The 2018 National Motor City Open Squash Tournament

The 2018 National Motor City Open Squash Tournament

The Suburban Collection proudly sponsored this year’s National Motor City Open Squash Tournament. The tournament ran from Tuesday, January 30th through Sunday, February, 4th.  Each year, the Motor City Open highlights some of the finest squash in the entire world. Organized by the Professional Squash Association (PSA), they designed the Motor City Open as an international 70 tournament and it has become one of the most important tour stops in North America.

Consistently, its biggest draw has been its ability to showcase some of the best players in the world – many of them ranked in the top 25 internationally. Past champions of the tournament include a “who’s who” in the squash world including David Palmer and Jonathan Power along with recent champions Mohamed El Shorbagy in 2014 (currently ranked #1 in the world) and Ali Farag in 2016 (ranked #6 in the world.)

The competition-filled week of the Motor City Open culminated in a five-game epic showdown in what was a 96-minute championship match. The tournament came down to number one seed in Marwan ElShorbagy of Egypt getting the better of number two seed Paul Coll of New Zealand. The final scores of the games were as follows: 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9. The match was perhaps one of the best and most intense showdowns in the nineteen-year history of the Motor City Open. The win was ElShorbagy’s eighth Professional Squash Association championship but first Motor City Open win. Afterward, he said “I’m very pleased to win my first-ever Motor City Open. This is great for me. I’m so happy. To come back here next year and see my name on the wall will mean a lot to me.” He will also have about twelve thousand dollars in prize money to enjoy as the 2018 champion along with a Longines watch presented by Greenstone’s Fine Jewelers.

The Suburban Collection enjoys supporting these events that bring the community together for healthy competition that everyone can enjoy. Their support has continued to be a pillar that allows the tournament to grow and progress. They look forward to seeing what the 2019 Motor City Open brings. For those interested, photos of the event and more information about the tournament are on the website.

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Hosts its Annual Kidney Ball

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Hosts its Annual Kidney Ball

On Saturday, December 2, Suburban Collection was honored to show support and be in attendance as The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) hosted their annual Kidney Ball. The annual gathering welcomed nearly 600 guests to what some people call the “most fun black-tie event in metro Detroit.” Guests at the event helped to raise $600,000 which will help over 900,000 people in Michigan who are suffering from chronic kidney disease and much more who are at risk.

The mission of the NKFM is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. With 70% of kidney disease being preventable, they also focus on the root causes of kidney disease which are obesity, diabetes, and hypertension to help people avoid this disease altogether.

When speaking about the event, NKFM CEO Linda Smith-Wheelock said, “The Kidney Ball is our largest fundraising event and takes over 100 wonderful staff and volunteers to make it happen. The community has again shown us their great support for those living with kidney disease and for our evidence-based programs to prevent kidney disease.”

The evening’s program also included the presentation of two awards. The first award was the Kidney Crusader Award presented to Jerry Yee, MD for his money and expertise to boost the programs and services of the NKFM. The next award was the Cindy H. Shannon Award given to Kidney Ball Committee Co-Chair Jon Krebs. This award is named after Cindy Shannon who started the Kidney Ball in 2005.

This wonderful event featured great food prepared by the MotorCity Casino Hotel culinary staff, along with a silent auction and a night of dancing to Your Generation in Concert featuring Fifty Amp Fuse in the Sound Board.

We absolutely love the efforts that NKFM is making to create a healthier and vibrant community. They are fighting for a cause that affects so many people especially in the Detroit, Michigan region, and their work does not go unnoticed. David T. Fischer and The Suburban Collection are proud to support the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan in their efforts to fight chronic kidney disease.

Fundraising For Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Detroit

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October is renowned for being a fun and (seasonally) beautiful month. While the first day of fall doesn’t actually occur in October, it’s when we finally start to feel the change in temperature and see the colors of the leaves take their fall colors.

While the beginning of October is reserved for seasonal transitions, the end of October is a time for Halloween enthusiasts to decorate their homes, put together their best costumes, and get their homes ready for the local trick-or-treaters.

