Classic Chevrolet’s 6th Annual Steve Thompson Classic Golf Tournament Tops 2.5 Million Raised for Local Charities

In the words of Classic Chevrolet owner, Tom Durant at the 6th Annual Charity Check Presentation, “I never thought it would turn into what it is. It has become something that really makes a difference.” He was of course referring to the milestone $2.5 million dollars raised for local charities in just 6 years spearheaded by The Steve Thompson Classic Charity Golf Tournament named in honor of the late Steve Thompson of The Thompson Group at Classic. Since 2012 Classic Chevrolet employees have put on a charity golf tournament to raise money for local non-profits benefitting children in need, families facing challenges, orphans, the homeless, veterans and the disabled. A special committee formed by the employees of Classic Chevrolet chooses the charities and spends the entire year raising donations and planning the annual tournament. Every employee of Classic Chevrolet and The Thompson Group at Classic personally donate money through a payroll deduction program.

On November 22, 2017, the ceremony to distribute checks to now 14 local charities was held during a holiday luncheon attended by employees, charity representatives, sponsors and invited guests. The 2017 Steve Thompson Classic has raised another $200,000 again matched dollar for dollar by Tom and Susan Durant for a total of $400,000 bringing the total donations raised since 2012 to $2.5 million. The 14 charities include 6 Stones Mission Network, The Angel Fund of Trinity High School, RISE, GRACE, Food for the Soul, V.A.S.T., Community Storehouse, Neuro Assistance, Clubhouse for Special Needs, Miracle League, Unite for the Troops, Chari-T-2000, Heroes on the Water and Finding Me Global Academy.

Tim Lynch, commercial manager for The Thompson Group at Classic and chairman of this year’s Classic charity committee addressed the crowd, “These fourteen charities represent our community. They make us better people, they make us a better community, they make us a better dealership. After all, what they do is simply help people. As a dealership, that is also our goal, not just to sell something but instead to help someone. Together we can make a dynamic difference.”

Top Ways to Give Back Around DFW

This holiday season, you can easily give back by participating in or donating to some of the charities around DFW. On you way to Classic Chevy to test drive a vehicle, stop by one of these organizations to donate. Toys for Tots even holds events that you can participate in, in addition to donating toys.

Meals on Wheels

This organization provides hot meals that are freshly prepared to Dallas County residents. Many of the residents are home bound, have no reliable source of food, have low income or suffer from a medical condition that does not allow them to care for themselves. Meals on Wheels provides meals for residents five days per week.

Toys for Tots

This popular charity in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area collects new, unwrapped toys for children who are not as fortunate so some others. Look for the collection boxes or visit their web page to learn about fund raising events. On November 26, the organization will be collecting during the Texas Motor Speedway gift of lights grand opening; and on December 5, the organization will be holding its annual motorcycle run. For more information and information on how to volunteer, visit dfwtoysfortots.org.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven is similar to Toys for Tots; however this organization collects toys, clothes and books throughout the year. Tarrent County’s chapter gives the items collected to emergency shelters that are for domestic violence victims. For more information visit safehaventc.org.

Visit Classic Chevy

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive a new vehicle. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any finance or lease specials we may be running on certain models. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle yet – maybe yours is only a year or two old – give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance. While you’re there, ask your salesperson about his or her favorite charity if you prefer donating to another charity not listed here.

Chevy Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Join the fight against breast cancer by helping Chevrolet and Classic Chevy raise money to finish the fight against this disease. With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed, we’re more driven than ever to change the statistic. That’s why for the seventh year in a row, Chevrolet and its dealers, including Classic Chevy, are partnering with the American Cancer Society to make strides against breast cancer. Through this partnership, they’ve contributed $7.8 million to the American Cancer Society benefiting breast cancer screening, patient care, and research.

Join in the efforts by finding a walk, making a contribution, or by creating an #IDriveFor team. During the month of October, Chevy will contribute $5 to the American Cancer Society for every #IDriveFor on Twitter and Instagram. Together we can reach our destination and one day put an end to breast cancer.

