16th Annual Cruisin’ To Drive Out Hunger

The 16th Annual “Cruisin’ to Drive Out Hunger” was hosted on Friday, August 17 at the Westborn Market in Berkley by Forgotten Harvest. This event also served once again as the non-profit’s Woodward Dream Cruise preview party. Each year, the Dream Cruise spans 16 miles of historic Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac with 40,000 classic rides along with over 1.4 million spectators. Some of the highlights of the event included: Metro Detroit’s best taste fest, specialty cocktails and craft brews, live music by Larry Lee and the Back in the Day Band, Photo Booths, and a silent auction featuring the best of metro Detroit.

Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 in order to fight two interlinked problems in Metro Detroit: hunger and waste. They are dedicated to relieving hunger in the area while preventing nutritious food waste.  Within the last year, Forgotten Harvest has “rescued” over 45 million pounds of food by collecting a surplus of prepared and perishable food from 800 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other sources approved by the Health Department. The donated food that otherwise would go to waste, was then delivered to 250 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area free-of-charge.

Forgotten Harvest covers 2,000-square miles in their efforts to feed hungry people which include the Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.

The Suburban Collection believes strongly in supporting organizations that fulfill the basic needs of people in their local communities as proud sponsors of this important event.

Utica Community School District Teacher of the Year

Teachers are a valuable and vital resource for our schools and communities. Their passion and dedication drive them to prioritize making a positive influence on the lives of those they teach, preparing them for the future.

Their work has gone unnoticed as for the past sixteen years the Suburban Collection has rewarded the top teachers in its neighboring communities. Every “Teacher of the Year” recipient also receives a new car lease, of their choosing, compliments of the company. It is an honor for the Suburban Collection to express this kind of gratitude to the men and women who sacrifice so much of themselves to educate the future generations.

Recently, the Suburban Collection was happy to award a new car lease to the Utica Community Schools Teacher of the Year, Jeffery Groth. Groth is an instrumental music teacher at Malow Junior High School. Due to his recognition as Teacher of the Year by the superintendent, Christine Johns, Groth received a complimentary lease of a 2018 Silver Mustang Coupe from the Suburban Collection. Christine Johns had this to say about Groth: “Mr. Groth is a respected education who showcases the talents of students with professional performances throughout the region and state. As our 2018 Teacher of the Year, Mr. Groth reflects the dedication, innovation, and commitment of our entire teaching staff.”

A 24-year veteran educator, Groth has seen his students perform on multiple professional stages like the Music Hall Cafe and the Detroit Jazz Festival. This year, the Malow Jazz Band was selected to perform at the Michigan Music Conference which is a rare feat for a junior high school band. He is widely recognized as a leader in music education having served in many key positions within the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, District. President and COO of the Suburban Collection, David Fischer Jr. said, “The Suburban Collection is proud to highlight the men and women who dedicate so much of themselves to the successful development of the children in our communities. We’re truly grateful that our business has allowed us the opportunity to show our gratitude over the past sixteen years.”

The Suburban Collection thanks Jeffery Groth for his passion and hard work.   

Birmingham School District Teacher of the Year

Recently, Maureen Martin, a special education teacher, and consultant with Birmingham Public Schools was announced as the Birmingham Teacher of the Year during a surprise celebration. For the past 43 years Martin has served as an integral part of the Birmingham school district including as Birmingham Education Association Union president for ten.

According to Suburban Collection Chairman and CEO David T. Fischer, “Recognizing and rewarding outstanding teachers is our way of showing gratitude to the men and women who contribute so much to the development of our children. We feel fortunate our organization has been able to provide a special thank you to top educators for the past sixteen years in the communities in which we do business.”

The Suburban Collection has been proud to give these incredible educators the recognition and praise they deserve. Teachers spend countless hours working with our children, helping to shape them into young adults.  

Maureen Martin is a wonderful example of an exceptional educator who has taken the time to go above and beyond for her students and the community as a whole. Her dedication to her craft has helped shape the Birmingham School District. She is a prime example of how great things can happen when education is at the forefront.

