Hey Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine Chevrolet owners, isn’t it great to know that you’re automobile manufacturer truly cares about you and your families safety? For a while now, I’ve been trying to share as much info as possible about the General Motors Foundation and their efforts to make a difference and here’s another one.
In mid September, the General Motors Foundation and Safe Kids Worldwide celebrated 15 years of the Buckle Up program that has helped reached millions of parents and their teens during this rapid evolution of auto safety technology.
Originally, the program was focused on child safety seat checks at local GM dealerships, but has grown over the past 15 years to address child safety in and around vehicles all together. According to a GM press release, certified experts at nearly 80,000 car seat checks have inspected more than 1.5 million car seats for proper installation and more than 550,000 car seats have gone to at-risk families, many at no cost through the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza. Overall, more than 22 million people have been exposed to the program’s events and outreach activities.
The Buckle Up program also includes:
118 mobile child safety vans, completely equipped to conduct child passenger safety events;
500 permanent child safety seat inspection stations, including at GM dealerships;
Spot the Tot and Never Leave Your Child Alone, programs aimed at preventing fatalities and injuries to children in and around vehicles;
Safest Generation (for kids 11 and 12) and Countdown2Drive (ages 13 and 14) to address the needs of older children and their families; and
Activities that advocate for stronger state child passenger safety laws.
Kate Carr, Safe Kids President and CEO, said “The GM Foundation’s 15-year commitment to Safe Kids Buckle Up is a sterling example of corporate social responsibility at its best. There is no doubt that countless child fatalities and injuries have been prevented as a result of this partnership and the GM Foundation’s long-term dedication to it.”
During this year’s Child Passenger Safety Week, the GM Foundation and GM asked every parent to take 15 minutes for an at-home child safety seat checkup using the Safe Kids downloadable checklist. Even though Child Passenger Safety Week has already passed, you can still do your part and download this checklist if you are driving around the DFW metroplex with a young one in your new or used Chevrolet.
Stay tuned for more information about the General Motors Foundation and it’s attempts to make our lives safer.
Since 1997, General Motors and the GM Foundation have served as Safe Kids Buckle Up’s exclusive funding source and helped build the program into a multifaceted national initiative, bringing motor vehicle safety messages to children and families through community and dealer partnerships. To date, more than 22 million people have been exposed to Safe Kids Buckle Up events and community outreach efforts. Certified child passenger safety technicians working through Safe Kids coalitions have examined over 1.4 million child safety seats at over 75,000 events and the program has donated over 520,000 seats to families in need.
This year, GM has teamed up with Safe Kids Worldwide again by launching a campaign to help prevent heat strokes due to being left in an unattended vehicle. According to a recent press release from Safe Kids Worldwide, dozens of children die of hyperthermia (or heat stroke) every year from being left in unattended vehicles. Safe Kids Worldwide and its state-based coalitions are mobilizing their network of partners – police and fire departments, hospitals and doctors’ offices, government agencies, childcare centers, businesses and others – to alert citizens to the grave dangers that hot vehicles pose to children and encourage people to Never Leave Your Child Alone In a Car.
President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, Kate Carr, said they are “urging everyone to ACT: Avoid hyperthermia-related deaths by never leaving your child alone in a car and always locking doors and trunks; Create reminders and habits for you and your child’s caregivers to serve as a safety net to ensure you don’t forget your child; and Take action if you see a child unattended in a vehicle by immediately calling 911.”
Odds are, the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex is in for an even hotter summer than last year. So Classic Chevroletencourages everyone to remember to ACT.
AVOID stroke-related injury and death by:
Never leaving your child alone in the car, even for a minute.
Consistently locking unattended vehicle doors and trunks.
CREATE reminders and habits that give you and your child’s caregiver a safety net:
Establish a peace-of-mind plan. When you drop off your child, make a habit of calling or texting all other caregivers, so all of you know where your child is at all times.
Place a purse, briefcase, gym bag, cell phone or an item that is needed at your next stop in a back seat.
Set the alarm on your cell phone or computer calendar as a reminder to drop your child off at childcare.
TAKE ACTION if you see an unattended child in a vehicle:
Dial 911 immediately and follow the instructions that emergency personnel provide – they are trained to determine if a child is in danger.
Let’s all join in the campaign and help prevent future tragedies. Remind your friends and family to Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car and to ACT.
Check out the Press Release for the GOOD deeds of Chevrolet, Classic Chevrolet, and Youth Baseball! We were so happy to be involved and so happy that we could contribute! Here’s to Chevy and Baseball…. a GREAT combination!
