December 10, 2018
First Team Loves to Care
In June, First Team and LLS delivered blankets, arts & crafts kits and message of hope cards to those fighting cancer. In-store and via LLS.org website, customers signed the message of hope cards showing how much they care. First Team had 2 droboxes, 1 in the showroom and 1 in the service area for everyone to send their love. Patients often going through cancer treatments are in cooler temperature rooms, so First Team delivered blankets to offer warmth and comfort. The blankets are high quality and co-branded with Subaru Loves to Care and LLS logos.
Research shows that 10% of blood cancer patients are children and First Team wanted to help ensure they enjoy their childhood even when sick. The arts & crafts kits included crayons, markers, paint, paper and more. Utilizing the arts and crafts kit, children can express hidden emotions and reduce anxiety, depression and even pain.
Everyone at First Team wishes to congratulate Kendrick Higgins
from Grayson County High School!
He won a brand new Subaru from RAYSAC and First Team Auto Mall for attending his school's after prom party, and staying drug- and alcohol-free.
As a RAYSAC After Prom sponsor for almost 30 years, First Team fully supports RAYSAC's efforts to curb drunk driving accidents, and to keep our community safe. First Team is very proud to be a part of this great program. This year First Team donated a 2018 Subaru Impreza to the winner, Kendrick Higgins of Grayson County High School.
The After-Prom Party creates a fun and safe atmosphere for students enrolled in Roanoke County high schools. Reports from all over the area show that this year's parties were a big hit with students, who had a great time dancing and spending time with friends on this special night.
It is extremely important for schools, parents and the community to support after-prom parties for their students as they are a proven way to keep teens safe on prom night. Working toward that goal, each year First Team helps RAYSAC to saturate community members, parents and teens with reasons why students should attend and stay until the end of their school's after-prom party.
The Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) sponsors the After Prom Party, along with the After Prom Grand Finale with give-aways as an extra incentive for students to attend their school's After-Prom Party. In the past 29 years of After Prom Grand Finales, NONE of the participating schools have experienced the tragedy of a drunk-driving accident on the night of their prom.
Subaru Loves the Earth
First Team Subaru is committed to increasing sustainability efforts in our community and wants to offer a convenient place for you to recycle items you may normally just throw away.
This April, Subaru of America and retailers nationwide, including First Team Subaru, are launching a partnership with TerraCycle to help keep waste out of landfills and turn it into things like park benches, bike racks, and flowerpots. So far, the Zero-Waste™ Box program has diverted more than 500,000 pounds of waste from landfills. TerraCycle is eliminating the 'Idea of Waste', by recycling the non-recyclable.
First Team now has Zero Waste Boxes placed in the dealership that can be used to dispose of snack wrappers, disposable coffee cups and single use coffee pods.
Feel free to collect items at home and stop by our dealership to recycle them! And while you're here, you can grab a chip clip made from recycled snack bags as a thank you for helping keep the Roanoke Valley sustainable. (While supplies last).
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Subaru Loves Pets -October Adoption Event with the Roanoke Valley SPCA
Update: We are excited to announce that our Adoption Event was a huge success! Six dogs and two kittens got adopted on Saturday and went home to loving families that day. We were thrilled that we could help these families with new dog owner kits to ensure the animals had everything they needed in their new homes. We want to thank the Roanoke Valley SPCA again for all they do.
At the event, new pet owners will receive a new dog-owner kit that includes a welcome home guide, a toy, treats and wipes donated by Subaru. First Team Subaru wants to give these animals a loving forever home, so stop by on October 21st and find your new forever friend.
All month long there will be a shelter supply drive at the dealership. Items like beds, cleaning supplies, bags and bowls are all needed. When consumers give back , and donate an item, they will receive a Subaru Crosstrek Plush Pet Toy.
