Saturday morning the Dimmitt Automotive Group had the pleasure of hosting the Miccosukee District Pinewood Derby in the Aston Martin showroom in St. Pete. About 100 people filled the showroom to see the event. Between 13 packs there were around 50 kids racing their cars. The scouts were extremely excited to finally be racing their cars they created. There were two rounds of races to determine a winner as well as a few heats of fun runs. This is the second year that Dimmitt has hosted the event and it has been very successful both years now. The Pinewood Derby races are a big event for Cub Scouts all across America and Dimmitt was proud to be apart of the Miccosukkee District’s Derby. We want to thank everyone who showed up and we look forward to hopefully hosting a 3rd Derby next year.
This past weekend was the 8th Annual JK Cancer Fund Drive Away Cancer golf outing!
The JK Cancer Fund Inc. is a Nonprofit Organization started in 2010 by Cody Millian as his senior project for Mitchell High School. Cody started the first Drive Away Cancer Golf Outing to keep the memory of his grandfather, John Kubek alive. John was one of the most amazing people Cody knew, and he died of stage four cancer in his bones, liver, and lungs. But the Drive Away Cancer Golf Outing has become so much more and has taken on a bigger meaning. In 2011, Cody’s mom was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer and in 2014 his other grandfather, Mike Millian, passed away from cancer. Cody’s passion to Drive Away Cancer gets stronger all the time.
The JK Cancer Fund gives 100% back to local charities right here in our community including:
- Funding the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program at the James P. Gills Family YMCA in Trinity. The program helps survivors who have gone through cancer treatment regain their muscle strength and flexibility while building a strong sense of connection with other survivors.
- The Cheval Cares 5K Family Run benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation
- Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
- Pasco Pediatric Foundation Golf Tournament
Dimmitt sponsored a foursome which included a few of our employees! We didn’t take home the trophy but had an amazing time at this year’s event and can’t wait for next year!
There are so many car shows that happen every weekend in Florida but only a few support charities! At Dimmitt Automotive Group we pride ourselves on giving back to our community, that is why we jumped at the first chance when we got to sponsor the Lakewood Ranch Exotic Car Show. The main purpose of this event is to raise money for the kids at Flight to the North Pole! Here is a snippet of their mission:
“The Foundation for this program started in 1985 by a number of Eastern Airline flight attendants and has grown ever since. For many years, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport Fire Department make this a memorable event for the terminally ill children.
This year we will have over 120 terminally ill children who are able to attend this event and sometimes this may be their last memorable holiday to celebrate with their siblings and parents. The “Flight to the North Pole” tradition continues in that each child that attends [and their siblings] are presented with gifts, lunch, and entertained by volunteers dressed as elves and clowns. The event is held the second week in December, with the Sheriff and his staff volunteering their time, along with Airport Fire Department personnel. The Sheriff’s Office helicopter transports “Santa”, who lands at the airport Fire Station and greets the children and their families, with hugs. Once Santa arrives, you can hardly contain the excitement of the children and families. Inside the Fire Station, is a Santa’s workshop, where the children can sit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and tell them of their list and receive their gift bags. Needless to say, this is a memorable event not only for the children, but for their families as well. Volunteers from the business community and citizens from Manatee and Sarasota counties provide dollars for gifts, in-kind donations of food, time, gifts, door prizes, entertainment and other services.
The end result is a Christmas Wonderland of snow, elves, decorations, lights, and Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting each and every child, taking photographs, and providing gifts. Lunch is served, choirs sing, and volunteers surround the children and their families to help them maximize their time away from illness/disease and enjoy the holiday without any stresses.”
We had a blast at this car show and are so happy to support such an amazing cause with amazing kids. We can’t wait to be apart of it for years to come and hope to see you there! Tune in here to keep updated with our activities and how you can help too!