In recognition for winning Teacher of the Year, Maureen will also receive a new vehicle lease of her choice from The Suburban Collection. She will choose her vehicle from one of the several Suburban Collection dealerships in her area, which includes: Suburban Buick of Troy, Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy, Suburban Hyundai of Troy, Suburban INFINITI of Troy, Suburban Mazda of Troy, Suburban Nissan of Troy, Suburban Subaru of Troy, Suburban Toyota of Troy or Suburban Volkswagen of Troy. Combined they provide her with a total of 35 different models to choose. Based on her choice she will receive a two or three-year lease compliments of the The Suburban Collection.

Clarkston School District Teacher of the Year

For the past sixteen years, the Suburban Collection has honored the men and women who dedicate so much of themselves to the development of children with a special thank you to the top educators in the communities in which they do business.

Christopher Brosky, a science teacher from Clarkston High School, is a recent recipient of the prestigious honor of being named Teacher of the Year. Along with that honor, Brosky was also awarded a new vehicle lease of his choice compliments of The Suburban Collection.  Brosky was overwhelmed at being named Teacher of the Year at a surprise celebration in late May.

The Suburban Collection continues to show its gratitude to these top educators. Said Chairman and CEO David T. Fischer, “It is very important to recognize these outstanding educators and how they teach and shape our youth.”

Brosky will be able to choose from a Ford EcoSport, Edge, Escape, Explorer, F150, Fiesta, Flex, Focus, Fusion or Mustang from Suburban Ford of Waterford. Depending on the vehicle he chooses,  he will receive either a two or three-year lease.

The Suburban Collection thanks Christopher Brosky for his hard work and passion for his craft.

If You Can’t Give Your Money, Give Your Time

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One of the most common misconceptions about charitable giving is that the term “giving” implies a financial contribution. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Of course, financial contributions can make a tremendous difference for a cause, whether that’s helping individuals directly in need or by donating to an organization that will, in turn, help those in need through more substantial means. But not all of us have the budget to freely give of our finances to fund the endless demand of charities that give back. Never view helping charities as a competition; you will always feel inadequate if that is your approach to giving back. Just as charities need money to thrive, they also demand a volunteering of time, which is something that anyone can afford to give.

In a previous blog, I discussed 3 ways that you can give back at no cost to you, but I wanted to expand on this topic further because there are so many other options available to you if you have a strict financial budget. Here are an additional 3 ways that you can make a difference by just volunteering your time or resources:

Donate Your Clothing

We all eventually grow out of our clothing. Seasonal trends change and we replace what we have with updated styles, sizes fluctuate and we can no longer wear some of our favorite pieces, and sometimes there are outfits that get lost in our closets that we don’t touch for years. Dedicate an afternoon to sorting through your closet and filling bags with clothes you don’t wear anymore. Not only will you benefit from less clutter, but you are giving those who have little financial stability an opportunity to get clothing to wear that they can pick up for free or at a discounted rate.

Volunteer For A Local Charity Event

We all live productive lives, but we often fill parts of our days with activities just to have something to put on our schedules. Seek out charity events that are happening locally and sign up! You can skip a morning session at the gym or an afternoon coffee trip for an event that holds more significance. These events range in size and the necessary tasks will vary depending on the specifics of the event, but do your research and find something where you can use your skills to give back.

Become An Organ Donor

Only 42% of the population in the United States are registered organ donors. Your part in this is simple and requires such a small time commitment, but its impact is outstanding! After you pass away, your organs will live on inside an individual whose ailment is affecting their way of life. You can literally become a lifesaver.

Charity is not about how much you can give, it’s about your passion to make a difference. Your contributions are no lesser just because you can’t contribute money. In fact, giving of your time is equally as important because it fills the gaps that money can’t touch.

