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.”

Classic Chevrolet Raises $370,000 for Charity

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This year’s Classic Chevrolet golf tournament raised $370,000 for charity. The Steve Thompson Classic charity golf tournament, combined with Mr. Durant’s matching funds helped out several charities. Each of the charities were invited to receive their checks and everyone had a blast.

Charities included 6 Stones Mission Network, a local nonprofit that serves the Hurst, Euless and Bedford communities by providing assistance programs for neighborhood initiatives and basic necessities. 6 Stone Mission Network representatives were on hand to receive their $50,000 check.

Grace – Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange – helps young adults who survived childhood/teenage homelessness and offers them guidance toward becoming self-sufficient. Grace representatives were on hand to receive a check for $50,000.

The Angel Fund of Trinity High School helps students whose families have been stricken by death, illness and loss of employment. The fund helps these families financially when they need it most. Representatives from The Angel Fund of Trinity High School received a check for $50,000.

RISE – Recovery, Inspiration, Success, Empowerment – is a nonprofit organization that helps those with physical challenges become more independent and provides therapeutic learning experiences to help them become productive citizens. Representatives from RISE were on hand to receive a $50,000 boost.

SafeHaven operates domestic violence shelters in Tarrant County. Women and children who are victims of domestic violence have a place to go, thanks to SafeHaven, as this group is the only group that provides domestic violence shelters in the county. Representatives received $50,000 to help those affected by domestic violence.

V.A.S.T. Community Outreach, who also received $50,000, is an after school program for children in 1st through 6th grade. The group offers children a safe place to go after school, help with homework, activities, snacks and cultural enrichment.

Food for the Soul provides free food and clothing to families in need. They also received $50,000 to further their work.

Visit Classic Chevy

Visit Classic Chevy to learn more about their annual Golf Tournament; to test drive your next new car or to have your vehicle serviced. Because of our loyal customers, we are able to hold these fundraising events and to match funds dollar for dollar to provide for those in need in our community.

Golf Tournament Recap

Classic Chevrolet’s Charity Golf Tournament was held on Oct. 21, 2013 at the Timarron Country Club, located in Southlake. This year, 36 teams participated, plus there were many sponsors and guests at the auction, raffle and dinner that followed the tournament. This year, the Classic Employees Charity Fund raised $126,700. Tom and Susan Durant matched that amount, giving seven charities a total of $253,400.

While Classic Chevrolet is known for donating to charities, the golf tournament is their biggest event yet. This year, seven organizations each received $36,200:

  • Six Stone Mission Network,
  • GRACE (Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange),
  • RISE (Recovery, Inspiration, Success, Empowerment),
  • The Angel Fund of Trinity High School,
  • Community Storehouse Boot Campaign, and
  • Food for the Soul.

The seven different charities each fill a different need for the community. GRACE is for young adults that survived childhood and/or teenage homelessness. RISE, a nonprofit organization, helps those with physical challenges gain independence, 6 Stones Mission is also a nonprofit. 6 Stones provides assistance programs for neighborhood initiatives and basic necessities for Hurst, Euless and Bedford communities.

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Classic Chevrolet donated proceeds from their Golf Tournament to seven different charities. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet

The Angel Fund helps the less fortunate students who attend Trinity High School. The Community Storehouse provides clothing, food, and referrals for medical, eye and dental care for families that have children living in the Keller ISD and NW Keller ISD.

Food for the Soul has a backpack program that gives children free food in their backpacks to take home for the weekends during the school year. And Boot Campaign assists military troops with the many emotional and physical challenges they return with.

Additionally, Eric Enriquez from Classic Chevrolet dropped off another $10,000 check to 6 Stones for the Night of Wonder. Stop by Classic Chevrolet today if you want to help any of their charitable causes or if you want to test drive and take home a new car or truck – just in time for Christmas.

GM and Safe Kids Worldwide Celebrate 15 Years of the Buckle Up Program

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.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

Child Passenger Safety Week

The GM Foundation and Safe Kids Launch 2012 Heat Stroke Prevention Campaign

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 Chevrolet encourages 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.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Classic Chevrolet Hits Home Run for Area Youth Baseball!

Texas Chevy dealer 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. 

For more information about Chevy Youth Baseball, visit www.YouthSportsWired.com <http://www.YouthSportsWired.com> .


 

 

2011 Texas Motor Speedway Laps for Charity!

Dallas Chevy dealer 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.”

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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?!

You should come check it out next year!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

 

Classic Chevrolet Supports The Boot Campaign and Marcus Luttrell!

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!

Click on the photo below to get your BOOTS now!


 

A BBQ Bash and a Debt Paid!

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.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.