Subaru believes in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is their vision of respecting all people. This is their commitment to show love and respect to Subaru customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) was honored to partner with First Team Subaru for the Loves To Care program. Together we delivered 80 blankets, 10 arts and craft kits, and handfuls of Messages of Hope to cancer patients at Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 7, 2017. There in the Oncology Unit, we were welcomed by a team of nurses. The delivery came as a surprise to some of them, and they were almost teary-eyed at the thought of the smiles the blankets would soon bring. We posed for another glamour shot and gave our appreciations. Thinking that was a wrap, we were pleasantly surprised when we were told that we had the opportunity to hand-deliver the blankets directly to the patients. The first patient that we touched was Ben, a bright young man who was currently undergoing chemo therapy. You could tell that he was a little reserved but genuinely appreciative of his new blanket, bracelet, and the Message of Hope that accompanied it. We then visited Mr. Sink, who was as friendly as can be. He invited us to sit right beside him on the hospital bed, as we exchanged some stories and then smiled big for the camera. He was an AML patient who was upbeat and fully determined to beat the odds. He also had the most gorgeous view of the cascading Blue Ridge Mountains outside of his window. The picturesque scenery and the newly gifted merchandise sure brightened up his day. What an incredible experience and truly remarkable program to be a part of.
Each year, teachers from across Roanoke County Public Schools are nominated by students, parents, co-workers and administrators to receive the Golden Apple Award. Teachers Erin Edmondson, April Griffin, Kelsey Bibee and Rebecca Bays are also Apple Award winners this year.
Congratulations to Megan, a rising Senior at Stuarts Draft High School! She won a brand new car from RAYSAC and First Team Auto Mall for attending her school's after prom party, and staying drug and alcohol free
Everyone at First Team fully supports RAYSAC's efforts to curb drunk driving accidents, and keep our community safe. First Team has been a sponsor of the RAYSAC After Prom for almost 30 years, and we're proud to be a part of this great program.
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January 12, 2016 - For immediate releaseOn Tuesday, January 10th, three individuals entered the Roanoke Valley SPCA under the guise of needing help with food for their pets. But their real intent was to steal the donation jar sitting on the counter.
These three individuals brazenly and maliciously stole donation money from the RVSPCA, and the police are obtaining warrants for their arrest.
As a friend of the RVSPCA and the community, First Team Subaru is making a special donation of $1000 to help offset the money lost in this heinous theft. We are also replacing the stolen donation jar.
There is no way of knowing how much money was in the donation jar. According to the SPCA it costs $7 a day to provide litter for all the cats at the shelter and $25 to feed all the animals, so we at First Team are hopeful our donation will help make up for the stolen money.
We at First Team Subaru understand how important every cent is to the care and well-being of abandoned, neglected and abused animals. In the past we have hosted an adoption event with the RVSPCA at our dealership, and we continue our support now in this time of need.
First Team Nissan of Roanoke and K92 are teaming together to FILL a large U-Haul with new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots!
All toys raised will stay in the Roanoke area (Roanoke, Alleghany, Bath, Craig and Botetourt). First Team is proud to be able to help each year with the Toys for Tots program. This year, in addition to being a Toys for Tots drop off center, First Team has donated 200 bikes to Roanoke Valley children.
UPDATE: The event at the Salem Civic Center was a HUGE success! A special thanks to everyone who came out and donated toys, and to the US Marines for all their work in collecting hundreds of toys for Roanoke Valley children!
First Team Subaru is proud to announce that the Children's Miracle Network is our local Hometown Charity choice!
Roanoke, VA: First Team Subaru has teamed up with The Children's Miracle Network to help children in the Roanoke Valley get every chance they can at the best medical care possible.
This means First Team Subaru will match your donation to the Children's Miracle Network when you buy a new Subaru from First Team!
During last March's "Share the Love Event", First Team Subaru buyers donated $6250, and First Team Matched and added funds to equal a total of $15,000. As First Team Subaru's Hometown Charity choice, The Children's Miracle Network will now receive matching contributions to new Subaru buyer's donations from First Team.
"We've always been committed to giving back to our community, since we opened in 1988." said David Dillon, President and General Manager of First Team Auto Mall. "This is a great way to help a great cause, one that is close to all of our hearts here at First Team."
Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion-most of it $1 at a time-for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. For more information on The Children's Miracle Network visit give.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org.
Everyone at First Team Subaru loves pets! We're helping our community by collecting basic pet supplies that will keep shelter animals happy, healthy, and ready for their forever homes. We are collecting pet food, toys, dog beds, collars, harnesses, leashes, dog treats, cat treats, grooming supplies, crates or carriers, cleaning supplies, towels and blankets - all to be donated to a local animal organization.
