It’s Not Over.

Dealers urged to contribute to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

William P. Underriner — November/December 2012

COMMENTARY
  
Underriner
2012 NADA Chairman

If Hurricane Sandy is anything like past super storms, requests for financial assistance from dealership employees who suffered damage to their homes will continue over the next six months.

As of Nov. 27, nearly 350 dealership employees have received more than $179,000 from the Emergency Relief Fund of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, and requests for assistance, mostly from New York and New Jersey, are growing every day.

We’re especially grateful to generosity of dealer associations in New York, the state hit hardest by the hurricane, as well as individual donations from dealers across the country. The Greater New York Auto Dealers Association has contributed $250,000 to the NADA Foundation; the New York State Auto Dealers Association has contributed $50,000; and the Rochester Auto Dealers Association has donated $10,000.

Over the first month of the fund-raising campaign, total donations to the NADA Foundation’s hurricane relief efforts have exceeded $384,000, but more funds will be needed as the damage assessment continues.

Other significant contributions to the Emergency Relief Fund over the past month have included $10,000 from the Louisiana Auto Dealers Association; $10,000 from DCH Auto Group; and $5,000 from the Greater Cleveland Auto Dealers Association.

Many dealerships and their employees along the East Coast are still struggling to rebuild after the hurricane, and we’re hearing stories about some dealership employees who have lost everything.

It’s not over. That’s why we’re urging dealers to contribute to the Emergency Relief Fund today and assist hurricane victims in need. Make your donation today at: www.nada.org/emergencyrelief.

Bill Underriner
NADA Chairman