• Like: Hendrick invites public to back food donations •
Combining monetary gifts with social media clicks, Hendrick Auto Group of Charleston is spending two weeks helping the hungry.
The group’s Charleston Drive for Hunger campaign, which started Wednesday and continues through Jan. 14, will assist in bolstering local food banks and nonprofits after one of their busiest times of the year.
Hendrick Auto Group of Charleston, which consists of nine sister car dealerships, will make cash donations to The Lowcountry Food Bank and East Cooper Community Outreach. The funds will assist the organizations in restocking goods that dwindled during the holidays.
In addition, the auto group is encouraging people to take part online by maneuvering to Facebook/Charleston Drive and clicking “like.” Participants pledge to give back to the community this year and practice safe driving habits such as obeying speeds and not drinking or texting while behind the wheel.
Hendrick Auto Group of Charleston will donate $1 for each “like.” The dealership team has set a donation goal of $8,000, which will be shared by the two community groups.
“Local care-giving organizations answer huge demands during the holiday season and often start the New Year with depleted supplies,” said Paul Whatley, general manager of Rick Hendrick Toyota-Scion in North Charleston.
“We can’t think of a better way to begin the New Year than by helping jumpstart community giving,” he said.
J.R. Fredell, general manager of Hendrick Hyundai in Charleston, said dealership employees are “committed to taking community stewardship to a whole new level in our hometowns of the Lowcountry.”
The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 South Carolina coastal counties and distributes more than 19 million pounds of food a year. East Cooper Community Outreach provides safety net services for lower-income families and others in need, offering emergency assistance, food, clothing and medical services.
Auto dealerships participating in the Drive for Hunger are Hendrick Chevrolet; Rick Hendrick Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram; Hendrick Honda of Charleston; Hendrick Hyundai Charleston; Rick Hendrick Imports: BMW, Mini, Volvo; and Lexus of Charleston, all on Savannah Highway, and Hendrick Hyundai North; Rick Hendrick Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram; and Rick Hendrick Toyota-Scion, each on Rivers Avenue.
• Greenville the spot for Chrysler Group test drives at new-car show •
Here’s what could be zooming around the TD Convention Center next week: a host of Dodges, Rams, Jeeps, Chryslers and more than a few Fiats.
Chrysler Group, a big backer of the South Carolina International Auto Show in Greenville, plans to give all attendees a chance to test drive vehicles outside the convention center Jan. 11-13.
According to the carmaker, Chrysler Group will have a full lineup of vehicles from its Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram truck and Fiat brands, including SRT models.
Anyone that test drives a standard vehicle will be eligible to steer the SRT model and be entered into Chrysler Group’s national giveaway for a chance to win $45,000 towards eligible vehicles.
Chrysler Group is promoting the test drives as “a no-pressure, no-hassle opportunity for brand and auto enthusiasts to get behind the wheel of its vehicles.” Participants will be accompanied by “highly trained” product specialists, the company said.
The Chrysler drives will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license, be at least 18 years old and pass a breathalyzer test. They also must register during the auto show. Visit www.ChryslerGroupLLC.com or www.Facebook.com/Chrysler for more information.
Public hours for the auto show are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for “adults” age 13 and older, $5 for senior citizens 62 and over and $5 for children age 7 to 12. Kids age 6 and younger get in free. The convention center is at One Exposition Ave. in Greenville.
• BMW champions worker health care •
Not every employer provides its own health center, but one that will shortly is BMW Manufacturing Co.
The South Carolina operation of the German carmaker is officially opening the Associate Family Health Center on Tuesday morning. The center is at 415 Brockman-McClimon Road in Greer.
According to the company, the ceremony will give BMW’s senior management team a chance to explain “their new approach to quality, convenient healthcare options for their workforce.”
BMW employs thousands of workers at its car manufacturing plant in Greer, near Spartanburg. The factory specializes in the automaker’s X-series sport activity vehicles.