitable causes can resonate with consumers, lending a “human face” to the company and strengthening brand awareness.

Of the 1,172 people participating in the KBB survey, 62 percent said they are more likely to purchase a vehicle brand if that brand is promoting a social good campaign. But 60 percent of respondents said they are unaware of any.

“It’s clear consumers appreciate automakers that give back to the community through charitable work, and they like to spend their hard-earned money with a company that is making a positive impact in the lives of others,” said Karl Brauer, senior director of automotive industry insights at Kelley Blue Book.  “Awareness, however, may be the bigger challenge, with a majority of consumers unaware of any social good efforts sponsored by automakers.”

Highlights from the survey:

— For respondents who had heard of specific social good campaigns, Subaru had the highest percentage of recollection at 61 percent, followed by Honda at 44 percent and Ford at 29 percent.

— Millennials are more aware of the Helpful Honda Dealers Campaign than any other age group. (Launched in California in 2007, the campaign aimed to end the stigma that auto dealers are untrustworthy by sending Honda dealers out into the community to do perform “random acts of helpfulness” such as washing cars and ing parking meters.)

— Ford, Chevrolet and Subaru are the first brands that come to mind when consumers think of social good campaigns.

— Fifty-six percent of respondents who support these types of campaigns say they would like auto manufacturers to support army, military and/or veteran organizations, followed by children's charities at 42 percent.

— Sixty-four percent expect auto manufacturers to carry out social good campaigns.

— Seventy percent say they would like to see more automakers promote social good campaigns.

—  Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed said they donate money and/or goods to charities.

Crown Group VP raising funds for National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - 

Joe Lamphier, vice president of sales and marketing for Crown Automotive Group, said he will be participating in Cut for a Cure to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Cut for a Cure is the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s annual campaign to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. Individuals who participate in the campaign set a fundraising goal to encourage their friends and family to donate money, and at the end of the campaign, shave their heads in honor of children who struggle with cancer.

Lamphier plans to shave his head on June 15 and has set a fundraising goal of $10,000, which he hopes to reach by that date. He has dedicated his efforts through Cut for the Cure to honor two individuals he knows who battled pediatric cancer: Dana Bertoch-Levin and Remi Stortch, and their families.

“I’ve supported the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation for many years, serving on the board of directors since about 2001 and serving as its president from 2006 to 2007,” said Lamphier, who is the VP for the 23-store group that has dealerships in Florida, Ohio and Tennessee.

“It’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, and I’m honored to be able to have this opportunity to participate in a way that can directly impact the lives of the children and families that the foundation works with each day,” he continued.

Pediatric cancer is the No. 1 cause of death by disease in children, and according to the foundation. Officials said 43 children per day or 15,780 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

All the money raised through Lamphier’s Cut for the Cure fundraising campaign will benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and its research initiative, the Sunshine Project.

To contribute to Lamphier’s fundraising goal, .

All Crown dealerships earn Environment & Safety Elite status

In other news, Crown Automotive Group also recently announced that all 23 of its dealerships across three states have achieved the prestigious distinction of Environment & Safety Elite.

This program was created by the Clean Auto Alliance, a nonprofit organization that comprises automotive businesses, manufacturers, government agencies and dealerships and aims to address environmental, safety and transportation best practices.

The organization said the Environment & Safety Elite distinction recognizes dealers that meet or exceed best practices spanning six environmental and safety categories, including DOT and supplemental programs, emergency response, environmental, hazard communication, loss control and safety systems.

In order to be considered for this honor, officials said the Clean Auto Alliance takes into consideration a dealership's efforts to stay in compliance with regulations from OSHA, the EPA and the DOT.

“We’re incredibly proud of this achievement, and of the hard work we’ve done to make sure all our dealerships reach the high standards set by this program,” said Tim Reid, facilities manager for Crown Automotive Group. “At Crown, we have a commitment to sustainable business practices, and we will continue to strive to exceed the benchmarks set by the Clean Auto Alliance across all our dealerships.”

All of the group’s dealerships earned this status, which is granted for one year to facilities that meet all the requirements.