After all, Subaru Loves Pets!
110 students from 39 area high schools participated in the event. The Grand Prize winner was Caleb Bishop, a Junior from Pulaski County High School. Second place iPad winners were Makayla Cox from Auburn High School and Lynzi Poole from Fort Chiswell High School. Door prizes were also donated by First Team Auto Mall.
This year had the highest number of participating schools (39). 2015's event held the previous highest number, which was 29. Several of this year's participating schools had not been a part of APGF for several years due not having after-prom parties, but we are glad they are once again holding after-prom parties.
First Team is proud to sponsor this great community endeavor for over 25 years. We take pride in our community and our commitment to support our friends and neighbors.
RAYSAC (Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition) is a group of concerned citizens striving to keep the youth of the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia alcohol, tobacco and drug-free. For pictures, interviews and information please visit:
Golden Apple Award winner Barbara McGrath to drive new Nissan Altima for one year
ROANOKE, Va. (March 14, 2016) - First Team Automotive Group today recognized Roanoke County's teacher of the year by providing the winner with the use of a 2016 Nissan Altima.
The Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation has awarded the 2016 Golden Apple Award to Barbara McGrath, a biology/ecology teacher from William Byrd High School. The Golden Apple Award is the single highest honor presented to a teacher by the Education Foundation. Each year, teachers from across Roanoke County Public Schools are nominated by students, parents, co-workers and administrators to receive Golden Apple Award. This year, 64 teachers were nominated and 21 teachers were selected as semi-finalists.
In addition to receiving a check for $3,000, McGrath received a brand-new Altima for one year, courtesy of First Team Auto Mall, with custom license plates that read GR8-TCR (Great Teacher).
"Educating young people is so vital for the future success of our communities, and great teachers make that happen," said David Dillon, president and general manager of First Team Auto Mall. "As a family owned company that believes in supporting the communities we serve, First Team is honored to support outstanding teachers and celebrate their efforts."
The Education Foundation also named three Red Apple winners, one for the elementary school level, one for the middle school level and one for the high school level. Each Red Apple winner receives a check for $1,500 each.
The Red Apple winners are:
• Jasmine Herritt - First-grade teacher at Burlington Elementary School
• Karen Perry-Carroll - 7th grade Science teacher at Northside Middle School
• Ann Franco - English, history and geography teacher at Glenvar High School.
The Education Foundation also recognizes a new teacher who has taught in Roanoke County for three years or less. This is called the Green Apple Award.
The winner of the 2016 Green Apple Award is Blaine Mills, a fourth-grade teacher at Glenvar Elementary.
"There are some outstanding teachers in Roanoke County," said Education Foundation Board President Rob Hendren. "The Golden Apple Award honors the very best educator in the school system. We were very impressed with all our finalists, which made it very difficult for us to select a single winner," Hendren said.
Since their inception, they have provided almost one-million dollars in scholarships to 1,500 graduating seniors; more than $260,000 in classroom scholarships to more than 1400 teachers; and more than $300,000 to support travel and educational programs. In all, that's over $1.5 million in support the teachers and students at Roanoke County Public Schools.
Support for these programs comes from corporate and private donations. To make a donation, go online to www.supportroanokecountyed.org or call Jean Wynn at 540-562-3900 ext. 10113.
On Saturday, March 5th, First Team Subaru proudly presented Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, through The Children's Miracle Network, a check for $27,885!
The check was presented live on the air on Q99 FM, during the Dick and Dave Care for Kids Radiothon. The Radiothon has raised close to $2 Million for the Children's Miracle Network over the last 13 years, with all of the donations going to help children in Southwest Virginia. First Team Subaru is proud to been a part of that achievement for several years.
Last fall, First Team Subaru buyers who selected the Children's Miracle Network as their charity of choice helped Subaru raise $12,522, and First Team Subaru matched that donation with an addition $12,522. With an additional donation of $2,841 from Subaru, the total First Team Subaru helped raise for local children in need of medical care is $27,885.
First Team Subaru thanks everyone who helped with donations when buying their new Subaru.