Visit Classic Chevy

If you want to get more involved, stop by Classic Chevrolet to find more unique ways to help fight breast cancer. And, don’t forget, women are not the only ones to have breast cancer: men can also have breast cancer. You can also ask about ways to help combat breast cancer when you stop by to test drive a new Chevy or when you bring your current Chevy in for service.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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Join the fight against breast cancer by helping Chevrolet and Classic Chevy raise money to finish the fight against this disease. For every #IDriveFor used during October 2015, Chevrolet will make a contribution of $5 – up to $500,000. Just visit your Twitter or Instagram account to tell us who you drive for.

You can also visit chevrolet.com/making-strides-against-breast-cancer.html and enter the person’s name if you don’t have a Twitter or Instagram account, for Chevrolet to contribute $5. Whether you have a loved one, a friend, your kid’s teacher or the person at a local grocery store who is fighting breast cancer, you can help by entering their name with #IDriveFor on Instagram or Twitter; or by visiting the link above. Drive in their name to help combat this disease.

Walk, Drive or Post. Just Support.

This is Chevrolet’s fifth year in a row of teaming up with the American Cancer Society to help fight breast cancer. Contributions over the past four years have totaled $4,462,326. Additionally, there have been hundreds of local walks across the country for support and awareness. You can also join in any of the upcoming walks. To find upcoming walks in your area, visit makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/PageServer?pagename=MSABC_CY15_FindAnEvent.

If walking is not your thing or you just can’t physically do it, just post #IDriveFor and the person’s name to help Chevrolet continue its support of breast cancer.

Visit Classic Chevy

If you want to get more involved, stop by Classic Chevrolet to find more unique ways to help fight breast cancer. And, don’t forget, women are not the only ones to have breast cancer: Men can also have breast cancer. You can also ask about ways to help combat breast cancer when you stop by to test drive a new Chevy or when you bring your current Chevy in for service.

2015 Classic Chevy Golf Tournament

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Classic Chevrolet is sponsoring their fourth annual golf tournament on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. This year, the top-rated dealership is running two 18-hole tournaments at the same time. Sponsors are needed for both tournaments.

Charities That Benefit

The charities that benefit from Classic Chevy’s fund raiser golf tournament include 6 Stones Mission Network, Christ Haven, The Angle fund of Trinity High School, Rise, Grace, food for the Soul, V.A.S.T. Community Church, Community Storehouse, North Texas S.N.A.P. and Neuro Fitness.

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorships must be turned in by September 7, 2015. We need sponsors for both tournaments and have several levels available including the Title Sponsor for $25,000 which includes four teams and a preferred starting spot; the Platinum Sponsor for $20,000 which includes three teams; the Gold Sponsor for $15,000 which includes two teams and a beverage cart advertisement.

Additionally, we have a Silver Sponsor for $10,000 which includes two teams; a Shirt Sponsor for $10,000 which includes your logo on every shirt plus one team; the Hat Sponsor for $5,000 which includes your logo on every hat and one team; the Entertainment Sponsor for $5,000 which includes your logo on signage and one team; the Golf Sponsor for $2,500 which includes one team; the Team Sponsor for $2,000 which includes one team; the Hole Sponsor for $500 which includes your logo on a hole; and the Beverage Cart Sponsor for $1,500 which includes your logo on a beverage cart.

For more information on sponsorship levels please visit our tournament page.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy for more information about the Golf Tournament for 2015; and while you’re there, test drive new Chevy if you have been considering new vehicle. We have many 2016 models now available. Be sure to ask your salesperson if we are running any lease or finance specials.

Classic Chevrolet Hits Grand Slam for Area Youth Baseball

Classic Chevrolet wraps up 2015 baseball season partnership with NTXBC Dirtbags

Classic Chevrolet, one of 37 Chevrolet dealers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area that partnered with local youth baseball leagues for the 2015 baseball program, has concluded a successful season with NTXBC Dirtbags. Classic Chevrolet  provided NTXBC Dirtbags with new equipment, a monetary contribution and an opportunity for community members to raise funds for the league via a Test Drive fundraiser.

“We’re glad we were able to extend Chevrolet’s commitment to spreading play and the possibilities it opens to the members of our community,” said Eric Hall.