Classic Chevrolet Donates More Than $1,700 in Cash and Sports Equipment to Richland Youth Association
Grapevine, September 12, 2011 – Classic Chevrolet, one of 34 Chevrolet dealers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area that partnered with local youth baseball leagues for the 2011 baseball season, raised nearly $20,540 in total donations from the dealerships and private parties. In addition to monetary support, Classic Chevrolet provided Richland Youth Association with equipment donations, an opportunity to raise (and keep) up to $10,000 through a unique fundraiser, and participation in a baseball clinic led by Texas Rangers. “Chevrolet has a long history with baseball and we’re glad we were able to bring that commitment to our youth leagues in Grapevine,” said Justin Norwood, TITLE for Classic Chevrolet. “The instructional clinic was the highlight of the season for many of the kids. They had a blast – and, frankly, we did too.” Classic Chevrolet partnered with the Richland Youth Association because of the league’s proximity to the dealership. Equipment donated by Classic Chevrolet included equipment bags, ball buckets, dugout managers and t-shirts. In addition, the dealership helped donate either a Chevy Cruze or a Chevy Equinox to be used as a fundraiser by the league. The winner of the fundraiser got to choose one of the two vehicles. “We are delighted to be involved with the American tradition of youth baseball,” said Norwood, of Classic Chevrolet. “Sponsoring Richland Youth Association gave us the opportunity to illustrate our commitment to the youth and families in Grapevine and we’re glad to have achieved such positive outcome for the community.”
In 2011, more than 1,200 Chevrolet dealers participated in Chevy Youth Baseball. Now in its sixth year, more than $14 million has been contributed to youth baseball in the communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work, and play.
This past saturday 9/10/2011 we held a very special event at Classic Chevrolet. This is the 2nd year in a row that we have hosted the Lone Star Camaro Club as they headed out to Texas Motor Speedway to take laps in their Camaro’s all for charity. This year’s charity of choice was “Snowball Express.”
This charity just so happens to be a charity that helps the children of our fallen military heroes. I can’t tell you how much fun those kids had hanging out at Classic Chevrolet and Texas Motor Speedway all day. They had everything from video games, candy, sno cones and hot dogs to motorcycles, tshirts and Camaros to look at and play with. One of the great things about this event is that the Patriot Guard Riders were with us as we caravanned to Texas Motor Speedway. Below you will find the video of the Patriot Guard Riders and the Lone Star Camaro Club as they left Classic Chevrolet headed to TMS to take the track for Snowball Express. In case you haven’t heard of this before basically the Camaro drivers pay a fee to the charity in order to drive their cars around the track. Pretty cool huh?!
Classic Chevrolet is at it again and this time we have a fundraiser that is near and dear to our hearts. Here at Classic Chevrolet we have employees who are veterans, and their family members and friends are currently serving or have served in our military. Everyone is connected to a soldier by some degree of separation. Whether it be your neighbor, your teacher’s dad, your Father, your grandmother or maybe even your dentist served in our military.
Do you know how many troops come home every day, month, and year with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), injuries, loss of limbs and more? There are so many lives that are affected by war and that’s why Classic Chevrolet wanted to lend a helping hand. Have you ever thought that you might be able to help someone just by buying a pair of boots? How many pairs of shoes do you own that have directly helped someone in need? Have you ever heard of the Boot Campaign? What about Marcus Luttrell? Check out this amazing story and how Classic Chevrolet is ready to get involved to help our troops returning home from war!
The Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell with HIS BOOTS ON!
The Boot Campaign is a grassroots initiative started by 5 women from Texas known as the Boot Girls.They provide an easy and tangible way for Americans to show support of our troops (both past and present) that’s practical and directly benefits our military. Proceeds from boot sales are donated to partner charities, who assist returning veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and varying degrees of physical injuries As Boot Girl Ginger so aptly said:
“…we’re not setting out to conquer the world. We just all feel the same conviction – to find a way to honor and say thank you to our military men and women for their service and sacrifice. We realize that we will never REALLY know what it’s like to be in THEIR shoes, and we will never claim to get it.”
That’s why the Boot Campaign motto is: When They Come Back, We Give Back!
What better way to say thank you to our troops than sporting a pair of boots just like theirs! So join in the growing chorus of radio, television, music and sports celebrities and get YOUR boots ON!
Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Troy Aikman with HIS BOOTS ON!