However, in the midst of all that is going on as the seasons change and the holidays get even closer, some people forget that the entire month of October is also designated to breast cancer awareness. All month long, individuals and families who have been affected by breast cancer come together, proudly show off their pink, and raise awareness for one of the biggest killers of women in the United States today.

This year, The Suburban Collection wanted to show its support for breast cancer awareness and those whose lives it has altered by starting a fundraiser. All of the money we raise from your generous donations will be donated directly to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Detroit!

These breast cancer walks are in connection with the American Cancer Society. People who sign up for these events will walk anywhere between three to five miles in order to raise awareness not only for the disease, but their involvement will also help raise money for the American Cancer Society to continue their innovative research into a cure.

The walk will be happening on Saturday, October 31st, but there is still time to donate to the cause! We set a goal of $130,000 and we are still working hard in order to meet that goal. To make a donation, visit our website.

In addition to our fundraiser, we are also in the process of creating a film for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Detroit project. Here is a picture of The Suburban Collection’s GM, David Fischer Jr., on set at our Cadillac of Troy location. Follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the event, our fundraiser, and to see the final version of our film!

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The Suburban Collection Sponsors A Storefront At Junior Achievement’s Detroit Finance Park

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At the end of last month, we attended a grand opening at Junior Achievement’s Detroit Finance Park located downtown.

This simulated city is reason to celebrate on its own. Finance Park is one of 23 programs that Junior Achievements offers that focuses on the importance of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and preparing for the workplace. There are over 13,000 students who are currently involved in this program, all ranging from 7th-12th graders.

However, we were not only there to celebrate the Finance Park – we were there to celebrate the opening of the new storefront we are sponsoring! The Suburban Collection decided to team up with Junior Achievement to collaborate and open up a high-tech storefront that will prove invaluable to the futures of these students.

Our storefront will offer a workshop that will provide lessons into car-buying, as well as insight into budgeting, financing, and credit scores. Students who are interested can also learn more about what a career in the automotive industry would look like, including both sales and service.

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan’s President and CEO Margaret Trimer-Hartley recently spoke on how important these lessons will be. In an article from Crain’s Detroit, Trimer-Hartley stated, “Transportation is a major part of life. Thanks to the generous investment by The Suburban Collection, about 13,000 students will learn how to make the right transportation choices given their budgets and their needs.”

We are the 14th business to sponsor a storefront at Finance Park and are so honored to play a role in all that JASEM is doing for Detroit students. Supporting our community is something that we will remain committed to. The youth is who will be the leaders and decision makers of tomorrow, so both The Suburban Collection and myself are passionate about investing in their futures.

Take a glimpse into our storefront at Finance Park:

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To announce this opening to the public, our very own Gary Allgeier and JASEM’s Margaret Trimer-Hartley appeared on WJR Radio for a taping of “Opportunity Detroit” with Paul W. Smith!

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The Suburban Collection Presents Muscle Car Mania

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In our previous blog, we talked about our involvement with the Troy Traffic Jam, a free family-friendly event that raised funds for the Troy Historical Society.

Also this month, The Suburban Collection had another opportunity to sponsor an event focused around cars and raising money for charity. This event was called Muscle Car Mania and took place at M1 Concourse. Instead of placing the cars on display for people to inspect at their leisure, Muscle Car Mania is a judged car show with five categories, including: Best Modern Corvette, Best Classic Corvette, Best Modern Muscle Car, Best Classic Muscle Car, and Best in Show.

For each category, the owners of the winning vehicle had the opportunity to win $150, with the Best in Show choice winning $250! The panel featured distinguished judges who chose the winners of each category at the end of the night.

It cost $10 to enter a vehicle for judging and $5 just to be a spectator of the event. Every single penny that was donated by both entries to the car show and spectators were donated directly to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Detroit.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Detroit is a subset of The American Cancer Society, whose mission is to fund research in order to eliminate cancer and save lives – this organization specifically focusing on breast cancer in both women and men.

The Suburban Collection was the sole sponsor of the event and not only was it the perfect night for a car show, but the turnout was great!