Classic Chevrolet partnered with the NTXBC Dirtbags because of the league’s proximity to the dealership. Equipment donated by Classic Chevrolet included items such as bags, batting tees, catcher’s gear, water bottles and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. The sponsorship also included youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, and instructors from Ripken Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

“We truly enjoyed being involved with NTXBC Dirtbags this year,” said Hall. “This partnership gave us the opportunity to support the love of the game and we are thrilled to have achieved such positive results for the community.”

In 2015, nearly 1,500 Chevrolet dealers participated in Chevy Youth Baseball. Since the program began in 2006, Chevrolet has made a positive impact on more than 3.6 million children by bringing a unique experience to their community.

For more information about Chevy Youth Baseball, visit www.YouthSportsWired.com.

2015 Steven Thompson Classic Golf Tournament

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If you want to be a part of helping the community, take part in our Steve Thompson Classic golf tournament. Over the years, Classic Chevrolet has been involved with the community and have always done things to raise money. Usually, they encourage employees to raise money for a charity and will match the employee contributions dollar for dollar.

In 2012, the employees formed a committee to take the fund-raising challenge to a new level. They started a golf tournament. In 2014, the Classic family lost a good friend and long-time employee, Steve Thompson; and we decided to honor him by changing the name of our golf tournament to the Steve Thompson Classic.

Since 2012, the amounts raised through the golf tournament have increased. In 2012, we raised $118,500; in 2013, we raised $126,600; and in 2014 we raised $182,600. Help us beat last year’s mark by becoming a sponsor for this year’s tournaments. We are running two 18-hole tournaments at the same time and need sponsors for both.

Sponsorship levels are as follows:

  • Title Sponsor – $25,000 – includes four teams and preferred starting spot
  • Platinum Sponsor – $20,000 – includes three teams
  • Gold Sponsor – $15,000 – includes two teams and beverage cart advertisement
  • Silver Sponsor – $10,000 – includes two teams
  • Shirt Sponsor – $10,000 – includes logo on every shirt and one team
  • Hat Sponsor – $5,000 – includes logo on every hat and one team
  • Entertainment Sponsor – $5,000 – includes logo on signage and one team
  • Golf Ball Sponsor – $2,500 – includes one team
  • Team Sponsor – $2,000 – includes one team
  • Hole Sponsor – $500 – includes your logo on one hole
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor – $1,500 – includes your logo on the beverage cart

All sponsorships must be turned in by September 7, 2015.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

For more information on the tournaments and sponsorships, contact Classic Chevy – or stop by our showroom or web site.

Classic Pet Adoption Event with DFW Rescue Me

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If you are looking for a new “best friend,” stop by Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine on Saturday, May 16, 2015 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. We are teaming up with DFW Rescue Me to host a pet adoption event. If you are also in the market for a new vehicle, especially one that will allow you to safety transport your new best friend to the beach, to events and anywhere else you want to go, you can do both at the same time.

DFW Rescue Me is a foster-based rescue that is all volunteer. It is based in Dallas. All dogs are spayed or neutered, are fully vaccinated and are micro chipped or will be before the adoption becomes final. All dogs will also be heartworm negative and will be on heartworm preventative. If you are looking for a puppy that is under a year, you’ll have to pick it up in person as DFW Rescue Me does not ship puppies that young.

If you don’t see a dog that you connect with at the adoption event, you can visit DFW Rescue Me’s site to fill out an application for a dog that isn’t at the Classic Chevy event. Just visit the organization’s site – dfwrescueme.org/adoption-form – to complete the form. After you complete the form, it will be forwarded to the dog’s foster home and the person caring for the dog will be in touch with you as his or her schedule allows. If you go this route, keep in mind that all those that work for the organization do so in their free time.

Visit Classic Chevy

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new truck, SUV, sedan or coupe. And, if you stop by on Saturday, May 16, 2015, you can pick out a new car and a new best friend at the adoption event that we are hosting with DFW Rescue Me.

Classic Chevrolet Goes to Bat for NTXBC Dirtbags

Classic Chevrolet is partnering with the NTXBC Dirtbags in Grapevine.  Classic Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution, invitations to FREE instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn additional donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser.

