Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

Heritage Toyota Scion Participates in VEIC’s Electric Vehicle Demo Day

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

TentIn early August, Heritage Toyota Scion was part of an electric vehicle demonstration at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in Burlington, Vermont. VEIC invited a handful of local dealerships with electric vehicle options with the goal of educating the public on the EVs available, how to make the switch to electric, and how to maintain an EV.

Salesperson, Mason Maltais , and shop foreman, Ryan Holland answered questions on two Prius Plug-ins provided by Heritage Toyota Scion. Other EVs on display included the Chevrolet Volt provided by Shearer Chevrolet,  Nissan Leaf from Freedom Nissan,  Mitsubishi i from Burlington Mitsubishi, and a Tesla Roadster from a Vermont resident’s personal collection.

MasonMaltaisLieutenant Governor Phil Scott and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger were among the crowd of over 200 people who attended the event. Although it was scorching hot outside, the attendants stayed cool with free scoops from Ben & Jerry’s, and air conditioned test drives.

VEIC hosted a great informational event and we’re glad to have participated.

Kids Eat Free Thursdays

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

It has been a gorgeous summer so far in Vermont and arguably the best part of the summer is baseball. Whether you support the Boston Red Sox or the New York Yankees, everyone has some hometown pride for the Vermont Lake Monsters. This season, Heritage Automotive Group and the H-Team are proud to provide “Kids Eat Free Thursdays,” every Thursday. The first 500 kids under the age of 12 that enter the park each Thursday will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips, and a soft drink, courtesy of the H-Team.

See how H-Team members Charlie, Toby, and Andrew and the Vermont Lake Monster’s own Champ prepared for “Kids Eat Free Thursdays” at the local supermarket in the clip below. (Big thanks goes out to Mt. Mansfield Media for creating this video)

More Love Scholarship: Raven

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Each semester, Heritage Automotive Group provides a scholarship to a member of the Burlington Boys and Girls Club to help fund a student’s education. This past semester the scholarship was awarded to Raven T, a student at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. With the help of Mt. Mansfield Media, Heritage Automotive has published this video covering Raven’s story:

Drive One 4UR School: A Success!

Monday, May 21st, 2012

EventFirst, we would like to send out a big “Thank-You” to everyone who came out this past Saturday to the Williston Central School and took part in Ford’s Drive One 4UR School Fundraiser. You helped us raise $2480! We had over 120 different families stop by for a test drive, while the event was staffed by 20+ volunteers from Williston F.A.P and 10+ employees from Heritage Ford.

We had quite a steady stream of drivers from 8am right up until 4pm when we began to break down the event, allowing us to fit in 124 test drives. Around 10am, Rusty Dewees stopped by and stood out by the road, rounding up more people to test drive a Ford. To see more photos, we have posted an album of from the event on our Facebook, here.

This truly was a great community event and we couldn’t be happier with the results. With $2480 raised, the Williston F.A.P can purchase materials that the budget doesn’t allow. Again, thank you to all of our customers and community members who came out and test drove a car for this event, we couldn’t have done it without you!




Heritage Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Calling all car enthusiasts!

Drive One 4UR SchoolThis Saturday, May 19th, Heritage Ford of South Burlington is co-hosting a Ford Drive One 4 UR School fundraiser in conjunction with Williston Families as Partners.  Heritage Ford will be providing vehicles to test drive from 9am to 4pm, and for each test drive Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the school – up to $6,000 – to support clubs, sports and other school activities. The Williston F.A.P. will also be hosting a car wash, so drop off your car and test drive a new 2012 Ford to help raise money for a good cause.  And if that was not enough, each participating household will be entered into a drawing to win a new 2013 Ford Escape! Drivers must be 18 years of age or older and hold a valid driver’s license.

This is the first time Drive One 4 UR School has held a fundraiser in Vermont and we want to make it the most successful event yet.  To date, no event across the country has raised the full $6,000 and we hope you will help us and the Williston F.A.P. become the first to do so. Come out on Saturday and get your car washed, take a test drive in a brand new car and help Heritage Ford raise money for a great cause. You can find more information about the event and RSVP via Facebook by clicking here.

Ford’s Partner Recognition Program: The X-Plan

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Did you know that you can get yourself in almost any new Ford model at a special reduced price just because of where you work?  Well you can.  If you work for a participating local company (like Hannaford, GE, IBM, Cumberland Farms and others), you can have an inside track on exclusive discounts on new Fords.  See, Ford goes above and beyond to look out for their partner companies, the behind the scenes folks who might not be on Ford’s payroll, but are essential to their success.