We took a few pictures from the event to showcase the high number of cars that were entered in for judging:

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Thank you to everyone in our community who came out in support of the event!

The 10th Annual Troy Traffic Jam

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At the beginning of August, The Suburban Collection had the opportunity to work in conjunction with the Troy Historical Society to help support them in raising money for their organization.

If you are a resident of Troy, Michigan, you are already familiar with the Troy Historical Society, so it is likely you have heard of one of their biggest events: the Troy Traffic Jam. This year, the Troy Traffic Jam turned 10 and attracted its biggest crowd yet with over 3,500 people in attendance, which is up 25 percent from last year!

These individuals and families got to peruse 300 cars ranging from classic cars to performance vehicles to hot rods. Of these cars, a few of the most notable included a 1930s Rolls Royce Phantom and a Tucker 48, which is one of only 51 Tuckers that were ever manufactured.

This event wasn’t just all about cars but, instead, offered up a family-friendly environment that was just as entertaining for adults as it was fun for children. In addition to the classic cars on display, there was also a KidZone and music that was made available by DJ Bob Steel that could be enjoyed throughout the Columbia Center.

The 3,500 people who were in attendance helped to raise over $30,000, which works to support the Troy Historical Society. This society serves the Michigan community by promoting appreciation for the rich heritage of its residents. All the funds that were raised at the Troy Traffic Jam go to supporting the preservation of records, pictures, structures, and other items that have historical significance to the local community.

The Troy Historical Society is not only concerned with continuing to improve the lives of Troy’s residents, but also wishes to enrich the experience of all who visit this Michigan community.

For years, Suburban has been honored to be a Major Sponsor of the Troy Traffic Jam, alongside other amazing local businesses, including Independent Bank and American House.

Here is an image from Troy’s Traffic Jam that helps to illustrate just how big of a gathering this event has grown into that it’s in its tenth year:

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The Garden Party Foundation’s 9th Annual Garden Party

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On June 11th, the 9th Annual Garden Party event was held at Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens in Rochester, Michigan. Individuals, families, and friends flocked to the event, dressed to the nines in attire that really captured the essence of the afternoon.

Surrounded by flowers, wine, and hors d’oeuvres, attendees enjoyed food that was prepared by over 20 local restaurants, sipped over 100 different varieties of wine, and took pictures with a display of classic, stunningly preserved cars. The purpose of the event was not only to provide a beautiful landscape for attendees to enjoy while they socialized, or even a pleasing experience for the palate thanks to the food and wine vendors, it was an opportunity for locals to support a cause greater than themselves.

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For the past nine years, The Garden Party Foundation has been hosting these events as a way to raise funds for young adult scholarships. They believe that education is the tool that will provide opportunities for these young adults to create a sustainable and meaningful life for themselves, one laden with purpose, creativity, and financial security. In order to promote these opportunities, they raise funds that are donated to trade schools and culinary schools so that scholarships can be given to those who want to pursue a trade yet lack the financial means to support that dream.

Throughout 2017, these proceeds will go directly to Oakland Community College Culinary Studies Institute and North Central Michigan College’s CNC Programs.

While they hold events throughout the year, The Suburban Collection was honored to be a sponsor for their garden party that took place on June 11th. Approximately, 700 attend the annual southeast Michigan event to raise funds that will be distributed to the various organizations listed above!

We love The Garden Party Foundation’s mission and their unique contributions that work to support a subset of the local community in reaching goals that may have otherwise seemed unattainable. The Suburban Collection and I are proud to sponsor such a caring, active organization!

Yeshiva Beth Yehudah’s Annual Family Spring Safety Day

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The Suburban Collection is very involved within our community year-round. We always have an extensive list of sponsored events, volunteering opportunities, and community happenings on our calendar every month. During the summer, we try to make it a point to either host or attend as many outside events as possible.

