Archive for the ‘Special Events’ Category
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)
First, 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!
Calling all car enthusiasts!
This 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.
On 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.
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 RebuildWaterbury.org 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.
South 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 SBRemembers.org, 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
The 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.
This 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.
SBRemembers.org, 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.
In a few short weeks, a group of employees and friends of the H-Team will take the plunge, the Penguin Plunge. Heritage 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!
To learn more about the Penguin Plunge and how to get involved click here.
This past August, the state of Vermont was shaken by Hurricane Irene. Days before the hurricane drenched the state, nobody predicted the wreckage it would leave behind; nobody knew that Vermont was about to experience the worst flooding that state has seen in 83 years.
When the waters receded, the central portion of the state was left absolutely devastated, and the residents needed and continue to need our help, support, and donations. Heritage Automotive Group and Mount Mansfield Media teamed up to create a video explaining the effects of Irene in hopes of raising money for Rebuild Waterbury, a nonprofit created to assist residents of Waterbury and its surrounding areas.
It is with the debut of this video that Heritage Automotive Group is proud to announce that we will match every donated dollar to Rebuild Waterbury, up to $10,000. It is these hard times that it makes us all so very proud and happy to be Vermonters; we are Vermont Strong.
To donate to Rebuild Waterbury, go here.
A New Service Building
Anyone who has visited the dealerships in the last several months knows 2011 has been a year of great change for the Heritage dealerships. New and different heavy-duty construction vehicles are arriving on what seems like a daily basis in preparation for the start of construction on the new 32 bay, 35,000 square foot service department for Heritage Toyota Scion. The new building will take the place of the longest standing building on our campus: the northernmost (and original) Toyota sales building. You can check out the artist’s renderings of the new building on our website. We’re also documenting the construction process on our Heritage Toyota Scion Facebook page.
Spreading the Christmas Cheer
Our staff is also getting in the Christmas spirit and spreading good cheer throughout the community. Two departments in the dealership have adopted area families with the help of the Salvation Army; they’ve all pitched in and shopped till they dropped to give a great Christmas to families in need.
The Penguin Plunge
The fundraising and goodwill doesn’t stop with Christmas though. You may have noticed brightly colored boxes filled with bottles around the dealerships if you’ve visited us recently. We are collecting bottles and cans to raise money for the Special Olympics of Vermont’s Penguin Plunge, taking place in February at Lake Champlain. For the second year in a row, Heritage will help sponsor the Plunge, as well as gather a group of hearty individuals to brave the chilly lake water as part of the event. If you’re interested in donating, or even joining the H-Team at the event, stop by our First Giving Team page.
From all of us on the H-Team, we’d like to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!