The season of giving: the time of year when we often reflect on one year ending and another beginning. It got me thinking of all the great things I’ve heard throughout the year about how our employees give back.
You may have seen the blog post about the food drive at our corporate office. Our auctions are also actively involved in their local communities. From blood drives and bake sales to fundraisers and food kitchens, it’s amazing how much our employees do to help their schools, their neighborhoods and their neighbors. Here are just a few recent examples to share:
The holidays just got a whole lot brighter for kids in the Atlanta area. The auction raised nearly $10,000 for Toys for Tots thanks to the generosity of the auction’s employees, dealers and customers.
The auction organized a raffle drawing to benefit the victims of the tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. All proceeds were used to purchase care package supplies for those affected by the devastating storms.
In its 11th year, the annual classic car and motorcycle run has everything: a classic car and bike show, music, food, raffles and kids’ activities. Since its inception, this event has raised more than $300,000 for a variety of charities focused on helping children in the Boston area.
The auction’s employees and customers raised $2,156.89 for the American Cancer Society and $935 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Donations from dealers and employees raised more than $8,500 for a local charitable organization, Crayons for Computers. This group helps underprivileged children who can’t afford school supplies gain the tools they need to help them succeed in their educations.
They hosted a pink-ribbon fundraiser event for Susan G. Komen including giveaways for Dallas Cowboys party passes, football and baseball gear and pink-ribbon merchandise.
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For the last nine years, they have supported the Tracy Hospital Foundation, whose mission is to provide quality healthcare in the community. To gather contributions, the auction hosts a golf tournament each year, and in total has raised more than $120,000 for the benefit of the Foundation.
Customers and employees raised $8,101 for the “Pink Out Cancer Fund,” which helps cancer patients with out-of-pocket bills. Donated items included: vehicles from Blaise Alexander Family of Dealerships, Maguire’s Ford Lincoln, Ricke Bros and Wyble’s Used Cars; a TomBoy Tools kit from LifeChanges Boutique; a canopy with chairs from AFC; and a handmade fleece blanket from Diana Whisler (office manager and four-time cancer survivor).
The auction partners with several charities throughout the year, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Their 2nd Annual JDRF car show raised more than $2,500.
Their annual Golden Gavel Golf Classic and Charity Auction raised more than $260,000 for Variety, The Children’s Charity, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world. This was the largest amount of money ever raised at a single-day event for Variety.
I could go on and on when it comes to the generosity of our auctions. Instead, I’ll just thank our employees and our customers for their goodwill and all they do to help others.