March 26, 2019
WCCB News Rising in Charlotte covered Hendrick Automotive Group’s meal packing event at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Employees volunteered to pack 3,000 meals boxes of donated food to feed neighbors facing hunger as part of the Hendrick Automotive Group Spring Meal Drive. The company-wide meal drive provided more than 10,000 meals across the country.
December 24, 2018
Teammates from Hendrick Automotive Group dealerships in Charleston and North Charleston have partnered with the Charleston Animal Society to deliver new pets to owners throughout the holiday season. WCIV joined one teammate as she delivered a new kitten to its forever home on Christmas morning, putting together this heart-warming piece.
Popular WCCB Charlotte morning show personality Wilson visited Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet to help highlight Second Harvest Food Bank and its weekend meal packs they provide to Title I Schools. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina joined teammates from City Chevrolet for multiple segments of ‘Wilson’s World,’ as they talked about the meal project, spotlighted how others can help fight hunger in the Charlotte community – and maybe – just a few ‘Days of Thunder’ references here and there. Check out the show segments below?
November 22, 2018
Its already been a terrific holiday season for Hendrick Automotive Group, as teammates from throughout the country participated in our inaugural companywide Thanksgiving Meal project. Our team members donated, packed and helped distribute more than 10,000 traditional holiday meals to those facing hunger – and most importantly – affording 40,000 people the opportunity to gather for a special meal.
One of the most important aspects of this project is helping place a spotlight on our local food bank partners, who have helped our company organize, deliver and identify those people and families whom are in the most need.
Part of that spotlight is inviting the media to cover these holiday meal events, which are often held at our partner food banks. If our communities band together, with the help of local businesses, we can truly help those facing hunger.
July 2, 2018
The FOX 46 team joined Hendrick Automotive Group and the Charlotte Knights to pack 1,000 meal backpacks at BB&T Ballpark to help feed area children facing hunger this summer. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina helped distribute the food to area children on their last day of school, helping raise awareness in the community that hunger doesn’t end for children and families when the school year ends. FOX 46 put together this terrific piece chronicling this special event.
June 6, 2018
Hendrick Chevrolet Hoover joined Vettes-4-Vets and the Hoover Community to help airman recover from an alleged break-in and fire over Memorial Day Weekend. Teammates from the dealership chipped in to donate $1,000 shortly after learning about the incident. Birmingham’s ABC 33/40 station was there to cover the presentation:
April 4, 2018
Second Harvest Food Bank, with sponsorship support from Hendrick Automotive Group who invites/joins with its partners in these projects, recently held a packing event in the studios of WBTV. Teammates from WBTV packed weekend food backpacks for children in Title 1 schools, helping those who face hunger every day. Each backpack, which holds 6-7 lbs. of food, are a weekend meal supplement for children without access to food when away from school.
The event was a terrific success, as the WBTV crew filled 1,000 backpacks in a little over 45 minutes! Below is an in-depth video showcasing what happened:
March 26, 2018
Hendrick Toyota of Concord recently donated a new Toyota Camry in support of the Cabarrus County DARE program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. In a ceremony held in downtown Concord, General Manager Donnie Moore joined Sheriff Brad Riley and his team to officially provide the car. Check out the story below from this terrific Independent Tribune story.
March 10, 2018
Hendrick BMW (Charlotte, North Carolina), Hendrick BMW Northlake and Hendrick MINI of Charlotte provided players and coaches with special warm-up shirts for the sixth annual Be The Match basketball game at Hickory Ridge High School. The event is held in honor of former Hendrick Automotive Group teammate, Todd Kevin Rose, the brother of Hickory Ridge coach, Tolonda Simmons, who passed from leukemia in 2012. Independent Tribune (Concord, North Carolina) writer James Nix wrote this terrific story.
February 16, 2018
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is sponsoring a very important project within the Wilmington, North Carolina community, as Pink Hunt for Hope held a scavenger hunt to help raise money for the screening of breast cancer. WECT-TV out of Wilmington was on hand to capture the event that was led by five compassionate infusion nurses.
January 22, 2018
Hendrick Automotive Group team members from our Charleston and North Charleston dealerships joined the Charleston Animal Society in making special deliveries this holiday season. As part of Charleston Animal Society’s ‘Home For the Holidays’ project, our teammates participate in the pet deliveries, including this one of a kitten being brought to a Charleston-area home on Christmas morning. Charleston NBC-affiliate WCDB captured the moment in this heart-warming news clip.
January 22, 2018
Honda of Concord team member Keri Newsom recently received the family gift of a lifetime. Her brother, Warren Caudle, who just returned home for Christmas break from a nine-month deployment, made a surprise visit to Honda of Concord to kick off a very special holiday season. Warren, who’s a military dog handler, just started a three-year stint in Germany. Check out Charlotte’s FOX 46 piece on this very special family reunion.
January 9, 2018
CHARLOTTE – Newly formed Feeding the Carolinas, an alliance of 10 North Carolina and South Carolina food banks, recently held its kickoff event at Hendrick Motorsports in Concord, North Carolina. Many of these food banks also partnered with Hendrick Automotive Group during our 2017 Thanksgiving meal drive efforts that helped feed 20,400 people, providing a blueprint of best practices that the alliance has already put in place to feed those in need throughout the year.
December 6, 2017
Hendrick Automotive Group dealerships partnered with The Salvation Army and WCNC-TV for the 16th annual Magical Toy Drive in hopes of collecting and distributing more than 14,000 toys to Charlotte-area young people in need. In this news clip, Hendrick Motors of Charlotte general manager Tyler Johnson, one of 20 Charlotte-area Hendrick Automotive Group dealerships to participate, talked about the drive, the importance of community service and how dealerships look for ways to participate.