Novi Community School District Teacher of the Year

Novi Community School District Teacher of the Year

Those who dedicated themselves to the teaching profession are a vital and valuable resource for their school and community. With passion and dedication, they make it a priority to positively influence those they teach and prepare them for the future.

The Suburban Collection has been rewarding top teachers in its communities for the past sixteen years.. Each “Teacher of the Year” winner receives a new vehicle lease, of their choosing, complements of The Suburban Collection. The Collection is thrilled their business provides them the opportunity to express their gratitude to the men and women who give so much of themselves.to education children.

Most recently, The Suburban Collection was happy to award a new car lease to Lisa Rice of the Novi Community School District. Through recommendations made by school administrators, Rice was nominated along with three other teachers for the award.  The Novi Educational Foundation board unanimously voted in Rice’s favor for Teacher of the Year. What made Ms. Rice stand out was a passionate letter from a parent, according to the Foundation Chairman Tom Smith. An example of how Lisa Rice goes above and beyond her duties as a teacher is her service on the Village Oaks Elementary Cultures of Thinking Committee, where Lisa works with parents and staff to implement new learning techniques that suit each individual child’s needs.

The Suburban Collection would like to thank Lisa Rice for all of her hard work and dedication.. For more than 24 years, Lisa has committed her time and energy to providing a quality education for all of her students. Photos of Ms. Rice receiving her new car lease can be found on The Suburban Collection’s Facebook Page.

3 Strategies To Foster Employee Giving

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Last year, I wrote a blog that spoke to how 2017 is predicted to be a generous year for charity. There are many reasons for this, but the increased philanthropic spirit on the individual, foundation, and corporation levels are what will truly drive a new year focused on giving back.

For this blog, I wanted to take the corporation’s role in charity and explore in more detail how companies can make more of a difference. First, it is important to clarify that at the heart of a company’s charitable efforts is their employees. Without employees selflessly giving their money, time, and resources, a corporation would not be able to give back as much. The more engaged and involved employees are, the more businesses can do on a local or global level.

There is an increased push to get employees to act on their generosity during the holidays, which is great, but it’s not enough. Charitable actions should be a focus year-round. Here are three ways that you can encourage an increase in employee giving throughout the year:

1. Make it about money, time, and resources.

Not everyone is the same, which means that not everyone will want to give in the same way. Companies fail to recognize this and create an employee giving program that is centered around only one of those three categories, which decreases the amount of employee involvement.

Some individuals may have more room in their budgets to be generous with their money but others may not and, therefore, may want to exercise their goodwill by volunteering their time or giving other resources in order to help those in need.

The methods of giving could also vary depending on generational preferences. Older generations may feel more compelled to stay behind the scenes and write a check for a foundation. Younger generations, specifically millennials, are more about experiences, so they may be more likely to contribute if it involves being more hands-on and active.

2. Put a spotlight on what your employees are doing to make a difference.

If an individual is supporting an event, organization, or foundation that is important to them, they are going to want to be vocal about it. Currently, around 30% of companies encourage their employees to post updates or videos that highlight their philanthropy. As this catches on, I hope more and more companies begin to encourage their employees to do this!

The Walmart Foundation is actually a great representation of this and how it can be successful. They want their employees to be active on social media and share what they are doing to give back. They have even created an account on Twitter that serves as a platform to share these stories.

3. High-impact giving with low cost.

As technology advances, it is making giving back quicker and easier than ever before. The process of giving back should be as efficient, but corporations often struggle with how to do this effectively while also practically administering their campaigns. The solution is to find a balance in managing high-impact activities with low-cost technology. Corporate philanthropy software, such as CyberGrants, may be a great thing for your company to look into. You can pick out an organization to support and employees can choose to donate either their money or time in support of the organization through the software.

You don’t have to be a corporate giant in order to make a difference. Anything that you can do or donate to help support an event, organization, or foundation that is doing good on a local or global level will help make an impact. Use these tactics in your company to get your employees more involved in the new year! Not only will you be supporting those in need, but it will also help to foster a healthier, more close-knit community within your workplace.

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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