Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Give Back


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Every year, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association (GPADA) honors its Board of Directors by giving them the opportunity to make a charitable contribution in their name, to the charity of their choice. This year, our Board of Directors gave checks to 15 different charities throughout Western Pennsylvania, which were funded by the GPAD Foundation.

“The reason we do this every year is twofold: 1) to recognize and reward our Board of Directors for all of the hard work they do throughout the year as volunteers, and 2) to provide a mechanism for ‘Giving Back & Giving Big’ on a local, community basis” said GPADA Chief Executive Officer, John Putzier.

These charitable donations are in addition to the major contribution that the GPADF gave to the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Austin’s Playroom Project, in the past three years, in excess of $300,000! It’s heartwarming to be able to do so much good, thanks to our corporate and manufacturer sponsors, and thanks to all of the people who attended the 2014 Red Carpet Gala. We are proud to recognize the following GPADA board members and the charitable organizations of their choice….

President, Dennis Baglier, Baglier Buick/GMC/Mazda, to THE UNITED WAY OF BUTLER COUNTY and THE GPADF AUTO TECHNICIAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

Vice President, Jeff Smail, Smail Auto Group, to THE JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION, Western PA Chapter.

On behalf of Secretary, Paul Schimizzi, Hillview Motors, and Mike McWilliams, Pittsburgh East Nissan, Steve Vasko, Vasko Dodge, to MAKE A WISH.

Treasurer, Dan Biondi, Biondi Motor Company, to THE BIONDI FAMILY FOUNDATION WITHIN THE PAA FOUNDATION.

Immediate Past President & Auto Show Chairman, Mark Smail, Smail Auto Group, to THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY.

Mark Baer, Budd Baer, Inc., to THE EPILEPSY FOUNDATION.

VARIETY – THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY accepts on behalf of Ron Dakan, North Star Chevrolet Supercenter.

Debbie Numrich Flaherty, Day Chevrolet, to CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL of Pittsburgh – UPMC.

Cathy Glasgow, Butler County Ford, to VNA HOSPICE OF WESTERN PA.

Tom LaFrankie, Benson Lincoln, to THE JEFFERSON REGIONAL MEDICAL

CENTER FOUNDATION.

Tom Rohrich, Rohrich Cadillac, to the THOMAS AND FRANCES ROHRICH FOUNDATION WITHIN THE PAA FOUNDATION. Immediate past Western Pennsylvania NADA Director, Bud Smail, Smail Auto Group, to UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT GREENSBURG.

Western Pennsylvania NADA Director, Mike Smith, Laurel Auto Group, to COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR THE ALLEGHENIES, JOHNSTOWN POLICE K-9 COMMUNITY FUND.

Fred Furia, Laurel Valley Motors, to ALTERNATIVE LIVING SOLUTIONS.

The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association (GPADA) is a metro dealer association representing nearly 150 franchised automobile and truck dealers and related industries in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland and other surrounding counties in Western Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1924, the GPADA, a non-profit organization, encourages and promotes trade and commerce by providing and supporting various services, educational and training programs for the benefit of our membership. Our dealer members are primarily engaged in the retail sales of new and used motor vehicles, foreign and domestic, as well as automotive service, repair and parts sales. Our associate members include banks, finance companies, radio and television stations, newspapers, aftermarket services and other companies associated with the automotive industry.

Membership in GPADA is open to all franchised new car and truck dealers in Western Pennsylvania along with all businesses directly or indirectly related to the automotive industry.

The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation (GPADF) was founded in 1996. The Foundation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The Foundation’s mission is to derive funds for charitable and philanthropic purposes, and to provide a means of collecting for and providing funds to qualified charitable and educational organizations. Furthering the mission of the GPADF is increasing public awareness of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association’s heritage and history.


First Published April 4, 2014 2:30 PM

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