November 20, 2017
Charlotte-area Hendrick Automotive Group teammates gathered at Friendly Baptist Missionary Church to help distribute traditional Thanksgiving meals to families in need just prior to Thanksgiving. This WBTV news clip talked about the event, as more than 2,500 meals were distributed to more than 10,000 people in the Charlotte area. Overall, this year?s combined North Carolina and South Carolina Thanksgiving meal drives helped distribute 5,100 meals and fed 20,400 individuals this holiday season.
Teammates from 53 dealerships (41 from North Carolina; 12 from South Carolina), four collision centers (three NC; one SC), the Charleston consolidated accounting office and Charlotte-based management company donated, packed and helped distribute the traditional Thanksgiving meals. Each meal fed a family of four.
November 13, 2017
Charleston and North Charleston-area Hendrick Automotive Group dealerships partnered with the Lowcountry Food Bank and provided 830 families with traditional Thanksgiving meals in hopes of feeding more than 3,300 people in need. Teammates from participating dealerships packed and collected meal items while raising awareness of hunger in the Charleston area this holiday season, where one in five children struggle with food insecurity.
These traditional Thanksgiving meals included a turkey, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce, green beans, gravy, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes and a pumpkin pie. Each meal fed a family of four.
By the end of the 2017 Thanksgiving Meal Drive initiative, nearly 5,000 Hendrick Automotive Group teammates from dealerships, collision centers and support offices in North Carolina and South Carolina donated, packed and helped distribute 5,100 traditional Thanksgiving meals to feed 20,400 individuals dealing with hunger. Charleston?s WCIV talked about the event in this clip.
November 4, 2017
CHARLOTTE – Hendrick Automotive Group partnered with Beasley Media Group, The New 103.7 FM and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina at Coyote Joe’s to fill 1,008 sacks with food for local students. Country Artist Brett Young, who was performing at Coyote Joe’s, joined the effort. Hendrick sponsors Second Harvest’s weekend food backpack program to assure students across 13 Charlotte area Title I schools receive food prior to each weekend when they don’t have access to eat breakfast and lunch at school.
October 20, 2017
CHARLOTTE – Hendrick Automotive Group partnered with Spectrum Reach and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to fill 1,300 backpacks for local food insecure students. Hendrick sponsors Second Harvest’s weekend food backpack program to assure students across 13 Charlotte area Title I schools receive food prior to each weekend when they don’t have access to eat breakfast and lunch at school.E
September 6, 2017
By Gray Caldwell
CONCORD, N.C. – Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports drivers Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. launched a disaster relief fund to support hurricane victims.
The four drivers and the Hendrick Motorsports organization combined to commit $200,000 to the cause, and Wednesday afternoon, Hendrick Automotive Group announced that it would contribute another $100,000 to the cause.
“When the automotive group heard about what the drivers and Motorsports were doing, they decided that they would give $100,000,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group. “I’m excited about it.”
That brought the total donation to $300,000, and the drivers are encouraging fans to donate as they can in order to reach a goal of $500,000 within two weeks.”I appreciate anybody that’s really willing to help,” Elliott said. “Big or small number, it really doesn’t matter. Any little bit makes a difference, in my opinion.”
All donations to the campaign will benefit qualified charitable organizations supporting disaster relief efforts, including the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.”Clearly, we’ve had one hurricane that’s been very devastating, and there’s a second one coming now, so the fund is going to be very helpful and useful for a lot of people in need,” Johnson said. “Excited to know that just amongst our Hendrick family we’ve almost made it to our goal, and with participation from the fans, we’ll get there.” Tax-deductible contributions can be made by visiting HendrickRelief.org.
“I like to think we’re a giving company, but I really admire the drivers for stepping up and taking the lead in saying they want to do this and reach out to their fan base and all the people they deal with to see if we can make a difference,” Hendrick said.
August 28, 2017
Employees from BMW Northlake teamed up with WCCB’s Wilson’s World to welcome students from Devonshire Elementary back to school this fall. Chris Blocker, BMW Northlake General Manager, spoke with Wilson on behalf of his dealership and all Hendrick Charlotte dealerships partnering with Title I schools about the mutual benefits of supporting local students and teachers. Blocker also highlighted Hendrick Automotive Group’s plan to pack weekend food backpacks with Second Harvest Food Bank this fall to ensure hungry students at partner Title 1 schools have enough food to eat over the weekends, holidays, and breaks from school.
August 7, 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Hendrick Automotive Group, the largest privately held automotive retail organization in the United States, has formally named its long-standing corporate social responsibility program, Hendrick Cares, and has launched a new support website, HendrickCares.com.
Hendrick Cares places a spotlight on the legacy of caring about people Hendrick Automotive Group chairman Rick Hendrick originally instilled within the company’s culture more than 40 years ago. Supported by the company’s new Corporate Outreach Initiatives team, the program will help dealerships, accessories dealership installers and the management company to unite, engage and make a difference in the community and will celebrate and communicate the resulting efforts.
Christine Eubanks, formerly of Together We Feed, has been named senior director for Hendrick Automotive Group corporate outreach initiatives.
“The corporate social responsibility program empowers our teammates to help live out the community spirit Mr. Hendrick has always exemplified,” Eubanks said. “Our team is here to unite, engage and celebrate our teammates as they positively impact the lives of those in our communities. Together, we feel we can help our teammates and partners benefit and strengthen our communities.”
HendrickCares.com will be an online showcase of those successes, providing a wide variety of content aimed at helping guide others in serving their communities as well.
Long-term goals for the program include an expansion of corporate hunger initiatives including the company’s bi-annual meal-packing events during Easter and Thanksgiving.