The Mission Viejo Animal Services Center was recently honored by being chosen as the recipient of a large donation from the Tuttle-Click Automotive Group. This group chooses a worthy organization to partner with monthly, and they thought that our shelter would be a great place to help. Shirley, the group’s Marketing Director, said, “ We love our furry friends and don’t want to forget about them during these hard times.” We could not be happier! All six of the Tuttle-Click stores in Irvine, Tustin, and San Juan Capistrano held donation drives and encouraged both employees and customers to donate items from our wish list. They collected a lot of great stuff! They brought four large tubs filled with things we need: over 100 toys, 15 sturdy blankets, 8 large dog beds, 20 bags of treats, and much, much more! Pictured here along with Mission Viejo staff members are Tuttle-Click’s Vice President George Saad (on the left) and Operations Director Rich Rader (on the left). We would like to send an enormous THANK YOU to Tuttle-Click and their staff for the wonderful donations. Our homeless pets will love all of this great stuff!
For the month of February, we decided to share a little love with a local retirement home in Orange County. Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we need to practice emotional distancing, too. In fact, we figured it’s more important than ever for those who need to quarantine as much as possible to still feel the love. So, we got everyone in the family involved to help us collect 100 Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards, and accompanied each card with a yummy box of See’s candy.
For the month of January, Tuttle-Click partnered with Families First to host a food drive. As a group, we were able to build a collection that will feed over 60 families in need of food assistance. During the pandemic our pantry has been essential in meeting our need to serve the community. Contributions like these make that possible.
Tustin, CA. During their annual school drive, the dealers of the Tustin Auto Center donated $50 for every new car sold to the Tustin Public School Foundation. They bettered last year’s total and raised $62,700. Several Auto Dealer Owners and GM’s were on hand to present the “big check” to the executives from TPSF and Mayor Pro-Tem. The donation will fund new computers and tablets, art supplies, and after school programs.
Tuttle-Click Tustin created the latest HERO Jeep built specifically to support Bob Hope USO. Companies that join us for this build include Toyo Tires, Black Rhino Wheels, Katzkin Leather, Billet Badges Inc., Mopar OutdoorX4 Magazine, and Pinstripe Chris. This vehicle has been displayed at USO events, local car shows, and more. After being sold, Tuttle-Click Tustin presented a check to Bob Hope USO foundation. If you're looking for a custom vehicle like this one, Tuttle-Click Tustin would be more than happy to build a similar one for you.
For more information about this organization, please visit www.bobhope.uso.org.
Tuttle-Click Ford and Capistrano Ford has partnered up with the Boys and Girls Club to help battle the Coronavirus. Since closing their doors in March, the organization has delivered more than 5,000 meals and activity kits to members and local families in need as part of their COVID-19 Emergency Food Program. Thank you for your amazing support and community involvement during this trying time.
Read More: https://fordfund.org
Tuttle-Click Tustin is proud to donate to the Semper Fi Fund. Semper Fi has been serving veterans for 15 years now in spirit of “Semper Fi” – to remain “always faithful”. Our General Manager, Al Dimont, has presented the fund with a donation check in honor of the first HERO Jeep built to support the organization. Tuttle-Click Tustin Jeep of California partnered with the Semper Fi Fund to build a promotional, one of a kind 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Rios, an 18+ year Marine Corps veteran was part of the inspiration behind this Jeep HERO project. He participated in four combat deployments during his career before he was injured by a rocket propelled grenade in Afghanistan. The Semper Fi Fund had an enormous impact on Gunny Rios’ life after he was wounded and he’s been an advocate ever since.
Tuttle-Click Automotive Group is committed to partnering with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, who is dedicated to changing the lives of challenged athletes of all ages and abilities. Last year, this foundation provided almost 4,000 individual grants for adaptive sports equipment, coaching, travel funding, and competition expenses totaling 5.9 million in support. We are honored to be a part of their mission!
The Tustin Auto Center board presented a “Big Check” to Tustin Public Schools Foundation President, Sujata Kamdar, to represent the proceeds from TAC’s annual school drive. During the month of October, each of the 11 dealerships donate $50 per new car sold to the TPSF. This year, $56,500 was the total amount but in the last three years the average has been over $70,000. It’s a win-win for both the Tustin schools and the Tustin Auto Center!
Left to right: Bill Phelps-Tustin Lexus, Farough Dabiri-Tustin Mazda, Glenn Kashima-Tustin Toyota, Sujata Kamdar-TPSF, John Patterson-OC Auto Team, Preston Han-Nissan of Tustin, Al Dimont-Tuttle Click.
On January 15, we spent the evening celebrating the accomplishments of our members in the prior year. Our First Annual Blue Door Awards was attended by nearly 300 people to recognize more than 100 youth in 12 categories. Highlights of the evening included the official launch of our Ford Junior Youth of the Year program, made possible by the Ford Fund, and partnership with Tuttle-Click Capistrano Ford, including our first-ever Ford Junior Youth of the Year, Marianne Harrington. We also named Bianca Medina as Youth of the Year. She will now compete against the Youth of the Year winners from the other Orange County Boys & Girls Clubs.
