Left to Right: Ken Scanzio, Brian Kleczkowski, Kyle Johnson, Taylor O'Brien, Isabelle Renzi
Patriot Subaru of North Attleboro presented a check for $20,000 to SADD "Students Against Destructive Decisions", as part of the Share the Love Event, an annual charitable benefit sponsored by Subaru of America. The presentation was made at Patriot Subaru, attended by store associates, SADD executives, North Attleboro High School students, and Subaru of New England regional managers.
Between mid-November and New Year's, Subaru of America donated $250 for every customer that bought or leased a new Subaru. The 2015-16 event marked the eighth year of Share the Love, which has donated $65 million since its inception in 2007. Customers had the opportunity to choose one of four national charities - ASPCA, Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels America and the National Park Foundation - or a local charity. Each participating Subaru dealership chose its own local charity - more than 600 local charities overall - to benefit from the event.
"We chose SADD because we strongly support the things they do for families in our community," said Patriot Subaru owner and president Adam Arens. "We thank our customers who had a choice of many fine national charities, and opted to select our local organization. It speaks to the appreciation people around here have for the programs SADD provides."
SADD's mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. Dawn Teixeira, SADD's National President and CEO was delighted with the support. "The opportunity to be a part of the Subaru Share the Love Event has been one more great way to help us raise awareness in the community, and to support the students who make the SADD program a success," said Teixeira. "Joining us today are four students from North Attleboro High School, who will receive $500 for traffic safety programming, just one of the many ways this money is invested." Founded in 1981 in Marlborough, MA, SADD is now a national organization with chapters in all 50 states.
Patriot Subaru opened in North Attleboro in July 2014, and has been engaged with community programs since its inception. Dog adoptions, planting shade trees with Keep North Attleboro Beautiful, Community Recycling are just a few of the programs. Patriot Subaru associates get involved with organizations supported by the store. Sales associate Maceo Johnson teamed up with the SADD chapter at Bishop Feehan High, to present programs on distracted driving. Patriot purchased "vision-impaired goggles" for the school, that simulate the effects of buzzed or impaired driving to teach students the danger.
For more information, visit patriotsubaruofna.com, call 844-972-8746, or visit sadd.org.