CarMax reinforces commitment to veterans

RICHMOND, Va. - 

On Wednesday, CarMax highlighted a commitment to providing community support and career opportunities to the nation’s military, veterans and their families. CarMax and The CarMax Foundation have pledged a total of $1.4 million spread over the next three years to organizations supporting the military, including Hiring Our Heroes, KaBOOM and The Mission Continues.

CarMax joined the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge hosted by the Council on Foundations and Veterans Philanthropy Exchange in Washington, D.C. The organization represents an ongoing commitment to bring long-term support to service members, veterans and military families.

“Supporting the communities where our associates live and work has always been a cornerstone of the CarMax culture,” said Matt Aman, regional vice president of service operations of CarMax and former soldier in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

“CarMax associates are passionate about supporting our military and as a veteran myself, I am proud to work for a company that supports this cause,” Aman continued.

CarMax pointed out that it employs veterans, active duty service members and military spouses in its stores and offices nationwide.

Through its partnership with Hiring Our Heroes, CarMax has joined the Veteran’s Employment Advisory Council and the Military Spouse Employment Advisory Council to help connect veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses to meaningful job opportunities. As part of the relationship, CarMax has committed $100,000 to support the efforts of Hiring Our Heroes.

“CarMax is actively recruiting men and women with military backgrounds because they share the same core values of integrity, respect, and honesty, and naturally make a great fit,” said Tracey Shoemaker, recruiting director for CarMax’s military program.

CarMax also is partnering with The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit that empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. CarMax is committing $300,000 during the next two years that will include sponsoring service platoons. These teams of veteran and non-veteran volunteers mobilize together to solve specific challenges in their communities.

The CarMax Foundation also announced a $1 million partnership with KaBOOM to be the first corporate sponsor to bring play spaces to our military and veteran families.

The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most, have successfully provided 100,000 children across the nation with access to play.

During the next three years, CarMax and KaBOOM will provide grants to fund four playgrounds and 30 play projects in military communities.

CarMax has partnered with a number of military bases across the country and respected military recruiting organizations such as GI Jobs and Recruit Military to connect the military community with CarMax job opportunities.

The company is proud to be recognized as one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, representing 12 years in a row. CarMax also received Victory Media’s Military Friendly Employer designation this eyar.

Job seekers can apply online at jobs.carmax.com.

NADA helps charity with van donation

LAS VEGAS - 

As the organization often does leading into its annual convention, the National Automobile Dealers Association made a sizeable contribution to a charity within the host city.

Leading up to the NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, the dealer body donated a new delivery van valued at $52,000 to Three Square Food Bank.

“We are deeply grateful to be the recipients of a brand new delivery van,” said Brian Burton, president and chief executive officer of Three Square Food Bank.

“NADA's donation will truly make an impact on our mission to reach more children who struggle with hunger in southern Nevada,” Burton continued. “Their great partnership and generosity will touch the lives of many, and we cannot thank them enough for their support of Three Square.”

The donation will have a direct impact on Three Square's childhood nutrition delivery route, which includes Kids Cafe and the BackPack for Kids programs, Burton added.

“This donation supports the NADA Convention and Expo's longtime host city of Las Vegas through Three Square's mission to provide wholesome nutritious food to more than 305,000 people who are at risk of hunger in southern Nevada,” said 2015 NADA chairman Bill Fox, a franchised dealer in upstate New York.

Three Square will also utilize the delivery van for its summer food service program, Meet Up and Eat Up. In addition, the updated fleet technology and design will increase fuel efficiency and decrease driver strain due to its smaller size.

Auction news: Central AA turns 10 & auction philanthropy

CARMEL, Ind., and HAMDEN, Conn. - 

Central Auto Auction will have completed its 10th year of operation this month, having opened its doors on Feb. 28, 2006.

The auction, which currently offers roughly 400 vehicles per week via its three lanes (with a fourth on the way), hosts about 200 bidders each week.

Peter Saldamarco, the auction’s founder and president, reflected on the economic and industry conditions that prevailed in the country during the auction’s first few years of business, including the challenges inherent with the government bailouts and the rising tide of recalls.

“Despite what’s going on in the world, Central has a solid foundation from which to build our business,” Saldamarco said.