Congratulations to our Punt, Pass, Kick Challenge winners from San Juan and Laguna Hills High School. Pictured is our General Manager, Steve Smith with the winning team members! Tuttle-Click Capistrano Ford is proud to help our local schools and athletes go further. We are a proud to sponsor both San Juan Hills and Laguna Hills High School. When the community works together as a team, great things happen for our students.
Tuttle-Click’s Capistrano Ford hosted a career day for the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano. General Manager, Steve Smith and Service Director, Rich Rader, led the kids on a tour of the dealership and service department.
Capistrano Ford Team had a great time representing our dealership while supporting out troops by raising money for the “Socks for our Heros” program. Rich Rader, Tuttle-Click Fixed Operations Director, Pat Didonato (Capistrano Ford Parts Manager) and three Capistrano Ford long time customers did very well. The event generated enough money to ship another 18,000 pairs of socks forward to the men and women serving our nation. Hoorah! For more info visit San Clemente Marine Corps Support Group.
November 17th marked the anniversary of the 31st annual National Philanthropy Day. This day recognizes the great contribution philanthropy makes to our society and to honor individuals, businesses, and organizations that are active in the philanthropic community. This highly respected recognition day is coordinated and is supported on an international scale by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). This year, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach was thrilled to recognize Tuttle-Click Automotive for their tremendous support over the years with the Club. General Manager, Al Dimont and Marketing Manager, Shirley Dordell of Tuttle-Click were in attendance at this year's luncheon.
The Tuttle-Click Automotive Group has done an incredible amount of charitable work in the communities where it does business. Nonprofits, schools, and other charities benefit a great deal around the six Orange County-based dealerships operated by Tuttle-Click. Bob Tuttle and Jim Click, owners and George Saad, the Vice-President, have created a strong culture of volunteerism and philanthropy in the company. Tuttle-Click Automotive has been a huge help to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, which is one of the primary recipients of the company's philanthropy. They have supported the Club for many years at the annual Art of Giving Gala, and have helped to
double the funds raised each time. Around $500,000 is raised by the Gala each year. Also, Carrie Click has chaired the Gala in the past and currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Club. The Tuttle-Click Mazda dealership also sends employees out to volunteer every year for the Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at the Club's Bluebird Park branch. In 2015 the Club celebrated the enormous contributions of the Clicks by dedicating the snack bar of the new Lang Branch as the Click Café. Additionally, George Saad sits on the Advisory Board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. The leadership at Tuttle-Click Automotive are primary drivers of the philanthropy and volunteer movement at the company, which touches many facets of the nonprofit world. With over 500 employees in Orange County, their philanthropic work is reaching many people who need it. Due to leadership involvement in philanthropy, a culture of volunteerism, and financial support of community institutions and charities, Tuttle-Click Automotive is deserving of recognition at this year's National Philanthropy Day.
On Thursday, March 10th the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach hosted their annual Community Breakfast at Seven Degrees restaurant. Tuttle-Click was given the Corporate Partner Award, accepted by George Saad. Tuttle-Click has supported the Boys & Girls Club for many years with their largest fundraiser, and helped to almost double the funds raised.
Tuttle-Click Automotive Group was proud to sponsor the amazing Everyday Heroes Event at the Montage Laguna Beach.
Everyday Heroes recognizes outstanding local individuals who have given to their communities in an unselfish way. Thank you to everybody that attended this great event and congrats to all the heroes!
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This September 2020, we held our very first virtual Annual Goft Tournament with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. This year we were able to raise a total of $69,075!
This past September 2019, 140 golfers enjoyed an exciting day of golf at El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel. The Title Sponsor, Tuttle-Click Mazda, not only sponsored several local Marines for the day, they also helped raise $60,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. Congratulations to the tournament winners, Mike St. Onge, Tony Harkey, Tom Konkel and Dave Smith. Please follow the link below to visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley.
The Blind Children’s Learning Center is one of Tustin Auto Center’s favorite local organizations. They have been the lead sponsor for the BCLC’s 5k walk in may and donated a shuttle van. Last week, the kids walked to several dealerships to sing Christmas songs and spread some holiday cheer. It was heart-warming to see them perform in front of the employees and their customers. We wish the kids and their families a very Happy Holiday from all of us at Tustin Auto Center.
Tuttle-Click Mazda was a proud sponsor of the Walk for Wishes and Make A Wish Foundation. On April 9 & 16 they hosted the 6th annual 2-mile walk in Irvine and Riverside. The event included games, food, and live entertainment. Several employees joined the walk and help bring life-changing wishes to children battling life-threatening illnesses. The events raised $169,669! Thank you to everyone who participated.