DFW NCDA PRESENTS CHECK TO WEST, TEXAS, MAYOR TOMMY MUSKA
Franchised auto dealers representing the 11 counties of the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association (DFW NCDA) joined forces recently to raise money for the community of West, Texas. And on Tuesday, May 14, DFW NCDA Chairman Tom Durant and DFW NCDA President Lee Chapman traveled to West to present a check for $110,000 to West Mayor Tommy Muska.
“The DFW NCDA and its dealer members extend its deepest sympathies to all those who were affected by the tragedy in West, Texas,” Durant said. “Lives have been lost, dozens of homes have been destroyed, schools and a nursing home were heavily damaged, and many families have been displaced, so it is going to take a long time for these folks to rebuild their lives and their community. Hopefully this money will assist them in this long journey.”
In addition to money donated by the dealerships, company employees made personal donations as well.
“It was very heartwarming to see checks from individuals in addition to those from the dealerships. It is obvious that Texans from all over the state have been touched by the stories they have heard about their neighbors in West and want to do all they can to help. It is truly the Texan way,” Durant added.
According to Mayor Muska, approximately $1.8 million has already been raised for the City of West and that careful consideration will be taken as to where the DFW NCDA’s donation will be spent, which will likely include scholarship programs.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to have you (DFW NCDA) here in West today. I have always been a firm believer on what it means to give back to a community, and these people in West really deserve this money. Please know that this money will be used for people who really need it,” Mayor Muska added.
DFW NCDA PRESENTS 2ND ANNUAL BIG BROTHES BIG SISTERS ZOO DAY
On Sunday, June 2, the Dallas and Fort Worth Zoos welcomed 380 “Bigs” and “Littles” from the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization to the 2nd Annual “Big Brothers Big Sisters Zoo Day” presented by the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association (DFW NCDA).
“After last year’s overwhelmingly successful inaugural event, the DFW NCDA was looking forward to working again with both the Dallas and Fort Worth Zoos as well as the remarkable Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. And we could not have asked for a more beautiful day for this event this year,” said Lee Chapman, president of the DFW NCDA. “The weather was perfect, guests were treated to a picnic lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs, and they had the opportunity to interact with some of the Zoos’ smaller residents. It was a perfect day.”
At the Dallas Zoo, Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors and their “Littles” witnessed African elephants, zebras, giraffes, impalas, ostriches and guinea fowl exploring the Giants of the Savanna habitat side by side, a “first” in North America. In addition, “Bigs” and “Littles” alike were delighted by the Animal Outreach Program, which featured a turtle, owl, snake, penguin and armadillo.
“It was a pleasure to partner with the DFW New Car Dealers Association for the 2nd Annual ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters Zoo Day’ at the Dallas Zoo. There were smiles all around as our animal ambassador, Syd the African Penguin, greeted folks at the picnic. It was a great day to visit the Zoo,” said Robin Scichilli, Dallas Zoo Group Sales manager.
At the Fort Worth Zoo, a white tiger, a baby one-horned rhino and a three-month old Bonobo monkey named Makolo took center stage. During the lunchtime Wild Wonders Show, guests were introduced to a penguin, snake, possum, owl and armadillo.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters is a wonderful program and we enjoy having kids (of all ages) at the Fort Worth Zoo each year,” said Jennifer Stallions, manager Event Sales Department Fort Worth Zoo.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters is grateful for this annual event provided by the DFW New Car Dealers Association. It is an incredible opportunity for the children, volunteers and families in our program, providing them with a zoo experience that is extraordinary! The up close and personal animal education program, the food and a day to explore the Zoo is inspirational,” said Jennifer Woods, director of Program Training and Events at Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Woods continued: “One family sent this message, ‘My family and I would like to say thank you once again for allowing us to come out to the Fort Worth Zoo to have a great time. Everything was amazing! Also I would like to send my appreciation for providing lunch for my family.’ It is in the small things that sometimes have the greatest impact.”
DFW NCDA PRESENTS CHECK TO GRANBURY FOR TORNADO RELIEF
The Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association (DFW NCDA) presented a check for $57,500 to Granbury Mayor Pro-Tem Nin Hulett and County Judge Darrell Cockerham for the Hood County Tornado Victims on Friday, June 7. The presentation was made at the Granbury New Car Dealers Association Charity Golf Tournament at Harbor Lakes Golf Club. The money was raised through an effort conducted by the members of the DFW NCDA, which represents 11 counties in North Texas, and will benefit Habitat for Humanity.
“The DFW NCDA is very pleased to have raised this much money in just a couple of weeks. The folks in Granbury and Cleburne were hit hard by these devastating tornados, so it is our hope that this money will help them in their effort to rebuild their communities,” said Tom Durant, chairman of the DFW NCDA.
“We appreciate everything you (car dealers) do for the community,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Hulett. “Every time we turn around, you all are doing something for this community. So, thank you very much.”