At their annual holiday luncheon last week the Classic Employee Charity Fund presented $36,200 to GRACE, and similar gifts to 6 Stones Mission Network, Community Storehouse, the Angel Fund of Trinity High School, RISE Adventures, the Boot Campaign and Food for the Soul.
“Over the past few years, it’s been a sheer pleasure to see how our employees have so fully embraced the spirit of giving back to our community,” said Susan Durant. In fact it was Susan’s idea that led to the formation of the Classic Employee Charity Fund.
Tom and I felt the money the [Classic employees] raised be given to the charity of our employees’ choice,” said Susan. A committee of Classic employees selects the charity beneficiaries each year, and recruits key vendors, volunteers and other employees to help raise the funds.
Classic’s dedication to GRACE is seemingly unlimited. In addition to the annual Charity Fund gift, The Thompson Group at Classic Chevrolet has been the title sponsor of the GRACE Gala for six years. The maintenance division regularly provides service on GRACE delivery trucks and other vehicles at greatly reduced costs.
This type of dedication speaks of a generous, resolute corporate culture that recognizes goals and develops ways to meet those goals. Ken Thompson of the Thompson Group explains, “We encourage our employees to push themselves to achieve not only our company goals, but their own personal goals as well. Giving back to the community has become incredibly important and fulfilling for the entire organization.”
Classic Chevrolet is known as a company that is focused on achieving objectives. Their position as the nation’s top volume dealer for five consecutive years attests to that. This same motivation fuels their giving.
“This money is going to directly help those in our community that need it most,” said Erv Randle, sales manager at Classic. “We’re the #1 Chevrolet dealership in the nation for one reason, when we set goals, we exhibit the sheer determination necessary to meet them. It’s that determination that drew us together to do this charity fund for our community.”
Resolve to achieve goals like that comes directly from the top. As is their holiday tradition Susan and Tom Durant match their employees’ contributions dollar-for-dollar. “This is all about the employees efforts,” said Tom. “It was through their hard work that the money was raised. All I did was match it.”
Mr. Durant, here at GRACE we believe you did more—much, much more! Thanks for all you do!