"We are very proud and excited to have helped raise so much for the children," said David Dillon, President and General Manager of First Team Auto Mall. "We'd especially like to thank all of our Subaru guests who selected The Children's Miracle Network as their charity of choice when buying a new Subaru. Everyone at First Team believes in giving back to the community, and this has been a great way for us to show our support." Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion-most of it $1 at a time-for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. For more information on The Children's Miracle Network visit give.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org.
Over 100 Bikes in 100 Minutes is the commitment by First Team Auto Mall for a special Toys for Tots drive this Saturday, December 12th starting at 10am with the U.S. Marines and K92 Radio.
The appearance is a continuation of toy collection by K92 Radio and First Team to fill a large box truck with new unwrapped Toys. K92 personalities Danny & Zack have pledged that with First Team's help "the truck will be overflowing with toys to brighten the holidays of children in need in the Roanoke area". K92's Danny Meyers has shared with listeners, "First Team has been beyond passionate in helping children experience some joy and happiness this Christmas, whom otherwise would be without."
David Dillon, President of First Team Auto Mall stated "in the 2014 to 2015 Roanoke City School year there were over 600 Children that qualified as homeless and that does not even include the number of families that have shelter… but are living below the poverty line. We are glad that we have the opportunity to assist the Marine Corps Reserve in their goal to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. "
The Saturday, December 12th event will be at 6614 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke, between First Team Auto Mall and the Roanoke County Library. Event hours and collection will be from 10am to 1pm.
Donations will continue to be accepted through December 19th at the K92 Studio (3934 Electric Road, Roanoke) and at First Team Auto Mall (6520 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke). Cash donations may be made online by visiting the K92 website (www.k92radio.com).
First Team Auto Mall helped raise $4400 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association over Labor Day Weekend!
Roanoke, VA: This Labor Day Weekend, First Team Auto Mall (Roanoke, VA) pledged to the MDA $100 per new car sold. Well, we had a fantastic weekend - 44 new vehicle sales - so we are very excited to donate $4400!
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.
First Team is committed to our community, and the well being of our customers, friends and families. We are proud to support great causes like the MDA, and look forward to working with them in the future.
We're recycling items you don't use - and loving the earth at the same time.
Update as of April 20: First Team has already collected over 200 pounds of e-waste! Thank you for your participation, and keep those old electronics coming! Remember, last day to drop off your e-waste is April 30th.
As part of the Subaru Love Promise, First Team Subaru pledges to actively preserve the environment. During the month of April, 2015, First Team Subaru will be a drop-off location for E-Waste items. Whether you have anything from an old cell phone to a computer monitor, you can drop it off at the First Team Subaru showroom and be sure it gets recycled properly, at no cost to you. By responsibly recycling this E-Waste, we will prevent toxic compounds from entering our soil and waterways. We invite our customers to join us in protecting our environment.
Subaru has teamed up with All Green Electronics Recycling, an industry-leading waste management company, which will collect the electronic waste at the conclusion of the event.
The first 50 customers who show up will receive a complimentary environmental badge of ownership. Simply bring in those unwanted items to our store, and we'll do the rest.
If you would like to drop off E-Waste items, stop by our dealership in the month of April during normal business hours. Check with one of our employees to notify them you would like to drop off and they will be happy to assist you.
E-Waste Event FAQs:
- When can I drop off items for recycling and where?
- Are there items that are not accepted?
- Is my private data and information on my hard drive safe if I recycle them?
- What happens to the items I drop off to be recycled?
"Change Your Perspective" aims to increase safety as commuting by bicycle becomes more popular
ROANOKE, Va. - RIDE Solutions, which provides alternative transportation options for the region, today kicked off a new campaign - "Change Your Perspective" - to increase safety for both cyclists and motorists and reduce accident rates.
The Roanoke Valley has been recognized as one of the best places in the country to ride a bike - not only for exercise but also for transportation. With more cyclists on the road in the spring, there?s an increase in the possibility of accidents with cars.
Created by Neathawk Dubuque & Packett (ND&P), an advertising and public relations agency, the goal of the marketing campaign is to educate both cyclists and drivers about the laws and rules of the road, and get motorists to understand that there's a real person riding that bike - a neighbor, mother, father, boss or community leader.
"Bicyclists are not obstacles. They're real people just trying to get to their job to make a living," says Jeremy Holmes, program director of RIDE Solutions. "With this campaign, we hope to educate motorists about sharing the roadways with cyclists and making commutes safer for both parties."