Ford Blue OvalFord’s Partner Recognition Program, or X-Plan, is offered to employees of participating businesses who have developed a unique relationship with Ford over the years.  You are eligible to purchase a vehicle with the X-Plan if:

  1. You are an employee, retiree or spouse of an employee of an eligible partner company
  2. You are a resident of the same household as a person who fits the above

To see a list of Heritage Ford’s local participating X-Plan partners, click here.  If you are a member of a participating employer, click here and enter your company’s partner code, and explore the X-Plan purchase options available to you.

If you qualify to purchase a vehicle with the X-Plan, the rest is easy – just provide proper identification, and you’re on your way to bringing home a new 2012 Ford.

For more information about Ford’s X-Plan, and to see qualifying vehicles, visit our website.  If you have any additional questions regarding Ford’s Partner Recognition Program, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our staff.

Happy shopping!

The H-Team is VT Strong

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

VT StrongOn February 9, With the signing of the I Am Vermont Strong license plate bill, Governor Shumlin gave his official authorization to purchase a Vermont Strong license plate and affix it to the front of your vehicle.

To show our support for the recovery efforts, the H-Team has purchased 100 Vermont Strong plates. Five of these plates will be given away via social media, each of the remaining 95 will be included with your purchase of a new or used vehicle at Heritage Ford, Toyota and Scion.

If you’re not in the market for a new vehicle, but still want to contribute to the cause, you can help too. For a $25 donation to the fund, you can get your own I Am Vermont Strong license plate today by visiting the official Vermont Strong website, here.

Rebuild Waterbury

The H-Team’s support of the recovery efforts goes beyond just license plates, and if you wish to support the cause and a license plate isn’t for you, there’s more you can do too.  Visit and learn about what’s being done to breathe life back into Waterbury and the surrounding communities affected by the hurricane, and make a donation to do your part to help.  The H-Team will match your donation up to $10,000.

Veterans Memorial and the Penguin Plunge

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

South Burlington H-TeamSouth Burlington Veterans Memorial Documentary

Friday evening, the H-Team and Rusty Dewees welcomed about 50 local community members to the Majestic 10 Theater for a special public preview of the SB Remembers Documentary. The documentary highlights the planning and construction of the new South Burlington Veterans Memorial to be erected at Dorset Park. The documentary was locally promoted on Sunday through a Super Bowl commercial, seen below.

The event was a resounding success, with Rusty Dewees and the H-Team’s own Toby Tyler chipping in to help raise $1,000 in a silent auction.  The weekend also saw the official launch of the newly developed, where visitors can learn about the memorial and see artist’s renderings of the proposed final product.  Since its launch on Sunday, the site has already generated $500 in donations to the memorial project.

The H-Team Antifreezers take to the lake for a good cause

Penguin PlungeThe Veterans memorial wasn’t the only worthy cause to have received special attention from the H-Team this past weekend.  A group of courageous H-Team members braved the frigid waters of Lake Champlain on Saturday morning as part of the annual Penguin Plunge, helping to raise money for the Special Olympics Vermont.  The Antifreezers were among the first to race into (and out of) the lake, donating over $1,800 to the charity, which raised over $300,000 for the Special Olympics of Vermont.

Click here to see video of the Plunge participants, and look for the Antifreezers around 3:30.

SB Remembers: The South Burlington Veterans Memorial

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

South Burlington H-TeamThis Friday, February 3, join the H-Team and Rusty Dewees at “Night at the Majestic 10” at the Majestic 10 Theater in Williston for a free public preview of the SB Remembers Documentary, sponsored by Heritage Automotive.  The documentary highlights the planning process of the upcoming South Burlington Veterans Memorial atDorsetPark, and its importance to the community as a whole.

Screenings of the documentary will take place at 6:00pm and 6:30pm, with a silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses taking place from 6:30-7:30pm.  Complimentary hor d’oeurves and a cash bar will be available atOscarsBarat the Majestic 10, and attendees will be able to meet the local artists who helped create the memorial design., a website dedicated to the planning and construction of the new South Burlington Veterans Memorial will be launched later this month.

Click here to RSVP for the event on Facebook.

Penguin Plunge

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Special Olympics VermontIn a few short weeks, a group of employees and friends of the H-Team will take the plunge, the Penguin PlungeHeritage Automotive has participated in and sponsored the charity event for Special Olympics Vermont for the past few years and this year is no different, but we are taking the fundraising a little further.

Along with the sponsorship, Heritage Automotive Group will donate an additional $1 for every Facebook “like” we receive in January, up to an additional $1,000! We have two Facebook pages, so you can “like” them both and donate $2!

Our Heritage Toyota Scion Facebook page is here and our Heritage Ford Facebook page is here.

To learn more about the Penguin Plunge and how to get involved click here.