Earlier this month, we got to spend a few hours outside at Yeshiva Beth Yehudah’s Annual Family Spring Safety Day! This organization promotes the love of learning the Torah, the love of Eretz Yisroel, the values of living out the Torah, and midos tovos, which provides Torah education in accordance with Orthodox Jewish Law, or Halacha. Yeshiva Beth Yehudah also provides excellent education in regards to high standards that are prescribed by the State of Michigan, as well as best practices across the nation.

Every now and then, Yeshiva Beth Yehudah will host an event that is open to its members, as well as to the public. This year, it happened that their Annual Family Spring Safety Day fell on one of the most beautiful days of June so far, and we were able to be a part of it! We promoted some of the outdoor activities that were taking place and also got to bring some vehicles from our dealership along that people had the opportunity to test drive!

At the event, there were also horse and buggy rides, a petting zoo, a face painting stand, music, and a bike-a-thon where they were also giving away free helmet checks. It was so great to see families spending quality time with one another, letting go of all of the stresses of life and being immersed in the present moment with their loved ones.

Below are some of the images that were captured by one of The Suburban Collection’s team members:
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Oakland County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit Vest Support

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The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is one of the largest sheriff’s offices in the entire nation. There are over 1,300 employees that work for Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, all who are rigorously trained to serve and protect the many citizens within their office’s boundaries.

In addition to their 1,300 employees, there is another department within their office that is central to their mission that often doesn’t get the recognition they rightfully deserve. Within the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is a K9 Unit that is comprised of fourteen Dutch Shepherds. These dogs are trained in bomb detection, tracking, property recovery, handler protection, and narcotics detection.

These dogs within the K9 Unit quickly become their handler’s best friends. They assist them with tasks that human officers are often unable to carry out without assistance. Not only do their services work in making the community a safer space, these dogs are paramount in protecting their human officers in the face of danger.

Some may not realize just how active K9 Units are within a sheriff’s office. The K9 Unit within the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office responds to around 1,900 requests every year. Not only do they have their own responsibilities to carry out within their specific department, but they are also on call to any police agency within the Oakland County boundaries who require the assistance of a K9 Unit.

Because of how active their K9 unit is, The Suburban Collection and I wanted to extend our thanks to the officers and their four-legged companions for dedicating their lives to protecting our community. To show our gratitude, we presented one of their dogs, Paco, with a new bulletproof vest to help protect him as he serves the citizens of Oakland County!

Paco was joined by his handler, Deputy Garrison, Diago, another K9 Officer, and his handler, Deputy White. Sheriff Michael Bouchard, who oversees the entire Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, was also in attendance as he watched Paco accept his new bulletproof vest.

We were so honored to be able to support an organization that selflessly supports the community day in and day out. Here are some pictures from the event:

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Birmingham School District Teacher Of The Year

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A truly passionate teacher will dedicate their lives to their profession. To these teachers, influencing as many students as possible is their priority. Every year, they await their new class of eager students and work hard to ensure that they are providing them with the best education possible, molding their lesson plans and activities to meet the needs of each individual student.

For years now, The Suburban Collection has been awarding teachers who have made an impact within their community and have been nominated as “Teacher Of The Year” with a new car lease of their choosing – a contribution that we are more than happy to make in order to show how grateful we are for all of their hard work throughout the year for being so committed to better serving their students.

We are so proud to award a new car lease to Nancy Kocsis as the Birmingham School District Teacher Of The Year. Nancy has been a part of the Birmingham School District family for 41 years now, serving both her students and her colleagues. Nancy is the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Advisor for the entire school district, which demands a significant amount of responsibility and devotion.

Adamm Davis the GSM Suburban Imports of Troy was there to present Nancy with her title and prize, which she will pick out at a later date!

As always, it was so rewarding to see the look of complete shock and gratitude on her face when she was officially recognized for all the work she has done every single day for the past 41 years. Here she is being recognized as Birmingham School District’s Teacher Of The Year:

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From The Suburban Collection and myself, we just want to thank Nancy again for all that she has done for the Birmingham School District! Both her students and colleagues were extremely proud to honor her with this prize; a group of her closest colleagues came together in order to support her in person by being there when she was awarded with her title and certificate for a new car!