Classic Chevrolet is teaming up with the Boot Campaign to directly help the Lone Survivor Foundation by running a fundraiser on our Facebook page. The Lone Survivor Foundation was established in February 2010 by Navy SEAL (Ret) MarcusLuttrell, author of the NY TImes best-selling book, Lone Survivor. The vision of the Lone Survivor Foundation is to provide exceptional therapeutic, outdoor, and unique opportunities that optimize recovery and healing of affected American wounded service members and their families.
Here’s what Classic Chevrolet is going to do to help. For every new fan that we gain to our Facebook Page from 7/5-7/29, 2011 we are going to donate $1 to the Boot Campaign which will benefit The Lone Survivor Foundation. We’re calling it our Buck A Boot Campaign! We will also be giving away a pair of Boot Campaign Altama Combat Boots which are the exact combat boots that our troops wear everyday. We are also going to give away a Boot Campaign T-Shirt to one lucky fan. All you have to do is visit our Facebook Page and “like” us and then register to win. When you register you have 100 words or less to tell us about the soldier that is in your life. You’ll even have an opportunity to share a picture of your soldier for the chance to have your soldier be one of our soldiers of the week!
So will you join us in supporting our troops?! One last thing… Check out this video of Marcus Luttrell and Sherri Rueland talking about the Boot Campaign and what they are striving to accomplish. BE INSPIRED!
Ozzie Nader from Freeman GMC and Justin Norwood from Classic Chevrolet
If you can remember back in December we did a food drive at Classic Chevrolet for the North Texas Food Bank. We went head to head with our neighbors Freeman GMC to see who could gain the most amount of new Facebook fans and the most cans of food. Part of the rules of that competition was that whoever lost would have to go to the winners dealership and cook their staff food and wear the winners T-shirt. Well Classic Chevrolet won the competition and became the 2010 Champs in our Battle for Grapevine Food Drive.
Ozzie made good on his promise and joined Classic Chevrolet as our cook for the evening. He fixed us hot dogs and burgers. He even wore a Classic Chevrolet T-shirt while he cooked. It was a great time for our employees. The most important part of the whole contest was the almost 2,000 pounds of food that we collected for the North Texas Food Bank!
If you want to see all of the pictures from the BBQ head on over to our Facebook Page and check them out.
Have you heard the name of Grapevine High School Baseball player Chris Gavora? On Feb. 22, 2007 Chris Gavora and his Grapevine High School teammates were warming up for their opening game. Chris was pitching to a teammate when a line drive passed through openings in 2 cages and struck him in the head. Chris was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery but unfortunetly was unable to survive his injury. He died just two days later on Saturday Feb. 25, 2007. It has been a little over five years since this tragic accident happened and yet in our community of Grapevine, TX we hear this story over and over again as each new baseball season approaches.
The accident hurt every coach and player to the core, but what happened in the next few days couldn’t take the pain away but eased it more than anyone could have imagined. Just a week after Chris had turned 17 he was ready to get his license. He saw the option to donate his organs and didn’t think twice about it. His mother had told him that they should go home and talk to his dad about it but Chris said, “I know what it means, and I’m going to do it.” That decision saved the lives of six people, Brad Walker was on the verge of death from suffering with Cystic Fibrosis, he got Chris’ lungs. A 10-year-old boy in Arkansas got Chris’ heart. A 27-year-old male software engineer got his liver. A 54-year-old diabetic and father of four got Chris’ pancreas. A 14-year-old boy got one of Chris’ kidneys. A 29-year-old single mother got the other and attends nursing school.
Chris loved movies and reciting quotes from them. He loved music and playing the guitar, and was a New York Yankees fan. He liked going to the mall and playing video games. He shared a car with his twin sister, Catherine. And he loved baseball, which he’d played since he was 4.
For the 5th anniversary of Chris’ death we wanted to do something special for the Chris Gavora Memorial Scholarship Fund and the baseball teams of local rivals Grapevine High School Mustangs and the Panthers of Colleyville Heritage High School.
GHS and CHHS have two games they play against each other this season. The first game is on Thursday March 17, 2011 at Grapevine High School. The second game is on Friday April 8th, 2011 at Colleyville Heritage. As a Corporate Sponsor for the Education Foundation we will donate $1 for every new fan we gain to our Classic Chevy Facebook Page to the Education Foundation and those proceeds will be distributed to the Chris Gavora Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The second part of this contest goes like this….. It’s the CHHS VS GHS Baseball Battle! Come to our Facebook Page and write on our wall which school you support. You don’t have to be a student. You can be a parent, a teacher, a resident of Colleyville or Grapevine, or anyone. The contest will end on Thursday April 7, 2011 and the school that has the most support on our fan page wins the Baseball Battle! That winning team will be rewarded. On April 8 when CHHS and GHS hit the field it won’t matter who wins the game what will matter is how many runs are scored because the winner of the Baseball Battle on Facebook will get $25 per run scored to their teams booster club. So for instance if CHHS wins the Baseball Battle on Facebook but GHS wins the game 10-8 well CHHS will get a check from Classic Chevrolet through the Education Foundation for $450! The winner of the game will also get a special gift to be determined later. So as you can see both CHHS and GHS will come out as winners!! Let us know if you have any questions.