"ND&P is proud to support this campaign in the Roanoke region," added Thomas Becher, senior vice president, Neathawk Dubuque & Packett. "Our goal is to educate motorists, and support cyclists' ability to commute safely in and around the region."
"The Roanoke Valley has increased on-road bicycle accommodations by over 600 percent in the last five years," added Holmes. "Recent census data shows a 150 percent increase in the number of people who cite a bicycle as their main source transportation; and of RIDE Solutions members, 18 percent say they commute by bicycle at least some of the time."
The campaign includes five illustrated posters reminiscent of transportation in a bygone era, each showing different bicycle-vehicle perspectives.
First Team Subaru is proud to be a sponsor of this important campaign, along with Carilion Clinic, Virginia Tech, , Neathawk Dubuque & Packett, 101.5 The Music Place, the City of Roanoke, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op, East Coasters Bike Shop, and Roanoke Outside.
"There's a natural connection between good health and biking." said Nancy Howell Agee, president and chief executive officer of Carilion Clinic. "We also need to keep people safe while they're on our roads. As the region's Level 1 trauma center, we've seen what can happen in bike accidents. This campaign to improve bike safety is critical."
For more information, visit http://ridesolutions.org/changeyourperspective. To download the posters and press materials, visit http://ndp.agency/RideSolutions.
First Team Subaru Donation to Children's Miracle Network
March 6, 2015: First Team Subaru buyers donated $6,250 during the Subaru Share The Love Event, and First Team Subaru matched that for a total of $12,500! But we didn't stop there...through Q99's "Dick and Dave's Care for Kids Radiothon" we donated an additional $2500, for a total of $15,000 to the Children's Miracle Network.
First Team has been a part of the Roanoke community since 1988, and we've always known the importance of doing our part to help our community and our neighbors. We are honored that our customers donated $6,250 during the Subaru Share the Love Event, and are just as honored to match and add to that amount to help The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in our area, Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital and Virginia Baptist and Lynchburg General Hospitals.
Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion-most of it $1 at a time-for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Click here to hear Q99 receiving the great news on air.
First Team Subaru had a great turnout on Saturday, December 6th for our Roanoke Valley SPCA Adoption Event! The pets seemed to have as great a time as the people, and several lucky animals found new friends and new homes. First Team Subaru is proud to have hosted this great event, bringing people and pets together. For more information on pet adoptions visit http://www.rvspca.org.
Q99 & First Team Receive & Give Contest
In December, 2014 First Team Auto Mall and Q99 teamed up to present the Receive & Give Contest. During this call-in contest, winners received $100, and First Team matched each win with a $100 donation to local charities.
First Team is proud to announce that donations totaling $8300 have gone to local charities!
"I'm really amazed and delighted by how many people wanted to help give back something to the community," said George Pelton, Founder and CEO of First Team. "All of us at First Team are excited to be part of this event, and are very pleased to continue helping those in need in the Roanoke Valley Community."
For over 26 years, First Team has been a neighbor first, and a business second in The Roanoke Valley. They have always been happy to team up with other great businesses, like Q99, to help raise funds for and awareness of local causes. David Dillon, President and General Manager, has always believed in First Team's philosophy of "Good People, Great Values," and has been working with several local businesses and charities to give back to the community. "I'm a Roanoke native, and have lived here my entire life. It's not only truly great for me to be a part of this fantastic community, but also to be a part of this amazing business that values the needs of our friends and neighbors, and allows us to serve and contribute."
Here is the list of charities that have benefited from the First Team/Q99 Receive and Give Contest:
- CHARITIES AMOUNT
- Danville Burn Fund-Firefighter Association $100
- United Way of Roanoke $100
- Angels of Assisi $100
- The Daily Bread- Lynchburg $100
- The Salvation Army $500
- St Jude $1,100
- Lake Christian Ministries $100
- Childrens Miracle Network $900
- American Cancer Society $1,100
- Mt. Airy First Pentecostal Church $100
- New River Community Action $100
- Roanoke Valley SPCA $400
- Samaritan's Purse $100
- Bedford Humane Society $300
- Lions Club of Virginia $100
- Hunters for the Hungry $100
- American Heart Assoication $200