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:
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!
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:
Thank you to everyone in our community who came out in support of the event!
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:
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.
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!
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.
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:
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:
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!
Within southeast Michigan’s community, there are people who are hungry and malnourished, unaware of when their next meal will be, often going days without the nutrition that their bodies so desperately need. This includes families, neighbors, and could even be friends.
Hunger is a pressing and threatening issue that affects people across the country, but even more severely on a global scale. While it is important that we do our due diligence and work together to provide food to those in need, I am grateful for organizations like Gleaners Community Food Bank who work to focus their efforts on specific areas.
Gleaners Community Food Bank (GCFB) has been dedicated to ending hunger in southeast Michigan for over 40 years now. They have made a tremendous impact within our local community, providing meals to individuals and families who don’t have the financial stability or means to acquire the nourishment they need. You can read more about the specific events that GCFB is involved in, as well as their stories of philanthropy, online.
A small team from The Suburban Collection was chosen to attend the Gleaners Community Food Bank Women’s Power Breakfast last month, alongside 700 other men and women from the community. Below are two images captured from the event of the women who have made this all possible. It is through their leadership that the GCFB is able to raise over 39 million pounds of food annually to nourish those in need.
The food that is collected throughout the year is distributed throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, and Washtenaw Counties, where Gleaners Community Food Bank is able to provide 89,000 meals every single day to individuals and families who need it the most.
It was an honor to be included in an event where these women were recognized for their commitment to making their community a better place to live; their selfless mentalities toward other individuals are a refreshing mindset that showcases a sincere dedication to working towards making sure that everyone has access to the basic necessities that they need and deserve.
With a job as demanding as teaching, seeing a teacher give their all day in and day out really emphasizes just how much they are dedicated to their job. When it comes to teaching, a truly passionate and committed teacher puts in the time and effort necessary in order to do the best for their students.
Nichole Rinehart is one of these passionate and committed teachers! She is a teacher at Grayson Elementary School where she works with over 50 fourth and fifth graders. If it isn’t evident by her relationships with her colleagues that Nichole is a respected and cherished part of her teaching community, it should be clear once people see just how beloved she is by her students.
Nichole loves what she does because there is not a day that goes by where she doesn’t feel rewarded by her students. She says, “I get rewarded when someone understands something that they’ve struggled with. I get rewarded when they’re having fun learning. I get rewarded when they make me laugh.”
After reading through all the comments that people wrote about Nichole after they nominated her, we knew that we found our Waterford School District Teacher Of The Year in Nichole Rinehart. On April 13th, Nichole was presented with her award in front of her colleagues and students, as well as her husband, Jeff, her parents, and her three sons. Suburban Ford of Waterford Sales Manager John Duley was there to represent The Suburban Collection in giving Nichole her prize. As you can see in the pictures below, Nichole was ecstatic as she was recognized for all of the time, energy, and dedication that she puts into her students and her job.
Immediately after the ceremony, Nichole and her family were taken to Suburban Ford of Waterford, where Nichole picked out her new car: a 2017 Ford Mustang! She is so happy with the new addition to her home.
We are so honored for the opportunity to recognize these teachers for all that they do for the development of our children. We t want to extend our congratulations to Nichole once again for being an outstanding teacher!
For the past 10 years, The Suburban Collection has partnered with the American Red Cross by sponsoring a blood drive open to our employees and the public in an attempt to collect blood to be used for those in critical need.
We have had amazing participation in the past, but decided to extend the drive his year to two days. Extending the drive by one day increased the amount of blood we were able to donate by over 39 percent – 138 more units than we collected in 2016!
Over these two days, eleven of our dealerships served as donation locations where both employees and the general public could help in our philanthropic efforts. To make things even more fun, those who attempted to donate, were entered to win some amazing prizes. Five won an early sign-up bonus of $100, three won a 50” HD TV, two won a Fitbit Charge 2, one person won an Apple TV, and one won an Amazon Tap for donating! Everyone who participated was given an insulated tumbler.
We’re so grateful to all of those who came out for our event. They really helped to make a difference in our community. Contributions totaled up to 488 life-saving units of blood, which was able to benefit around 1,464 people who were at a critical moment in their life.
So, to all of our employees, our friends, and our families who gave up some of their free time to do something that will have an impact on someone else, we thank you. As the years pass, we have only seen more people make it a point to come out and volunteer their resources – this year is no exception.
Because we have had such a promising event in 2017, we can’t wait to see what is in store for next year’s event! We look forward to seeing the familiar faces of this year and previous years, as well as all of the new people we will be able to meet as you spread the word of this event around.