Dealer philanthropy: Latest activities at Group 1, Foundation Automotive


CARY, N.C. – 

This week, Foundation Automotive and Group 1 Automotive each described their latest charity endeavors.

Beginning with Foundation, two of its stores — Kramer Chevrolet and Kramer Subaru — hosted their 15th annual Military and Customer Appreciation Event and Car Show on Sept. 11 with all proceeds going directly to the North Dakota National Guard Emergency Relief Fund.

With the event taking place on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Foundation highlighted that it made an ambitious goal of raising $50,000, which the group surpassed with a total of $57,402 raised, according to a news release.

The company said the successful event was complete with a classic car show, silent auction, free food and entertainment for the whole family.

The Military Emergency Relief Fund is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to provide financial support in sudden and unforeseen emergency situations. The organization supports the North Dakota National Guard soldiers and airmen, as well as their dependents.

“In today’s world there are a lot of organizations to donate to. To think of our service members, our soldiers, our airmen, and their families, this means so much to everyone. We really appreciate it and know it’s going to a great cause,” said Brigadier General Jackie Huber, who accepted the check on behalf of the North Dakota National Guard Emergency Relief Fund.

Kramer Chevrolet and Kramer Subaru joined Foundation Automotive in 2019. This is the second year since joining the growing corporation that Kramer has been able to put on this event.

“The other stores in the group and a lot of our vendors really stepped up with donations to make this event such a success,” said Terry Wezner, managing partner of Kramer Chevrolet and Kramer Subaru, which are locally operated, full-service dealerships in Mandan, N.D.

“This money goes directly to the Military Emergency Relief Fund and is extremely important, especially with current events. We are passionate about getting money into the hands of those who need it most,” Foundation chief operating officer Chuck Kramer added.

And according to a post on Twitter from Group 1, one of the company’s stores in New Mexico did more than eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

The social media entry said, “The team at Lexus of Albuquerque took time out of their Thanksgiving to help those in need. They handed out 100 blankets, 80 pairs of gloves, 200 pairs of socks, and 80 toothbrush/toothpaste kits at a local homeless encampment. Most of this donation was funded by the employees.”

Source : AutoFinanceNews