“Playing the game of baseball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Classic Chevrolet and Chevrolet Youth Baseball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Grapevine.” said Eric Hall, Internet Sales Director for Classic Chevrolet. “Chevrolet believes that in play, there are possibilities and supports the spirit of teamwork that baseball instills in its players.”

2015 marks Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball program’s tenth year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting more than 3.5 million young people in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play. In 2014, more than 1,600 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

Classic Chevrolet will present the NTXBC Dirtbags with an equipment kit that includes useful items such as bags, batting tees, catcher’s gear, water bottles and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, and instructors from Ripken Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

In addition, Classic Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to NTXBC Dirtbags.  Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league.

In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball™.

“Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, safety and fun, so we encourage young people and their parents to make a Chevrolet the official vehicle of their household,” said Hall.

For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit www.youthsportswired.com.

About Classic Chevrolet
The Durant family has been in the Chevrolet business since 1960. Tom Durant owned his first dealership in 1972. He purchased Classic Chevrolet in 1988. An opportunity to relocate in 1992 allowed Classic Chevrolet and its employees to move to Grapevine Texas on an 11 acre 65,000 sq. ft. facility.

In the last 24 years, Classic Chevrolet has expanded to 55 acres, with a new large truck center, a commercial specialty vehicle facility, an enormous separate building for pre-owned vehicles and a state-of-the-art body shop, making Classic Chevrolet one of the largest new and pre-owned vehicle retailers in the area.

We are located within two miles of the north end of DFW Airport and at the intersection of SH 114 & 121 on William D. Tate Blvd. In other words, we’re right in the heart of the Metroplex.

Classic Pre-Owned in Grapevine Donates 15-Passenger Van to the Arc

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Pictured from left to right: – Brooke Dieterlen , The Arc; Danny Bowen, Classic Preowned

Convenient transportation is a luxury that many of us take for granted. But for the dozens of teachers and volunteers of The Arc of Collin Dallas & Rockwall counties, transportation for large groups of special needs clients to activities, programs and services is crucial. Brooke Dieterlen, Executive Director of The Arc Collin, Dallas & Rockwall Counties Chapter explained the significance of the 15-Passenger Chevy Van being donated by Classic Chevy Preowned in Grapevine. “Our clients attend classes in 3 area centers and love their teachers and the programs. But the curriculum is limited by a lack of reliable transportation to activities in the real world that are vital to helping them develop real life-skills. We want them to learn the most basic things like going grocery shopping.

“Until today, The Arc has rented a van or bus and paid that expense out of the budget that would have also been used to pay for the field trips themselves. “Until now, we’ve been hindered by the lack of flexibility to coordinate the logistics to organize field trips amongst all 3 centers. But now with this incredible donation of a practically new 15-Passenger van, the possibilities to take our clients anywhere are endless“, adds Brooke. “It even has club doors that swing out and allow for easy access for wheelchair bound individuals.” Danny Bowen, General Manager of Classic Preowned arranged to donate the 2014 Chevy 15-passenger van to the Arc. “We didn’t want to give them anything that was high miles or out of warranty. This is an excellent multi-passenger van that retails for at least $26,000 and only has 14,000 miles on it.

With the GM Certified Pre-Owned Owner Care Program, they’ll get heightened coverage that includes a 2 year/30,000 mile maintenance plan with free oil changes, tire rotations and multi-point vehicle inspections. And that’s on top of the remaining factory warranty with a 12-month/12,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and includes roadside assistance. It’s a completely stress-free solution to their transportation needs.”

The Arc was formed in 1951 by a group of parents of children with disabilities who joined forces to fight for their children’s rights to be educated in the public school system. The Arc of today still serves as a voice for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life and allow them the chance to get a quality education, be welcomed into the workforce and allow them the chance to live productive lives.

“Our Arc Days, Summer Camps and Arc Afternoon outings are just some of the programs what will benefit by the freedom of transportation that Classic Preowned has provided. It’s a gift that we simply cannot thank them enough for”, said Brooke Dieterlen.

Danny Bowen and all of the Classic Preowned team shared in The Arc’s enthusiasm, “we’re blessed to be fortunate enough to have this organization here to take care of those in need in our community. Providing this van to them is the least we could do.”