Holman Automotive and ARI raised more than $29,000 through donations and participation in several charitable initiatives in October, November, and December.
These initiatives included a variety of charity walks, participation in the global Movember movement and donations to the Food Bank of South Jersey.
Together, Holman and ARI participated in the following charity walks:
- The Southern NJ Fall Heart Walk — The event, which took place Oct. 26 at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, N.J., supports the American Heart Association.
- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer — The American Cancer Society events took place on Oct. 20 in Ocean City, N.J., and Oct. 27 at Cooper River Park, raising funds and awareness to support the fight against breast cancer. Holman and ARI have supported this inspiring walk for more than 20 years.
- JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes — Holman and ARI participated in the walk which helps to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by Type 1 diabetes. The event was held at the Waterfront at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., on Oct. 27.
- Walk to End Alzheimer's — The walk helps to support the Alzheimer's Association's efforts to raise money and awareness to support research to treat and prevent Alzheimer's. This year's event took place on Nov. 10 at Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Throughout the fall months, both Holman and ARI also encouraged employees to support these worthy causes by offering custom-designed t-shirts for a $15 donation as well as the opportunity to purchase dress down days for a $10 donation with all funds raised being divided among the charities.
Together, more than 140 people participated in the five walks and, combined with the additional donations collected, raised nearly $14,000 for the four organizations.
Additionally, throughout the month of November, more than 100 men across ARI's global offices in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom as one to support the global Movember initiative. The Movember Foundation encourages men to join the movement by growing a moustache for the month of November to raise awareness and funds to combat prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health challenges. The 100 participants raised more than $9,000, making ARI one of the top 200 multi-national teams.
Finally, ARI and Holman also donated more than $6,000 to the Food Bank of South Jersey in December. This included a $4,000 monetary donation and more than 1,600 pounds of turkeys valued at approximately $2,000. The Holman Automotive group, including ARI, also conducted a food drive across all its location to benefit the Food Bank, collecting nearly 5,800 pounds of food. Located in Pennsauken, the Food Bank of South Jersey is the leading provider of nutritional food to individuals in need throughout the region.
Also as part of Holman's food drive efforts, locations throughout Florida also collected more than 1,000 pounds of food which was donated to Feeding South Florida. Feeding South Florida, a part of the Feeding America network, is the leading hunger relief organization in South Florida, serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Programs include soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, group homes and other emergency food service programs.