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Raising the Stakes Ally executives join Michael Alford and his wife Alicia in presenting a $10,000 grant to the Jacksonville chapter of Girls on the Run. needs following a Marine Corps expansion that added 83,000 new residents to the region. To date, 76 percent of the group's recommendations have been accomplished or are being addressed. In 2010, Alford was appointed to the North Carolina Board of Transportation. He has also served in leadership and advisory roles for many organizations, including the Jacksonville/Onslow Committee of 100 (economic development), Jacksonville/Onslow Chamber of Commerce and the United Way, for which he broke fundraising records in his county while serving as campaign chair. He also makes scores of annual contributions to local and national charities. In 2011, the Jacksonville/Onslow Chamber of Commerce named Alford a Civic Honoree in recognition of his philanthropic work. "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to the community and state that has given so much to my work family and my immediate family," Alford said. Last September, Robert Glaser, president of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association, offered a few words about Alford to Jacksonville's The Daily News after nominating him for the TIME Dealer of the Year award. "He's a team player," Glaser said. "He takes care of his community. And from an industry point of view, Mike has supported dealerships, large and small, across the state." In typical fashion, Alford refused to take sole credit for his success. "I attribute much of the dealership's success to our employees," he said. "Since acquiring Marine Chevrolet Cadillac, by far the most rewarding aspect of the journey has been the professional development and advancement of our key personnel." In its second year as exclusive sponsor, Ally continued rewarding the communities the TIME Dealer of the Year nominees serve. As it has in previous year, the company donated $1,000 on behalf of each of the 57 nominees to a community cause of their choice. It also made a $10,000 donation in the name of Michael Alford, the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year, to Girls on the Run, a transformational learning program for girls in third through eighth grade. This year, Ally also donated $5,000 to charities selected by the three regional ﬁnalists for the TIME Dealer of the Year, and the state Automotive Trade Association Executive (ATAE) who nominated the 2013 winner. The following is a look at this year's ﬁnalists, as well as the charities they chose to receive Ally's donation. Dominick Carbone Don's Ford Inc. Utica, N.Y. Nominated by the New York Automobile Dealers Association, ﬁnalist Dominick Carbone is a two-time Dealer of the Year nominee as well as a former Marine and second-generation dealer. He serves as the dealer principal of the Carbone Auto Group, which has 12 locations in New York and Vermont. He also sits on the board of trustees for Utica College and is a supporter of several organizations, including the United Way and the American Heart Association. After being named a ﬁnalist, Carbone chose the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida counties to receive Ally's $5,000 donation. The organization provides grants to local schools, health agencies, arts venues, libraries and other nonproﬁt organizations. Sam Mansker Olathe Ford Lincoln Olathe, Kan. Nominated by the Kansas Automobile Dealers Association, ﬁnalist Sam Mansker is the co-owner of Olathe Ford Lincoln in Olathe, Kan. He is a Vietnam veteran and a 40-year industry veteran. Mansker has provided cars to the Olathe School District's driver's education program, awarded up to six scholarships per year to students and children of his employees, and donated to the YMCA, Salvation Army, 4-H and other organizations. Mansker selected KidsTLC to receive Ally's $5,000 donation. The program provides innovative psychiatric treatment, community outreach, behavioral health and autism treatment for kids and families. Bill McCurley McCurley Integrity Dealerships Tri-Cities, Wash. Finalist Bill McCurley is a second-generation dealer and operator of McCurley Integrity Dealerships, which serves the Tri-Cities metropolitan area in the State of Washington. He has more than 40 years of industry experience and has served on the Washington State attorney general's Dealer Advisory Committee. He's also contributed to the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tri-Cities Development Council, and has sponsored numerous community activities. McCurley selected the NADA Charitable Foundation to receive Ally's $5,000 donation. Its mission is to preserve and promote private enterprise and personal freedom of mobility by supporting organizations involved in emergency medical care and higher education.