Don’t forget to visit our Fan Page and become a fan today. We’ll donate $1 per fan to the Chris Gavora Memorial Scholarship Fund. While you’re visiting don’t forget to write on our wall which school you support! Contest runs 3/16/2011 – 4/7/2011.
“Taylor, just pack t-shirts and sweatshirts, because it’s not like you need to look fancy or meet anybody.”
“You’re right. And, it’s not like I would pick up a guy from the racetrack that wasn’t some country bumpkin, anyways…”
My best friend laughed as she nodded towards my suitcase full of Charlotte Motor Speedway sweatshirts, Texas Motor Speedway tanks and racing t-shirts that most women wouldn’t be caught cleaning in. Oh, goodness. She was right. What have I done?? I am THAT girl and my suitcase is full of ‘THAT’ car stuff, as I use to refer to it.
Okay, so I may not be with a country bumpkin, but my life is definitely full of left turns, race tires and checkered flags. Now that I think about it, it has become apart of me, engrained as riding a bike. Get to the track, meet in the garage, help wipe down the car, clock lap-times, report to crew chief, stand by the pit wall and get anxious during the race, meet in Victory Lane, celebrate and do it all again the next weekend. And really goes against all stereotypes placed on auto-racing – it’s a lot of hard work, talented drivers, and a ton of effort and quite a bit of money involved.
SO, how did we end up here? Well, Josh Gilbert, who you will meet shortly, is the Chief Mechanic/Lead Instructor for a Corvette Racing School out at Texas Motor Speedway. And, when he’s not taking care of the school’s 27-car fleet, he’s giving exhilarating rides on the road course on the inside of the track! (It’s WAY cool, especially since they are one of my all-time favorite cars: The Corvette.)
And, what does any car enthusiast (or any man, really) do when they have the opportunity for fast cars and a wide open track? … FLOOR IT. Okay, so honestly, I personally never really fully understood the need for speed – but can only guess – since every man that gets out of those cars after being on track, acts as if they had just been given an unlimited shopping spree at Best Buy. Apparently, Josh needed more. Who would’ve guessed, right?! Therefore, he took his previous racing experience and decided to compete for the 2010 Legends Asphalt National Championship this weekend in Hampton, Virginia.
For all of those who have no clue what that even means, the Legends cars are modeled after the 1930s and 1940s NASCAR stockcars on a 1/3 scale and as my Mom says “look like mini PT Cruisers.” I know that’s awful, right?! The U.S. Legends Series was put together in order to have a programs that would be more affordable, race on smaller tracks and have lower maintenance costs, and has been known for the career starts of many NASCAR drivers, such as Reed Sorensen, Kyle Busch, and David Ragan (who still actually races with Josh!).
With all that said, we had the Chevy Legends car, we had our Chevy Driver, and all we needed was the Chevy sponsor. And, of course, Classic Chevrolet hooked it up! So now, Classic Chevrolet has their very own Chevrolet Driver! I mean, really, what’s a Chevy without a Driver, anyways??
I am sure you all know our Camaro guru Mr. Eric Hall (@TheSSEric) right? Well he has asked me to let you guys know about the upcoming Lone Star Camaro Club event set for September 11, 2010. So below is all the information! If you have any questions please let me know! We hope to see you out there!
Saturday, September 11, 2010 You’re the driver when Texas Motor Speedway opens the Speedway to the public for the first time this year. Experience the thrill of driving your car around the 1.5-mile super speedway all to benefit the Texas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.
Polish up your special vehicle and come on out to “The Great American Speedway!®” on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 for Laps for Charity II. Take three laps on the 1.5 mile Super Speedway behind a pace vehicle for just a $30 donation and have your picture taken in Victory Lane for an additional $10. Once again our fan favorite VIP Laps Experience will be offered for $250. Laps will be conducted for Car Clubs (by reservation) ours is 5:30, but we need to be there by 4:00pm and for the General Public from 7-10 p.m. No reservation is needed for the General public time. We will be arriving at TMS around 3:30 in order to take a large group photo.
