F&I and Showroom Supplements

2013

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CELEBRATING DEALERS 22 tional, honors individuals who go above and beyond to develop women leaders within their communities. As a leader in Odessa's business community, the cause is close to Hooker's heart. "My bread and butter comes from the community," Hooker says. "So I get to see women in key roles in the community providing leadership and raising money for local groups that need fnancial backing. The ATHENA Award celebrates the growth of women, so now it's time to recognize them." Raymond Ciccolo Village Automotive Group Boston Raymond Ciccolo, president of Village Automotive Group in Boston, is active in a number of philanthropic organizations. He is a founding member of the Lexington Education Foundation, which supports public schools and the Global Smile Foundation, which provides free surgical care to underserved children with facial congenital deformities. His stores also donate the largest amount of blood to the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. Ciccolo sponsors the Multiple Sclerosis Society in New England by hosting an annual Thanksgiving Day 5K, which, in 2012, raised $100,000. In addition, he supports the Walk for Hunger, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute's half marathon and a charity named Birthday Wishes. The mission of Birth- Raymond Ciccolo, owner of Village Automotive Group, congratulates student Jean Michel Estine, winner of the grand prize in the Keys to Success competition. day Wishes is to provide birthday parties for homeless children with the belief that all children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays surrounded by family, friends, and others who care. In 2007, in conjunction with local high schools, Village Automotive Group launched Keys to Success, an incentive program that rewards students for school attendance, community service, improvement in grades and other achievements. Throughout the year, students can cash in "Key cards" they earn to redeem prizes from program sponsors. At the end of the academic year, one deserving student holds the lucky key that can start the engine of the grand prize: a certifed pre-owned vehicle donated by Village Automotive Group. "Our hope here at Village Au- In 2003, Moritz Chevrolet launched a fundraising bike ride to help raise funds for local volunteer fire departments. Ride for Heroes has since grown into a festival event that brings the entire community together. tomotive is that Keys to Success helps motivate kids to see the limitless potential which awaits them when they strive to achieve in school," Ciccolo says. Jim Hardick Moritz Chevrolet Fort Worth, Texas Jim Hardick, general manager of Moritz Chevrolet in Fort Worth, Texas, appreciates the sacrifce and bravery of his community's emergency frst responders. To ensure they have the necessary equipment to perform their duties as safely as possible, he and other employees at Moritz Chevrolet launched in 2003 an annual fundraising bike ride to raise funds for local volunteer fre departments. Over the years, Moritz Ride for Heroes has grown into a festive event that brings the whole community together, with volunteers of all ages helping to man the rest stops. Asked what makes the event so special, Hardick responds: "It's the decorations. It's the homemade cookies. And just the enthusiasm, cheering people on, making people feel welcomed." Hardick, however, is also quick to note the hundreds of thousands

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