ADESA Phoenix gives $19,500 to JDRF

In other auction news, ADESA recently announced it has donated nearly $20,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation via its philanthropic efforts at ADESA Phoenix’ Sixth Annual Legendary Sales Week events.

The several items that were sold during the charity event include a 2002 Ford Thunderbird ($16,500), a signed and framed poster depicting the evolution of Ford Mustangs over the years ($2,000) and sports and music memorabilia sold through the silent auction that procured another $1,000 in charitable donations.

“The crowd who joined us for Barrett-Jackson and our own Legendary Sales Week events brings a lot of excitement,” said Ryan Edwards, ADESA Phoenix’ general manager. “After a visit from the JDRF ambassadors — the kids actually affected with diabetes — that crowd is moved to make a difference with their generous donations. Our auction supports diabetes research all year, but this event brings lots of people into the fold. That’s why this is one of my favorite weeks of the year.”

Southeastern Auto Auction of Savannah hosts most dealers ever

The Southeastern Auto Auction recently hosted its “Cars, Cash & Caring Sale,” which resulted in a record-breaking number of dealers in attendance for one of the auction’s sales.

The sale features $25,000 in cash and prizes giveaways, including $15,000 in cash, Samsung Ultra 4K TVs, Bose sound systems, Yeti coolers, drones and more.

The sale also resulted in a donation of over $5,000 to the Shriners Hospital for Children via money raised through 50/50 drawings and an auction contribution for every transaction made over the previous five weeks.

“It was a great day for selling cars, giving away prizes and helping a great organization like Shriners Hospital for Children,” said Bill McCready, SEAA’s vice president. “Our generous dealers always come through when given an opportunity to help.”

SEAA hosts a dealer-only sale every Wednesday at 10 a.m. EST and a public sale every Thursday at 7 p.m. EST.

KAR launches volunteer program

KAR Auction Services recently announced the launch of its Leap Into Service community program to honor the upcoming Leap Day on Monday.

As part of the program, KAR is giving its full-time employees in North America eight hours of paid time off for volunteer work with the charity of their choice.

“KAR Auction Services is dedicated to serving the communities in which we live and work, and we are always looking for innovative and fun ways to give back,” said Jim Hallett, KAR’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We recognized the extra day we get this leap year as an excellent opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the many different communities we are a part of across the country.”

Sparkling City auctions renamed; ServNet's new scholarship

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - 

The Sparkling City Auto Auctions have announced that both of its auction locations will be renamed on Monday. 

They are currently the Sparkling City Auto Auction of Corpus Christi and the Sparkling City Auto Auction of San Antonio, respectively. They will be renamed to the Corpus Christi Auto Auction and the San Antonio Auto Auction.

“When we purchased the auction in Corpus Christi 16 years ago, we changed the name from Coastal Bend Auto Auction to Sparkling City Auto Auction, a title that was easily recognizable in that area,” said Wade Walker, the owner of the auctions. “Since opening our auction in San Antonio in 2010 with the same name, we have encountered some confusion on the part of customers who wondered what ‘Sparkling City’ had to do with San Antonio.

After some thought we decided we needed to connect our auctions better with their locations in order to be more easily recognized, both locally and nationally.”

Both names and logo changes for both locations have been in the process of being overhauled for several months and have been approved by the National Auto Auction Association. To make sure long-time customers recognize that the auction has retained the same ownership, both auction logos include a tagline that identifies each as members of the “W Walker Auction Group,” which the Corpus Christi location has been operating under since 2000.

“We are grateful for our success here in Corpus Christi and San Antonio, and acknowledge the support of the many customers who regularly visit us at both our locations,” Walker said. “Although the two locations will have separate and distinct names going forward, the name changes will not alter the quality of operations or services that our customers have come to expect from us on a weekly basis.”

In other auction news, ServNet has recently announced its new scholarship program aimed at helping its employees and their families to pursue higher education.

The ServNet Scholarship program assists full-time ServNet auction employees, their children, stepchildren and grandchildren who plan on attending college or vocational school programs.

