The holidays are my favorite time of year. It’s a time to celebrate with family, which I especially enjoy, but it’s also a time for looking back—and for giving back. In this season of giving, I wanted to take a moment to share just a few things our employees have done to give back this year. From large-scale fundraisers to simply helping a fellow colleague, our employees support a number of causes year-round.
Here are just a few of the many ways our employees help their friends, their neighbors and their communities.
More than 200 motorcycles and 100 vintage vehicles took part in ADESA Boston’s 12th Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Run. Thanks to the generosity of customers and members of the community, the auction raised more than $30,000 on behalf of Autism Speaks. Employees from ADESA Boston and nearby ADESA Concord both volunteered their time for the 30-mile event. Since its inception, this event has raised more than $400,000 for a variety of children’s charities in the Boston area.
The auction supported several charities throughout the year, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Daffodil Days as well as JDRF. One special event featured a visit from former Buffalo Saber Rob Ray. This auction raised $500 collected and bedding, clothing, personal care products, cleaning supplies and food to benefit a local youth assistance safe house, Compass House.
The auction collected $1,400 to support Edmonton’s Bag of Hope, an organization that provides backpacks full of personal necessities to Edmonton’s homeless and less fortunate during the month of December.
ADESA Golden Gate
The auction donates to several charities throughout the year, and one of their larger charitable giving initiatives is a contribution to the Festival of Trees. Contributions raised through the auction’s Annual Golf Tournament support Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and their mission to provide quality community healthcare.
ADESA Lexington hosted a toy drive to benefit Love Thy Neighbor of the Bluegrass, a local charity that collects toys on behalf of Ronald McDonald House. They also organized a coat drive to benefit Galilean Home Ministries.
The auction partnered with their local Salvation Army branch to adopt 15 individuals in need this holiday season, including eight children and seven senior citizens. Employees and two local dealerships collected items such as bedding, toiletries, small appliances, coats, toys and electronics.
Tidings of comfort and joy will be coming to local children thanks to ADESA Nashville. The auction hosted a toy drive to collect new, wrapped toys for children in need.
ADESA Ottawa gives back to the community year-round—but especially during the holidays. Each year, the auction works with local organizations like the Ottawa Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada and the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa to find families in need.
Their goal is to not only provide basic necessities like food, winter clothing, furniture and appliances, but also make the season a little brighter for children. Through the generous donations of customers, employees, and sponsors, they were able to raise more than $10,000 this year. As a result, the auction’s efforts helped 10 families, including 28 children and 13 adults.
ADESA Pennsylvania dealers and employees banded together to raise $3,400 for the York Cancer Patient Help Fund. A special auction and raffle of one-of-a-kind donations helped raise funds that assist local families of York Cancer Center with their everyday living costs. The auction also teamed up with the Salvation Army to collect socks for the less fortunate in the community. Dealers and staff members alike contributed to the effort, bringing in socks of all sizes to help keep neighbors warm this winter.
Folks at ADESA Phoenix collected 242 lbs. of food and $210 for GM’s Can-It for the Holidays event. Proceeds benefitted the United Food Bank. The donations they collected will provide 816 meals for needy members of their community.
Staff at ADESA Tampa organized a toy drive to benefit the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. This year’s event collected more than 100 new toys for the organization. This is the third year the auction has supported the charity.
The employees of ADESA Sarasota supported the Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree this holiday season. They donated toys, clothes, electronics, skateboards and bicycles.
The auction raised $760 for breast cancer research with their 50/50 raffle during the C95 Radio Marathon for Breast Cancer Research.
Auction employees pitched in for a bake sale to benefit the National Assistance League of the South Puget Sound “Operation School Bell.” The event raised more than $1,000 to help provide assistance to children in need of school clothes, books, backpacks and more.