On Wednesday February 6th, Audi Wesley Chapel partnered with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office to help celebrate the swearing in of volunteers, civilians and law enforcement deputies. Along with the swearing in of the new members there were also awards such as Meritorious Service for Courage and Life Saving awards presented to a few of Pasco Sheriff’s finest. At the ceremony we also recognized some of the Vietnam War Veterans that served our country proudly. We look forward to this new partnership with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and can’t wait to help our community grow together!
During the holidays a group of Dimmitt employees spent the morning working at the Salvation Army for their annual Angel Tree Program. Through this program, The Salvation Army works to ensure that every child can experience the joy of new toys and clothing at Christmas. To help make this possible for thousands of children in need, The Salvation Army calls on the community to help provide the new toys and clothing that will be distributed to families in time for the holiday.
One of our GM’s said,”It was such a great feeling being able to pack a bunch of presents into a shopping cart and help deliver it to families in need knowing that their children will be getting gifts this year!” The Dimmitt family is always looking to find programs like these to help our community grow and we can’t wait till we do it again next year.
This week Dimmitt teamed up with Quantum Leap Farm to support the Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Each year they host their holiday party at Quantum Leap Farm to celebrate the season and reflect on their achievements over the past year. These guests have served our country in all branches of the military and participate in Quantum’s At E.A.S.E. mental and behavioral health program. The Dimmitt employees rallied together to stuff over a 100 gift bags filled with personal items such as socks, undershirts, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste etc.. We’re delighted to celebrate with them this year and look forward to doing so every year!
Between November 20-21st the Salvation Army in conjunction with community partners and volunteers distributed over 9,000 Thanksgiving turkeys and food baskets. In all, families received over 175,000 lbs of food to enjoy this Thanksgiving. All this giving was made possible by a very generous donor who works throughout the year to compile resources and help local families in need.
At Dimmitt, we are very grateful to take part in this event which helps out our neighbors and members of our community in need. The impressive turn out from our Dimmitt Team is a true testament to the Dimmitt Cares mission and vision of supporting and serving our community. The holidays provide us all with the opportunity to not only appreciate what we have, but also to appreciate what we can give. Be it our time, our resources or our outreach, giving truly is the greatest gift.
A sellout crowd of 140 patrons―many new to ServiceSource―revived dance crazes from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s with lively, rhythmic renditions of the Stroll, Bop, Cha-Cha, Conga Line, Twist, Limbo, Calypso, Disco, YMCA, and more at Friday evening’s Dancing Through the Decades, Abilities Guild’s Annual Gala.
After cocktails, silent auction bidding, and a steak dinner at the Belleair Country Club, guests wasted no time swarming the dancefloor and struttin’ their stuff dressed as Arthur Murray, Pink Ladies, Go-go girls, hippies, and Disco Deney Terrio and dancing to the electrifying sounds of Sequel and DJ Jeff.
This Dancing Through the Decades event benefits military veterans with disabilities served by the Veterans Mall.
And the best news is it netted a record $27,000. Outstanding!
“Very gratifying to see people so passionate about your mission,” said program development executive Frank De Lucia, “that they take it upon themselves to recruit new volunteers, secure underwriting, assume responsibility for every phase of operation, and do so with utmost transparency and accountability.”
Dimmitt is very proud to sponsor such a great event that is helping the veterans and their families in our community! Please feel free to stop by the Veterans Mall or visit their website to see how you can help.
We all know Jameis Winston as a great football player who will hopefully lead our Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Superbowl! What some of you may not know about him is that he does so much for our community especially the kids of Tampa Bay. He has started his Dream Forever Foundation to impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children and youth through encouragement, opportunities, and resources to develop and achieve their dreams.
Last night Jameis Winston held the inaugural charity dinner for his Dream Forever Foundation and it was a huge success! Thousands and thousands of dollars were raised as well as the $50,000 donation from Winston. The Dimmitt Automotive group helped sponsor this great evening and amazing cause. We would like to thank Jameis Winston for continuously making huge strides for this community on and off the field!