So, I am sure everyone out there understands and knows the significance of our Laps for Charity day. It is indeed on 9/11 and I really felt the need to honor and pay respect to an event that so heavily impacted our country. I know there are a lot of members out there that served or currently do serve in our armed forces or risk their lives daily as a firefighter or a police officer. 9/11 may have been horrific, but the way America handled it is a testament to these peoples’ courage, determination, and unwavering nerve. With that said, LSC had to be involved and as a non-profit organization, had to also give back.
On the recommendation of Eric Hall with Classic Chevrolet (thank you Eric!!), I contacted the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation with the intent of organizing a large scale photo-op. Well, after speaking with Dean Thompson (who is the CEO of the organization and the designer and sculptor of the beautiful bronze statue) I was left blown away by his level of commitment to the foundation and his excitement of having 50-80 Camaros arranged in front of his memorial. Therefore, LSC will be making a pit stop on its way to Texas Motor Speedway.
We will also be purchasing an engraved brick and making a donation to this great cause. Dean told me that his foundation is in the process of raising $3500 for lighting retrofits on the memorial and I would love nothing more than to come through for him. I know this is quite a bit of money, but I would love to see all of you step forward and help LSC meet that number. The brick that we are having engraved will be laid on the day we are out there, so it will be quite an awesome event to be a part of. We will have a donation jar at the next few meets and I have asked Dean to come out to our July event to talk about his foundation and the memorial.
For all that attend, you will receive a pin with the memorial logo as rememberace of this special day and you will be a part of a very large club photo. With as many people as we are anticipating making it out, the group picture should be a site to behold. I also want to mention that Dean is getting the Grapevine police and fire department out to the event to escort us over to the track from the site and he is organizing media coverage for us also.
The schedule will be as follows:
12:00-2:00 pm – We will meet at Classic Chevrolet on 9/11 to organize and yes (FREE FOOD)
2:00 pm – Head out to the memorial
2:15 to 3:30 pm – Organize the cars, take group photos, watch our brick get put in the ground, and celebrate the lives of our lost loved ones
3:30 pm – Head out to TMS for our track time at 5:30 pm (FIRST GROUP ON THE TRACK)
All in all, I think this is a very appropriate and much needed stop for our caravan to TMS. The photos will be fantastic and the memorial is a great way to honor this day. I emplore you all (sponsors and members alike) to help LSC meet our lofty donation goals and if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.
I know this is super long, so here are some cliffs:
-Laps for Charity is on 9/11
-LSC would like to pay tribute to this important day
-We will be making a pit stop at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial on our way to the track
-LSC will also be making a donation to this foundation, so break open those piggie banks!
When we decided to do our Chevy and Friends photo contest in April we never thought we’d have a more gracious, generous, kind, caring winner than that of Donna Sowul. After a long week of voting she was the 2nd place finisher receiving over 2,500 votes for her submission of the picture to the left with her husband and her beloved Camaro. Because she was a top 3 finisher she received a $100 VISA gift card from Classic Chevrolet. To my amazement she emailed us when she received her gift card and told us of her plans for the $100.
I just wanted to let you know that I got my gift card today…I want to convey my sincerest thanks and appreciation for this most generous and thoughtful gift…I also wanted to let you and Classic Chevrolet know that I plan on donating it to the “Make a Wish Foundation” in loving memory of my Dad, who passed away right before I got my ‘dream car called Camaro’…His last wishes were that donations be made in his name to the “Make A Wish Foundation”, as he always felt so heartbroken to see little children with bald heads due to chemo…I plan on letting the foundation know of the generosity of Classic Chevrolet, and to also honor my late Dad who I miss so much every single day… May God Bless all of you at Classic Chevrolet the way he has also blessed me with this gift card from you…
(in loving memory of my Dad, Irvin W Smith…West Babylon, NY)
After receiving this letter we just knew we had to contribute somehow because we were so honored that she would do that.
The Make A Wish Foundation is an organization that since 1980 has been granting wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. According to their website they have made over 191,000 wishes come true for children all over the world. It is an amazing organization that gives hope and happiness to children. For more information on how you can help you can visit their website.
So in honor of Donna and her gracious donation today April 23, 2010 between 10:30 am and 9:00 pm – Classic Chevrolet will donate $2 for every “Like” we receive from our Facebook Fan Page from this post to the Make A Wish Foundation!
Thanks Donna for being so great! It’s fans like you that make us love what we do!
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