Up to six awards will be given in increments of three $2,500 awards and three $1,500 awards. These awards will be given annually for full-time study at accredited institutions.

“We’ve really drafted on the NAAA’s Warren Young Scholarship Program which has been providing assistance to families of NAAA member auction employees since 2004,” said Doug Doll, ServNet member and managing partner of KCI Auto Auction.

“We’re pleased to broaden our support for training and education by offering scholarships each year to sons and daughters of employees of ServNet auctions across the country,” Doll continued.

The deadline for this year’s scholarship awards is March 31. Additional information and application forms can be found on the .

Penske donates over $900K to Paralyzed Veterans of America

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - 

Penske Automotive Group announced Wednesday it has donated $913,000 to the organization Paralyzed Veterans of America.

As a corporate partner of the Veteran’s organization, the funds were raised through Penske’s “Service Matters” campaign, which gives customers the option to make a donation when they’ve had their vehicles serviced at a Penske Automotive Group Dealership.

All funds will go toward supporting Paralyzed Veterans’ programs and services, such as benefits assistance, employment counseling and adaptive sports programs — all of which are provided free of charge to veterans and their families.

“We cannot thank Penske Automotive Group enough for this significant contribution. It will undoubtedly have a direct, positive impact on the veterans we serve,” said Al Kovach Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans.

“Penske’s generous support plays a vital part in our organization’s ability to continue serving 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,” he continued.

Last year, Penske dealerships invited customers to donate $1 or more toward its service campaign after having their vehicles serviced. And to multiply the impact of these contributions, Penske then matched each donations, up to a total contribution of $500,000.

“It’s an honor for Penske to be part of this fundraising effort,” said Robert H. Kurnick, Jr., Penske Automotive Group president. “We thank our customers and Penske employees for embracing the ‘Service Matters' campaign and the importance of the work performed by Paralyzed Veterans of America. We are thrilled to extend our partnership for another year to help make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families.”

To learn more about the “Service Matters” campaign, see .

Ford announces more than $400k for ‘Driving Dreams’ scholarships

DALLAS - 

North Texas Ford dealers and the Ford Motor Company Fund late last week handed out more than $400,000 in Ford Driving Dreams scholarships for seniors in high schools across north Texas.

These funds will go to students interested in pursuing education in science, technology, engineering and math.

The scholarships are $2,000 a piece and will be given to qualifying students graduating this year who plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university over the period for which the scholarship is requested.

Ford shared the application deadline is Feb. 29, and qualifying students are asked to submit a “What Drives Your Dream?” essay.

The company explained these scholarships are part of the automaker’s overall education efforts in north Texas.

The Driving Dreams Program for the 2015-16 school year was focused on promoting reading, and worked to donate 10,000 new books to children in need in the area.

For more information, visit .

 

NYC dealers deliver 6K coats before blizzard hits

NEW YORK - 

Just before the huge blizzard hit New York City and other major areas along the East Coast this past weekend, the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association coordinated an effort to deliver more than 6,000 winter coats as part of the New York Cares Winter Coat Drive.

This past Thursday prior to when close to two feet of snow blanketed the area, the coats were delivered to New York Cares distribution center at West 31 St. in Manhattan.

New York Cares executive director Gary Bagley was on hand to receive the coats from Mark Schienberg, president of GNYADA, whose organization coordinated the collection through the association’s dealer network.

“New-car dealers have always had a strong sense of community and our relationship with New York Cares is no exception,” Schienberg said.

“Thanks to this spirit of helping others, GNYADA was able to present New York Cares with 6,000 coats that will be given to those in need,” he continued.

“The coats were collected by 100 dealers and thanks to their generosity, and that of their customers and staff, the total number of coats collected by the association over the past four years now tops 25,000,” Schienberg added.

“That says an enormous amount about auto dealers in greater New York, and I am very proud of them all,” he went on to say.

The charity organization pointed out thousands of New Yorkers will be forced to make a choice this winter between buying a warm coat and putting food on the table, heating their homes, or meeting other basic survival needs. That’s why for the last 27 years, New York Cares has collected and distributed winter coats to thousands of men, women and children who would otherwise go cold.

For more details about the organization, go to .

 

 

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