Giving Back to Our Community

Once again, GLVADA Gives Funds to Multiple Deserving Community Charities.

131026_GLVADA_CharityChecks_WB051During 2013, The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association Foundation gave grants and scholarships totalling over $175,000 to not-for-profit organizations throughout the greater Lehigh Valley. Checks were presented to the recipient organizations at the association’s recent meeting at America On Wheels.

Fifteen organizations were funded: America on Wheels; Boys & Girls Club of Allentown; Boys & Girls Club of Easton; Burn Prevention Network; Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania; Families First; Family Answers; Greater Valley YMCA (Nazareth, Easton, Slate Belt, Catasauqua, Bethlehem); Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley; JDRF; Muscular Dystrophy Association Greater Lehigh Valley; Pinebrook Family Services; United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley; Via of the Lehigh Valley and the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley. The 2013 President’s Grant, selected by outgoing president Richard Salezze of Scott Chevrolet-Cadillac, Mazda and Volvo, went to St. John Vianney Regional School.

In addition to these 16 nonprofits, the association selected Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley and Valley Youth House as the charitable recipients of this year’s GLVADA Cup golf tournament.  Based loosely on the Ryder Cup format, this tournament pits Lehigh Valley foreign new car franchises against domestic to benefit the represented charities.

The association also provided support and scholarships for the automotive technology program at Northampton Community College and in February of each year sponsors the SkillsUSA Transporation Series Championships in our region. Total grants and scholarships were $113,000.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association is also the presenting sponsor of the Donley Awards of Excellence for high school seniors and sponsors the Freddie Awards at the State Theatre.

Earlier this year, $25,000 was donated to the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital as the beneficiary of the preview party gala for the 2013 Auto Show, resulting in a approximately $175,000 in charitable contributions distributed this year.

Through its foundation, managed by the Pennsylvania Auto Dealer’s Association Foundation, the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association supports and promotes the good work and charitable activities of the new retail automotive industry in the greater Lehigh Valley region.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Foundation is committed to seeking out and support promising programs that are closely aligned with the association’s defined charitable giving goals and guidelines. The foundation will only fund programs and services provided by organizations approved by the IRS as 501 (c)(3) charitable organizations. Most likely to be supported are programs that fall into the following areas: children and youth, and auto industry specific education and training. The association will not consider requests for capital campaigns or facility maintenance.

Nonprofit organizations interested in obtaining funding for 2014, should submit requests to: Tom Kwiatek, Executive Director, Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association, 1275 Glenlivet Drive, Suite 100, Allentown, PA 18106-3107. For more information visit or call 620.758.9691.

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